Where to go according to your budget
The beauty of Capri is undeniable. The island, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Campania, Italy, has been a popular vacation destination since the Roman Empire and continues to attract the global elite to this day. Unsurprisingly, upscale pursuits such as sailing and designer shopping are popular on the island, known for its stunning cliffs, clear blue waters, and scenic paths lined with floating flowers.
While attractive designer boutiques line the main avenues of Capri town, shopping on the island isn’t just for the wealthy. The abundance of local produce shops provides options for every visitor’s budget. That being said, Capri is above all an expensive luxury destination that is not very suitable for small budgets.
UPDATED: 2022/09/24 11:41 EST BY AARON SPRAY
Updated by Aaron Spray September 24, 2022
Capri is one of Italy’s most luxurious and sought-after destinations and has been a resort island since Roman times. Today it is famous for shopping. While there may be more affordable shopping options for those on a budget in Capri, those options will be limited. This article has been updated with the suggestion that visitors on a budget should consider focusing on shopping in Naples as an alternative.
Capri Town’s luxury shopping district offers enough shops to meet the most expensive needs of those willing to spend a fortune on luxury items. The area encompasses the triangle from the Piazzetta to Via Camerelle and Via Le Botteghe. A hundred meters between the Grand Hotel Quisisana and Via Tragara are all the shops of the biggest Italian and international names in luxury fashion.
Here, shoppers can shop the season’s hottest fashion items from Gucci, Valentino, Fendi, Blumarine and more. Exclusive local multi-brand boutiques like Gray Flannel on Via Vittorio Emanuele, 5, also sell clothes and accessories from different designers. For those looking to splurge on tailored Capri pants, the best option is La Parisienne at Piazza Umberto I, 7, known for designing the iconic Jackie Kennedy trouser style.
From mid-April to mid-October, shops along this strip stay open from 10 a.m. until late at night.
Buying at least one of Capri’s signature products is a must for most visitors, and handmade sandals are the item of choice. Canfora, renowned creator of handmade Capri sandals, is the usual answer to this need. The exquisite combination of a timeless sole and the finest jewelry for the straps is what attracts fashionistas, like Jackie Kennedy, who bought her chic sandals from the label. Capri sandals can be custom made to fit individual feet, but they cost around $200 a pair.
- Location: Via Camerelle, 3, 80076 Capri
- Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Website: Canfora.com
Since 1917, Bottega Capri has been producing handmade, custom-designed shoes and was the first store to sell the famous Capri sandals. Even today, the processing method of their Capri sandals has remained unchanged, requiring exceptional craftsmanship.
They offer custom designed sandals with plenty of samples to inspire customers and the ability to select heel height, leather sole color and strap style from a range of vibrant leather straps to complete their look.
- Location: Via le Botteghe, 21, 80073
- Hours: Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 23:00
- Website: Bottegacapri.com
Handcrafted perfume is another budget souvenir from Capri. Capri’s perfume-making heritage dates back to the 15th century, when the monks of the Charterhouse of San Giacomo began creating enchanting perfumes from the island’s herbs and flowers.
Visiting Carthusia for the most famous perfume made in Capri using local herbs, flowers and delicious soap is a must for those looking to bring home the aroma of their trip. Costing around $70-90 a bottle, Carthusia is produced by hand to ensure the precise application of natural techniques and the meticulousness of traditional craftsmanship.
- Location: Viale Matteotti 2, 80073
- Hours: Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 20:00
- Website: Carthusia.it
Due to the brand’s extensive use of eye-catching advertisements across the island, Capri Watch is impossible to ignore. Capri watches, designed in-house by Silvio Staiano, a talented creative who invented the style of these colorfully jeweled watches and neoprene bags, have become a symbol of the island and are an ideal gift for your loved ones left behind. in the country.
The brand’s clientele includes well-known personalities such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renzo Arbore, Carla Fracci and Mariah Carey, among others. The boutique is in Capri’s famous Delle Botteghe, a small alley in the island’s historic and oldest shopping district with watches costing around $290 each.
- Location: Via Vittorio Emanuele, 54, 80073
- Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Website: Capricapri.com
Marta Ray is another budget-friendly alternative for handmade leather goods such as bags, belts, shoes, and other accessories. The brand has grown steadily since its first collection in 2009, thanks to a style that depicts everyday life with joy and comfort. The brand’s accessories pay homage to fashion while paying particular attention to the quality of the raw materials.
However, they consider female personalities, which the designer describes as elegant, sensible, committed and dreamy. Marta Ray’s bags, ballet flats and sandals, with their light and dark blue, yellow, ecru and sand tones, symbolize the woman who wears them, according to the designer of the same name. Bag prices can range from $66 to $250.
- Location: Via Le Botteghe, 10, 80073
- Hours: Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 23:00
- Website: Martaray.it
The only real way to visit Capri on a budget is to take a day trip from Naples and take the ferry. Capri being a luxury destination, shopping is bound to be expensive. Naples spoils people for shopping and unlike Capri, Naples offers plenty of options for shoppers of all budgets.
- Cut: 3 million (metropolitan area)
- Famous for: Shopping, Architecture, History, Gastronomy
Naples is known as the open-air theater of Italy, where one can simply choose a restaurant on the street and watch the colorful daily life of Naples. Naples is said to be the home of pizza and has much of the best cuisine Italy is known for. Shoppers on a budget who want to visit Capri should just visit it on a day trip and save the shopping for southern Italy’s cultural capital.