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What Are The 10 Things to Buy When in Santiago, Chile

| Uncategorized | April 9, 2019

Unlike the late 20th century, when Chile was largely associated with oppressive regime, today’s Chile is known primarily for its premium wines and colorful crafts. If you’re fortunate to visit the country’s capital city Santiago de Chile, you will find yourself spoiled for choice with a variety of local stuff asking to find a place in your luggage en route back home. Indeed, you should try hard and clear some space in the suitcase for the gifts that might be plenty. To find out which exactly, check out this list of 14 gift ideas!


1. Huaso – Chilean Cowboy – Outfit

Huaso – Chilean Cowboy - Outfit

Image Courtesy of: Hector Melo A.If you are going dance cueca, the national dance of Chile, you must be dressed appropriately. You will need a razor sharp straw hat, a colorful poncho, and a stylish huaso jacket. The black knee-high boots with spurs are also part of the equation. On top of that, the full kit includes traditional huaso riding saddle and a horse. And surely, no cowboy is complete with out a cowgirl, in Chile she is called “Huasa.” The huasa must be dressed in a colorful traditional country dress with ruffles. A basic Huaso outfit starts at about $100 USD. Huasa dresses start at $30 USD.Where to find it:An easy place to find traditional huaso and huasa clothing is Catron with four locations:

San Diego 1020 (con Avenida Matta)
Phone/fax: 698-9095
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-7:30pm; Sunday: 10am-2:30pm

Los Cobres de Vitacura
Vitacura 6780 Modulo E Local 5
Phone: 219-2042
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-7:30pm; Sunday: 10am-2:30pm

Mall Sport
Avenida Las Condes 13.451, Local 210
Phone: 361-1065

Deportes Catron
San Diego 1037 (con Avda. Matta)
Phone: 698-9863
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-7:30pm; Sunday: 10am-2:30pm

La media Luna
Avenida Quilín 4387 Macul
Phone: 319-16-51
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30am-2pm – 3pm-6:30pm

In the end, don’t forget to visit the Casa del huaso while you’re out and about

Casa del huaso
Calle San Diego 175
Phone: 672-4478Offline reading and travel directions:You can carry this article in your mobile device to read offline and create a self-guided walk to visit the venues featured herein with the GPSmyCity App (available on iTunes App Store or Google Play Store).


2. Alpaca

Alpaca

Alpaca is a very fine and soft wool that comes from a smaller relative of the Chilean lama, bred specifically for its fleece. Lama (pronounced in Spanish as “Ya-Ma”) is known for being stubborn and also for its ability to spit. The fickle alpaca’s fleece is well adapted to the cold Chilean Andes mountainous climate. Alpaca wool is traditionally used in colorful scarves, ponchos and jackets. The soft Aplaca clothing quickly earned reputation as a favorite winter apparel for locals and visitors alike. Scarves start at $4 USD, Colorful jackets are around $40 to $60 USD, and traditional ponchos start at $50 USD.Where to find it:You will find a good selection at the following places:

Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos
Avenida Apoquindo 9085, Las Condes
Phone 02-248-2295
Metro station: Los Dominicos
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:30am-8pm

Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia, at the foothills of Cerro Santa Lucia
Alameda 510
Phone 02-632-3668
Metro station: Santa Lucia
Hours: Daily: 10am-7pmOffline reading and travel directions:You can carry this article in your mobile device to read offline and create a self-guided walk to visit the venues featured herein with the GPSmyCity App (available on iTunes App Store or Google Play Store).


3. Prensado de Flores y Frutas

Prensado de Flores y Frutas

A nice gift to bring back from Chile can also be trays and kitchenware decorated with thinly sliced and preserved fruits and flowers, which give a unique artistic touch to everyday kitchenware. Oranges, kiwis, lemons, cherries, mushrooms and tomatoes are just some of the fruits and vegetables used in this farm-fresh art form. The latter includes everything, from trays, napkin holders, coasters to bottle holders and even earrings made with real fruit slices! Expect to pay from $10 to $60 USD for trays and most of the art work. A nicely decorated Pisco sour pitcher and matching Pisco glasses sell for about $130 USD.Where to find it:There are two good places in Santiago to find Prensado de Flores y Frutas:

Arte y Estilo, Local #9 at Patio Bellavista
Constitución 30 – 70, Providencia
Phone: 02-249-8700
Hours: Daily: 11am-10pm

Local #6 at Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos
Avenida Apoquindo 9085, Las Condes
Phone: 02-248-2295
Metro station: Los Dominicos
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:30am-8pmOffline reading and travel directions:You can carry this article in your mobile device to read offline and create a self-guided walk to visit the venues featured herein with the GPSmyCity App (available on iTunes App Store or Google Play Store).


4. Chilean Wine

Chilean Wine

With over 90 wineries, Chile is the 5th largest exporter of wine in the world. The secret to the rise and quality of Chilean wines is the Carménère grape. Thought to be extinct from disease in Europe for over 150 years, it was rediscovered thriving in Chile. Carménère is the deepest, darkest, and purplest of all red grapes, with similar characteristics to Merlot. Initially, it grew as Merlot until was officially recognized in 1998. While Chile produces all the popular varieties of wine – Pinot noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc – Carménère is truly a Chilean wine. Very nice Chilean wines are available for $10 to $20 USD per bottle. If you want a premium or prize winning wine, prices start at $200 USD per bottle.Where to find it:The best place to buy Chilean wine in Santiago is as the name states, “El MUNDO del VINO”, they have three locations in Santiago:

mall Parque Arauco, Local 379
Las Condes
Phone: 02-580-3548
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-9pm; Sunday: 11am-9:30pm

mall alto Las Condes, Local 2038
Las Condes
Phone: 02-580-3548
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10am-10pm

MALL COSTANERA CENTER
Avenida Andrés Bello 2524, Local 1162, Providencia
Phone: 02-2899-7030
Hours: 10am-9pm

Wain is a very interesting place to sample wine before you buy
Wain
Nueva Costanera 3955, Vitacura

You can also try Club de Amantes del Vino with two locations:

Avenida La Montaña 776, Lampa
Phone: 393-8000

CAV Mirador del Alto, Alto Las Condes
Avenida Kennedy 9001 local 3253, Las Condes
Phone: 213-1248
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm


5. Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli

The lapis stone is considered the master of light. It is the stone of wisdom, friendship, truth, integrity and lighting. Lapis builds relationships of love and friendship, and helps express feelings and emotions. In the Middle East, lapis was even thought to have magical powers. Countless signet rings, scarabs and figures were shaped from the deep blue stone which Alexander the Great brought to Europe. There, the color was referred to as ‘ultramarine’, which means ‘from beyond the sea’. This opaque, deep blue Chilean gemstone has been used by ancient Latin American civilizations for at least 3500 years. Presently, in Chile, it is the national stone. Lapis lazuli is used in key rings, Moai statues, necklaces, earrings and cufflinks. Prices for lapis lazuli depend on the cut and quality of the stone itself and whether it’s being used with silver or other precious metals.Where to find it:You will find art work made with lapis lazuli at all major shopping areas in Chile. My favorite locations to browse are the three major arts and crafts centers is Santiago:

Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos, with 180 shops, it is simply the biggest and the best place to shop in Santiago for Chilean crafts
Avenida Apoquindo 9085, Las Condes
Phone: 02-248-2295
Metro station: Los Dominicos
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:30am-8pm

Patio Bellavista is a wonderful mix of 20 trendy restaurants and 50 fine crafts shops
Constitución 30 – 70, Providencia
Phone: 02-249-8700
Hours: Daily: 11am-10pm

Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia, is 150 fine crafts shops in the center of Santiago, at the foothills of Cerro Santa Lucia
Alameda 510
Phone: 02-632-3668
Metro station: Santa Lucia
Hours: Daily: 10am-7pmBuy It on Amazon:


6. Rapanui (Easter Island Moai Miniature Statues)

Rapanui (Easter Island Moai Miniature Statues)

Image Courtesy of: Ik TEaster Island is the remotest inhabited place on Earth, and it has been part of the Chilean heritage since 1888. The Moai represent ancestral chiefs who were believed to be descended directly from gods and whose supernatural powers could be harnessed for the benefit of humanity. The massive stone figures were generally erected facing inland to keep watch over the local community. The Moai are characterized by long sloping noses, strong brows, deeply inset eyes, and prominent chins. Some figures also wear a hat-like cylinder made of red stone on their heads. While the original moai are made from volcanic rock, gift moais’ are made from copper, wood, lapis lazuli and many other beautiful stones. Key-rings with Moai figurines start around $2 USD. If contemplating a life-size Moai statue, be careful with your weight limit while traveling, original Moai’s weight over 10 metric tons.Where to find it:The best place to buy a Moai statue is on Easter Island itself, however in Santiago I recommend the following Arts and crafts markets:

Patio Bellavista is a wonderful mix of 20 trendy restaurants and 50 fine crafts shops
Constitución 30 – 70, Providencia
Phone: 02-249-8700
Hours: Daily: 11am-10pm

Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos
Avenida Apoquindo 9085, Las Condes
Phone: 02-248-2295
Metro station: Los Dominicos
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:30am-8pm

Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia, is 150 fine crafts shops in the center of Santiago, at the foothills of Cerro Santa Lucia
Alameda 510
Phone: 02-632-3668
Metro station: Santa Lucia
Hours: Daily: 10am-7pm


