BUENOS AIRES | WHAT TO BUY

Calzados Correa
Mario Bravo 750
+1 54 11 4861 7344

This is THE place for quality leather shoes that have been handmade by skilled artisans since 1955. In addition to the made-to-measure shoes, they also have a curated collection of gorgeous, pre-made leather items.

Casa Cavia
Cavia 2985, Palermo Chico
+1 54 11 4801 9693
We’ll insist you have lunch here (see Where to Eat in Buenos Aires), so after you’re done with your perfect meal on the the patio, head inside to one of the coolest concept stores ever. A flower shop, a bookstore, a perfumer and a patisserie all curated by founder Guadalupe Garcia.

Dubie
Républica de la India 3139, Palermo
+ 1 54 11 4807 3890
Agustina Dubié spent some time in London designing for Nicolas Kirkwood and Roksanda before heading home to set up shop in BA. Her styles are definitely more cutting edge than conservative, but everything looks amazing on. Don’t miss her coats and her newly launched selection of shoes as well.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Santa Fe 1860, Recoleta
+1 54 11 4813 6052
This stunning theater from 1919 has been transformed into one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Jaw dropping original details like the stage, balcony and ceiling frescoes remain intact, and when you’re done browsing for books you can sip tea on the historic theater stage.

Enseres
El Salvador 5986, Palermo Hollywood
+1 54 11 4776 0409
If you like Pinterest and interiors, then Enseres is your Mecca. Owned by a super chic couple, the housewares all come with a recipe and the space is worth seeing even if you’re not in the market to buy.

Galeria Patio del Liceo
Santa Fe 2729, Barrio NorteCavia 2985, Palermo Chico, Buenos Aires
Telephone: +54 11 4801 9693
Galeria Patio del Liceo is a collection of eclectic, local boutiques and galleries that share space around a courtyard. Many of the spaces function as workshops for the artisans and you can often watch the designers at work.

Palermo Soho 
Head to the super chic neighborhood of Palermo Soho packed with hip boutiques, galleries, cafés and heladerias (ice cream parlors). Buenos Aires’ coolest boutiques are here, from clothing stores to bookstores and home design shops.

San Telmo Flea Market
Calle Defensa, Humberto
+1 54 11 3181 5188
The antique market at San Telmo is held every Sunday in one of the oldest neighborhoods in B.A. Stroll the charming cobblestoned streets lined with antique shops and stalls, listen to live music, and watch tango dancers performing on the streets at this always lively street fair.

AMSTERDAM | WHAT TO BUY

Nine Streets is a must-visit shopping area in the canal district filled with unique boutiques, jewelry stores, vintage shops, charming cafés, and restaurants. This is a perfect area to spend the day shopping, strolling, biking, and eating.

Albert Cuyp Market
Albert Cuypstraat, Amsterdam
The city’s largest outdoor street market is a great place to shop for souvenirs, clothes, and lots of food. Be sure and try Dutch specialty stroopwaffles baked right in front of you.

De Bijenkorf
Dam 1, 1012 JS, Amsterdam
The Netherlands largest, premium department store for over 140 years. You’ll find it all here – designer clothes, cosmetics, shoes, housewares and even chocolates! 

Hutspot 
Van Woustraat 4, Amsterdam
Rozengracht 204, Amsterdam

Started as a pop-up in 2012, this Dutch fashion and design emporium now has two locations stocked with unique clothing, housewares, art, and accessories for men, women and children.

MIAMI | WHAT TO BUY

The Design District
3841 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 
If you’re looking for a one stop shop for every luxury brand imaginable then look no further! Built between three beautiful outdoor plazas you can stroll the likes of Prada, Gucci, Louboutin and more while enjoying gorgeous landscape design that really brings the nature of Florida right to the middle of the city.   

Faena Bazaar
3400 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Recently opened and ever-changing, the Faena attempts to modernize the souk with their latest retail offering. The marketplace will feature rotating pop ups of up-and-coming designers so you never know what you may find but you can guarantee it will always be fabulous! The aesthetic and design are worth the trip alone but odds are you’ll leave with quite a few shopping bags in tow.   

Sweat Records
5505 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
+1 786 693 9309

Located in the colorful and eclectic neighborhood of Little Haiti this music store/coffee spot/event space has been holding down cool thanks to its owner Lolo Reskin for going on 14 years. Offering an incredible collection of artists and a knowledgeable staff to help you navigate the stacks it’s the perfect place to rekindle your love affair with vinyl or find some great additions to add to your collection.  

