Capri Has a Reputation for being Expensive, but There are Things to Buy Here:
For the majority of visitors on day trips to Capri, shopping is not one of the reasons for coming to Capri. The island was once the playground for the rich and famous and with past wealthy guests like Sofia Loren, Jacqueline Onassis, Maria Callas and others shopping in Capri, it’s no wonder that the island has a reputation for being expensive.
Some Capri Shops
But for those who must shop, there are some things you can buy here that are quintessentially Capri. Where else would you find dinnerware that’s encrusted with semi-precious stones! And if money is not a problem, Via Camerelle has a concentration of designer shops that will give you that million dollar look.
Capri Sandals – Capri is famous for its handmade sandals, decorated with colourful beads and stones. Canfora, on Via Camerelle 3, have been dressing the feet of stars and celebrities for decades. It used to be a favourite shop of Jackie Kennedy and the shop has a line named after her. You can have a pair of Capri sandals made to measure for you, but a pair of these sandals will set you back by about Euros 200. In Anacapri, L’Arte del Sandalo Caprese is another well-established sandal-maker.
Mariorita – In Anacapri, check out the Mariorita shopping centre on Piazza Vittoria, the largest on the island. Here you can find a selection of designer brands like Armani, Emilio Pucci, Versace, Just Cavalli, Hugo Boss, Missoni, as well as tailor-made garments, homewares and hand-made crafts.
Capri Pants – For those staying in Capri, La Parisienne at Piazza Umberto I can make your made-to-measure Capri pants in a day. The boutique also stocks Italian designer brands of clothes and accessories.
Perfume – To take a bottle of the fragrance of Capri home with you, the Carthusia factory produces perfumes on the island using local herbs and flowers. There are three showrooms in Capri (via Camerelle and via Federico Serena) and Anacapri (Viale Axel Munthe).
Limoncello and lemon products – Down at the Marina Grande, the gift shops offer free tasting of limoncello to tempt people into the stores. In addition to limoncello, they sell all kinds of lemon-themed products and other gifts. While checking out a shop, I was caught in a scramble by a group of Asian tourists, buying up little lemon sweets, soaps, etc.. If you’re visiting Sorrento, it’s probably cheaper to buy your limoncello in Sorrento.
You Can Shop without Breaking the Bank
To be fair to Capri, not all things are drop-dead expensive if you have the time to look around. Many years ago when we stayed on the island and had more time to explore the shops, I did buy a pair of lovely summery wedge sandals at quite a reasonable price, and I still have them.