7. Copper Art and Jewelry

Copper Art and Jewelry

The atomic number for copper is 29, however in Chile, copper is number one. Being the country’s major export, copper affects every facet of the Chilean economy. With a long history of mining copper, Chilean craftsmen traditionally have made copper art and jewelry for generations, hence the variety of high quality and affordable copper items, such as rings, wind chimes, necklaces, earrings, murals, coasters, statues, key rings, bracelets and even masks on offer. Prices start at about $2 and upwards, depending on the size and quality of the artwork.Where to find it:Simply put, you will find copper everywhere in Chile. My favorite locations to browse are the three major arts and crafts centers is Santiago:

Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos, with 180 shops, it is simply the biggest and the best place to shop in Santiago for Chilean crafts
Avenida Apoquindo 9085, Las Condes
Phone: 02-248-2295
Metro station: Los Dominicos
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:30am-8pm

Patio Bellavista is a wonderful mix of 20 trendy restaurants and 50 fine crafts shops
Constitución 30 – 70, Providencia
Phone: 02-249-8700
Hours: Daily: 11am-10pm

Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia, is a compilation of 150 fine crafts shops in the center of Santiago, at the foothills of Cerro Santa Lucia
Alameda 510
Phone: 02-632-3668
Metro station: Santa Lucia
Hours: Daily: 10am-7pm


8. Mapuche Woven Fabrics

Mapuche Woven Fabrics

The indigenous Mapuche Indians were nomads who needed quality rugs, ponchos and clothing to face the cold Chilean winters. Renowned for their complex textures and patterns, Mapuche fabrics have been in use since as early as the 1300s. It is even part of the Mapuche tradition to increase the amount of the dowry paid by a man, if a woman was a good weaver. The Mapuche women transmitted their knowledge orally from generation to generation for many years. The colorful designs and symbols found in Mapuche fabrics pay tribute to the culture and traditions of these people. Well designed colorful ponchos and rugs start at $30 USD.Where to find it:There are several shops with Mapucho fabrics at

Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos
Avenida Apoquindo 9085, Las Condes
Phone: 02-248-2295
Metro station: Los Dominicos

You will also fing Mapucho fabrics at

Feria Artesanal Bellavista
corner of Avenida Bellavista and Pio Nono, next to the river Mapucho


9. Leather Goods

Leather Goods

Among the things Chile is famous for, handcrafted leather goods aren’t the last. These days, in Santiago it seems like everyone has been wearing leather shoes, judging by the number of shoe shine stands scattered all over the city. This may be unwelcome news for someone with the more traditional views, but leather isn’t just for shoes and wallets anymore. You can find leather wine holders, leather backpacks, leather cooking aprons and even leather coasters. In fact, leather can provide added touch of elegance to anything. Hand-made leather crafts always make for treasured gifts which are both durable and practical. The variety of premium leather items that can be found in Santiago is truly magnificent and includes briefcases, purses, belts, jackets, wallets, computer bags, gloves, hats, pants, even leather jewelry holders. You can find leather at very attractive prices, but bear in mind that prices depend on the quality and size of the leather goods in question. If you want the best price available, get rid of that touristy look on your face and always ask if they can offer a better price.Where to find it:Maleteria Evelyn has been fabricating leather goods for 45 years and has four locations in the city:

Ernesto Pinto Lagarrigue 60, Recoleta
Phone: 777-8207, 737-1204

Huerfanos 1055, Local 1050, Santiago Centro
Phone: 698-1501

Apumanque, Local 90
Las Condes
Phone: 211-1934
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-9pm; Sunday: 11am-9pm

Mall Plaza Vespucio, Local 113
Phone: 586-3243
Hours: 10:30am-9:30 pm

M.A Cueros has been fabricating and selling leather goods for 35 years. Visit their store, conveniently located on
Chiloé 1167-1169, Santiago Centro
Phone: 02-554-1582

A good selection can also be found at

Artensina en Cuero, Patio Bellavista, Local 45
Providencia
Phone: 762-1122
Hours: Daily: 11am-10pm


10. Traditional Masks

Traditional Masks

These traditional masks represent the native Ona or Mapucho people who once lived in the southern part of Chile. The Ona people were famous for their black and white body paint and scant clothing. Barefoot, they used to walk among the penguins in Southern America’s southernmost tip – the Tierra del Fuego islands, the area in which they settled over 10,000 years ago. Their extinction was caused by western settlement in the late 1800s. Because of their location, the Ona tribe turned out to be the last indigenous people on the American continent to be colonized by Europeans. Detailed accounts of their customs and ceremonies are well documented. The last full-blooded Ona tribe member died in the 1970s. Their traditional masks, usually made out of wood, were used among other items in the ceremony of Nguillatun, the main religious celebration during harvest season, in which the Ona thanked and asked deities for common welfare and prosperity.Where to find it:Unique masks can be found at

Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos, local #57
Avenida Apoquindo 9085, Las Condes
Phone: 02-248-2295
Metro station: Los Dominicos
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:30am-8pm

Don’t forget to stop by Local #46 in Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia

Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia, Local #46
Alameda 510
Phone: 02-632-3668
Metro station: Santa Lucia
Hours: Daily: 10am-7pm

Top 10 Traditional Bulgarian Things To Buy From Sofia

| Uncategorized | April 3, 2019

Bulgaria’s capital has a lot of stories to tell, and each historic attraction will give you a new perspective on Sofia’s complicated past. Take the churches here that have spent several centuries of their existence as mosques, the overbearing soviet architecture or the Roman history that is still being uncovered and blends with the modern city. If you plan your trip to Sofia, here are list of 10 traditional bulgarian things to buy.

Sofia Center


1. ROSE OIL – Rose oil is the most famous Bulgarian export, but the prices for a small bottle can reach 50 euro. Rose water, a byproduct of rose oil production is a lot more affordable and often comes in a souvenir bottle holders.

Rose Oil

2. ICONS – The iconographic tradition in Bulgaria is alive and kicking, and it is easy to find icons of all sizes and quality. A high-quality icon can easily cost over €250, but street artists and gift shops offer much cheaper options. 

Bulgarian Icons

3. CERAMICS – The hand-painted Troyan-style ceramics are sold and used everywhere. If the traditional green, brown, and ochre are not to your liking, go for the more contemporary-looking ceramics sold in art galleries.

Bulgarian Ceramics

4. KILIMS (carpets) – The double-sided flat woolen rugs with colorful motifs can cost up to €500, but a good kilim is expected to last for generations. Ask about cleaning instructions before buying. Most kilims cannot go in the washing machine.

Carpets from Bulgaria

5. COPPER ITEMS – Copper items of all shapes and sizes make a good souvenirs. If you would like to be more practical go for cezve (a pot for boiling Turkish coffee), serving trays, or small cups for rakia.

Traditional Bulgarian Copper Item

6. WOODCARVING – Woodcarving is a traditional Bulgarian craft, one in which local craftsmen still excel. Anything made from wood, from cooking spoons and jewelry boxes to elaborate wall pieces, makes a wonderful gift.

Woodcarved Ceiling Rosette from Bulgaria.

7. WOOL – The hand-knit terlitsi are woolen socks still worn around the house in the winter.

Terlitsi is a traditional Bulgarian craft

8. JEWELRY – From copies of Thracian jewelry to the creation of young artists, Bulgaria is a great place to fill up your jewelry box.

Jewelry stand in Sofia, Bulgaria

9. TABLECLOTHS AND DOLLIES – Tablecloths and dollies handmade by local grandmas come in thousands of shapes and sizes.

Knitted Curtain From Bulgaria

10. BELLS – Originally worn by the freely grazing livestock, bells are now a decoration in countryside houses and traditional restaurants.

Cow Bells From Bulgaria.

Shopping: 10 Italian Things To Buy in Rome

| Uncategorized | March 28, 2019

Rome is the Eternal City and, as such, the list of gift options available here is countless. Whether it’s something edible, drinkable, wearable or pleasing to the eye that you want – you will find it all here in abundance. However, if time or budget is the factor, perhaps you might want to benefit from some insider knowledge and save yourself some effort. If you do, feel free to utilize this guide and steer yourself in the right direction. Enjoy your gift shopping in Rome!


1. Ceramics

Ceramics

Italy has a great tradition of hand-painted ceramics, and a nice gift can be chosen from a diverse selection of pottery from all over the country, including both traditional and modern pieces. Receiving a piece of hand-made ceramics will make friends and family feel like sharing the Italian lifestyle, appreciated by people with different tastes, habits and traditions. Plates, tea pots, bowls, spoons, jars and glasses, all kinds of objects and colors will be able to bring a piece of the “made in Italy” spontaneous charm. Beautiful pottery coming from many different regions, such as Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily, is made by modern designers who refer to ancient and current Italian traditions, especially representing the countryside daily routine. Prices vary from €5 up to several hundreds of euros.

Tourists in the lookout for such colorful gifts can find them during their visit to the beautiful Piazza Navona, where small shop L’Artigianato, at number 84, sells colorful ceramic pottery and kitchenware from many Italian regions created by some of the most famous local artists. Opening hours are 9.30am to 1pm and 3pm to 8pm, Monday to Saturday; closed on Sundays.Where to find it:L’Artigianato
Address: 84 Piazza Navona


2. Wine

Wine

Italy is famous all over the world for its food, but its wine tradition is not less rich. Being one of the biggest wine exporters, Italian reputation is due not only to the big quantities produced, but also to the great variety of types, colors and flavors of wines on offer. Depending on the region, local wines can reach very high quality attained through various techniques used, types of land, and vines, not only local, but also those mixed with international varieties. Near Rome lies a region of Castelli Romani popular for its natural beauty and excellent wines, widely sold in the capital alongside most famous and appreciated wines from other parts of the country, such as Tuscany, Sardinia and Puglia. Experts say, Italian wines are among the world’s finest, being strictly controlled in more than 300 zones officially classified as DOC or DOCG.

