Thanon Bamrung Muang

Bangkok
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Thanon Bamrung Muang, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok's Buddha Road
Life before Bangkok might not include a strong need for saffron monks’ robes and prayer flags, but spend a week in this city and you just might feel the overwhelming desire to purchase a six-foot golden buddha. If the urge strikes, go to Thanon Bamrung Muang Road. Bangkok’s “Buddha Road” has you covered for all your Eastern spiritual souvenirs and religious artifacts.
Bangkok's Buddha Road

Bitter & Zart Chocolaterie

Frankfurt
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Bitter & Zart Chocolaterie, Frankfurt, Germany
Chocolate decadence, to go or eat in
Bitter & Zart, near the Frankfurt cathedral, is worth a meander off the Römerplatz, either to shop for chocolate treasures or to linger over a cake and coffee. In the shop, milk, white, and dark chocolates are individually wrapped for the season (when I was there it was foil-wrapped Easter eggs, rabbits and ducklings). Any time of year, choose from delectable truffles and other beautifully crafted chocolate bites from a behind-the-counter selection. At the checkout counter, give in to impulse and add a few marshmallow crocodiles or ribbon candies to your stash. Next door, the tea salon's atmosphere is soothing, ideal after a chilly morning of shopping or sight-seeing in Frankfurt's Old Town. Sit at a tiny table under art deco lights, and enjoy a slice of freshly baked cake--fruit tarts, a slice of creamy lemon cake, or tiny Frankfurter Kränzen (butter cream cakes)--with a cup of tea or coffee from celebrated roasting house A. Joerges. There are savory selections, as well, and juices or champagne to suit the occasion and your mood. The shop is open Monday-Saturday, the tea room, every day of the week.
Chocolate decadence, to go or eat in

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen
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Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
From Sleepy Fishing Village to Charming Tourist Mecca
Known as Xaman-Há in ancient times, Playa del Carmen has come a long way since its start as a sleeping fishing village. Once the embarkation point for the sacred island of Cozumel, today it is one of the fastest growing communities in Mexico and is considered to be the heart of the Riviera Maya. While small fishing boats still bob lazily in the bay, the once narrow dusty streets lined with a handful of shops and an occasional café have given way to posh pedestrian malls dotted with busy cafes, trendy bistros, scintillating bars and upscale shops bursting with brilliant booty. Spend a few hours browsing Quinta Avenida (Fifth Ave), a lengthy pedestrian-only path where a slew of bistros, restaurants and cafes vie with boutiques overflowing with designer duds, upscale jewelry, Maya carvings, shiny silver and colorful Mexican handicrafts for your attention. The southern end of town boasts the newly created Paseo del Carmen, an open-air mall with yet more designer stores and tony restaurants. Plaza Pelicanos is the place for some of the trendier shops. Adjacent streets showcase Playa’s older charm in smaller, more typical locales lining the still cobblestone streets. Some of the area's best all-inclusive resorts and condo hotels are located here.
From Sleepy Fishing Village to Charming Tourist Mecca

Hilo Farmers Market

Hilo
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Hilo Farmers Market, Hilo, Hawaii
The Best of the US: Hilo Farmers Market
The Huffington Post named the Hilo Farmers Market the best in the United States. For fresh local flavors, the market is open every day except Sunday. The big market days are on Wednesdays and Saturdays where more than 200 vendors including farmers and crafts people gather to sell their goods. If you're looking for local souvenirs to take home or just a place to grab a quick fresh and tasty lunch, the Hilo Farmers Market will provide a beautiful morning or afternoon of shopping and eating. Photo by andresmh/Flickr.
The Best of the US: Hilo Farmers Market

Beverly Hills Hotel

Beverly Hills
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Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California
Sunbathing at the Beverly Hills Hotel
The pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel is awesome. There is nice chairs and great tents to relax and take it easy. The location is great, just a little ride away from the shopping streets of LA (Bedford, Rodeo, etc.) great hotel, great reputation, and it is also open for tourists and curious people who wants to see what it's all about, in case you don't want to stay there.
Sunbathing at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Merzouga

