Shopping Guides

Homewares in Melbourne

Shopping for homewares in Melbourne? Be sure to visit these 8 shops featuring Scandinavian home accessories to homewares created by artisans in India.

Sustainable Fashion in Bali

From using organic materials to traditional techniques here are 7 boutiques that are fighting against fast fashion, focusing on sustainable fashion in Bali.

Singapore Spring

A new season, a new wardrobe, a new home: here are the pieces that should take pride in the lead up to Singapore spring and SS17.

Shopping at Albert Park

Unearth an eclectic mix of upscale boutiques, local and international designers, eye-popping jewellery, elegant homewares while shopping in Albert Park.

Shopping in Fitzroy

This guide to shopping in Fitzroy features fashion boutiques, local labels, Scandi home accessories & design studios along Brunswick & Gertrude Street.

Shopping in South Yarra

Discover local brands & international labels in Melbourne’s most desirable shopping strip- Chapel Street. All in this guide to shopping in South Yarra.

Gifts for your Valentine

Stumped on what to get your loved one this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered – just head to these boutiques to find perfect gifts for your Valentine.

Swimwear in Sydney

Image: Peony So you’ve had your eyes set on the best secret beach escapes in NSW and assembled the hottest boutiques to shop at Sydney’s Bondi Beach – but before you take a dip in the pools of these iconic beaches you’ll want the perfect swimwear for a full-filled day...

Shopping Precincts in Sydney

A stunning harbour, picturesque beaches and outdoor pools, outdoorsy nature, dynamic arts and culture landscape, an innovative fashion scene, and a mecca for brilliant gastronomy – there is little wonder why Sydney is one of the best holiday destinations in the world....

Guide to Shopping in Bronte

Image: Volange Paris Bronte is a quiet suburb that lies between Waverley, Bondi and Clovelly. It has come a long way since its days with one local milk bar, a fish’n’chip shop and a glorious beach. You can now spend a leisurely afternoon shopping for fashion, gifts...

Guide to Shopping in Double Bay

Image: Carla Zampatti With the stunning Sydney Harbour as its backdrop, Double Bay exudes all that is affluent and lavish. Double Bay has recently received somewhat of an overhaul with a new shopping complex and InterContinental Hotel. The streets – Knox, Cross...

Guide to Shopping in Woollahra

Image: Reads Woollahra not only houses some of Sydney’s most exquisite contemporary and heritage architecture, but it is also the home of one of the most picture-perfect shopping villages. Starting at Edgecliff Road (the Bondi Junction end) you will find a handful of...

Shopping in Bondi Beach

Image: Tuchuzy Amidst the world-famous Bondi Beach emerges some of Sydney’s most unexpected shopping. The laid-back streets of Bondi Beach and North Bondi are sprawling with beach-inspired homewares stores, fashion boutiques, and gift shops.There are too many to...

Guide to Shopping in Clovelly

Image: Loft Furniture & Other Ideas Just south of Bronte is the quaint beach-side suburb of Clovelly and the bustling retail strip of Clovelly Road. You probably know Clovelly for its child-friendly park and beach, and not for its shopping. So we are here to tell...

Guide to Shopping in Paddington

Image: Camilla and Marc The most iconic shopping strip in Sydney is Paddington. It’s where the fashion-forward and style makers gather. Discover some of Australia’s most innovative and creative designs in the streets of Paddington. From Australian designer...

Hot Hotels in Sydney’s CBD

Image: The Old Clare Hotel There’s little wonder why Sydney is one of Australia’s most charming cities. With a stunning harbour, multiple shopping, dining and recreational options and world-famous beaches all within reach – what’s not to love? Sydney’s CBD is a...

Stand Out Fashion Labels in Singapore

  The local fashion scene in Singapore is witnessing a steady surge, with more homebred designers making their name in the industry. Whether it’s acing it online or adding creating special expereinces at their brick-and-mortar boutiques, these design moguls show...

Stunning Hotels in Singapore

Capella Singapore Singapore may be a modern metropolis and a haven for all shopaholics but inside this bustling little city is also a variety of fabulous stays. Are you the type of traveller that lives for the under-the-radar boutique hotels or the type that would...

Charming Hotels in Saigon

Lobby, The Aclove Library Hotel There’s no denying that Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam is an alluring mix of old and new. Despite the sight of fine restaurants, glitzy bars, emerging local shopping spots, the effervescent city continues to retain...

Accessories in Seoul

Admit it. Though small in size, fashion accessories do pack a punch when it comes to defining a personal sense of style. A mere pair of shades, a bag, purse or shoes can amp up your outfit in a heartbeat. In a city like Seoul, the variety of fashion accessories is...

