Shopping: some love it, and some do it reluctantly, but almost anyone who comes to Key West gets a little shopping done. It’s hard to resist, once you see the amazing wonderful shops and boutiques we have. Of course, almost everyone starts out at Duval Street, which has the largest density of places for Key West shopping: boutiques, art galleries, and specialty stores. Of course there are some really tacky t-shirt shops at the one end of Duval…geared towards cruise ship passengers seeking cute souvenirs. But the further you walk along Duval, away from the waterfront, the more shops you’ll see that you want to enter and have a look around.
Shopping on Duval Street
Start at the end of Duval Street closest to the Southernmost Point, and work your way down to Front Street, near Mallory Square. It’s about two miles, so stop often and get ice cream or a drink. There are plenty of places to do this. This end of Duval has lots of art galleries and window shopping at these is really pleasant. Many of the galleries feature Key West in their window items: giant oil paintings of a Key West chicken, for example, or scenes of the waterfront or Key West offshore fishing. The best way to get around is by bicycle. There are plenty of places around town for Key West bicycle rentals.
Also at this end of Duval is House Key, where you can pick up decorating ideas and items for your home that will remind you of your visit to Key West. They have antiques, fabrics, candles, furniture and lots more. Check it out for the items or just for the ambience.
At 814 Duval Street you’ll find Cuba! Cuba!which sells all things Cuban, surprise surprise. There are arts & crafts, Cuban foods, decorative items in Cuban flag colors, cookbooks, music, and cigars. Get yourself primed and excited for upcoming Cuba travel at this spot.
Moving from the 800 block to the 500 block, you’ll next run into Fast Buck Freddie’s, an upscale emporium of gifts, home items, cards and souvenirs. The display windows are legendary, and constantly being redone by local artists. If you only hit one place for Key West shopping, this should be it.
Shopping in Old Town
In and around Duval Street, all through Old Town you’ll find more wonderful shops to peruse. Peppers of Key West is located at 602 Greene Street and carries spicy pepper products. The owners of this gourmet pepper store make an art of hot peppers and fiery food. There are hundreds of items to choose from, from wing sauces to jerk marinades. You can sample things, too, which makes Peppers of Key West more than just shopping but rather a hot experience.
If you need anything that’s water sports related, go to Diver’s Direct. It’s a fun, large store that carries some items you might need for Key West diving or snorkeling. Large scuba gear section, lots of snorkel parts and accessories, rash guards, and racks of surf-style cool clothing to wear when you’re not in the water. They have some Crocs, Reef sandals, O’Neill, Billabong, Patagonia, and other name brand things. Fun store, even if you’re not heading out to the reef. Located on Simonton Street. And, if you need a break from shopping, try a relaxing afernoon getting your hair done, or having a facial at a local Key West spa resort.