The first thing that you will notice as you come up to the DFS GALLERIA WAIKIKI is the huge aquarium in the window. Located in the heart of Waikiki, DFS Galleries offers shopping, from top designer brands at duty-free prices, exclusive island gifts and souvenirs.
Open daily 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Right next to the International Market Place is Duke´s Market Place. It´s almost the same as International Market Place with one small difference, there is no price tags so here you must bargain.
Remember to smile and be nice when you bargain don´t lose your temper.
Duke´s Lane is right besides International Market, between Kalakaua Avenue and Kuhio Avenue.
What to buy: Souvenirs, clothes.
At DFS Galleria you can find all the luxury brands on the market in accessories, beauty, fragrance, fasion, jewelry, watches and premium liquor.
If you like luxury brands this is the place to go.
What to pay: Toooooo much
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I'm sitting in Borders Bookshop Cafe enjoying a Cara-mocha coffee. It really is the best bookstore and since we had driven past it numerous times, I felt compelled to come here. So I caught the bus from Waikiki and am now enjoying a coffee on the balcony overlooking the sea with a pile of books i plan on buying.
I found a book titled '1000 places to see before you die' and I decide to get it. As I was waiting for my coffee, a middle aged woman approached me and said that it was an excellent book. She told me of her plans to travel to Europe later in the year. When I asked, she said her favourite places in the world were Nepal and Kilimanjaro. She also said the Volcanoes on Big Island were worth seeing...So prehistoric. I guess that made up my mind. As soon as I find an agent, I'll book my trip toi Big Island.
(See my Hawaii Volcanoes National Park page)
You can find the ABC STORES in practicaly every corner of Waikiki. In the ABC STORES you can find everything that a tourist needs, such as souvenirs, drugs, Hawaii fashion, sunlotion, everything for the beach, Hawaiian plants and much much more.
The ABC STORES are like a small department store adapted for tourists and with reasonable prices. On your tripp to Hawaii you will stop by a ABC STORE atleast 5 times.
The first ABC STORE was opened on Waikiki beach in 1964, the owners choosed the name ABC because the tourist would find it easy to remember. There are 37 ABC STORES on the Island of Oahu (most of them are in the Waikiki area).
ABC STORES - THE STORE WITH ALOHA
What to buy: Souvenirs, everything for the beach, clothes, coold drinks, drugs, postcards ect.
Ala Moana Center is located on Ala Moana Boulevard between Piikoi Street and Atkinson Drive, just minutes from Waikiki, with ample free parking on four levels.
Ala Moana Center is a premier international and local shopping destination with over 290 shops and restaurants. From beachwear to high fashion, casual dining to fine dining, you'll find everything at Ala Moana Center, all in a beautiful open-air setting filled with lush tropical landscaping and koi ponds.
Monday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Makai Market (food court) Opens 9:00 a.m. Daily
Dont miss all of my videos and tips of the Ala Moana Center
If you like Disney this is the place to go to.
Our son is crazy of Mickey Mouse and Handy Manny so this was a great store to pick up a few things for him.
The Disney store is located in the Ala Moana Center (see my tip of Ala Moana Center)
What to buy: Disney
The big and the famous SEARS. What would a trip to the States be if I didn´t go to a SEARS??
This place is huge and you can find everything between heaven and earth. They have a great selection of clothes and you can find some good stuff for a good price. I bought 2 pair of Levis jeans for a great price.
So dont miss SEARS when you go to Hawaii.
SEARS is located inside the Ala Moana Center (see my tip of the Ala Moana Center)
What to buy: Jeans, clothes,
Anything you can get in Waikiki shops or at the International Market Place (short of fine jewelry) you can get at the swap meet, and more!
What to buy: Hand painted fans
bracelets and necklaces
What to pay: don't be afraid to bargain, especially if you are there early, and are the first sale of the day. Tradition makes them want the first sale to be successful.
Everywhere you go in Honolulu/Waikiki you will see heaps of ABC Stores! They are strategically placed every few shops so that you won't miss them. ;) But they do come in handy to buy things you forgot to pack.
What to buy: We bought our water there quite often as well as some groceries for breakfast and some souvenirs.
What to pay: A bottle of water 1.5 lt was US$11.9, a can of Coke was 69 cents, a pack of Pringles was US$1.99
If your looking for crocs then Waikiki is the place to come to. Here you can buy all kind of modells of crocs, basic, crocs with high heels, shoe crocs, flopflops crocs and much more different modells.
The crocs stores you can find all over Waikiki. The biggest is on Kuhio Avenue (near International Market Place)
What to buy: Crocs
What to pay: From $8
In mood for some serious brand shopping then this is the place. 2 stories with only Louis Vuitton everything from clothes, handbags, small bags, big bags, wallets, umbrellas and so on and on and on.
If you want something from Louis Vuitton then this is the shop to come to.
10 am - 11 pm, 365 days a year
But a warning. The prices is sky high.
If you like extension nails, french manicure tipps and everything that you need to make your own nails, then this is the shop for you (my wife spent ower 2 hours in this small shop, she was like a child in a candy store).
Besides nails they have natural produkts for the entire body, for migrane, heart medicine, potens medicine. And some funny stuff for boys that dont want to look at nails for 2 hours, like peppermint *** (breath mint), squeze *** (two balls that looks like ***) and much more.
Guys if you go inside with your girlfriend be prepared to cash out alot of money, in this shop we spent over $100 for some nail sets and ofcours squeze ***:)
Puapua and Bob's are separate stores located on & near Kakakaua Rd respectively.
Puapua has a very nice range including Martin & Kala plus Hawaiian made Ukes such as Kelii and Valley Made. They are on Kalakaua just before the road becomes beach front.
Bob's is a more spartan affair located upstairs in the Royal Hawaiian shopping center. He also has a great range of locally made Ukes.
What to buy: Expect to pay from $380 for a Soprano and $580 for a Concert and Tenor Hawaiian made Uke. Other brans can be bought for less though they are often made in China (eg kala) so not of the same quality and don't sound as good.
ABC Stores are on just about every corner. They sell a variety of things and sometimes the prices aren't that bad. Great for getting a beach towel if you forgot yours (like me) and for picking up a bottle of water to take to the beach with you.
Of course a lot of stuff is over-priced, but they are super handy and I was grateful for them each day!
What to buy: They sell so much, you can get just about anything you'll need.
2417 Prince Edward Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States
Good for: Business
53-567 Kamehameha Hwy, Punaluu, North Shore, Hawaii, United States
Good for: Solo
2584 Lemon Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States
Good for: Families