Shopping in Downtown, Los Angeles

  Ever since its booming resurgence, Downtown, Los Angeles is quickly becoming the cool hangout for young and creative minds. The Arts District, Fashion District, Little Tokyo and the Financial District are major areas that form this spirited precinct. Most...

Perfect Imperfect Home Styling

Two years after the launch of online homewares store, SYLODECO, Helene Denaiffe found that many of her clients struggle to find time to style their homes. Today, she unveils Perfect Imperfect, a blog dedicated to giving budding home decorators a dose of home...

Hotels With A View in Seoul

Rooftop Terrace, Hotel Cappuccino Seoul may be considered one of the best shopping destinations in Asia, but did you know that this vivacious city also boasts some of the best views? Innovative architecture and preservation of natural gems have lead to a...

Anna Layard, Guided Art Tours in Yogyakarta

She's one of the most well-known art historians in Singapore, and Anna Layard is not stopping there. As she sets her sights on conquering further shores, the consultant shares her tips on why Indonesia is set to be the 'next big thing'. When did you first know you had...

Shopping in Waikiki, Honolulu

Waikiki, the tourist epicentre of Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu, boasts a nexus of activity. Apart from catching waves and frolicking on the iconic Waikiki beach, feasting on Hawaiian gastronomy and sipping on your favourite concoctions, you’ll also be able to get your...

Swim & Sleep in Waikiki

  So you’ve finally booked your tickets to your dream beach destination Honolulu, Hawaii. The next step – picking the right hotel. Honolulu has no shortfall of beachfront hotels, boutique hotels and iconic hotels that have been around for decades. We’ve got the...

Samantha Feyen

Life really is a beach when you’re in Hawaii. Cruising along giant waves, trekking through volcanic plains and venturing into uninhabited islands are all just part of ordinary life here. Born on the island of Maui and raised in the beautiful countryside of Chiang Mai,...

Must-visit Boutique Hotels in Hong Kong

THIS WEEK’S DREAM DESTINATION AND WHAT TO PACK   Ample shopping hotspots, scrumptious food choices and a plethora of sightseeing gems. The vibrant city of Hong Kong is nothing short of exhilarating. The perfect trip is nothing without the perfect stay. Now,...

The New Faces of Fashion in Kuala Lumpur

  Kuala Lumpur, a city known to many for its greenery, a variety of food, shopping scene, tropical climate and warm friendly people. This is a destination for your bucket list. You will definitely be spoilt for choice of not only the food and site but also, the...

Savina Chai

  It’s been said that all Singaporeans are foodies at heart. Fashion entrepreneur, Savina Chai is no exception. The intrepid traveller and founder of womenswear label, Eight Slate fondly cherishes her mornings spent at the hawker centre, tucking into a hearty...

Lam Thuy Nhan

Ho Chi Minh City bears an intriguing contrast of old and new — a fury of sights and sounds that begs exploring. Still, there’s only so many bowls of pho to be had or war relics to view before one is left wanting. Take Lam’s lead and be guided through Ho Chi Minh’s...

Multi-label Boutiques in Bangkok

  We can’t think of one person who fails to enjoy shopping in a multi-label boutique. With a flock of diverse brands and goodies within reach, what’s not to like? Bangkok has seen a steady surge of multi-label boutiques offering the coolest local labels in the...

Unique Stays in San Francisco

THIS WEEK’S DREAM DESTINATION AND WHAT TO PACK   The rest of California might be preparing for fall but the land of Indian Summers; San Francisco is latching on to the unseasonable weather. We are taking full advantage of the sun-kissed city by unwinding in one...

Stylish Hotels in Bangkok

 THIS WEEK’S DREAM DESTINATION AND WHAT TO PACK   A melting pot of diverse cultures, commercial mecca and perfect juxtaposition of old and new – one can easily identify the dynamic capital of Thailand, Bangkok. Attracting a versatile mix of travellers, many of...

Amy Read, Gifts Less Ordinary

  In a time when sophistication has becomes a main driver of people’s spending habits, independent retailers like Gifts Less Ordinary have found the winning formula. Bespoke and personalisation are key ingredients to this. The idea for Gifts Less Ordinary...

Priscilla I’Anson

Hong Kong. A city in constant movement and flux. Each visit only affirms the belief that you’ll never run out of things to do here. Whether it’s your first time touching down in the city, or a veteran traveller looking for some new places to discover, get...