A good range of local wines is available at most grocery stores throughout Rome, although for a truly wide selection and aptly given advice, go to a specialized store. One of the most popular wine stores is Buccone at 19-20 Via di Ripetta, just beside Piazza del Popolo. Dating back to 1969, Buccone offers a wide choice of the best Italian wines, such as Nobile di Montepulciano, Tignanello, Morellino di Scanzano, with prices ranging from €20 up to €3600 for a bottle of red wine Brunello di Montalcino of 1964. Opening hours are Monday-Thursday from 9am to 8.30pm; Friday-Saturday from 9am to 11.30pm; Sunday closed.Where to find it:Buccone
Address: 19-20 Via di Ripetta


3. Sweets and Pastries

Sweets and Pastries

No meal is properly finished without a combined dessert, and on Italian tables this can hardly be missed. The whole country boasts a great tradition of sweets, pastries, cakes and cookies that can be bought at many bakery shops in the capital, but Rome alone has its own very ancient sweet delicacies and, as such, is the best place to find them. Typical pastries belonging to the old Roman tradition are the famous Pangiallo romano, a sweet made of a mixture of different nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and pine nuts, combined with honey, raisins and chocolate. Other typically Roman sweets include: Panpepato – a different version of Pangiallo, enriched with chocolate and spices; Mostaccioli – very old recipe that ancient Romans used for weddings; and Torrone romano, also dating back to the ancient Rome, and featuring pistachio, almonds and chocolate.

A great sweet shop where tourists can find pastries of both, ancient Roman tradition and those of other parts of the country, is Valzani. Open since 1925, it is located at 37 a/b Via del Moro in a beautiful Trastevere district, a true must-visit for anyone coming to Rome. Opening hours are 10am to 7pm Wednesday through Sunday; Monday and Tuesday closed.Where to find it:Valzani
Address: 37 a/b Via del Moro


4. Gourmet Food

Gourmet Food

Italian food is very popular all over the world, and a well-packaged piece of the local culinary tradition can certainly make a great gift from Rome. From flavored olives to pickles to cured meats, tourists can find any kind of gastronomic delight in the Eternal City, nicely packed and easy to carry. Some of the best gifts, apart from artisan pasta and mustard cream, are high-quality balsamic vinegars, usually coming from the northern city of Modena, and delicious specialties made of truffles, such as truffle oil, sauces and flakes used for pasta seasoning. Truffles are a typical Italian delicacy and in certain parts of Northern Italy, such as Piedmont, and in the region of Umbria they are a key ingredient in local dishes. All types of truffles are related to mushrooms and are known as hypogenous fungi. Like mushrooms, truffles have a system of root-like structures, but unlike mushrooms, they never show up on the surface. Truffles can be black and white, and the products based on them are many, from preserved whole truffles to purees to dried pastas to pastes to sauces.

A lovely shop that carries a wide range of truffle-based delicacies and other specialties of Italian culinary (flavored oils, wines, chocolate, artisan pasta and mustard), is Dolce e Non Solo, located at 81 Via Leonina, near Fori Imperiali and the Colosseum. Prices here range from €2 for a candy up to €100 for a bottle of high-quality balsamic vinegar. The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 3.30pm and from 4.30pm to 8pm. Sunday closed.Where to find it:Dolce e Non Solo
Address: 81 Via Leonina


5. Artisan Chocolate

Artisan Chocolate

Italy has a long tradition of producing artisan chocolate. Apart from being delicious, it makes for a very nice gift as it comes in a variety of colorful shapes and packages fit to be considered a true form of art. A typical Italian chocolate product is Gianduia, created in 1856 by Caffarel, the oldest Turin-based chocolatier, featuring a mix of hazelnut and chocolate. Famous brands, such as Caffarel, Perugina and Venchi, are always beautifully packaged and ideal for a gift; each of these names is a certain guarantee of high quality. Venchi, in business since 1878, draws on centuries-old Italian recipes using strictly selected ingredients typical to the Italian tradition, such as hazelnut and almond. Be it finely packaged chocolate bars or boxes with small pieces, they all make for a perfect gift and won’t disappoint. Prices vary, depending on quality and weight, from €2 up to €20, with the possibility to create your own basket.

If tourists want to buy freshly-made chocolate, there are many artisan shops in town, such as La Bottega del Cioccolato at 82 Via Leonina, where chocolate is made right on the premises. Among their products you can find typical Roman symbols, such as Colosseum, Pantheon and the Mouth of Truth. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 7.30pm. Sunday closed. Another beautiful shop is Cioccolata Artigianale at 27 Via San Francesco a Ripa, open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am-8pm. This store closes between June 5th and September 5th because temperatures get too high for chocolate at this time of year.Where to find it:La Bottega del Cioccolato
Address: 82 Via Leonina
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9.30am-7.30pm; Sunday: Closed

Cioccolata Artigianale
Address: 27 Via San Francesco a Ripa


6. Italian Fashion

Italian Fashion

Admittedly, visitors can buy Italian designer clothing everywhere in the world, but collections vary remarkably. In Rome, a walk along Via dei Condotti, near Piazza di Spagna, is a must for tourists who want to spoil themselves with the most exclusive pieces from all the popular Italian designers. Names like Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Trussardi don’t need any presentation, and between Via dei Condotti and adjacent Via del Corso, Via Frattina and Via Borgognona, all around Piazza di Spagna, it’s possible to find both haute couture and prêt-à-porter, with prices varying from fifty to some thousands of euros, depending on the brand and the piece of choice. All the popular brands have their stores here, from Laura Biagiotti to Giorgio Armani to Alberta Ferretti to Gianfranco Ferré, and it’s certainly not difficult to find a gift to match every taste.

One of the most popular names of the Italian fashion is, of course, Valentino, known for his love of red color and the elegance of his pieces. At number 52 Via dei Condotti sits another big name of the Italian fashion, Dolce & Gabbana, popular for their controversial creations. Opening hours for all stores in the area are from about 9-9.30am to 1pm and 4pm to 7.30pm.Where to find it:Dolce & Gabbana
Address: 52 Via dei Condotti


7. Shoes

Shoes

The role of shoes in attaining a proper Italian stylish look is hard to overestimate. Alongside clothing, Italian style in footwear is unique, particularly if matched by masterly selected dresses, suits or denim. Needless to say that Italian shoes are famous and vastly appreciated all over the world. Stilettos, sandals boots, decollete footwear can equally make or break the look, and this is why the designers tirelessly experiment with styles and colors trying to adapt to every season and occasion. In Rome, you can find all sorts of shoes, both expensive and affordable, from many different brands, including famous ones like Gucci, Casadei and Albano, and little known independent designers, whose creations are less expensive but oftentimes more daring. Still, no matter what price or style it is, a pair of shoes makes a beautiful gift for either male or female. Normally, prices range from €40 to €1300 a pair.

The stores where tourists can find beautiful Italian shoes are scattered all over the city, but if it’s class and elegance that you’re after, explore the surroundings of Piazza di Spagna. For stylish shoes at affordable prices, Albano at 92 Piazza di Spagna is one of the first choices. Prices here range from €115 to €340, with the most expensive of their boots being embellished with Swarovski crystals. The store opens daily from 10.30am-2pm and 3pm-7pm; Saturday open all day. Who doesn’t mind forking out good cash, in Piazza di Spagna there’s also more expensive footwear to be found, e.g. Casadei at number 89 and Sergio Rossi at number 97. Their prices range from about €300 up to over €1000.Where to find it:Albano
Address: 92 Piazza di Spagna

Casadei
Address: 89 Piazza di Spagna


8. Accessories

Accessories

No outfit is complete without perfect accessories, and bags, wallets, gloves and belts are no less important than shoes. Some of the Italian names for accessories have reached an iconic status, such as Gucci (for their bags). In Rome, it is possible to find both big brands and lesser ones, not as pricey but not less classy. Well-chosen accessories are essential to a woman’s look to such an extent that, sometimes, shoes and accessories have the power to boost an otherwise modest appearance. Although most women won’t hesitate to declare handbags to be their most important accessory, scarves, belts and hats play just as important role. And Italy boast a long tradition in this department as well. Silk scarf is one such garment, essential to any woman’s wardrobe, and Italy produces some of the world’s finest. This and other luxurious decorative adornments are available in Rome in a wide range, delivered by both big brands and small private workshops.

A popular store carrying a great stock of these accessories is Galleria Alberto Sordi. Not far from Piazza di Spagna, at 5/6 Via del Corso, is another good shop, Coccinelle, open every day from 10am to 8pm. Here you can find beautiful handbags at €150-€400, and other accessories for €30-€150.Where to find it:Galleria Alberto Sordi
Address: Piazza Colonna


9. Jewelry

Jewelry

Along with the designer clothing, a piece of Italian jewelry makes for a very classy and elegant gift. In Rome, you can find with ease some rather expensive, high-end pieces by famous brands, such as Bulgari, as well as creations by local artisans that are less expensive but equally beautiful. Italy has a long tradition of making fine jewelry that has always been part of the Italian chic style, enriching the look of queens, first ladies and women in general all over the world. These are glamorous pieces featuring all kinds of precious materials, from gold and silver to gemstones and pearls, coming up in innovative, elegant limited editions or one-of-a-kind jewels. Prices vary remarkably, depending on the material and the brand name, and range from €50 to €300 for bracelets and necklaces by designers, such as Annamaria Camilli, Pasquale Bruni or Pontevecchio, and upwards of €2000 for Bulgari diamond-based jewelry.

