Bazzar, Nosara

The best places are often hard to find, and this little hippie shop in Playa Guiones is no exception. If you didn't know where it was, you'd likely miss it — unless, of course, you just happened to stumble across it while being nosy. That's how we found it: We were wandering around and wanted to check out the pool situation at the Sunset Shack Hotel. We turned a corner, and, bam! There was Bazzar, covertly nestled beneath a little cove of palm trees and looking very, very promising.

And it was. The moment we stepped through the door of the white cottage that houses Bazzar, we were awe-struck — and it wasn't just the scent of eucalyptus candles and incense that had us mesmerized. It's more that we weren't expecting to find such a pretty little store in a town whose shopping scene is mostly dominated by surf wax and rashies. But Bazzar, with  its high-end hippie aesthetic and vaguely mystical vibes, is the kind of place you'd expect to find maybe in Ojai or Tulum: Colorful tassel necklaces dangle from wooden branches, gauzy white dresses hang from bamboo racks, and fringed leather bags decorate every other available surface. 

Owner Gonca Gul opened Bazzar after leaving her career as a fashion stylist. In addition to leather accessories and handmade jewelry from select designers, Bazzar sells Gul's two lines: Gonca Style, which features embroidery and hand-dyed fabrics, and Gonca Sport, which consists of knit-jersey yogawear. Bazzar has two locations in Nosara; one next to reception at Sunset Shack Hotel in Playa Guiones and another at La Luna restaurant in Playa Pelada. There's also a location in Sag Harbor.

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