Introducing! Our Very Own City Shopping Guides
Friday, August 25, 2006
If you know me at all (or, really, if you've read this blog for more than one day), you probably have figured out that when I travel, I love to shop. I can't always tell you the best museum in the cities I've visited (though I do try to get to those types of places as well, especially the modern art museums… and not only because they always have the coolest gift shops). But I can love seeking out local designers and cool shops, and keep comprehensive files of my favorite locations from every city I travel to. (See my slightly obsessive but undeniably helpful business card storage books above – there's one for every place I visit regularly, so when I travel I can just grab it and go.)
Because of this, I get a lot of requests for shopping recommendations, particularly in Asia. My first suggestion is always the absolutely amazing Luxe City Guides (to which I've contributed in the past), which compiles the coolest shopping, dining and hotel finds for every major metropolis around Asia. But there are so many new places popping up all the time, and I wanted to highlight my own favorites -- from flea markets to fancy boutiques -- for anyone who's traveling to these cities or looking for something new to do where they live. Even if you're not travel-bound anytime soon, there should still be plenty of ideas to get you all hot and bothered.
If you have suggestions of your own, now or in the future, please send 'em along or leave them in the comments of the posts. Over the next few months, I'll be posting about my favorite stops (and keeping dedicated links to each city in the main left sidebar), and they'll be constantly updated with new suggestions and stores every time I hit the road. Which is pretty often. (Trips currently planned for the next three months include Delhi, Bangkok, Beijing, Tokyo, New York, Phuket and Burma!) Which is reminding me that I really want to buy some cute new luggage.
Okay? Okay. Let's get started.
Current available guides:
+Ho Chi Minh City
…but more coming soon!