As Bulgari is one of the best-known Italian jewelry brands worldwide, tourists can start their quest for precious gifts right here, at 10 Via dei Condotti. For less expensive but still very fine jewelry, a store worth a stop is Iannetti, at the Galleria Alberto Sordi in Via del Corso, selling both designer pieces by the likes of Annamaria Camilli and Pontevecchio and their own creations.Where to find it:Bulgari
Address: 10 Via dei Condotti


10. Religious Art

Religious Art

Image Courtesy of: faungg’s photosWhether you are a passionate believer or not, you can’t help noticing that Rome is also the capital of Christianity, and around the Vatican City there is obviously no lack of religious shops. While many of them sell cheap souvenirs of little value, there are others where tourists can find truly beautiful pieces of art, such as paintings, decorations or even precious rosary beads that can be well qualified as jewelry. Apart from rosary beads, religious gifts can include statues, cards, pendants, medals, towels, etc. Prices vary, and tourists can buy rosary beads for less then €2 or almost €900, depending on the material (sometimes, gold) and overall quality.

Shops selling religious art are usually found in downtown area, with a higher concentration near the Vatican city. One of the most popular stores is Comandini, at 151 Borgo Pio, open daily from 9am to 6.30pm and Sunday from 9.30am to 1.30pm. At 15 Via del Mascherino, between Saint Peter’s Square and Piazza Risorgimento, is Mango, another religious shop selling all kinds of gifts, from some of the cheapest ones to the most expensive.Where to find it:Comandini
Address: 151 Borgo Pio
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9am-6.30pm; Sunday: 9.30am-1.30pm

Top 10 Things to Buy from Beijing

| Uncategorized | March 21, 2019

Travelling to a new place is a wonderful and exciting experience. During the tour, you probably want to buy some souvenirs to memorize the tour. Here is a list of top 10 things to buy in Beijing.

1. Antiques
Beijing has a long and rich history. After the emperors’ reign, there were plenty of antiques left behind. Antiques are the memory of the history. They are the reflection of people’s life at that time. Antiques can be bought at Beijing Curio City, Liulichang and Panjiayuan Market.

2. Porcelain
porcelain-Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs China, another word for porcelain, indicates that China has achieved great achievement in porcelain making. There are dinner services, figurines and reproductions of antique vases, teapots and the like.

Chinese porcelain

3. Cloisonne
Cloisonne is a decorative technique for metalwork, especially brass, whereby colored enamel is baked between raised ridges of the metal.

4. Silk
Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China as early as 3500BC. Silk can be made into clothes, handkerchiefs etc. If you want to buy some gifts for your family and friends, the soft smooth silk is definitely the best choice.

5. Jade
Jade is regarded by the Chinese as a stone descended from heaven. They value its hard, cool texture and translucent colors. It is extremely difficult to carve but China’s craftsmen create incredibly intricate ornaments and jewelry from jade.

6. Painting and callgraphy
Painting and callgraphy works are found in hundreds of stores. They vary in age, quality and price with the finest being true works of art. The brushes, ink slabs, ink and paper that were the scholars traditional tools can be found in most antique shops. One of the best sources is the China Book Store, off the courtyard-parking in East Liulichang.

7. Lacquerware
Chinese lacquer ware refers to household utensils, handicrafts and artworks coated with lacquer in ancient China. It is an ingenious invention and a pearl of Chinese artworks. Lacquer ware boasts a long history which can be dated back to the remote ages in China.

8. Beijing Roast Duck
duck-Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs Peking Duck is perhaps the most famous dish of Beijing. People whoever come to Beijing will have a taste of it. Peking Duck is traditionally served with Mandarin pancakes, and green onions for brushing on the hoisin sauce.

9. Chinese Tea
tea-Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs The history of Chinese Tea dates back to several thousand years ago. Chinese people are used to drinking tea after meal. Drinking tea is very good for health. Reseach shows that the composition called Tea Polyphenol is effetive on preventing cancer.

10. Chinese Traditional Medicine
tcm Believe it or not, Chinese Traditional Medicine has cured countless disease druing China’s history. TCM’s view of the body places little emphasis on anatomical structures, but is mainly concerned with the identification of functional entities (which regulate digestion, breathing, aging etc.) It is often used to nurse one’s health as well as cure diseases.

10 Things To Buy From Rio De Janeiro

| Uncategorized | March 18, 2019

The last few days of any trip is usually spent trawling through shops and fairs on the prowl for suitable souvenirs for family and loved ones back home. Besides the Christ the Redeemermini-statues and ‘I Love Rio de Janeiro’ T-shirts, what great gifts can you take back with you? We round up some typically Brazilian souvenirs that you can get in Rio.**

1. Cachaça

The national spirit of Brazil makes an ideal gift and serves as a great reminder of the country’s famous cocktails, caipirinhas. Cachaça, a spirit made from sugar cane extract, is available at any supermarket or alcohol specialist store in Rio. Opt for the gold cachaça – one that has been aged for longer – for a smooth, pleasant taste.

2. Havaianas

A staple fashion accessory for almost all feet in Rio de Janeiro, Havaianas make a great souvenir. The classic flip-flop brand has long dominated the footwear market in the city, and there are several stores dotted across Rio dedicated to Havaianas flip-flops and clothes. The extraordinary range of colours, styles, and sizes allow you to customise your choices to loved ones’ preferences.

3. Goiabada

Goiabada – guava paste – is a popular dessert in Brazil. The texture is like a thick cross between jelly and jam and is often served with mild Minas Gerais cheese, a combination known as Romeo and Juliette. You can buy goiabada paste in prettily decorated boxes or tins, making it an ideal present to take back home.

4. Bananada

Bananada is another popular preserved Brazilian sweet that will last any long travel back home. The sweet is typical in Rio and is a combination of banana pulp and sugar. A slightly healthier version that uses sweetener or honey instead of sugar is also available, or you can ramp up the sweet levels by buying the version coated in chocolate – both are delicious.

5. Pão de Queijo mix

Bringing back pão de queijo is not exactly practical – it is, after all, cheese bread and will not remain fresh for long. However, a great gift idea for loved ones who are keen bakers is pão de queijo mix, which provides all the main ingredients in powder form. To make fresh pão de queijo, simply add water and bake for about 20 minutes. This bread is one of the most popular Brazilian snacks and will take you back to sunny, tropical mornings in Rio.

6. Hippie Fair in Ipanema

Head to the Hippie Fair for innovative and unique gifts for loved ones or simply as a keepsake for yourself. Wander around and pick out beautiful pieces of handcrafted jewellery, clothes or bags. Keep a look out for the weekly stall that sells handmade boxes with a wooden inlay, or the stall that sells bowls and coasters made from dried beans and resin. These make unusual gifts and capture some of the essence of Rio.

Hippie Fair, Praça General Osório, s/n – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ipanema Hippie fair |©Alexandre Macieira | Riotur/Flickr

Ipanema Hippie Fair | © Alexandre Macieira | Riotur / Flickr

7. Paçoca

For peanut lovers, paçoca is a wonderful gift. Made with crushed peanuts, cassava flour, and sugar, it has a distinct nutty flavour and is suitable as a gluten-free option. Another peanut sweet is pé de moleque, which is whole peanuts set in toffee. Just be warned that it didn’t earn its nickname as ‘teeth breaker’ for nothing – it is exceptionally hard and may not be suitable for everyone.

8. Terravixta

Terravixta is a local Carioca brand that creates fantastic wooden mini-sculptures of the most famous attractions in Rio. They’re perfect to take home, so that you can display your own miniature of Christ the Redeemer, Arcos da Lapa, or Sugarloaf Mountain. What makes them great is their unique material and design – these aren’t just any old trinket you can buy anywhere around the world. Where: Travessa Bookstore or Museo de Arte do Rio(MAR).

Take home a souvenir of Sugarloaf Mountain like no other / Image Source

9. Papel Craft

Take home diaries, blocks, photo albums, Moleskines and multipurpose boxes with unique designs. The creative team behind Papel Craft worked with several artists from different fields to create the line. There is also an original line of postcards with beautiful photos of the city in Polaroid format. Where: In Ipanema, on Pirajá Viscount 580, store. Visit their website for other locations.

7. Handmade things

Each weekend is reserved for a market day and you will be able to find various hand-made items such as quilts, woodcarvings, statues, and paintings. The prices are also very low here and you will be able to get a gorgeous souvenir from Brazil for just a fraction of a price.

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You can’t return from Rio with just sand in your shoes. Bring back a special reminder of the Marvellous City to relive your holiday in Rio.

10 Things You Must Buy When In Vienna

| Uncategorized | March 14, 2019

Located on the east of the Danube River, Austria’s capital, Vienna, is an amazing, ornate and legendary city. Home of the former Hapsburg Empire and also home to many other notable people throughout the 19th and 20th century, Vienna is a unique and vibrant city with a rich history known for its large imperial palaces, many of which have since become historic landmarks and museums.

Vienna

Historic and contemporary buildings stand side by side, giving the architecture of the city a very interesting and different style. If you’re visiting this spectacular city and want to do some shopping, let us suggest a few things, here is our list of what to buy in Vienna, Austria.

1. Augarten Porcelain

Dating back to 1718, Augarten Porcelain is something that is very unique to Vienna. The place in which its manufactured is actually Europe’s second porcelain manufactory, after Meissen Porcelain. Since 1744, all pieces made here are adorned with the coat of arms of the Duke of Austria, which is their trademark symbol. The Augarten manufactory was rebuilt in 1923 and has since revived their old ways and methods of porcelain making.