The Webster
1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 
+1 305 674 7899

The chicest of the chic always flock here when they’re in town. Filled with the best of the best luxury brands and perfectly curated collections, fashion mavens will feel as if they walked into a retail heaven clubhouse. It’s the perfect spot to find that outfit you may not have packed for a day or night out in the Magic City. 

Wynwood 
2722 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 
A trip to Miami wouldn’t be complete without a stroll through the ever-growing, ever cool arts district known as Wynwood. Not too long ago a few stores peppered the somewhat empty albeit colorful streets of a long-forgotten area of warehouses. Oh, what a difference a few years make!  From art galleries, to boutiques, and up and coming national brands, this neighborhood makes for the perfect afternoon of shopping and strolling. If you don’t leave there with a few bags of awesome finds you will most certainly head home with some amazing Instagramble moments thanks to the blocks and blocks of incredible murals by the world’s most famous street artists. 

STOWE | WHAT TO DO + WHERE TO SHOP

Dog Sled Rides
849 South Main St, Stowe, VT 05672
+1 802 253 2317
Umiak Outdoor Outfitters offers daytime scenic adventure tours and evening rides.

Snowmobiling Tours
849 Main St, Stowe, VT
+1 802 253 6221
Stowe Snowmobile Tours offers an adventurous 25-mile journey through the Mount Mansfield State Forest for both the beginner and advanced riders.

Stowe Bowl
1613 Mountain Road Stowe, VT
+1 802 253 2494
Bowling for the cool kids. Make lane reservations well in advance as they book quickly during high season.

Laughing Moon Chocolates
78 South Main St, Stowe Village, VT
+1 802 253 9591
In addition to amazing homemade chocolates, they also offer free Chocolate Dipping Demonstrations daily at 2pm, as well as adult and family workshops to create your own chocolates.

Stowe Mercantile
38 Main Street, Stowe, VT
+1 802 253 4554
Housewares, specialty treats, Stowe souvenirs and more all under one roof.

Stowe Public House
109 Main St, Stowe, VT
+1 802 585 5785

Stowe Wine and Cheese
1799 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT
+1 802 253 8606



TORONTO | WHAT TO BUY

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CXBO Chocolates 
193 Baldwin St
+1 416-588-2926
Brandon Olsen and Sarah Keenlyside’s handcrafted chocolate confections are truly a work of art. We’re talking hand-painted jewel-like bonbons with insane flavors like cinnamon brown butter and lime, ginger, and black pepper. For something really gram-worthy pick up CXBO’s signature ‘ Ziggy Stardust ‘Disco Egg’ made up of a colorful chocolate shell filled with shattered chunks of white and milk chocolate. 

The Dot 
687 Bloor W
+1 416 780 9099
We stumbled upon this women’s clothing store while traipsing through Koreatown. A minimalist’s dream….inside the sparsely decorated space staple pieces such as cozy sweaters, faux fur bags, and delicate jewelry from up-and-coming designers around the world make it one of the coolest shopping destinations in Toronto. 

House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books
Lower Level, 128 Sterling Rd
+1 416 363 4343
After lunch at the Drake Commissary head to this adorable neighboring bookstore to peruse the best in Canadian literature. Although you’ll find books for all ages available for sale, Groundwood’s selection of children’s books is really something special as the publisher specializes in creating books that focus on underrepresented children around the world. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly so don’t be surprised if you find yourself unable to pull away from this little literary haven. 

COPENHAGEN | WHAT TO BUY

The Apartment
Overgaden neden Vandet 33, 1st floor, 1414
Enter this fully shoppable apartment, and you’ll want to just grab your bags and move in. Honestly it’s chock full of everything that makes Denmark the design capital of the universe.

Cinnober Bookshop
Landemærket 9, 1119
+45 26 13 98 33

If you’re into paper and stationary and desk accessories, Cinnober is for you. There’s a beautiful selection of coffee table books as well.

Dansk Made for Rooms
Istedgade 80, 1650
+45 32 18 02 55

More great Danish design.

Designer Zoo
Vesterbrogade 137, 1620
+45 3324 9493

There are 7 in-house designers over 7 workshops, all selling very cool and unique handmade goods.

Dora
Værnedamsvej 6, 1619
+45 32 21 33 57

Classic design on a super cute corner.

Georg Jensen
Brigade 12, 1260
+45 3311 5252
Because, George Jensen.

Hay
Østergade 61, 1100 (2nd + 3rd floors)
+45 42 82 08 20

Designer tech pieces alongside dishware and every other home accessory you can imagine.

Herrernes Magasin by David K
Nørregade 20, 1165
+45 33 11 06 23

Men always get the short end of the shopping stick, so let him loose in here and he’ll forget all about the bags you’re making him carry. From bowties to blazer, he’ll walk out looking like a real Danish Gent.

