Take-Homes

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These posts are on the authentic local things to buy that we think make great souvenirs, from local handicrafts to regional produce, and will cover what to buy and where and how to buy it.

Saigon Take-Homes: Communist Kitsch and Post-Modern Fashion

Saigon Take-Homes: Communist Kitsch and Post-Modern Fashion

Interestingly, the subject that seems to most inspire Saigon’s contemporary designers is the past – the tumultuous historic events of the 1960s and 1970s, along with Vietnam’s traditional culture, heritage, arts, and crafts. The story of Vietnamese-Australian designer, artist and entrepreneur Mai Lam is similar...
Bangkok Take-Homes – Homegrown Gifts from Thailand

Bangkok Take-Homes – Homegrown Gifts from Thailand

When it comes to shopping for souvenirs, Bangkok has some terrific shops where you can buy Thai made gifts. Most guidebooks will head you to budget shopping mall MBK or Jim Thompson for Thai Silk (which is stunning), but I also like to go to...
Berlin Designer Souvenirs

Berlin Designer Souvenirs

Yes, there is more to shopping in Prenzlauer Berg than vintage. Not everything is retro. There are plenty of contemporary new products too. The neighbourhood boasts brilliant concept stores specialising in cool ‘made in Berlin’ products from local graphic and product designers, visual artists, illustrators,...
Kraków foodie souvenirs

Kraków foodie souvenirs

Sipping gluhwein at Kraków’s Christmas markets, taking in midnight mass on Christmas Eve, watching folk music in Zakopane… we’ve kept things fairly traditional during our time here in Poland. We’ve also focused a bit on food and drink, from learning how to make pierogi to...
Zakopane Folkloric Souvenirs

Zakopane Folkloric Souvenirs

There are two markets in Zakopane, a small market of wooden shops in the main pedestrianised street in the heart of the old centre, and another larger market that sprawls along the route to the funicular that goes up to Gubałówka hill. Most of the...
Vienna Take-Homes: Best Vienna Chocolate Shops

Vienna Take-Homes: Best Vienna Chocolate Shops

Vienna’s chocolate history is long and rich and the Austrian capital produces some of Europe’s finest chocolate, making a souvenir of chocolate a must. Here’s our guide to the best Vienna chocolate shops. Chocolate travelled from Madrid to Vienna in 1711 when Emperor Charles VI...
Vintage Vienna

Vintage Vienna

In the streets surrounding our apartment in the Fifth District in Vienna, and across the Linke Wienzeile, the street that runs parallel to the Naschmarkt, in the neighbouring Sixth District, there are literally dozens of vintage clothes, design, and furniture shops. This part of Vienna...
European Winter Treat in Vienna: Fresh Black Winter Truffles

European Winter Treat in Vienna: Fresh Black Winter Truffles

Many years ago, when I worked in publishing in Sydney, my right-hand-man had a tempestuous relationship with his girlfriend who was head chef for one of Australia’s best known fine dining restaurateurs. Our little design department was comprised of keen foodies, even though the word...
Zell am See Take-Homes: Liquid Souvenirs

Zell am See Take-Homes: Liquid Souvenirs

When we mainly stayed in hotels when we travelled we rarely went to supermarkets. Perhaps just to pick up bottles of water and some cold beers, maybe some snacks. But hotels became increasingly strict about what you could take into rooms, many installing mini-bars with sensors...
Budapest Take-Homes: Recycled Retro-Cool Keepsakes

Budapest Take-Homes: Recycled Retro-Cool Keepsakes

It’s rare that I devote an edition of Take-Homes to one shop. In the eleven months of our grand tour, I’ve done it just three times before, in Ceret (La Boheme, a shop keeping traditional Catalan fabric alive), Bali (Threads of Life, a fair-trade textiles...
Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas from a Global Grand Tour

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas from a Global Grand Tour

If you’re like me, you’re probably still doing your last minute Christmas gift shopping on Christmas Eve, so here are some fun ideas that might inspire you from things I’ve found on our grand tour of the globe this year and featured in our Take-Home...
Istanbul Take-Homes: a Guide to Shopping the Grand Bazaar

Istanbul Take-Homes: a Guide to Shopping the Grand Bazaar

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, or Kapalı Çarşı in Turkish, at Beyazit, near Sultanahmet, is undoubtedly touristy, so it’s going to have to be my guilty pleasure on this ‘living like locals’ grand tour of ours. Because as much as I love the brilliant shops at Beyoğlu,...