Augarten Porcelain

Address: Austria, Obere Augartenstraße 1, 1020 Wien, Austria

WebsiteAugarten Porcelain

2. Viennese wine

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Viennese wine is not like your typical Italian or French wine. Viennese wine enjoys a certain kind of cult status among wine connoisseurs and is typically served in more gourmet style restaurants. Vienna actually dedicates about 700 hectares (1,729.7 acres) of land within its city boundary for the production of wine, which is the largest in the world. Since the 1600’s, pub culture grew in Vienna and now Viennese wine is part of the culture.

Wine Store

Address: Riemergasse 6, 1010 Wien, Austria

WebsiteVinothek Wine

3. Lobmeyr glassware

With 200 years of glassmaking tradition under its belt, the Lobmeyr family has been making glassware for over six generations. From crystal chandeliers to jugs to simple drinking glasses, Lobmeyr products can range from the very expensive to the affordable. The Lobmeyr name is steeped in tradition but also offers contemporary design and will certainly add a touch of style to any home.

J. & L. Lobmeyr

Address: Kärntner Str. 26, 1010 Wien, Austria

WebsiteJ. & L. Lobmeyr

4. Apricot jam

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If you’re looking for something truly unique and delicious that is very much Austrian, then apricot jam is a great item to bring back home with you. Traditional Austrian apricot jam is called “Wachauer Marille” and is grown in the Wachau Valley and ripened by the midsummer sun. But, if you can’t make it out there, a simple jar of delicious jam is definitely the next best thing.

Staud’s

Address: Linke Wienzeile 22, 1060 Wien, Austria

WebsiteStaud’s

5. Swarovski crystal

Known worldwide for its beautiful crystal, Swarovski is an Austrian landmark and maker of beautiful ornaments, crystalware, decorations and jewellery. The Swarovski store in Vienna is not only a delightful shopping experience but it is also an amazing store with crystal installations adorning the location. It’s almost like a museum as much as a store. Swarovski crystal can be expensive but there are plenty of affordable pieces for the traveller on a budget. Even if you don’t buy anything, a visit to the store is worth its own experience.

SWAROVSKI Kristallwelten

Address: Kärtner Straße 24, 1010 Wien, Austria

WebsiteSWAROVSKI Kristallwelten

6. Porcelain tableware

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Source: Wikipedia

Viennese porcelain is known as some of the best in the world. Made with a hard paste, the reputation for Viennese porcelain grew throughout the German-speaking world and eventually around Europe, to the point where it became a diplomatic gift given between countries. Elaborate design and decorations often can be found on older and more expensive pieces but contemporary designs and patterns make a great gift for those visiting Vienna.

feinedinge*

Address: Margaretenstraße 35, 1040 Wien, Austria

Websitefeinedinge*

7. Pumpkin seed oil

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Pumpkin seed oil is a delicious and culinarily unique item that is not too expensive and makes a great thing to bring back from your trip to Vienna! The pumpkin seeds are often crushed, roasted and then pressed and the oil goes great with food in either a sauce for lamb or beef and even in salad dressings. Some people even like to put on vanilla ice cream! Try this delicious Austrian delicacy for yourself and give your home cooking a new flair.

Pumpkin seed oil

WebsitePumpkin seed oil

8. Artisanal chocolate

Artisanal chocolate is taken very seriously in Vienna. Much like the art of porcelain and winemaking, the art of chocolate is something that has been passed down for generations. Chocolate was a big deal in the imperial courts where, essentially, only those involved in the upper classes could afford the delectable treat. Now, Vienna is home to tons of chocolatiers all with their own delicious brand.

SCHOKOCOMPANY

Address: Naschmarkt 326-331, 1060 Wien, Austria

WebsiteSCHOKOCOMPANY

9. Viennese cakes

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Source: Wikipedia

Continuing on our trend of tasty Viennese treats is its delicious cake. Vienna is known for its many things and bakeries are definitely one of them. High-end stores are available for customers who want a fancier cake or even perhaps a whole cake but little markets are also scattered around the city, where people can pick up a single slice and enjoy a delicious treat, whenever. Visit the Naschmarkt and stock up on some classic cakes.

Naschmarkt

Address: 1060 Vienna, Austria

WebsiteNaschmarkt

10. Snowglobes

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Snowglobes are actually a Viennese tradition, dating back at least 100 years. People can visit the stores that sell the captured wintery scenes or even go to a snowglobe museum and manufactory. Snowglobes make a great gift for either yourself or for a friend to bring back and also make a wonderful souvenir from your trip to Vienna.

Original Vienna Snowglobe Factory

Address: Schumanngasse 87, 1170 Wien, Austria

WebsiteOriginal Vienna Snowglobe Factory

10 Best Things To Buy From Delhi

| Uncategorized | March 13, 2019

10 BEST SOUVENIRS FOR YOUR LOVED ONES FROM DELHI

10 Best Souvenirs for Your Loved Ones from Delhi

From cultural pieces of art like Madhubani paintings, beautiful pieces of fabrics like Assamese Silk and Khadi to delicious edible products like Aachar, Mathri, and Masala Chai, there are plenty of worth-buying things in Delhi for you to bring home as a souvenir for family and friends.

1. MADHUBANI PAINTINGS

Madhubani Paintings

Madhubani paintings are truly beautiful pieces of art that will make an excellent addition to any room. They are created with all kinds of stunning fabric colors which then get painted onto silk, cotton, floral and all types of different fabrics. These art works take vast amounts of time to create and a true lover of art would be able to appreciate the fine details that go into these masterpieces.

Madhubani paintings are a unique souvenir to bring back home that will bring happiness, fun and vibrant colors into the home. The drawings on these paintings are always all sorts of fantastic elements. They range in everything from Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Durga to all sorts of Hindu themes and animals. There are huge selections to choose from, enabling you to buy a unique and thought out gift for a particular person back home.

BEST GIFTS FOR
This is a wonderful souvenir to bring home to those people in your life who appreciate good art and culture. They may be best suited for your parents, in-laws or uncles and aunts. It is a great present to give to a couple as a joint gift.

PORTABLE LEVEL: Manageable

PRICE RANGE
From a few US dollars up to hundreds of US dollars

WHERE TO BUY
House no.1734, Laxmi Bai Nagar, near INA metro station, Delhi

2. ASSAMESE SILK

Assamese Silk

Silk is known all over India as a luxury item. One of the reasons why Assamese Silk is so sought after by visitors to Delhi is because it’s indigenous. Creating items from this silk is a very labor intensive process which takes vast amounts of man power, time and energy.

Some people prefer to buy certain items like shawls made out of silk, while others prefer to just buy the silk. If you just buy a piece of silk you could take it home and make it into something beautiful or later on decide what to do with it. When it comes to all the beautiful silk items in Delhi the options are endless.

BEST GIFTS FOR
Ideal for a unique gift for a very close and loyal family member, who can appreciate luxury and the finer things in life.

PORTABLE LEVEL
Easy to pack and carry around

WHERE TO BUY: Bihu Bazaar-Naveena Kalkaji Extension, Govindpuri, Govindpuri Extension, Delhi – 110019, India

3. AACHAR (INDIAN PICKLE)

Aachar (Indian Pickle)

One of the best and tastiest gifts you can bring home from India is a jar of Aachar. Aachar is extremely tasty and is a real treat for anybody who has never eaten it before. It is created with the use of preserved fruits and can be sweet or spicy in flavor.

Aachar is a great souvenir to take home to all those foodie lovers. Not only does it make a great add on as a sauce, topping or side but it can also be used for all different types of cooking dishes. A small piece of advice is that Aachar does taste very rich and strong; you only need to purchase small jars.

BEST GIFTS FOR
The foodie family and friends

PORTABLE LEVEL
It may not be the easiest thing to carry home so look out for smaller bottles which are sealed tightly shut.

PRICE RANGE
Expect to pay around $3 per jar, depending on the size, make and variant.

WHERE TO BUY

  • Sethi’s Achar Shop-Shop No.6110, Khari Baoli, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 11000
  • Pachranga Achar- 661, Camp Cinema Rd, Than Singh Nagar, Anand Parbat, New Delhi, Delhi 110005

4. INDIAN TEA

Indian Tea

There are some really delicious and traditional Indian teas available in Delhi. It is highly recommended that you personally taste some of them before deciding on which teas you want to bring back home with you.

One of the most popular is the Masala Chai. It is traditional flavored tea which is perfectly brewed with black tea and all sorts of Indian herbs and spices. You have really got to try this, and then buy the ingredients to recreate the experience for your friends and family back at home.

BEST GIFTS FOR
Perfect for all those tea lovers back home – your grandmother, mother and older female friends.

PORTABLE LEVEL
Easy to manage

WHERE TO BUY

  • Mittal Tea House Shop-No 8, Main Market, Block 8, Lodi Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
  • Sancha Tea Boutique-15 Netaji Subhash Marg, Daryaganj, New Delhi, Delhi 110002.

5. INDIAN SPICES

Indian Spices

People all over the world will be able to testify to the fact that the spices at home never taste anywhere near as good as they do in India. There is something authentic, pure and intense about the rich aromas and tastes of Indian spices. They are also made and mixed to pure precision, making Indian spices one of the very best products you can bring back.

Your options include curry spices, turmeric, ground mixtures, chili variations, herbs, and all sorts of traditional Indian blends. If you have a friend or family member who loves strong foods, rich tastes and hot curries then you have just found the perfect gift.

BEST GIFTS FOR
Fantastic souvenirs to bring home for food enthusiasts who love cooking with spices and flavors -parents, friends, and co-workers.