Illumes Bolighus
Amagertorv 10, 1160
+45 33 14 19 41

Copenhagen’s version of a department store is a mecca for modern design.

Rue Verte
Ny Østergade 11, 1101
+45 33 12 55 55

High-end interior design in a building almost as beautiful as what they’re selling.

Stilleben
Niels Hemmingsens Gade 3, 1153
+45 33 91 11 31

The best of Danish design (because EVERYONE needs a glass teapot. Not kidding).

Storm
Regnegade 1, 1110
+45 3393 0014

It’s easy to forget about clothing when you’re surrounded by so much home design, but don’t miss a visit to Storm, where you’ll find cutting edge men’s and women’s brands alongside great local skincare and makeup brands.

Summerbird
Kronprinsensgade 11, 1114
+45 33 93 80 40

When you need some energy to keep going on your shopping excursion, head to this amazing chocolate shop where all of their chocolate is from Valrhôna and has zero additives or preservatives.

STOCKHOLM | WHAT TO BUY

Acne Studios
Multiple Locations
Your favorite store actually hails from Sweden.

Asplund
Sibyllegatan 31, 114 42
+46 8 662 52 84

Danish furniture and then more Danish furniture. But you’re in Stockholm, so you might just want to move into the showroom.

DesignHouse Stockholm
Hamngatan 18-20, 111 77
+46 08 762 81 19

The name kind of says it all, but this is where you’ll find all if the Swedish modern design you can handle.

Grandpa Södermannagatan
Södermannagatan 21, 116 40
+46 8 643 60 80

Fashion, home décor and vintage furniture in one of the coolest spaces you’ll ever see. And the name is so perectly Swedish, you have to love it.

Jacksons
Sibyllegatan 53
+46 8 665 3350

Vintage furniture in Stockholm is almost a better score than the new stuff, and Jacksons is the place to find it.

Snickarbacken
Snickarbacken 7
+46 8 667 10 22

Located just on the border of Ostermalm, you’ll find everything from locally made jams to houseplants and art in this converted 19th century stable. There’s also a cute café serving breakfast and lunch.

Svenskt  Tenn
Strandvägen 5, 114 51
+46 8 670 16 00

This is one of Stockholm’s original design stores, showcasing some of the most beasutiful fabrics and pieces. They also have a beautiful tea salon if shopping if you need a break from shopping.

CARTAGENA | WHAT TO BUY

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CIGARS
Stay away from buying them on the street — they are likely fake. Instead go to Casa Havana for a cigar, a mojito and some live salsa. 

EMERALDS
If you're into them, this is the place to get them as Colombia is the world's largest producer of Emeralds. From what I've heard, Lucy Jewelry is the place to get them.

MORCHILAS
These bags are literally sold everywhere. They come in bright colors or neutrals and can range in price from $10 to $50 depending on where you go. I got all of mine on the street and they made great homecoming gifts. 

THIS IS CARTAGENA
There are bunch of these around the city and they sell local wares all produced in Cartagena.

Tulum | What to Buy

While there isn't a ton of shopping in Tulum, what is there is perfectly curated and very of the place. In fact, you could probably get on a plane with no luggage at all and find everything you could ever need for the perfect beach vacation in these shops.


HACIENDA MONTAECRISTO
Km 7.5, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila (at Coqui Coqui. see above)
High fashion meets beach chic at this incredible shop. And if you can’t get to Tulum, many of their pieces are available from a slew of US shops from J.Crew to Club Monaco,  too.

JOSA TULUM
Km 7.5, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
Best. Cover-ups. Ever. For real. These dresses and caftans go from day to night, won’t wrinkle in your bag. And the shop, a tricked out modern lean-to, might even be cooler than the wares.

LA TROUPE
Km. 7.5, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
Mexican style, Bohemian feel,  and everything here is made locally by Mayan women.

MIGUELINA
Across the street from Posada Margherita, Jungle Side
I've long been obsessed with her cover ups and rompers, but they are pricey! Happily I found them to be a bit less expensive in Tulum.

MR. BLACKBIRD
Km 7.5, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
It’s tiny and the floor is covered in sand but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a plethora of jewelry, sandals and accessories to choose from.

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Austin | What to Buy

SOUTH CONGRESS SHOPPING DISTRICT:
This hip strip features an array of eclectic shops, restaurants, boutiques, antiques, music venues and galleries. And every first Thursday of the month, the street turns into a street fair of sorts with all stores staying open until at least 10pm. 