Merzouga
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Merzouga, Merzouga, Morocco
Travel In Morocco Weth Ismail
organizing tours and excursions in Morocco and discovering the beauty of Morocco.Iin our tours, travelers are escorted to discover the charm that hides the desert to live and spend time with local people .
Travel In Morocco Weth Ismail

Manteigas

Manteigas
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Manteigas, Manteigas, Portugal
The Burel Factory in Manteigas
The area of Manteigas, located in the Serra da Estrela mountain range, is well known for the wool factory thanks to the high concentration of sheep. The current location of the Burel factory used to be the old Império Wool Factory few years back and in 2010 was bought by its current owners. The main goal was to work with Burel, the most traditional fabric of the local wool industry and also work and support young artists and wool designers. Moreover, the factory enabled to reinvent the value of the region's natural resources, combining the art and know-how of the village weavers with modern design, creating original works with a contemporary trait. These products such as coats, scarves, suits, carpets, pillows, bed spreads, bags and even wall decorations are already in use of hotels (such as Casa das Penhas Douradas), Offices ( such as Microsoft headquarters in Lisbon) and homes. It is great to see a way of preserving the past and the Natural resources into the present.
The Burel Factory in Manteigas

Jockey Plaza

Santiago de Surco
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Jockey Plaza, Santiago de Surco, Peru
To sweeten your life
Melate is a gourmet chocolate maker using 100% Peruvian ingredients of the highest quality, created by the most important lady in the Peruvian gastronomic scene: Astrid Gutsche. From chocolate bars to truffles and pralines, everything is made with multiple varieties of the purest Peruvian cocoa. Some surprising combinations of flavors bring the history of Peru to your tastebuds: toffee with picarón honey and Maras salt, bonbons with pisco cream filling, truffles sprinkled with coca leaf and chocolate with sacha inchi (a local olive oil). These are just a few of the delicious and innovative creations. It’s tempting to fill a bag with these treats!
To sweeten your life

Váci St

Budapest
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Váci St, Budapest, Hungary
Budapest Comes Alive on Váci utca
Locals and tourists alike converge on busy Váci utca, a boulevard full of shops, restaurants, and some bigger name retail stores. The street also leads to Vörösmarty Square. Day or night, Váci utca is definitely a street worth exploring.
Budapest Comes Alive on Váci utca

old town Javea

Xàbia
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old town Javea, Xàbia, Spain
Xabia, Spain
Javea (also spelled Xabia) is a town on the Costa Blanca in Spain. You can spend your time enjoying the beautiful beaches or eating delicious food or exploring streets like these.
Xabia, Spain

Cumberland, MD

Cumberland
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Cumberland, MD, Cumberland, Maryland
Cumberland
A hidden local gem for a nice walk or biking along side the C&O Canal. A nice refurbished shops areas featuring a nice restaurant, gourmet European style sandwich and ice cream and a nice hidden local wine store.
Cumberland

Illum Department Store

Copenhagen
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Illum Department Store, Copenhagen, Denmark
Not Your Typical Big-Box Department Store
Illum is one of two major Danish department store chains. The store is famous for its excellent selection and taste and features fashion, interior and design options as well as a large beauty section. It even features a delightful bakery with excellent breads and sweets. A shopping trip to Copenhagen isn't complete without a visit to Illum.
Not Your Typical Big-Box Department Store

Shanghai City

Shanghai
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Shanghai City, Shanghai, China
Shanghai - Shop till you Drop
Joining a 5D4N trip to Shanghai, includes visiting Wuxi, Hangzhou, Suzhou. Enjoyed sights of Shanghai , Bund and Pudong skylines, but the eye opener is the sales tactics of Chinese shops. Read more of my travel experience here.
Shanghai - Shop till you Drop

