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Both of the St. Martin’s capitals (Marigot on the French side and Philipsburg on the Dutch side) offer plenty of great duty-free shopping. In Marigot, you can shop upscale boutiques — including Cartier, Lacoste and Longchamp — but thanks to its ease of use, recent renovation and wide variety of shops, we vote Philipsburg as the best place to go shopping on the island. The city’s boardwalk and streets feel like a scene from a postcard, and palm tree-lined sidewalks keep shoppers cool in the shade. You can pick up typical souvenirs here — everything from T-shirts to the island’s famous guavaberry rum — as well top-notch clothing and jewelry.