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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 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...
Vienna Take-Homes: Chocolate Treats

Vienna Take-Homes: Chocolate Treats

Vienna’s chocolate history is long and rich – chocolate travelled from Madrid to Vienna in 1711 when Emperor Charles VI moved his court here, while the Sachertorte, the city’s famous chocolate cake, was invented in Vienna in 1832 by Franz Sacher – so I couldn’t...
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...
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,...
Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

Terence called me ‘the Queen of Shopping’ when I was a full-time guidebook author specialising in the Middle East and writing boxed texts on subjects like ‘Haggling for Gold’ and ‘Bargaining 101’. But no amount of years spent drinking tea with carpet sellers from Morocco to...
Buenos Aires Take-Homes: Delicious Dulce de Leche

Buenos Aires Take-Homes: Delicious Dulce de Leche

I have a confession: I adore dulce de leche, Argentina’s very special version of milk caramel. And this is really saying something, because I’m not the kind of person who obsesses over chocolate or gets cravings for sugary treats. Another confession: I’ve been known to...
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...