Glarus Chocolatier

Lutherville-Timonium
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Glarus Chocolatier, Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland
Hand Made Swiss Chocolate
By accident we ran in this little boutique hand made Swiss chocolatier in the suburb of Baltimore. It's not cheap. However, the quality and taste is superb. We bought a small bag of truffles and all of them wee amazing. They also have chocolate bars and special occasion gift boxes.
Hand Made Swiss Chocolate

Wingtip

San Francisco
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Wingtip, San Francisco, California
Modern Members Only
A friend of mine asked me when I was visiting, if I wanted to check out Wingtip, a members only club in the heart of San Francisco's financial area. I agreed. What originally started out as a retail space and expanded into an exclusive membership only space, it isn't the old stuffy mens clubs of yore. It's like Soho house but less scene-y. It's a beautiful space that is constantly expanding and it's part bar and part social club. It's a great place to conduct meetings and meet interesting people. There was wifi, kindles and iPads to use, newspapers, magazines, loads of great wine, scotch, bourbon and more. We also had and incredible view of the TransAmerica building. When I was there their rooftop deck had not been built yet. I'm hoping I can go back to check it out. While the club is members only, they have an incredible retail space below. Photo above: A horn magnifying glass found in one of the reading rooms
Modern Members Only

Ballard Sunday Farmers Market

Seattle
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Shopping at the Neighborhood Market
“You can get anything—fruit, vegetables, cheese, honey—at the market. It feels like everybody in the neighborhood comes.” -Bill Frisell 5345 Ballard Ave. NW, (206) 781-6776. Photo by Ian Allen. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Read more about Bill Frisell's Ballard neighborhood.
Shopping at the Neighborhood Market

Via Carlo de Cristoforis, 5

Milan
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Via Carlo de Cristoforis, 5, Milan, Italy
Zaini chocolates
It's worth a peek inside Zaini, Milan's historic chocolate maker, whose began creating delicious chocolate confectionaries since the 1910s. Celebrating a 100 year anniversary, Zaini opened the via Carlo de Cristoforis location in honor of a century passed and has included the cocktail magic of Mag's Flavio Angiollilo.
Zaini chocolates

Homestead Apothecary

Oakland
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Holistic Medicine Cabinet in Oakland
Soak in the holistic health vibe in this narrow slip of a store, where the medicine cabinet is filled with calming tinctures and the walls are lined with jars of herbs, teas, and other remedies. This appeared in the March/April 2014 Issue. Photo by Dani Vernon.
Holistic Medicine Cabinet in Oakland

Esqueleto

Oakland
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Handcrafted Jewelry at Esqueleto
The interior of designer Lauren Wolf’s art and jewelry boutique blends seamlessly with Wolf’s own collection of handcrafted sterling silver and gold rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces inspired by nature. (510) 629-6216 for more information. This appeared in the March/April 2014 Issue. Photo courtesy of Esqueleto.
Handcrafted Jewelry at Esqueleto

morocco

Merzouga
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morocco, Merzouga, Morocco
Desert Trekking By Camel Trek
( Nomadic life in the desert of Morocco ) organizing tours and excursions in Morocco and discovering the beauty of Morocco.Iin our tours, travelers are escorted to discover the charm that hides the desert to live and spend time with local people .
Desert Trekking By Camel Trek

Terrasse Dufferin

Quebec
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Terrasse Dufferin, Quebec, Canada
Wandering through Old Quebec's streets
What a wonderful time wandering in Old Quebec City ! My home town is such a nice place, and I highly recommend tourists to visit Old Quebec. You can start at Place D'Youville (Ice rink outside in Winter) and then head over to rue St-Jean. You will be able to admire the St-Jean Doors at the entrance, and then shop in many littles boutiques on the street. Then you can continue on Côte de la Fabrique, and you'll be really close to Château Frontenac and Terrasse Dufferin, where you can admire the St-Lawrence River! Have a wonderful time!
Wandering through Old Quebec's streets

