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

2019-01-29T16:49:25+07:00By |

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 to others we met in Saigon: after losing a brother …

Bangkok Take-Homes – Homegrown Gifts from Thailand

2018-12-17T17:18:00+07:00By |

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 Chatuchak Markets and a handful of other shops where I know …

Berlin Designer Souvenirs

2015-08-25T13:27:07+07:00By |

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, and self-publishers. Here are a few of my favourite stores …

Krakow Foodie Souvenirs — Traditional Polish Take Home Treats To Buy

2018-03-30T22:44:33+07:00By |

Krakow foodie souvenirs include traditional Polish treats to take home such as beautifully packaged honeys, preserves, syrups, teas, coffees, confectionary, and of course, chocolate, along with homemade local liqueurs you won't find outside Poland. Here are our recommendation for the best edible souvenirs to buy. Sipping gluhwein at Kraków’s Christmas markets, taking in midnight mass on Christmas …

Zakopane Folkloric Souvenirs

2015-08-25T14:11:40+07:00By |

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 stalls that sell Zakopane folkloric souvenirs are manned by little …

Best Vienna Chocolate Shops for Edible Souvenirs from Austria’s Capital

2018-05-28T11:14:10+07:00By |

The best Vienna chocolate shops range from Demel, the former royal court confectioner, loved by Viennese for its decadent chocolates as much as its Sachertorte to Austria’s more innovative, smaller, boutique chocolatiers, such as Tiroler Edl, available at enormous gourmet emporium of Julius Meinl. Vienna’s chocolate history is long and rich and the Austrian capital produces some of …

Vintage Vienna

2014-09-24T03:03:23+07:00By |

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 is retro heaven if you’re a lover of all things …

European Winter Treat in Vienna: Fresh Black Winter Truffles

2018-05-28T11:19:58+07:00By |

Ever since I first tried truffles in a restaurant in Zurich, I get excited when the Northern Hemisphere winter comes around and I can look forward to 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 …

Zell am See Take-Homes: Liquid Souvenirs

2017-10-02T17:51:14+07:00By |

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 so that the moment you shifted something to clear space …

Budapest Take-Homes: Recycled Retro-Cool Keepsakes

2018-11-26T11:01:08+07:00By |

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 and crafts co-op), and San Miguel de Allende (Ave Maria, …

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas from a Global Grand Tour

2018-11-26T10:56:31+07:00By |

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 series. Here are our christmas gift ideas... Istanbul – an intricately patterned …

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

2018-11-26T11:00:54+07:00By |

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, nothing beats shopping the Grand Bazaar. Why Go to the …

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