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Berlin Take-Homes: Designer Souvenirs

Berlin Take-Homes: 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 Take-Homes: Traditional Treats with a Twist

Kraków Take-Homes: Traditional Treats with a Twist

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 Take-Homes: Folkloric Keepsakes

Zakopane Take-Homes: Folkloric Keepsakes

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...
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...
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,...
The Best of Buenos Aires Markets — Super Mercados!

The Best of Buenos Aires Markets — Super Mercados!

One of the first things we do when we arrive in a place is head to the local market and we make a habit of shopping at markets over supermarkets whenever and wherever we can. Food markets aren’t just fun and fascinating places to hang out...
Rio de Janeiro Take-Homes: Brazilian Bikinis

Rio de Janeiro Take-Homes: Brazilian Bikinis

If you only take home one souvenir from Rio de Janeiro, make it swimwear – a pair of teensy Brazilian bikinis for her, and low-waist, hip-hugging, wide-brief sunga for him. In Ipanema, where we had our ‘home away from home’ in Rio for two weeks, there are...
Rio de Janeiro Take Homes: Favela Finds

Rio de Janeiro Take Homes: Favela Finds

Okay, so not everyone can afford to sponsor a child or make a donation, but it costs very little to purchase a small souvenir. If you’re visiting Para Ti at Vila Canoas or Rocinha on a favela tour, you’ll have a chance to buy handicrafts,...
San Miguel Take-Homes: Mexican Chocolates

San Miguel Take-Homes: Mexican Chocolates

These decadent Mexican chocolates and sweets don’t have the spice of the snacks I covered in my previous posts on edible souvenirs, Spicy Snacks and Supermarket Souvenirs, but they’re easily as scrumptious. The Aztecs grew cacao beans, which they fermented, roasted, and ground to make...
San Miguel Take-Homes: Spicy Snacks

San Miguel Take-Homes: Spicy Snacks

You can tell a lot about a culture by its food, especially its snack food – no more so than in Mexico where the snacks combine sweet, spicy and savory flavours in the most scrumptious ways. Naturally, that’s to be expected coming from a culture where...
San Miguel Take-Homes: Supermarket Souvenirs

San Miguel Take-Homes: Supermarket Souvenirs

As we found that prices are more or less similar in San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City, we decided not to do a Price Check here. We still wanted to provide some shopping tips for those of you who are planning on settle in...
Mexico Take-Homes: Mexican Folk Art and Handicrafts

Mexico Take-Homes: Mexican Folk Art and Handicrafts

Calaveras, alebrijes, muñecas… what’s on your shopping list? Mine always includes Mexican folk art and handicrafts when I’m here. If my story on Mexico City’s Museum of Popular Art inspired you to shop Mexico, then here’s a list of some of my favourite things to buy...