Broome Street General Store

Los Angeles
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Broome Street General Store, Los Angeles, California
Broome St General Store
A lovely ivy-wrapped outdoor patio that’s a peaceful place to get computer work done. Inside is an espresso bar and the “best selection of enticing goods in a small place,” stocked with the masters of product design, including Pendleton, MCMC frangrance, Squirl, Kinfolk, Mast Brothers, Eclectic by Tom Dixon…I leave smelling good and feeling inspired.
Broome St General Store

JR 東京駅 (JR Tokyo Sta.)

Tokyo
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JR 東京駅 (JR Tokyo Sta.), Tokyo, Japan
Golden Week in Tokyo
Exploring the capital city of Japan is such a delight. People watching, Food Trips, Anime, and wandering around to get lost amidst the bustling and generous people in the city of Tokyo. Read more of my travelogue at: http://saventravel.blogspot.sg/search/label/Tokyo
Golden Week in Tokyo

Droog Amsterdam

Amsterdam
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Droog Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
It All Adds Up at Droog
What do you get when you combine a design gallery/store with a café, beauty salon, fashion boutique and rental apartment? Add it all up and it equates to Droog, a multifunctional space that melds a 160- square meter exhibition space with an airy dining room, a tearoom overlooking an outdoor garden and a single bedroom for overnight guests. “The concept of a hotel has been reversed," says Renny Ramakers, co-founder and director of Droog. "Whereas a hotel is...mostly about sleeping, here we have enlarged and emphasized all the aspects that many hotels also offer and made them central to the experience—and it even has a room to sleep in.” Housed in a 17th century building in central Amsterdam, Droog showcases product design in exhibitions and lectures, and invites people to plug in as they choose. In the gallery, view the latest in international furniture design, art and fashion. Shop at the Droog Store, then refuel at RoomService by Droog, open for late breakfast, lunch, high tea and early dinner, or just drinks and snacks. Head to Cosmania to up your beauty game, shop for hip fashion at Kabinet and stock up on wellness products at Weltevree. On top floor, Hôtel Droog offers overnight guests a brightly-lit bedroom, bathroom with separate bath and shower, living area and kitchen. Perched in the aery enclave, enjoy a splendid view of Amsterdam rooftops and the city below.
It All Adds Up at Droog

Bravo!

Santiago
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Bravo: A Hub for Modern Chilean Design
With a nod to the neighborhood’s tradition of carpentry, this furniture store sells chairs, tables, bowls, and wall hooks made of Chilean lenga wood, crafted with clean, modern lines and smooth finishes. Photo courtesy of Bravo! This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Bravo: A Hub for Modern Chilean Design

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

Punta de Mita
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The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta de Mita, Mexico
Escape, Explore, Recharge in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Swim, surf, snorkel, fish, spa, golf, play.....in the beautiful setting of Punta Mita. Sip your favorite mango margarita by the pool as you watch the sun set slowly over the sea. Be as active as you wish, or rest and rejuvenate. Special package through AFAR for 3 nights, Oct 14 - 17, or Oct 21 - 24 includes 3 nights deluxe ocean view accommodations at the beautiful St Regis Punta Mita Resort, tax and service, airport transfers for two, daily full breakfast for two, marine safari to the Marietas Islands, full use of the Remede Spa and a $100 credit for a Remede Spa treatment, total $1855.
Escape, Explore, Recharge in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Butrich

San Isidro District
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Butrich, San Isidro District, Peru
Shoes with hearts
I was browsing the shops at Calle Miguel Dasso one time and was surprised to find in a hidden shop some of the most creative shoes in Lima. Jessic Butrich, a Peruvian designer, creates colorful shoes with a style that will remind you of the 50s. All collections are saucy and romantic, full of personality. The hearts are the brand’s icon and always show up in one way or another. It’s hard not to fall in love.
Shoes with hearts
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