PORTABLE LEVEL
Manageable

PRICE RANGE
Expect to pay from $2.50 to $3 per kg

WHERE TO BUY

  • Shree Shyam Spices & Dry Fruits 6667, Khari Baoli, Delhi-110006
  • Mehar Chand & Sons-6535, Khari Baoli, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, near Fatehpuri Masji

6. SANDALWOOD PRODUCTS

Sandalwood Products

Image credit: Khadi Natural

Some of the biggest and most beautiful sandalwood forests are in India. This is good news for you as it means that you have direct access to some of the best sandalwood products available. It even gets better than that, because you are in India and it is produced on location, the prices are very economical. The quality is fantastic and fresh.

Some of the most popular sandalwood products are incense, essential oil, body scrubs, face packs and powders. The best option would be authentic Sandalwood soaps, coming in all different varieties at great prices. Not only do the people back home benefit but so do you as your luggage will smell wonderful.

BEST GIFTS FOR
You could literally fill your bag with different Sandalwood soaps. They are great add-ons for gifts for friends, co-workers and relatives with another small gift.

PORTABLE LEVEL
Easy to magage

PRICE RANGE
The Sandalwood soaps are very economic at only 59c to $1 each.

WHERE TO BUY
9/5, Nehru Enclave East KALKAJI, New Delhi – 110019

7. MATHRI (SALTY CRACKERS)

Mathri (Salty Crackers)

Mathri is a delicious and very popular afternoon snack in India. It is similar in taste and flavor to salty crackers but they are made very differently. They are served with spicy pickles and make a delicious snack with some Indian tea. This is one of the best snacks you can bring back home to your family and friends.

It makes a great add on to another gift or you could consider buying a jar of Aachar, which it will go very well with. This is a unique tasting and traditionally Indian snack which is perfect for all those people back home who love to eat and snack all day long.

BEST GIFTS FOR
These are wonderful gifts to bring back to all the teenagers and children in your life.

PORTABLE LEVEL
Manageable

PRICE RANGE
Around Rs 190 ($3) for 500 gram

WHERE TO BUY
Ghantewala Confectioners 1862-A, Chandni Chowk, Delhi-110006

8. MEENAKARI AND KUNDAN JEWELRY

Meenakari and Kundan Jewelry

If you are a lover of jewelry and accessories then you will have an amazing time viewing all the Meenakari and Kundan jewelry in Delhi. There are unique, funky, fashionable and trendy pieces of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings for you to choose from. Anyone who appreciates great designs and who loves wearing special pieces will be thrilled to be given any one of these pieces.

BEST GIFTS FOR
These unique and beautiful pieces are perfect for those people in your life who really stand out and who have gone the extra mile for you – a parent or a sibling.

PORTABLE LEVEL
Easy to manage

PRICE RANGE
From Rs 2200 ($34) – Rs 9000 ($140)

WHERE TO BUY
Titu Jewellers, shop No.268, Dariba Kalan, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, 110006

9. PASHMINA SCARVES

Pashmina Scarves

India produces and directly manufactures a wide variety of different pashmina scarves. You will find tons of these practical, traditional and trendy scarves all over Delhi at astoundingly good prices. If you have extra space in your luggage now is the time to take advantage of this and pop in a few for yourself, after all you may regret it if you don’t.

BEST GIFTS FOR
These make beautiful gifts for all the lovely ladies in your life that you are dying to spoil. A genuine luxurious Pashmina scarf is the perfect gift to bring home for a grandmother, mother, aunt or even a close female friend.

PORTABLE LEVEL
Easy to manage

PRICE RANGE
You can expect to pay around 50 USD for fake Pashmina and around 100 USD for genuine Pashmina

WHERE TO BUY
E – 84 (Lower Ground Floor), Lajpat Nagar Part-I, New Delhi – 110024

10. KHADI (INDIAN CLOTH)

Khadi (Indian Cloth)

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Khadi is a very special type of cloth in India, which is spun into different things. It is the ideal fabric to create all sorts of amazing garments, especially traditional Indian wear. One of the very best aspects of all time about Khadi is that the fabric is extremely versatile. It will keep you cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months.

Locally made Khadi is a great gift to bring back as a souvenir. You can choose to buy cloth, garments or towels.

BEST GIFTS FOR
These are super fun gifts to give to your father, brother or uncle. They will look and feel great in their new and unique Indian wear.

PORTABLE LEVEL
Cloth and clothing are always among the easiest things to pack and carry around.

PRICE RANGE:
Expect to pay around Rs 350 ($5.40) onwards for female Indian wear and around Rs 250 ($3.40) onwards for male Indian wear.

WHERE TO BUY
Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan, 24 Regal Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001

Top 10 things to buy in Bali

| Uncategorized | March 12, 2019

Taman Ayun Temple is a great place for day trip in Bali.

1. DESIGNER THREADS

Seminyak​ and Petitenget​ are home to Bali’s finest concentration of boutiques. Standout stores include Bali brand Biasa for super-fine linens, cottons and kaftans that scream quality, and Brazilian brand Uma and Leopold for gorgeous one-off pieces.  Australian designer Natasha offers dreamy maxi dresses and bohemian-inspired accessories, while Mr Zimi offers loud flamboyant prints. See umaandleopold.combiasagroup.commisterzimi.comniluhdjelantik.com 

2. KIDS WEAR 

Coco and Ginger in Kerobokan offers tropical playsuits and dresses, Indigo Kids, a classic Australian-designed, Bali brand, sells playful prints and designs (multiple outlets in Seminyak and Nusa Dua), while Kids A Go Go in Jalan Oberoi​ has contemporary Australian-designed clothing including swimsuits, shorts, dresses and T-shirts. See cocoandginger.comindigokidsglobal.comkidsagogo.com

SEE ALSO

3. CUSTOM BOARDS, BIKES AND STREET WEAR 

Ripcurl’s flagship store on Jalan Legian​ features an impressive surfboard-shaped space where surfers can watch their board being shaped. Drifter, along Jalan Oberoi Seminyak, features an espresso bar and hangout area, along with designer surf gear and artwork, photography and memorabilia. Deus Warung​ of Simple Pleasures in Seminyak houses Deus Ex Machina fashion items and bags, handmade bikes, custom motorbikes and wooden longboards, as well as a cool cafe. See asia.ripcurl.com/indonesiastores.htmldriftersurf.comdeuscustoms.com

Straw painted vases at market of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Straw painted vases at market of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.  

4. BEACH WEAR 

Bali Boatshed in Seminyak offers wonderful, colourful beach gear, nearby Saint Tropez has men’s trunks in every hue possible (local version of Vilebrequin​), while Little Joe Woman by Gail Elliott (near the new Alila Seminyak) carries resort wear, beach bags and towels, Panama hats and swimwear. See baliboatshed.combistrosttropez.com.au

5. DISCOUNT SURF OUTLETS

Billabong’s only factory outlet in Asia is jam-packed with Billabong apparel and has  regular sales. Down the road are Bali Surf, with all the big-name brands under the one roof, the huge Original Surf Outlet and Surfers Paradise for Oakley, Reef, Roxy, Quiksilver, Sunsuko, Cult and more. See billabong.com

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6. HANDCRAFTED ARTISAN WARES 

Souq​ in Seminyak is a lifestyle store with homewares, gifts and a charming cafe. Mercredi​, also in Seminyak, is the home of French-inspired beachy chic while Hobo along Bali’s famed shopping strip Jalan Raya in Kerobokan (and also at Seminyak Square) celebrates Indonesian artisans with rattan-topped occasional tables, upcycled colonial 1940s vintage furniture and handmade terracotta from Lombok. Kevala Ceramics in Ubud​ (and in Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Sanur and Kerobokan) offers stunning tableware, seen in some of Bali’s best restaurants and hotels. See souqstore.comthehobostore.comkevalaceramics.com

7. SILVERWARE

At the idyllic John Hardy workshop, talented designers and skilled local artisans conceive and create stunning handcrafted pieces. Studio Perak, also in Ubud, produces organically inspired silver jewellery peppered with silver and semi-precious stones. See johnhardy.comstudioperak.com

8. VINTAGE THREADS

Press Ban along Jalan Oberoi, Seminyak, has a quirky collection of repurposed vintage wear. For something more Bondi than Bali, mosey around the Old Man’s Market at Canggu​ on the last Saturday of the month, with its bric-a-brac stalls, designer samples and swimwear, organic skin care, dream catchers and vintage clothing aplenty. See facebook.com/press.ban.balifacebook.com/oldmansbali/

9. FURNITURE

Christy Furniture and Art Gallery on Jalan Raya Kerobokan features wooden furniture including oversized daybeds and garden furniture, while Stoneworks in Denpasar offers stunning sculptures and statues. Orchard Fine Furniture in Seminyak offers contemporary colonial decor, including classic furniture made from aged reclaimed teak. Jalan Mertanadi​, better known as Jail House Road due to infamous landmark Kerobokan Prison, is also strewn with furniture and homeware stores. See 2016.id.all.bizrichardnorthlewis.comibaldesigns.com/the-orchard-shop

10. MARKET FINDS 

The iconic Sukawati Market in Gianyar, about 20 minutes from Denpasar, is a two-storey treasure trove packed to the rafters with paintings and wooden sculptures, curios, handicrafts and traditional handmade products. The Ubud Art Market, featured in Eat, Pray, Love, features locally made items including handcrafted woven bags, figurines, traditional handpainted kites, silk wear, topeng​ masks and homewares. 

10 Things You Can Buy When in Bangkok

| Uncategorized | March 11, 2019

Bangkok market

Nothing is more fun than buying stuff that you can get only in that country when traveling. Thailand is no exception when it comes to buying high-quality products at cheap prices. Besides the cheap summery shirts and fisherman pants, here is the ultimate list of things (goods & food) you must get in Bangkok.

