When you’re on vacation, you don’t want to shop for the ordinary, and fortunately for vacationers in St. Pete/Clearwater, there are plenty of one-of-a-kind finds all around town, from downtown St. Pete to America’s top beaches, and from Gulfport to Tarpon Springs. Above all, treat yourself! Discover independent stores and galleries filled with local art. Sip and indulge at boutiques that merge food and drinks with trendy finds. Stroll around historical fishing villages with more than a hundred merchants.
Downtown St. Pete
The first stop in a shopping adventure downtown should be the St. Pete Pier. The Pier’s gateway houses the Marketplace - an array of independent vendors selling unique items in kiosks. Then, meander up Central and First Avenues and discover vintage vinyl, hand-made soaps, exotic home furnishings and designer consignment shops. Find your way up to the historic Crislip Arcade, a renovated 1926 shopping arcade located on the 600 block of Central Avenue, is an open-air, covered hallway with a string of small retails shops on either side. Now housing eight art galleries, the arcade features Cuban floor tiles, tall ceilings decked with iron chandeliers and a huge iron gate among other architectural elements.
St. Pete Beach
St. Pete Beach was named the No. 1 Beach in America by TripAdvisor in 2021, but on St. Pete Beach’s main street, historic Corey Avenue, you'll sense a retro vibe, for sure. Tour the eclectic assortment of independent stores, which offer everything from beads and Christmas ornaments to top-notch cigars and custom jewelry.
South of St. Pete Beach is Pass-A-Grille. While there doesn’t first appear to be much shopping, 8th Avenue is an excellent option to pick up some sweet treats and artful keepsakes at stores such as Paradise Sweets and A Little Room for Art. Check out Berkeley Beach Club’s Rooftop restaurant for a post-shopping meal or cocktail, or rent a fishing rod or bicycle at the Merry Pier nearby for additional activities.
Gulfport is a local town just southwest of St. Pete. Stroll around Beach Boulevard and discover boutique apparel and jewelry at BoTiki, vintage furniture and home goods at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar or something for your pawfect companion at Paw Paw’s of Gulfport. Gulfport also has a stretch beach that overlooks Boca Ciega Bay and several restaurants to complete a full afternoon of Florida fun.