AFAR’s curated guide to local specialities, one-of-a-kind goods, and unforgettable boutiques.
Often when we travel we find it hard to come home, reluctant to leave behind the places that inspired us, changed us, or awakened us to something new. Though memory serves as a priceless souvenir, there are some things worth bringing back in a suitcase. This guide will help you discover the boutiques, artisans, and shopping districts that let you bring the world home, from Hong Kong to New York.
From the megamalls found in the Central District to the hip, independent fashion boutiques in Wan Chai, Hong Kong caters to every taste and budget. See the guide.
Argentina’s style-obsessed capital is beloved for its specialty shops that excel in perfectly crafted tango shoes, jewelry, clothing, and even riding saddles. See the guide.
This trend-setting city dictates global style. Stay in vogue by browsing its boutiques for personalized fragrances, vintage couture, affordable yet chic dresses, and wines from up-and-coming regions. See the guide.
A dedication to craft links the shops in this fashion-forward city. Major Italian brands such as Missoni and Fendi, as well as smaller, homegrown designers, guarantee exceptional quality. See the guide.
These five stores offer decorative home goods made by emerging talents and master artisans. See the guide.
Jasper Conran, creative director of the Conran Shop, shares his go-to stores for made-to-measure tailoring, artistic furnishings, and hard-to-find books in London. See the guide.
Fashion designer Trina Turk is known for her bold and bright Southern California style. Here, she shares her LA shopping secrets. See the guide.
Jonathan Adler is a housewares designer known for an aesthetic that is part midcentury modern, part playful pop. Here, he shares his New York shopping secrets. See the guide.
Illustrations by Holly Wales. Montage photo by Jeffery Cross. Photo courtesy of Jasper Conran. Photo courtesy of Trina Turk. Jonathan Adler photo by Patrick Cline. This appeared in the October 2013 issue.