Cape May is home to an outdoor walking mall spanning three blocks, with brick pathways, decorative fountains, and wooden benches surrounding garden planters. Shopping in Cape May is basically concentrated on the mall, the Washington Commons, Carpenter’s Square Mall (located behind the Washington Street Mall on Carpenter’s Lane), the beachfront, and West Cape May, primarily where West Perry Street meets Park Boulevard.
Carpenter’s Square Mall and City Centre Mall (located in the 400 block of Washington Street) are enclosed malls comprised of somewhere between 10 and 20 small boutique-type shops. Cape May’s historic Congress Hall also offers guests, as well as visitors, a selection of boutique shops as well. Visitors will also find unique shops at the top end of Jackson Street and on Washington Street near City Hall and the post office.
All of the shops in Cape May are independently owned and operated, so they open and close at their discretion.
During the summer months (mid-June to Labor Day), most stores are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. After Labor Day to late October, most of the shops are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with longer hours on Friday and Saturday. Some stores, particularly those on the Washington Street Mall, remain open at night; however, after Oct. 20th most close at 5 or 6 pm, and many then only open on weekends.
Our advice? If you have a favorite store, give them a call.