Some of the standouts for us were:

ALLEN'S BOOTS
1522 South Congress Avenue
+1 512 447 1413

Cowboy boots! Hundreds and hundreds of cowboy boots. If you're not going to buy them in Austin, then where? 

LUCY IN DISGUISE WITH DIAMONDS
1506 South Congress Avenue
+1 512 444 2002

The Allen's Boots of costume shops. So bizarre and yet so much fun.

SECOND STREET SHOPPING DISTRICT:
Home to most of the big name stores in Austin: Banh & Olufsen, Design Within Reach, Swatch and the like, the area is a great place to walk around and shop, and there are a ton of great restaurants as well (see La Condesa, above). There are also a number of smaller, cooler local shops with checking out.

 

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Los Angeles | What to Buy

Clearly I can’t actually cover all of the shopping to be had in Los Angeles, but what  I can do is just point you in the direction of a few of my favorite spots.

ABBOT KINNEY BOULEVARD, Venice
Named for the man who built the Venice Canals, Abbot Kinney is a mecca of cool bars, hip restaurants and super chic shops. My favorites:

AVIATOR NATION
1227 Abbot Kinney
+1 310 396 9100

'70s-inspired California lifestyle sweats and t’s that are super soft and fairly priced. But they are so of the place that to go back to real life without something from this throwback shop would be a total shame.

BURRO
1409 Abbot Kinney
+ 1 310 450 6288

You’ll find it all here – from cute stud earrings and other inexpensive jewelry to cozy sweats, knick-knacks, beautiful coffee table books and housewares.

CAYANA
1140 Abbot Kinney
+ 1 844 326 6005

Best lightweight cashmere scarves and leather totes.

CURRENT / ELLIOT
1132 Abbot Kinney
+ 1 424 291 3300

Great jeans and other denim stuff. Their boyfriend jeans are slim enough so you don’t look huge.

ILLESTEVA
1329 Abbot Kinney
+ 1 310 581 0800

Best. Sunglasses. Ever.

MARINE LAYER
1144 Abbot Kinney
+ 1 310 314 4041

Super soft shirts.

SUNDRY
1415 Abbot Kinney
+ 1 310 310 3593

More cozy clothes. See the theme here?

THE THIRD STREET PROMENADE, Santa Monica
No cars allowed, great (but more mainstream,) shops and a real Farmer’s Market on Sundays and Wednesdays.

THE GROVE
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles
Nothing too surprising at this Disney-like open-air shopping mall. But the kids love it, and it’s fun to walk around.

MALIBU COUNTRY MART
Malibu strikes again with the coolest “mall” ever. Restaurants include Mr. Chow and shops such as LA faves Ron Herman and Madison have outposts here. It’s totally worth a stop.

VIOLET GREY
8452 Melrose Place,  Los Angeles
+1 323 782 9700

I fell in love with the Violet Grey website (a curated site of “the industry’s best beauty edit) so was even more excited to stop into their only brick and mortar store. I wasn’t disappointed. On the high end Melrose Place, the shop is luxurious and hip and chock full of every amazing beauty product you could ever want.

 

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Paris | What to Buy

CARAVANE
6 rue Pavée, 75004
9 rue Jacob, 75006

Very cool housewares. From tableware to hand blown glass and furniture.

COLETTE
213 rue Saint-Honoré,  75001
+33 1 55 35 33 90

Colette is a cult favorite and it’s sort of like a department store on acid. You can find everything and nothing here, but it's so well curated and perfectly edited, it's a must for anyone looking for a true Parisian shopping experience.

DEMILUNE
33 rue du Dragon 75006
+33 1 45 44 21 06

Fantastic kids shoes. And if you’re lucky enough to wear anything below a size 37, you can get yourself a pair of kid-priced Golden Goose sneakers, too.

LES LUNETTES D'ALSO
115 rue Vieille Du Temple, 75003
+33 1 48 04 93 52

Very cool eyewear and they will ship your finished prescription glasses back to you at no charge.

MURIEL GRATEAU
37 rue de Beaune, 75007
+33 1 40 20 42 82

More cool housewares, leather goods and jewelry. I am especially obsessed with the Metal series of dishes.

RIAD KNIEFE
Not a place, but a an incredible interior designer and personal shopper who will take you through any of the Paris antiques markets (Saint Ouen being the most famous) and can advise on any and all vintage furniture and decor. He has been written up in all kinds of travel and design magazines, and his ability to design and furnish a home from these markets is simply amazing. He works with clients all over the world and is so much fun to spend time with. Make sure your day includes a stop for lunch at Cocotte. Riad has “his” table at this Philipe Starck-decorated restaurant and it’s the perfect stop on the antiques tour.

 

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