Our favourite shopping spots in Galveston take you from the popular seaside strip to hidden holes in the wall that you’re unlikely to just stumble upon. You will go on a journey through the artistic minds managing their local vending booths and indulge your own creative influences with book and craft shops.

    Whether you're looking to gear up for the beach or to own a piece of sunken treasure, Galveston has it all. Our selection is fitting for family needs as well as offering the perfect destinations for a couples shopping spree. Read on for a selection of the best places to go shopping in Galveston.  

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    Murdoch’s

    A great spot to pick up souvenirs in Galveston

    • Shoppers
    • Nightlife

    Murdoch’s is the one-stop-shop for any souvenirs you desire to help you remember your time in beautiful Galveston island. They offer one of the largest selections of naturally sourced seashells and corals. They also stock T-shirts, mugs and a wide variety of island trinkets.

    The gifts are not the only reason to visit Murdoch's. If you were unable to book a room by the beach, fear not. Simply enjoy an evening on Murdoch's patio sipping on a cold beverage and listening to the waves crash below.

    Location: 2215 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 9:30 am to 7 pm, Friday–Saturday from 9.30 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 409-762-7478

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    The Witchery

    The home of esoteric items in Galveston

    • Shoppers
    • Unusual

    The Witchery is an eclectic little shop that's one of the best-smelling shops in Galveston, which is not quite as spooky as it sounds. The aroma of incense fills the air as you sort through the library of rare books and tarot cards.

    This unusual shop stocks a wide selection of stones and oils for holistic healing and meditation. If you’re looking for unique esoteric items, or simply want to learn more about the arcane teachings, The Witchery and its staff have everything you could ask for.

    Location: 2116 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 409-515-0669

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    Old Galveston Square

    The historic building in Galveston for modern shoppers

    • Shoppers
    • Food
    • Couples
    • Families

    Old Galveston Square is located in 'The Strand', the historic district of Galveston city, and fills the need of all shoppers and diners. This 3-storey structure offers 20,000 sq ft of street-front shops.

    Santa Fe Trail Jewelry will leave you sparkling like the sunset sea, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. If you’re looking for a classic Texas souvenir, bring your family to Buster’s Old Time Photos. When the shopping is done, don't leave the square without visiting the variety of bars around for a cold beverage or self-serve Texas barbecue.

    Location: 2211 The Strand, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Phone: +1 409-761-4110

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    Galveston Book Shop

    Pick up something interesting to read on the beach

    • Shoppers
    • Budget

    Galveston Book Shop is a hidden gem located in The Strand area of Galveston. This quaint little store offers a wide variety of new and used books, a perfect stop for any reader. You'll find collectable and antique literature as well as modern cookbooks among its collections.

    There’s seating throughout the 2-storey shop where you’re welcome to spend time scanning through your favourite reads. The Book Store also has on its shelves a group of DVDs and LP records. We're lucky to still have this special store as it was almost destroyed when a hurricane tore through the island. On your way out the door, check the water markings on the wall to see the flood line roughly 7 ft above ground level.

    Location: 317 23rd St, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 409-750-8200

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    Nautical Antique Warehouse

    A nautical-themed antique shop

    • Shoppers
    • Budget

    Nautical Antique Warehouse will set sail to your imagination. The nostalgia alone is a reason to stop into the warehouse. They salvage antique and unique ship parts and flags from around the globe.

    At the shop, you'll find beautiful brass porthole covers, ship wheels, pulleys, ropes and more. Nautical Antique Warehouse doubles as a museum for those fascinated by maritime novelties and is the go-to spot for those renovating a beach-style property or decorating the family boat, all within a reasonable price.

    Location: 2202 Mechanic St, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Thursday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed Sunday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +1 409-539-5469

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    The Marketplace at Peanut Butter Warehouse

    An artistic collective of fashion, food and more

    • Shoppers
    • Food
    • Couples
    • Budget

    The Marketplace at Peanut Butter Warehouse is located near Galveston Harbor. The scenic views and multitude of shophouses are expansive enough for a full evening of browsing and buying. Pour a glass of wine and enjoy the local art displays. You can even talk with the artists in person.

    As the name suggests, this shop is proud of their homemade peanut butter and jelly selections, as well as the hand-ground coffee. The brick walls surround several independent vendors selling jewellery, clothing, and home decor. Bring a big empty bag with you when you come and leave with a bag full of treasures.

    Location: 102 B 20th St, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Thursday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm, Monday from 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 409-632-7165

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    LoneStar Heroes: Comics & Toys

    Go shopping for the child at heart

    • Shoppers
    • Families

    LoneStar Heroes: Comics & Toys is the top comic shop in South Texas. This family-run business is packed with the latest edition of your favourite characters as well as a plethora of vintage comics for the collectors out there. You'll spend hours reminiscing through books and toys.

    The friendly staff is knowledgeable and will enlighten you on the history of everything in stock and introduce you to the new books coming in each week. If you’re lucky, you may catch the shop on "Free Comic Book Day" when you’ll be met by real character actors.

    Location: 8910 Seawall Blvd c, Galveston, TX 77554, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 12 pm to 7 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 409-632-7820

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    Galvez Shopping Center

    A shopping hub to cover all the basics for your island vacation

    • Shoppers

    Galvez Shopping Center is a modern mall in Galveston to satisfy all your basic needs which you might need in daily life. Having 17 separate stores, Galvez is a shopping hub for all of your daily needs.

    Stock up on daily vitamins and supplements at GNC, and you can refresh your wardrobe at popular shops like Target and Payless. PetSmart will make sure your furry friends are well taken care of. You will also find access to multiple banking outlets. Freshen up at the selection of beauty and nail salons, and if you find yourself in need of hardware, Home Depot has it all.

    Location: 6228 Broadway St, Galveston, TX 77551, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 409-740-3230

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    Galveston Sea Wall

    Walk the shoreline and shop in the sea breeze

    • Shoppers
    • Families
    • Budget

    Galveston Sea Wall is a 10-mile stretch of pathway along the beachfront speckled with interesting stalls and mom-and-pop shops. It’s a convenient place to shop for beach gear in Galveston.

    If you’re looking to enhance your experience on the sand, stop by Wing's Beachwear for shade and suits, then rent some wheels at Island Bicycle Company to cruise the wall. Kites & Flagpoles Unlimited is a shop that will bring joy to a windy day on the beach. If the waves are rolling in, be sure to grab your gear at Texas Surf Co.

    Location: Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Phone: +1 409-797-5198

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    Visker & Scrivener’s

    A shop fit for a modern-day Shakespeare

    • Shoppers
    • History
    • Unusual

    Visker & Scrivener’s Quills, Books & Oddities is an ethereal establishment that will take you to a time seemingly long passed as you walk through the door. Neatly organized throughout the many displays are mounted beautiful, handcrafted quill feathered pens and ink jars eagerly awaiting the poet or author to give them a home.

    They have a collection of historical pens from recognized writers for the enthusiasts. At this writer's paradise, you'll find a wide selection of tips available to test before purchase, and they also offer handmade notebooks. If you're looking to personalize your prized writing tools, they'll make custom orders which can be shipped to your home.

    Location: 406 23rd St, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)

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    Colby Murray | Contributing Writer

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