Key West Shopping
Shopping in Key West is as entertaining as any other activities the keys offer. Kitschy items inspired by Key West’s quirky culture make this shopping experience one-of-a-kind.
Gifts and Souvenirs
One of Key West’s claims to fame is the home of author Ernest Hemingway and his clan of six-toed cats. Hemingway is gone, but the cats remain, and the Hemingway House Book Store offers a full array of Ernest Hemingway’s novels, poems, short stories and biographies, as well as various publications related to Key West.
The Bahama Village Market is named for Key West’s many original residents who were of Bahamian ancestry. The market covers 16 blocks in the southwest part of the city. It carries typical souveniers like straw hats , beads and sea sponges.
During the Sunset Festival on Mallory Square, local artists sell their goods. The merchandise is akin to what you would find at an art fair or craft exhibit, including high-quality, hand-painted T-shirts, jewelry, ceramics and art.
When the sun goes down, Duval Street lights up. Duval Street has the best shopping in Key West, with a little of everything. It has a good variety of souvenirs, clothing, jewelry and specialty shops. There are hundreds of shops on and around Duval Street. You’ll get better prices off Duval Street, but it’s fun to wander around and window shop too. Most stores are open daily from 9am-9pm.
Evan & Elle is a tropical clothing store on Duval Street with both men’s and women’s clothing, featuring casual Florida Keys-style apparel. This is a quality store, no cheap souveniers here.
Duval Village is a collection of small shops and stalls that sell T-shirts, sunglasses and souvenirs, one of a number of souvenir markets near Mallory Square. Be sure to shop around – prices for the same item can vary from place to place.
Fast Freddies is a great store, and it has the best window displays. Inside there is always some wild something you can’t live without. The place has tons of interesting furniture and home accessories in addition to clothing. Over the years it has become famous for its window displays and is often referred to as the “Southernmost Bloomingdales.”
Fast Freddies II
If you’re truly looking for a bargain check out Half Buck Freddie’s – this is where they send all the merchandise that they cannot sell at the regular store. It’s a little secret located on the corner of Caroline and William streets. They have great deals on a wide selection of interesting items from candles to accessories and decorations.
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