The Absolute Best Jersey Shore Shopping Towns You Must Visit This Summer

From floppy straw hats to custom t-shirts, here's where to shop the best goods down the Shore.

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Image via iStock/Sean Pavone.

Happy third day of summer, y’all! If you’re lucky enough to experience summer Fridays, you’ve already got a shore trip or two on the books, which means plenty of sun-soaked beach football days and board-walking, breezy nights await. No matter your shore activity of chouce, it’s our job here at Shoppist to make sure you’re always looking fly. We rounded up the best boutiques on the coast to aide in your Jersey Shore shopping ventures, whether you’re looking for a cool pair of swim trunks or the perfect flowy caftan that will take you from beach chair to barstool. Plus, you’ll find the coolest, non-cheesy gifts here to take home or send to family who couldn’t make the trek down the shore. 

Jersey Shore Shopping in Avalon

Annabelle // 2174 Dune Drive, 609-368-1133.
This boutique is back for its fourth season of shore shopping, with elegant styles for women of all ages. While you’re there, don’t miss the reclaimed fixtures decorating the shop — they’re for sale as well!

The Preppy Palm // 2533 Dune Drive, 609-368-7300.
Grab your boating shoes, kids! This place lives up to its name, with ultra-prep brands like Lilly Pulitzer, Keepsake the Label, and, for an edgy twist, Finders Keepers.

Summer Studio Avalon // 2900 Dune Drive, 609-368-2300.
You’ll find fellow funky fashion girls shopping at this cool boutique. Right now, we’re loving those punchy, embroidered handbags with cool tassels (pictured above), as well as these gypsy clutches — the perfect barhopping accessory.

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Images via Galvanic and Miss Demeanor.

Jersey Shore Shopping in Cape May

Galvanic // 514 Washington Street, 609-600-2608.
For the stylish guy, this place is a shore shopping godsend. It’s got cool watches, Herschel bags, elevated casual wear, stylish shoes, manly scented candles…basically everything that all the women-only shore shops are missing. With the big gray X painted on the front of the building, you can’t miss it.

West End Garage //  484 West Perry Street, 609-770-8261.
This place is packed to the brim with local artisan goods. Stop here for awesome (read: non-lame) shore souvenirs, like locally made hazelnut peanut butter—yum! With over 40 vendor stalls set up in this converted garage, you might waste a lot of quality daylight in here, so beware.

Miss Demeanor // 223 Jackson Street, 609-770-7613.
Indie designers. Airy layout. Elegant little frocks. Jewelry from sunny corners of the world. And a sister store in East Passyunk. Need we say more?

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Images via Scout and Latrice.

Jersey Shore Shopping in Margate

Scout Clothing and Decor //  7817 Ventnor Avenue, 609-823-1024.
Dare we dub Margate the best Jersey Shore shopping town there is? This place carries exclusive boutique brands (A Gold E Denim) in their a highly curated selection to outfit your inner bi-coastal cool girl. Be sure to check out the Living Room here, full of hostess gifts, vintage decor, and DIY ideas for the home.

Knit Wit // 8001 Ventnor Avenue, 609-823-5247.
Bringing a little Rittenhouse savvy to the shore, this boutique’s beach location certainly holds onto the original shop’s downtown fashion-girl vibe. (Hint: It’s definitely not your $10 shore shop, so come prepared — it’s worth it.)

Latrice // 9600 Ventor Avenue, 609-822-9000.
This shore outpost of one of Bryn Mawr’s coolest shops certainly lives up to the name. Featuring the same classic brands you can expect to find at the Bryn Mawr location (JBrand, Wilt), but with a slightly more relaxed, beachy vibe, the Margate location does not disappoint. Don’t miss the Latrice brand line while you’re there!

Heritage Surf and Sport // 9223 Ventnor Avenue #1, 609-823-3331.
This place’s men’s and women’s selection is similar to a Pac Sun, with lots of board shorts and swimwear by Roxy and, Rip Curl and Billabong, but with the addition of a fully-stacked surf shop run by savvy surfers who will hook you up with the best gear for your skill level.

Design Nation // 5209 Atlantic Avenue, Ventnor, 609-350-6879.
This small-batch, custom t-shirt shop can print any design you want on the spot, using premium cotton tees. Sure, it’s not Margate per se, but it is still on the island. And it’s worth the trek, because graphic designers (and shop co-owners) Laurie and Rachel bring a discerning, trained eye to each tee printed in-house.

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Images via Free Shop and The Tea Shoppe.

Jersey Shore Shopping in Stone Harbor

Talk of the Walk // 248 96th Street, 609-368-0008.
With another location in Atlantic City, this place has great dresses and outfit options for a nice dinner out or drinks overlooking the water. We’re especially loving this flirty black lace flower dress ($129.99).

The Tea Shoppe // 9508 3rd Street, 304-413-0890.
Consider this place the boutique version of Teavana, with rows of loose teas and shelves filled with colorful kettles to make your high tea the fanciest in town.

Free Shop // 266 96th Street, 609-368-5874.
This place has everything from breezy tunics and shift dresses to trendy vegan leather skirts, perfect for balmy nights out on the town, or FP Movement workout gear for morning runs on the beach.