Where to Get Your French Fix (when not in France)

  How about getting a dose of France without having to book a ticket? We turn the lens to the European nation’s alluring style by looking at where to buy under the radar brands with French influence (or origins) around the world. From stylish women’s fashion...

Postcards From: Villa Saengootsa, Phuket

Phuket is a favourite destination for many. While many resorts are located in Laguna, there are a host of resorts and hotels dotted along the west coast of the island. Villas are popping up in between. Villa Saengootsa Phuket at the Samsara Estate is a hidden treasure...

Luxury Resort Deals in Bali

This week’s dream destination and what to pack Nothing gets a quick weekend getaway off to a better start than a selection of really good luxury resort deals in Bali. Whether you’re travelling to Bali for a tranquil retreat in Ubud, laid-back beach vibes in Nusa...

Souvenir Shopping in Bali

  Everyone loves to take a piece of their travels home with them; be it a recipe, a shell or a purchased item (not I love (insert name of country) t-shirts, fridge magnets, or a snow globe). We’re talking about keepsakes that have a unique story behind them,...

Kids Fashion in San Francisco

We all know the bevy of shopping opportunities sprouted across San Francisco but if you were travelling with your family – especially with kids – they’d want to join in the fun too. In this guide to Kid’s fashion in San Francisco, we take you through four kids fashion...

Kids Fashion in Kuala Lumpur

So you’ve shopped for women’s fashion boutiques, furniture and have taken a peek inside some multi-label boutiques in Kuala Lumpur. But what about something for the kids? In this shopping guide Kids Fashion in Kuala Lumpur, we go inside some of the best boutiques...

Ayla Dimitri

Common knowledge tells you Jakarta is the sprawling capital of Indonesia — a city as notorious for its traffic jams as much as its full-flavoured cuisine. For most travellers, it’s usually seen as the gateway to the paradisiacal island of Bali but Jakarta bears it’s...

Shopping Precincts in Rio de Janeiro

The bustling city of Rio de Janeiro is teeming with rich culture and heritage. The vibrant capital city of Brazil is predominantly recognised for its year-round pleasant climate, pristine beaches, historical museums, rich sounds of Samba and a booming nightlife. The...

Furniture in Rio

Rio de Janeiro is renowned for its great mix of furniture stores to suit every type of living space. In this edition of shopping guides in Rio, we hone in on 5 furniture shops that have piqued our interest. Presenting Travelshopa’s guide to furniture in Rio....

Catherine Bailey, Heath Ceramics

Heath Ceramics might have scaled the heights of global success, but the company remains a champion for local, small-batch manufacturing in the US. The company was founded in 1948 by enterprising ceramicist Edith Heath and her husband Brian in Sausalito, California....

Women’s Fashion Boutiques in Rio

From eye-popping bikini designs to edgy avant-garde pieces, get those shopping lists ready as we take you through the hottest women’s fashion boutiques in Rio.     Andrea Marques Statement pieces Rua Garcia D’Avila, 149, Mezzanine Ipanema, Rio de...

Guide to Shopping at Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles

One of our favourite design ‘hoods and probably one of the top destinations for furniture in Los Angeles, Beverly Boulevard is lined with some of L.A.’s finest furniture shops – what’s more, just minutes apart from each other. Think mid-20th century furnishings,...

Guide to Shopping on Melrose, Los Angeles

One of Los Angeles’ most eminent streets, Melrose dazzles with a jumble of various eclectic homewares stores like Sausalito-based Serena & Lily to fashion frontrunners – including the tremendously stylish Aussie swimwear label, Zimmermann and the decidedly sleek...

Guide to Shopping in La Cienega, Los Angeles

Wiggling its way through the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue is La Cienega. This design mecca is a popular hangout for top celebrity designers through to budding home decorators. For more than half a century, the La Cienega Design Quarter has...

Guide to Shopping in Culver City, Los Angeles

A petite city that packs a punch, Los Angeles’ West Side shopping destination sits in Culver City. Home to massive movie studios like Sony Pictures Studios, The Culver Studios and the iconic Pacific Theatres, Culver City is now one of L.A’s burgeoning design...

Guide to Shopping in Silver Lake, Los Angeles

  Ever since the rapid gentrification of the area, Silver Lake has been living it up as the East side’s trendiest and relentlessly hip neighbourhood in Los Angeles. The hilly precinct now sees luxe-heavy high-end retailers like Aesop and APC amongst others,...

Shopping Precincts in Los Angeles

Christened the ‘City of Angels’, there is never a dull moment in the sprawling city of Los Angeles. In addition to its sandy beaches, legendary theme parks, and countless museums, the glitzy city – without a doubt – also displays eclectic world-class...

