Shopping on the Amalfi Coast
Gastronomic delicacies, designer ceramics, and glamorous beachwear: an insider guide to shopping on the Amalfi Coast and ideas for the perfect souvenir.
Food and drink
The gourmand’s first port of call on the Amalfi Coast is, of course, Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, home of the celebrity chef, Alfonso Iaccarino.
Next to his restaurant, Alfonso has opened a delicatessen, selling typical Amalfi Coast goodies, including the lemon liqueur, extra virgin olive oil and jams produced on his “Le Peracciole” organic farm.
The gastronomic extravaganza continues in Positano, at the bar-patisserie La Zagara. Call in here for a refreshing granita on the panoramic terrace, and a tray of sfogliatelle and babà to munch on the way home.
A few hairpin bends later and you’ll come to the Fiord of Furore where, in a cellar carved out of the rock, the wines of Marisa Cuomo are kept.
The winery organizes both guided tours and tastings.
In nearby Minori, you’ll want to stock up on pasta at Antonio Ruocco’s Al Pastaio shop and indulge in some of the sweet concoctions filling the windows of Sal de Riso’s legendary patisserie.
In order to purchase some of Monti Lattari’s exceptional fiordilatte cheese, you’ll need to travel inland and up to the town of Tramonti and the Antica Latteria.
Where to shop
Don Alfonso 1890
Corso Sant’Agata 11/13 – Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi
Via dei Mulini 10 – Positano
Cantine Gran Furor Divina Costiera di Marisa Cuomo
Via G.B. Lama 16/18 – Furore
Via Largo Solaio dei Pastai – Minori
Pasticceria De Riso
Piazza Cantilena 20 – Minori
Antica Latteria di Tramonti
Via Sclavo 2 – Tramonti
Ceramics and crafts
The Amalfi Coast still boasts a surprising number of artisan workshops, which both create and sell unique pieces of earthenware.
The area’s most highly-prized ceramics are produced in the town of Vietri sul Mare and the town is full of little shops selling every genre of brightly colored ceramic ware as well as schools which teach the ancient art of pottery.
If you’re looking for artistic ceramics, head to Pasquale Liguori’s studio.
Marco Fusco’s Laboratorio Fes, in Amalfi, houses a fabulous collection of contemporary pieces.
Amalfi is famous, above all, for its handmade paper: a vast selection of which can be found in the Cartiere Amatruda.
At the Scuderie del Duca you can purchase not only paper, but also wax, ink and antique and modern prints.
If, on the other hand, you fancy taking a traditional mandolin back home with you, you’ll need to go to Praiano, where the Amalfi Coast’s last lute maker is located.
Where to shop
Ceramiche Artistiche di Liguori
Corso Umberto I 80 – Vietri sul Mare
Via Madonna degli Angeli 7 – Vietri sul Mare
Laboratorio Fes – Conterraneo
Piazza dei Dogi 8 – Amalfi
Le Scuderie del Duca
Largo Cesareo Console 8 – Amalfi
Via delle Cartiere 100 – Amalfi
The Amalfi Coast is famous for having invented the “hippy-chic” style: a sophisticated, Mediterranean version of the apparel worn by the flower power generation, characterized by brightly colored cotton or linen blouses, head scarves, and sarongs and flat, handmade sandals, which were inspired by the footwear first made on the island of Capri.
The best place to purchase a pair of made-to-measure sandals, without emptying your wallet, is Maiori, in Alfonso Dattilo’s legendary shoe shop.
To get the complete Positano look, pop in to the Bottega di Brunella where, since the 1960’s, Vito and Brunella have been creating beautiful designs for men, women and children using the finest linen, chenille and wool.
And don’t forget – you’ll need a bathing costume too, perhaps decorated with studs of turquoise and coral, like those created by the Antica Sartoria, located on Positano’s Spiaggia Grande.
Where to shop
Via del Brigantino 13 – Spiaggia Grande – Positano
La Bottega di Brunella
Via Pasitea 72 – Positano
Sandali tipici di Alfonso Dattilo
Via Lungomare Amendola 38/39 – Maiori
Via dei Mulini, 19 – Positano