Best Places to Shop

Discover the colorful shopping districts and centers of St. Pete-Clearwater, where you'll find a variety of local gifts, artwork and clothes to remember your beach getaway.

A woman in a shopping store on Central Avenue in St. Pete

Discover hand-made soaps, exotic home furnishings and designer consignment shops on Central Avenue.

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 Best 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 a historical fishing village with more than a hundred merchants.

 

People with bike and dog walking outside

First Stop: The Marketplace

The Marketplace at the St. Pete Pier features an array of independent vendors selling unique items in kiosks.

 

Downtown St. Pete

The first stop in a shopping adventure downtown should be the St. Pete Pier District. 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 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, which is an open-air, covered hallway with a string of small retails shops on either side. Now housing several art galleries, the arcade features Cuban floor tiles, tall ceilings decked with iron chandeliers and a huge iron gate among other architectural elements. ZaZoo'd is the place to go for one-of-a-kind home décor, accessories and gifts.

 

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 jewelry to home decor, and other local finds such as Freaky Tiki Surf Shack, with locations in St. Pete Beach and Clearwater, which creates unique, fun and environmentally friendly surf wear.

 

Pass-a-Grille's small downtown area is lit up at dusk

Explore Downtown

Stroll or bike through downtown Pass-a-Grille to find charming small boutiques and galleries, along with a handful of restaurants.

 

Pass-a-Grille

South of St. Pete Beach is Pass-A-Grille. Here, 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.

 

A girl walking a rottweiler in front of a store with an LGBTQ flag and a pink flamingo

Happy Strolling

Walkable streets and dog-friendly spots are a big part of the Gulfport lifestyle.

 

Gulfport

Gulfport is a small 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 Pet Boutique of Gulfport. Gulfport also has a stretch of beach that overlooks Boca Ciega Bay and many restaurants to complete a full afternoon of Florida fun. 

 

Madeira Beach 

John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk is a quintessential beach shopping experience in Madeira Beach, where you can explore more than 100 shops in this fun shopping district. There are beach knick-knack stores galore in this hub, such as Windworks. Enjoy the views and the food at restaurants such as The Boardwalk Grill, Walt'z Fish Shak or The Friendly Fisherman

 

Seminole

In Seminole, stop at Sign of the Dolphin for a huge selection of Florida-style fashion and accessories, jewelry, home décor and artwork.

 

Safety Harbor

Safety Harbor’s health-conscious and artistic aura glows along Main Street, which dead-ends at a body of water named – what else? – Safety Harbor. Find jars of herbs line the shelves of Bailey's Naturals Herbal Apothecary, You won’t be able to turn away from the enchanting menagerie of rainbow-hued, art-glass lava bowls at Syd Entel Gallery/Susan Benjamin Glass. For a colorful shopping experience, don't miss the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center. Just steps off Main Street is the unique Safety Harbor Galleria, which is housed in a historic 1930s cottage and features beachy décor and gifts, clothing and jewelry, vintage finds and local artwork. The town offers plenty of good restaurants, if you need a break from shopping. Try Nona Slice House or Cafe Vino Tinto.

 

The Mconatos store brick front with lots of merchandising on display and some people shopping

Antique Mystique

Communities like Tarpon Springs are known for antique shops that offer hours of treasure-hunting.

 

Tarpon Springs

Named for a chain of Greek isles, Dodecanese Boulevard whisks visitors away to the Aegean. At Spongeorama, you can watch a free vintage film and tour exhibits on the town’s heritage (and buy sponges too). For a hidden gem filled with trendy clothes, explore Boshi, which offers a wide variety of embroidery in clothing, or A Simple Peace boutique, which features affordable clothing, accessories, home furnishings and a hand-crafted jewelry line that incorporates metals and semi-precious gemstones. Of course, for a place rich in Greek culture, dining out in Tarpon Springs is a must, and Dimitri's on the Water has the best view of the Anclote River and its boat traffic. Hellas and Mykonos are two iconic restaurants you might want to try.

 

Colorful signs for shops

Shopping Spree

Dunedin's charming Main Street entices shoppers with small, locally owned boutiques and cafes.

 

Dunedin

Quaint Dunedin's downtown lies along Main Street and intersects with the Pinellas Trail. Antiques and Celtic wares honor its history and Scottish heritage. The Celtic Shop of Dunedin has kilts for all occasions, along with district tartans, tams, coats of arms, and even teeny kilts for dressing up beer cans. When you are looking for a great restaurant, savor fresh, authentic and healthy Mexican cuisine at Casa Tina or dine on the water at Bon Appetit.