GOODS

1. Fruit Soap

You can find all kinds of fruit soap at Chatuchak Market (a weekend market in Bangkok) with Mango soap being one of the most popular ones. They only cost around $1 each!

2. Inhaler (Ya Dom in Thai)

Thai people are known for their frequent use of nasal inhaler which is also best for those who have rhinitis. The two most famous brands are Poy Sian and Peppermint field.

3. Thai Silk

Thailand is renowned for beautiful silks and fabrics. Make sure you drop by the famous Jim Thompson house for their high-quality silk products. High recommended as souvenirs such as table runners and pouches that come in bright colors and patterns for family and friends.

4. NaRaYa Bag

NaRaYa is a famous local brand that offers high-quality fabric hand-made bags and pouches. They come in all kinds of colors and designs and their most flagship design is the silk bag with a big ribbon attached in the middle. You can find NaRaYa stores in Bangkok’s major shopping malls.

5. Spa & Aroma products

You can’t leave out all the spa products & ornaments when you think of what to buy in Thailand. Karmakametis famous for its high-quality aroma and body products. It’s not cheap but the quality is guaranteed. Bath & Bloom is another shop where you can get aromatic bath & spa products. One of the highly recommended scents is the unique Thai Jasmine which will relieve your knots and stress.

6. Takabb Anti Cough Pill

It’s a nation-widely known remedy for coughing. It’s rumored to have the worst taste but the strongest effect that immediately makes you stop your coughs. The package design itself isn’t at its best with red centipedes all over the place, but you might want to buy one to try out.

7. Coconut oil

In the “motherland” of oil, coconut oil is used everywhere from facial moisturizing, hair enrichment to hand & foot care. Not only that, some even drop coconut oil in their morning tea or coffee for better taste. There are several Thai brands that you can look out for such as Agrilife and Thaipure.

8. Snake Brand Prickly Heat Powder

Because of the tropical climate, Snake Brand Prickly Heat Powder is a must-item for the locals. Apply some on your body after shower and enjoy the cooling effect.

9. Mosquito Repellent

One might always be wary of the mosquitoes when you visit tropical countries, and Thailand is no exception when it comes to insects and mosquito bites. And because of the naturally exposed environment, Thailand is known for offering various options in terms of mosquito repellent. It will come in handy when you visit other tropical regions. You can easily find various brands in local drugstores or supermarkets.

10. Tiger Balm

It’s the ultimate solution to all the pain on your body. It’s said to provide instant relief.

10 Things To Buy From Miami

| Uncategorized | March 6, 2019

One of America’s most iconic destinations, Miami, Florida is a magnet for tourists, both inland and foreign, who come here each year in their millions. Each one of them is determined to pick up something memorable to revive the experience time and time again, that is well worth it. If you’re a first timer in Miami, check out this list of gift ideas and see which of them appeal to your liking.


1. Cigars

Cigars

Whether you are a sophisticated cigar aficionado or a stogie newbie, in Miami you have hit a tobacco puffer’s jackpot! From the popular Monte Cristos and Cohibas, to unknown locally hand-rolled sticks, there is a treasure trove of authentic cigars waiting to be lit up. Add to that a line of beautifully crafted humidors, cigar cutters and presentation boxes, and you have a cigar lover’s idea of paradise. 

For an authentic cigar-smoking experience, head to Little Havana’s Calle Ocho (8th Street) where you will find a plethora of cigar stores, all complete with the ubiquitous scowling wooden Indian with the exotic head dress. Buy an individual stick to puff away or buy a bundle to take back home. Either way, from now on, every time you smell a cigar, it will take you right back to that bustling street, which is quintessential Miami.

Price: $2-$30/individual cigar. Also sold in bundles of 3 and more.


2. Local Jams, Preserves and Honey

Local Jams, Preserves and Honey

Want to take home the sweet flavor of this tropical paradise? In Miami, you will find a range of exotic fruit jams, preserves and honey that will transform your regular slice of bread or bagel into a gourmet affair. From honeybell preserves and vidalia onion sweet relish to key lime, amaretto or wildflower honey, you will find something to satisfy everyone’s sweet craving. 

Happily, these sweet delights are easy to carry and easy to find. If you happen to be strolling down Miami Beach’s famous Lincoln Road on Sunday, head to the Lincoln Road Farmer’s Market for a plethora of delicious treats. Otherwise, on your way to Key West, stop by a Florida institution, Robert is Here, Fruit Stand and Farm, in Homestead. It will be an experience like none other. You can indulge in a Tamarindo milkshake, eat some Carambola, marvel at an Ugli Fruit, and stock up on locally-made jams, jellies and relishes. If you can’t do either, don’t worry. You can buy your quota of Miami jams and honeys at stores, such as Sedano’s Supermarket, that use the local farmers as their source. No matter where you get it from, your gift recipients will have a sweet disposition towards you for a long time!

Price: $5-$10 for jars. Prices vary depending on size, fruit type and location.
$3-$6 for key lime products and candy.Where to find it:Lincoln Road Farmers’ Market
http://www.themarketcompany.org/introducing.html
Lincoln Road, Between Meridian Avenue and Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
+(305)-531-0038
Every Sunday from 9am-6:30pm, year round.

Sedano’s Marketplace 
http://www.sedanos.com/
West Miami #4
6709 West Flagler St., Miami FL 33144
+(305)-266-6722 Fax: 305-266-8428
Monday-Saturday: 7am-11pm; Sunday: 8am-10pm

Little Havana #14
1263 West Flagler Street, Miami FL 33135
+(305)-324-1687 Fax: 305-324-1684
Monday-Saturday: 8am-10pm


3. Alligator Taxidermy Products

Alligator Taxidermy Products

When visitors to Miami take the tour of the vast Everglades, alligators floating lazily through the deep waters under the bright blue Florida sky form an essential part of this experience. While you might not want to take home an alligator, you can take back some rather unusual alligator products that will remind you of the deadly predator of Florida. If you are looking for gifts that are literally off the beaten track, head to the Everglades Gift Shop, after your swamp tour. You will not be disappointed! From an alligator claw backscratcher (for $3.99, that is the cheapest and safest way to get close to an alligator!), gator jewelry, to alligator heads for the really adventurous, you will find something that will be almost as unique as the colossal Everglades! 

Prices: $2.95-$115.Where to find it:Everglades Safari Park Gift Shop
http://www.evergladessafarigifts.com/
26700 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33194
+(305)-226-6923
Open daily, 9am-5pm


4. Aquarius Beachwear

Aquarius Beachwear

Balmy breezes, azure waters, and nearly pristine beaches dotted with beautiful bodies make Miami an international tourist destination. While you can’t quite package sun, sand and sea to take back in your suitcase, you could pick up a couple of pieces from the versatile AQUARIUS line of innovative beachwear that captures the ocean-fresh essence of the city. 

Miami-based designer Daniela Sredni has knocked traditional beachwear on its head to create a line of brightly colored beach apparel with sinuous silhouettes that transform from swimsuit cover-up to dégagé street chic, with the addition of a sexy sling back. Called “a beach to street line,” AQUARIUS is available in a number of hotel gift shops, as well as high-end boutiques. You can get casual separates and beautifully cut summer dresses that flatter and flirt. Take them back as gifts and the women in your life will be happier than the proverbial clam!

Prices: $53-$200Where to find it:AQUARIUS Beachwear
http://www.iloveaquarius.com/a/

Guy and Girl
Shelborne Hotel
1801 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
+(305)-531-1271
Open everday, 10am-11pm

Aqua Marine Beachwear
Fontainbleau Miami Beach Hotel
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
+(800)-548-8886
Open daily, 9am-7pm

Rik Rak
1428 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
+(305)-371-7324
Monday-Saturday: 9am-9pm


5. Art Deco Posters

Art Deco Posters

The Art Deco style of architecture and Miami Beach are an inseparable combination, much like Miamians and their café con leche. Walk through the historical Art Deco district of the city and you will see exquisitely restored buildings, painted in various hues of peach, periwinkle, purple, and turquoise, and adorned with intricately crafted motifs. Defining the character of Miami Beach, this extravagant style of architecture inspires a sense of decadent leisure. 

If you want to replicate a similar sense of relaxation at home or present a slice of Miami’s easy repose to a loved one, pick up a couple of vibrant Art Deco posters from the many stores lining Collins Avenue or Ocean Drive. Alternatively, you can head to the Art Deco Welcome Center and Gift Shop, which is part of the oldest Art Deco Society in the world, to find an incredible collection of artwork and books. 

Prices: $9.99 and up at kiosks and beachfront stores.
$20 per poster at the Art Deco Gift Shop.Where to find it:Art Deco Gift Shop 
http://www.mdpl.org/welcome-center/shop/official-art-deco-gift-shop/
1001 Ocean Drive 
Miami Beach, FL 33139 
+(305)-672-2014
Open daily, 9:30am-7:30pmBuy It on Amazon:


6. Key Lime Products

Key Lime Products

The oh-so-fragrant key lime is the fruit mascot of Florida. The juice of a key lime lends its distinctive flavors to a range of Miami favorites, from alcoholic drinks to milkshakes, from pies and cakes to a variety of key lime confectionery. Indeed, one famous key lime flavored bundt cake made it all the way to Oprah’s list of favorite things, back in 2004. 