Kelly Wearstler, Kelly Wearstler

The name Kelly Wearstler reverberates throughout the interior design sphere. Wearstler, whose magnificent oeuvre spans residential and commercial interior projects, luxury furniture designs, high end home accessories and fashion collections, holds court as Los...

5 Insider Tips From A Perfume Expert

Natural and organic beauty has really taken over our beauty cabinets and dressers in recent years, and that’s not about to stop. The reasons to swap your synthetic scent for an organic botanical fragrance are plenty. Botanical fragrances are lush, complex, and morph...

Men’s Fashion in Seoul

  If you’ve ever travelled to Seoul, you’ll realise that men in Seoul are always dressed to the nines. And thanks to the booming men’s fashion scene in Seoul – menswear ruled the runways at Seoul Fashion Week – it has opened up a plethora of men’s boutiques...

6 Furniture Brands with Innovative Designs

The woes of interior decorating have become a thing of the past. As we see a surge of new and hybrid home interior styles, designers take a step further by crossing boundaries of art, culture, architectural elements producing interesting, cool and even peculiar...

Fashion Innovators From Asia

Though it has seen its ups and downs, the fashion industry is more dynamic than ever before – always challenging designers, artisans and creators to think out of the box and encourage innovation. It is refreshing to see many local brands in Asia going to lengths to...

Sharezal Abdul Wahid

  If Kuala Lumpur’s unending sprawl of malls is anything to go by… the city is bustling and boisterous, crammed with amusements for everyone from the fashion fanatic to the nature lover. But even that might not measure up to its food, a celebration of taste...

Resortwear in Bali

You’re all packed for your summer vacation at one of Asia’s best beach destinations. Whether it is frolicking on the Sunkist beaches, strolling along the verdant paddy fields out in Ubud or setting off the beaten track in Petitenget to get your shopping fix, looking...

Lisa Clayton

Lisa Clayton leads UFIT Bootcamps, the lean, mean, butt-kicking outdoor group workout arm of UFIT Singapore. Yes, you’ll probably see them getting their sweat on in places like the Botanic Gardens and Marina Bay. Hailing from Collaroy, Sydney, Lisa moved to Singapore...

Ladawan Piirainen

Bangkok’s ever-changing landscape can make it hard to keep up. The city’s deluge of new retail, F&B and entertainment outlets create a constant hive of activity, securing its position as the most visited city in the world. Here, you can treat yourself a buffet of...

Shopping in Ubud

Situated in central, Bali, Ubud is a humble town filled with rich culture and tradition, and home to the region’s most talented artisans. Though the tourist crowds in Ubud have marginally increased – thanks to the bestseller, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – the...

Hotel Boutiques Redefining Luxury Travel

If our social feeds weren’t evidence enough, travelling to far-flung locales and indulging in exclusive experiences has become the trend de-rigueur. Today, a beach-bound escapade to Santorini or a luxurious stay in one of Bali’s private and secluded villas inspires...

Men’s Athleisure Brands in Hong Kong

With the surge of activewear and there’s no doubt that the Athleisure trend is here to stay. But why do we only see a surge of homebred activewear for women? We’ve sieved through the crop and a bring to you a select mix of Men’s Athleisure brands in Hong Kong....

Activewear in Singapore

The days of neglecting the female activewear market are long gone. Thanks to the rise of the “athleisure” trend – the demand for fashionable and stylish activewear has rocketed to a new high. Even celebrity A-listers like Beyoncé and Kate Hudson are cashing in on this...

Homewares in Bangkok

Other than the magnum opus that is Chatuchak Market, the streets of Bangkok are also sprawling with fabulous homewares. We’ve assembled an eclectic mix of homeware stores for every style. This guide to homewares in Bangkok has everything from luxurious fragrances,...

The Attaby Collective, Haji Lane

We interrupt your everyday routine to bring you some celebratory news. Singapore-based womenswear label, Attaby will be hosting a collaborative pop-up throughout the month of May (7th May – 4th June 2016) and it’s going to be one hell of a retail therapy party....

Women’s Fashion in Seoul

The fashion in Seoul never disappoints. Don’t take our word for it – just look at the outstanding mix of Women’s Fashion brands we encountered. From a stunning mix of street-style pieces to chic casuals – and a hint of high fashion favourites, these are the hottest...

Suzy Annetta

As the Editor-in Chief of feted design mag – Design Anthology, Suzy Annetta’s keen aesthetic sensibilities make her the perfect resource for uncovering some the world’s most inspirational places. Throughout her journey documenting the lives and work...

