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El Galpon

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Great Store, lovely owner

Every time we visit Puerto Rico, we go to this small but we equipped store to buy our Panama hats... read more

Reviewed August 21, 2018
Lelystad, Netherlands
Buy with confidence

I stopped in El Galpon on New Year's Day to buy a hat as a gift for my brother. Because I had a... read more

Reviewed January 3, 2018
Jerry P
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Gustavo Lerner opened El Galpon in 1996 and began by selling hats from the once famous hat maker Suarez. When Suarez closed its operations Gustavo reached out to Ecuadorian artisans and began to pull together the people, processes and designs that...more
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154 Calle Del Santo Cristo, San Juan 00901-1535, Puerto Rico
+1 787-725-3945
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

This hat shop was supposed to open at 10AM. i waiting in the suffering heat for 30 minutes waiting for it to open. finally opened 15 min late. The only person in the shop was a lady, she did not offer any assistance. I checked...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

Every time we visit Puerto Rico, we go to this small but we equipped store to buy our Panama hats, and to chitchat with the owner. Some traditions are special! We will be there in November again.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Joaocao
Reviewed January 3, 2018

I stopped in El Galpon on New Year's Day to buy a hat as a gift for my brother. Because I had a limited window of opportunity to purchase a hat, I'm very happy Gustavo Learner opened the shop that day. Gustavo knows his business...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Jerry P
Reviewed March 14, 2017

My boyfriend and I were in Old San Juan on a day trip from a cruise. He was intent on buying a hat so we googled "hat shop" and strolled the adorable streets down to El Gapon. The gentleman at the counter was helpful and...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank gulfcoastian
Reviewed February 23, 2017

Bought a hat from these people. Very nice fit. Highly recommend them. The staff was very helpful and very eager to be of service. If in port , make a visit to them. You want be sorry.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank orkefl
Reviewed February 2, 2017

The owner is a dream of a woman. So friendly, so interesting. Speaks perfect English, too. Absolutely everything in that store is a work of art and fairly priced. Found some Santos there from an artist we hadn't seen in the other shops we went...More

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed January 10, 2017

My wife and I stopped in here to to buy one last "santo", wooden statues of the saints that have been taken one by local artisans in modern times, which became somewhat of an obsession during our short time in San Juan. el galpon has...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank CJThom79
Reviewed December 18, 2016

My son-in-law found this shop last year (2015) during a port day on a cruise. He assured me it was a great place to find a Panama hat, even though I already had a recommendation for another store in Old Town. I walked in a...More

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank Colliam7
Reviewed November 11, 2016

Being a hat nut, I love this store. Betsy helped us with my first hat purchase on this trip. She was very knowledgeable and actually knew the make of the hat I was wearing when we first walked in. Nonetheless a few days later, we...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Rick S
Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

We were looking for hats and came across this store. Betzy the owner was nice and extremely helpful. We had gone in to buy a hat for my husband and came out with hats for us both! If every store owner was like Betzy it...More

Date of experience: November 2016
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