To get the best key lime products, go to Key West Key Lime Pie Co., which has multiple branches located on the bohemian streets of old-world Key West. Its shelves bulge with such wondrous offerings like Key Lime Ginger Wasabi Jam, Key Lime Pie Cheeseball, Key Lime Pie Soap-on-a-Rope and Key Lime Margarita Lip Lickers. If you can’t quite get all the way to Key West, the Miami InterCulinary Center has a range of key lime products in their all natural Florribean line that can be found at Whole Foods Markets. Ranging from Key Lime BBQ Sauce with Ginger, Key Lime Cookies, Key Lime Savory Oil to Key Lime Syrup, you can get them all. No matter which key lime flavored edible gift you take back, this will be one gift that will make the flavor of Miami linger.

Prices: Key West Key Lime Pie Co. products: $2.99 and up. Prices vary depending on product and size. For example, $6.99 for 6.9 oz. jar of Key Lime Ginger Wasabi Jam.
Floribbean products: $5.99 and up. Prices vary depending on product and size. 
For example, $5.99 for an 11 oz. jar of Key Lime Marmalade.Where to find it:Key West Key Lime Pie Co. 
http://www.keywestkeylimepieco.com/default.htm
Monday- Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: Noon-5pm

Location 1: 
225 Key Deer Blvd 
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
+(305)-872-7400 
[email protected]

Location 2:
1108-C Duval Street 
Key West, FL.
+(305)-453-6219

Location 3:
511 Greene Street 
Key West, FL 33040
+(305)-517-6720

For Floribbean products, go to Whole Foods Markets.
http://www.floribbeanproducts.com/

For Whole Foods Miami locations: 
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/
FLORIBBEAN – Miami InterCulinary Center, Inc. 
6800 SW 40 St. Ste#411 
Miami, FL. 33155 
1-800-282-8459Buy It on Amazon:


7. Native American Miccosukee Crafts

Native American Miccosukee Crafts

If you have a long list of gifts to buy and not very much time to indulge in shopping, then the plethora of handcrafted products made by the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is the answer to your dilemma. Beaded jewelry; sturdy woven baskets from sweet grass; endearing dolls dressed in patchwork made from palmetto husks; and a range of hand carved wooden products, such as bowls, spoons, toys and souvenirs, will leave you spoilt for choice. Book a tour to the Miccosukee Indian Village and not only can you buy their handiwork but you can also watch how the centuries-old craftwork is done. A perfect synergy of utility and art, your Miccosukee craft pieces are more than just decorative mementos. They are tiny pieces of living history. 

Prices: $3.99 and above.Where to find it:Seminole Hard Rock hotel and Casino Hollywood
https://goo.gl/hzuT49
Next to the Casino main entrance
1 Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33314
+(954) 797-5550
Open daily, 10am-3am
Prices: $7 and up. Small beaded bracelet, for $7. Necklaces, for $30 and up. Clothing, for $150 and up. Braided leather belt: $600.


8. Peace. Love. World Merchandise

Peace. Love. World Merchandise

Miami is a collage of fun, fashion and frivolity. It’s always sexy, sometimes strident and oh-so-bold. If you want to take home some of that Miami casual-chic, head over to one of the Peace Love World stores that are the brainchild of Miami-based designer, Alina Villasante. Almost an overnight sensation, the PLW merchandise combines fashion gear with philanthropy. From funky everyday clothing for men, women and kids; a range of accessories from buttons to boots; props for your car, home, party and pets; to yoga gear and towels – you have a bewildering range of products to choose from. And if your bag of gifts is flowing over, there is a line of travel accessories to choose from, including a rather nice “I am Travel” black duffle bag ($198). No matter what you pick, be assured that you will be spreading some peace and love among your world of family and friends!

Price: $1.50-$2400Where to find it:Peace Love World Stores
http://peaceloveworld.com/

Sunset Drive Store
5818 Sunset Drive 
Miami, FL 33143
+(305)-661-8940
Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Miami Beach Store
1935 West Ave., Suite 103
Miami Beach, FL 33139
+(305)-535-3066 
Monday-Saturday: 10am-6:30pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Coral Gables Store
2428 Ponce De Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134
+(305)-567-0886
Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Mary Brickell Village
900 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
+(305)-374-2661
Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pmBuy It on Amazon:


9. Miami Spices

Miami Spices

Once considered a wallflower of the culinary ballroom, Miami has slowly emerged to become a gastronomic contender with a style all its own. From the Colombian or Venezuelan arepa (a thick flat corn cake) with their myriad fillings, the stuffed Cuban or Dominican savory empanada (stuffed savory pastry), Jamaican jerk chicken, to the Brazilian barbecued churrasco – the myriad cuisine choices of this South American-Caribbean hub will leave you wanting more. 

So, before you head home, stop by in Little Havana, where the tiny country-specific local markets stock an extensive variety of cooking rubs, spices and sauces. Step into one of the ‘ethnic’ supermarkets where the residents shop for Latin foods. For some genuine local flavors, head to El Nuevo Siglo Supermarket or El Rey Supermarket on Calle Ocho, the main street of the Latin Quarter. From adobo blends (a mix of salt, granulated garlic, oregano, black pepper and turmeric), mojo (onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, black pepper, orange, and lemon juice) marinades, to Sazon Completa or complete seasonings, you will get a range of spices that will inspire you to whip up a Latin meal, muy auténtico!

Prices: $1.19 and up. Prices vary depending on product and size. 
For example, $2.19 for a bottle of Mojo Marinade (10 oz.).Where to find it:El Nuevo Siglo Supermarket
1305 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135
+(305)-854-1916 
Monday-Saturday: 7am-9:30pm
Sunday: 8am-7pmBuy It on Amazon:


10. Native American Miccosukee Patchwork

Native American Miccosukee Patchwork

While the Miccosukee Indian Tribes of Florida are largely known for their casinos and resorts, you will find that they have a lot more to offer than slot machines, spas and fine dining. Deep in the heart of the Florida Everglades is the Miccosukee Indian Village, a repository of their culture and rich traditions. And in this space of living history, you can see Native American artisans produce stunning patchwork clothing, bags and decorative artwork. Intricate designs developed over centuries tell the stories of the tribe, an essential part of their heritage. Whether you choose a tiny patchwork key-chain, a finely designed vest, or a piece of tapestry, you will walk out with some gentle Miccosukee magic!

Prices: $4.99 and up.Where to find it:Seminole Hard Rock hotel and Casino Hollywood
https://goo.gl/klpl9Z
Next to the Casino main entrance
1 Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33314
+(954) 797-5550
Open daily: 10am-3am
Prices: $7 and up. Small beaded bracelet, for $7. Necklaces, for $30 and up. Clothing, for $150 and up. Braided leather belt: $600.


11. Jungle Island Souvenirs

Jungle Island Souvenirs

With white tigers and brightly colored macaws, orangutans and red kangaroos, Jungle Island is an interactive zoological park that is a popular tourist destination of Miami. A major attraction for families, it offers a range of experiences, such as Winged Wonders, Tales of the Tiger, and the Petting Barn. Memorialize your interactions with the wild and wonderful with mementos from the Island Treasures Gift Shop. The shelves are lined with bears and lions, snakes and gators (stuffed toys and glass figurines, not the real ones!). You will also find clothing with the distinct Jungle Island logo. There are mugs and glasses, key rings and stationery, blankets and books. Not only will these gifts mark your day at the zoo, but the proceeds go towards the upkeep and maintenance of this immense animal habitat. Now that is genuine shopping for a cause!

Price: $1-$1000.Where to find it:Island Treasures Gift Shop
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami, FL 33132
+(305)-400-7000
Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10am-6pm


12. Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear

Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear

You will love the warm air and smooth sands of Miami, but that glare from the sun can give you some nasty wrinkles around your eyes. So this might be a great time to check out some high-end designer sunglasses from Miami-based eyewear retailer and designer, Edward Beiner, Purveyor of Fine Eyewear. Besides the established luxury brands in his stores, you can also choose from his signature Edward Beiner Lunettes line, an exquisitely designed collection of eyewear. Additionally, if you enjoy hitting the links, skiing or watersports, Edward Beiner also offers a line of high performance eyewear. Head to one of his nine stores in some of the most exclusive shopping areas of Miami, and prepare to be dazzled by his range of eyewear, both contemporary and classic. Your eyes will thank you!

Price: $200-$300 for Edward Beiner eyewear.Where to find it:Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
http://www.edwardbeiner.com

Mary Brickell Village 
900 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
+(305)-603-1216
Monday-Thursday: 11pm-9pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm

CocoWalk 3015 Grand Avenue
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
+1 305-444-0777
Monday-Thursday: 11pm-9pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-9pmBuy It on Amazon:


Bonus: 11. Miami Unique Foods

Miami Unique Foods

Strolling through the streets of Miami Beach, driving around in Coral Gables or exploring the nooks and crannies of Little Havana, you can’t help but notice the distinctly Latin flavor of South Florida. From churros to sweetly delightful dulce de leche; guava paste to crunchy plantain chips; palito (sesame sticks) to panela (unrefined whole cane sugar), the variety of mouthwatering foods will make you want to risk going over your airline’s baggage limits. And, happily, you can get them all and more at one store that is a piece of history. 

For a genuine Latin food shopping experience, head to Tropical Supermarket and you will be overcome by a sense of nostalgia for an era predating corporate supermarket chains. Shelf after shelf holds gastronomic treasures in boxes and bottles that are easy to carry but perhaps not that easy to part with. So buy two of each, your gift recipients will thank you! 

Prices: $2.99 and up. 
For example, $2.99 for a pack of palitos and $5.99 for Dulce de Leche (8 oz.)Where to find it:Tropical Supermarket
18351 NW 27th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
+(305) 430-0979
Monday-Saturday: 7am-9:30pm
Sunday: 7am-8pmBuy It on Amazon:


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