Front street in Philipsburg

Shopping in Philipsburg

Philipsburg, the capital of St. Maarten has the charm of a picturesque island town; but the high-end shops that line its main thoroughfares — Front Street and Back Street — lend it an air of sophistication.


This is an ideal location to purchase the perfect gift to mark a special occasion — whether it’s an anniversary, a milestone birthday or to pop the question. You’re sure to find plenty of fine jewelry, designer timepieces and more. Walking through the town is like going on a treasure hunt and coming away with way more discoveries than you could ever imagine.


Philipsburg is the best place in the Caribbean to get GIA-certified diamonds and gemstones, loose or showcased in amazing settings. You’ll also find top jewelry and timepieces at Diamonds International, Little Switzerland, Royal Caribbean, Artistic Jewelers/Art of Time, Caribbean Gems, Zhaveri Jewelers, Jewels by Love (with another store in Marigot), Effy Jewelers and Ballerina Jewelers.


Many of the latest models in electronics are often released here first. Boolchand’s, a renowned name throughout the Caribbean that carries the most extensive line of phones, home entertainment systems and more, also has an exclusive Pandora store on Front Street.


Swimwear and slippers are Caribbean wardrobe staples. Endless Summer always has the latest designs right off the catwalk. Couple your new beachwear with slippers or sandals from Flip Flop Shops, now located between Front Street and the Boardwalk.


The Dutch are known for their love of cheese. Go for some Gouda at Amsterdam Cheese and Liquor Store, where you’ll find an extensive line of fragrant cheeses, as well as island-made jams. The store also has a well-stocked liquor section, as do several of the stores along Front Street.