Furniture in San Diego

If shopping in San Diego holds a spot on your list of things to do in San Diego, then you’re in for a treat. Apart from Cedros Avenue, scouting for the best furniture in San Diego is not a tedious task as many are spread across the region. Whether you’re revamping...

Women’s Fashion in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been dubbed the “New York of Asia” time and time again – with good reason. Whether you prefer the swanky air conditional malls or quaint fashion boutiques, Hong Kong shopping is endless. So no surprises that our guide to women’s fashion in Hong...

Affordable Art Fair Singapore

Art doesn’t have to be highbrow… the Affordable Art Fair Singapore (22-24 April 2016) offers a friendly and fun-filled art experience for everyone from the novice buyer to the seasoned collector. Returning for its seventh year, Affordable Art Fair Singapore...

Postcards From: Phuket Beaches

An excursion away from the frenetic and relentless pace of the city can be extremely liberating. Take that from a faithful city dweller who’s used to confined and artificially landscaped spaces. Being transported to Phuket’s open horizons and wide expanse of sea can...

Anna Chittenden

Putting a face to the term ‘style nomad’, Anna Chittenden is the founder and explorer behind Lost Guides, a travel website for those who crave an off-road travel experience. She’s also the creator of the ultimate Bali bible — a guidebook set to uncover...

Shopping in Jackson Square

We are dubbing Jackson or rather, Jackson Square as the next up and coming shopping precinct in San Francisco. To date, the neighbourhood has been domineered by advertising agencies, architects and designers, and law firms. Just a stone’s throw away from the Financial...

Shopping in Pacific Heights

If you are wondering where the prim and proper hang out in San Francisco, your answer can be found in Pacific Heights. Gorgeous old-world homes line this upscale neighbourhood and steep hills surround the neighbourhood offering stunning panoramic views of the Golden...

Shopping in North Beach

Residing in the northeast part of San Francisco adjacent to Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and Russian Hill is North Beach. A iconic neighbourhood that is rich in Italian heritage boasting gastronomic delights. It is also home to some of San Francisco’s...

Shopping in Noe Valley

Noe Valley is one family-friendly neighbourhood. It’s got it all. Shopping in Noe Valley, along 24th Street and Castro Street is filled with chic furniture shops, edgy women’s fashion boutiques, lively bookstores and even something for kids. It is no wonder families...

Shopping in Plaza Indonesia

If you’ve been to Jakarta, you will discover the city’s love for shopping malls – it is sprawling with grandiose and glitzy malls like Plaza Indonesia – not quite our style of local shopping. But do not let it’s touristy location or the line up of Cartier,...

Women’s Fashion in Bangkok

We’ve already established that Bangkok is nothing short of shopping opportunities for women. Every corner of a street is filled with endless choices for the discerning shopaholic. But where does one begin? In this guide to Women’s fashion in Bangkok, we hone in on an...

Furniture in Ho Chi Minh

While sailing through the various fashion boutiques in Ho Chi Minh, we were pleasantly surprised to also encounter a varied mix of furniture shops sprouted across District 1 and District 2. Whether you are looking for antiques, classics, luxurious pieces or something...

Shopping in Cheongdam-dong

Positioned right at the entry of Gangnam, shopping in Cheongdam-dong is every shopaholic’s dream come true. Spilling with avant-garde fashion pieces, up-and-coming fashion designers, multi-concept shops and galleries, it is no wonder this frisky region is dubbed as...

Lisa Post

For a woman who owns one of Indonesia’s most prestigious lifestyle brands, Lisa Post is surprisingly relaxed about taking time off for leisure. Based in Jakarta, the Fj’L Group’s head honcho runs the cutting-edge Fj’L Boutique and a series of...

Shopping in Silom

  Silom has the ability to satisfy all types of shoppers. Carefully balancing a mix of old and new, the region consists of trendy new malls and treasured favourites to a promiscuous nightlife scene at Patpong Night market. Shopping in Silom might seem a little...

Electra Gillies

If there’s one person we know we can count on for an “off-the-map” Bali experience, it’s Electra Gillies. As the founder and editor in chief of The Eco Gypsy, Electra unearths “ecoescapes” around the world that preserve and protect the native environment and...

Shopping in Samcheongdong

    Having been dubbed the SoHo of Seoul, Samcheongdong is the perfect juxtaposition of traditional Korean and modernity. On one hand, you have traditional monuments like Bukchon Hanok Village and Changdeokgung Palace, on the other, a bevy of specialty shops...

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