Where to score the kind of souvenir that won’t fit in your carry-on.
There’s a certain brand of despair that comes with perusing a home decor store abroad and knowing most of it is off-limits. Be it because of a travel budget set in stone or the sheer logistics of bringing home that beautiful love seat, most of the artfully-created vignettes in our favourite cities’ boutiques are sadly eyes-only. But let’s take a moment to envision the situation in which, throwing caution to the wind, we say “to hell with that excess baggage fee” and go for it. Should such an impulse strike, we’ve rounded up five of the coolest shops to pick up the memento of a lifetime.
Rost und Gold
The people behind Rost und Gold refuse to use the word “concept” in reference to their store. Nonetheless, expect a fantastic blend of furniture, lamps and bizarre objects—from baroque to mid-century-design. In addition, a cultural programme includes art exhibitions, jazz concerts, readings and parties. The store is open just Thursday to Saturday—the owners spend the rest of their time scouring Europe for pieces to bring back to the shop.
Rost und Gold, Uetlibergstrasse 15, Zurich
This gigantic emporium in the middle of the Ibizan campo is so chock-full of quirky design and saturated colours that it feels more like a theme park than a store. Owners Yvonne and Hans Nuyten are retail mavericks to say the least, and their mega boutique stocks everything from clothing to homewares, food and curiosities—all under a theme concept that changes with every season. Furnishings and textiles come from independent designers as well as an in-house, locally made namesake label. There’s even a café and restaurant to rival that of any other island joint.
SLUIZ., PM-804, s/n, Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, Ibiza
Six & Sons
This vintage shop has a decidedly masculine feel to it. If you’re looking for carefully-selected industrial antiques or vintage home wares, ask away. Alongside the furniture and home wares you’ll even find clothing, sunglasses and a boutique skin care line.
Six & Sons, Haarlemmerdijk 31, Amsterdam
Cantinho do Vintage
Twice weekly at Poço do Bispo, a cavernous warehouse opens up to delight visitors with a dizzying assortment of antique, retro and vintage furniture. You’ll also find lighting and design pieces in mid-century silhouettes and punchy hues—a selection so wonderful you’ll consider booking a container to ship it all home.
Cantinho do Vintage, Avenida Infante Dom Henrique A, Lisbon
Dansk Made for Rooms
Sisters Malou and Malene handpick the best of contemporary Danish design from brands such as Menu, Frama and Eiermann for their shop—a light and airy case study in Scandinavian minimalism. For fans of the pared-down look that Copenhagen does so well, this is definitely the place to go for everything from smaller design pieces to the kind of big-ticket furniture you’ll pass down to your grandkids.
Dansk Made for Rooms, Istedgade 80, Copenhagen