Whether you call secondhand fashion treasure troves “thrift stores,” “fripperies,” “charity shops,” “vintage boutiques” or something else, shifting the paradigm from “old clothes” to “new finds,” you may find the best, most conversation-starting souvenirs inside these shops and neighborhoods located in the world’s most fashionable cities and a few unexpected places.
The Marais District, long a center of boho-chic style, features several blocks lined with some of the city’s most popular second-hand, vintage and “kilo” (garments sold by weight) shops. Tilt Vintage, BIS Boutique Solidaire and Kilo Shop Kawaii are always packed with ambitious souls sifting through garments. These run the gamut from relatively new pieces with their original store tags to vintage rarities from old-school cool labels like Cacharel and Rodier.
If your time in town is limited, Le (Re)Store Galleries Lafayette is your one-stop shopping best bet. The 1,600-square-foot, third-floor space is populated with such eclectic shops as Les Recuperables, Monogram, Personal Seller, CrushON, Relique, Culture Vintage, Salut Beauté and Patine. In addition to clothing, there is upcycled and vintage jewelry, home décor items, sustainable beauty products (La Droguerie du Good), a personal shopper service and collection areas for recyclable clothing and packaging.
Shimokitazawa, originally established as a residential district after the 1921 Great Kanto Earthquake flattened other Tokyo neighborhoods, became the city’s equivalent to Haight-Ashbury a half-century later. In the following decades it became home to specialized secondhand stores like Haight-Ashbury (the shop), Flamingo and Little Trip to Heaven. These shops draw you in with artistic window displays and infectious playlists of American ’70s funk and ’60s Brit pop. The district is a three-minute train ride on the new Odakyu line originating from Shibuya.
Southampton, United Kingdom
The family-run Robin’s Nest was hatched out of what was probably a beautiful upscale retailer in another era. Here, the curated fashion and décor are definitively British and thoughtfully displayed. A sweet café nested within the store serves equally English pastries, sandwiches, tea and coffee, along with a few gluten-free, vegan and non-dairy options.
While the food culture is this port city’s biggest draw, fashionistas can feast on finds at Joan Vintage Charity Shop by Foundation Cudeca, impeccably organized, decorated in a fun ’80s vintage style and stocked with pieces from top-end designers and upscale chain shops – and at great prices in comparison to similar shops in Spain’s larger cities. Named in honor of Joan Hunt (awarded the O.B.E. at Buckingham Palace in 2002 for her work in southern Spain), one can feel good about every penny spent here, as all profits generated fund hospice care and other services for people with cancer and other illnesses.
More than 22 million visitors pour into Bangkok each year, adding to the roughly 11 million residents of the Thai capital famous for its bustling streets. Packed with food carts, markets and cultural spectacles, life in Bangkok is unusually defined by its vibrant street scene, both day and night. That means you don’t necessarily need a solid plan when heading out on any given evening.
The Islands of Tahiti offer a range of captivating activities for travelers with diverse interests, from hiking to breathtaking waterfalls, riding horses on secluded beaches; swimming with sharks; or immersing in Polynesian culture through traditional dance, music and art. For watersports enthusiasts, the crystal-clear lagoons offer exhilarating experiences like surfing, kiteboarding and paddleboarding. And if you’re looking to relax, the pristine beaches, overwater bungalows and tropical sun offer the perfect setting. With 118 islands and atolls to explore, island hopping is an excellent way to experience the full diversity of The Islands of Tahiti. With its blend of adventure, culture and relaxation, The Islands of Tahiti offer a truly unique travel experience.
As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
The highly anticipated GT Tested Reader Survey has more reason to celebrate in 2024 than ever before. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our GT Tested Reader Survey awards, with many of the winning brands earning milestone accolades for years of dedicated and consistent service.
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Global Traveler Announces the Winners of the 2023 Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel Awards
For its third year, Global Traveler awards the airline, cruise line and hotel brand best representing diversity, equity and inclusion within the travel industry. Over the past year Global Traveler analyzed many airlines, cruise lines and hotel brands to determine which companies prove most committed to changing the world through diversity and inclusion.
The Tampa EDITION recently launched two new offerings this festive season. Book the Holiday in the Sun promotion and receive complimentary valet, $50 in food and beverage credit, $50 in spa credit, and a signature EDITION Le Labo amenity. This offer runs through Jan. 5. Book here.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
Going to Austin, Texas, soon? Hotel Van Zandt celebrates the season with a special deal. The To All a Free Night offer allows guests to extend their stay and receive a third night free when booking two nights. Running through Jan. 29, 2024, book this offer using promo code BONUSNT.