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Shop the World With Shopikon

Apr 11, 2013

by Shopikon handmade and vintage goods

As chain stores expand around the globe, cities can start to feel like retail clones. Enter Shopikon, a web and mobile-based guide that celebrates independent retailers around the world and tells the stories about what make their shops worth visiting. With sections dedicated to Barcelona, Berlin, London, New York, Paris, Vienna, and San Francisco, Shopikon makes finding that special something – be it fashion, food, art, antiques or more – personal and fun. Read on for a few tempting Shopikon picks that will inspire you to pack your bags.



Ting in Berlin.

The German capital has a rich history and culture with a thriving art scene that trickles down into its vibrant retailscape. Case in point: London-born craftsman Michael Ferguson’s showroom and store Not a Wooden Spoon, which features furniture pieces the designer has fashioned from reclaimed building materials. Also in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood sits Laura Huppert’s Ting, an eclectic east-meets-north establishment that showcases clothing, household items and accessories found on the owner’s many travels to Asia and Scandinavia.



Cailles de Luxe in Paris.

The home of haute couture and prêt-à-porter has a longstanding reputation as the fashion capital of the world, but there are many up and coming designers still looking to make their mark. SoWeAre is a quirky bespoke clothing and accessories boutique located on Rue de Charonne in the trendy Bastille neighborhood. Nearby jeweler Cailles de Luxe, the brainchild of a pair of art and design school graduates, offers unique statement necklaces, rings, pendants and accessories created by the owners as well as other local artists.



Labour and Wait in London.

Across the channel, the dynamic, metropolitan hub of London beckons. In the East End enclave of Shoreditch, Labour and Wait takes a back-to-basics approach offering a wide range of household goods that emphasize quality and authenticity, from Breton tees from Brittany to original British Army Knives. Further north in Kentish Town is home accessories shop Future & Found, which embodies a similar philosophy but with a more international vibe, featuring ceramics from South Africa and glassware from India.
Just for fun, we’ve rounded up items from Etsy sellers in each of these three cities so even if travel isn’t in the immediate future, you can still shop independent all over the globe.
  • Whale of a Time Cake Plate

    First stop: London. We're smitten with Yvonne Ellen's charmingly embellished ceramics.
  • Rosemary, Thyme and Mint Invigorating Herbal Bath Oil

    The freshness of an English garden, captured for bath time soaks.
  • 1960s G-Plan Sideboard

    A classic vintage design upgraded in electric orange.
  • Macbook Air Case

    Cradle your laptop in a cozy, colorful case.
  • Paper Bouquet

    Luscious blooms last forever thanks to the magic of paper.
  • Baby Flamingo Knitted Hat

    This painfully cute hat will make your little one the toast of the playground set.
  • Parakeets Mug

    The "posh pigeon" (a.k.a. parakeet) is one of the most commonly spotted birds in the UK, believe it or not.
  • "Power, Corruption & Lies" Print

    Two UK classics meet in this witty print that celebrates a New Order album by way of Penguin paperbacks.
  • Corn Crunch

    A sweet and crispy snack perfect for teatime.
  • Tiny Cat earrings

    Solemn silvery felines to adorn your ears.
  • Custom bridesmaid robes

    Wrap yourself in English roses.
  • Circle Mobile

    A gorgeously deconstructed rainbow inspires the imagination.
  • Ice Cream Rubber Stamps

    Next stop...PARIS. Ice cream cones that make faces? Trés charmant!
  • "Castle" Necklace

    Treat yourself to a wearable French chateau (wine cellar not included).
  • Bague Chaîne et Perles

    An eye-catching aqua gem, set on a delicate gold chain.
  • Personalized Surprise Message Box

    Marvelous miniature scenes in wee cardboard boxes make a delightful gift.
  • Liberty "Paint" Print Dress

    A spattered paint print gives this sweet summer dress appealing edge.
  • Cartes Postales

    Six prettily patterned postcards to brighten up your correspondence.
  • Arrow Bracelet

    Bright color, meet bold shapes.
  • Crochet Pet Mat

    Fifi- and Fido-approved.
  • Play Telephone

    Let bébé play with a cute and cuddly obsolete technology.
  • Paris Map Print

    A map that shows essential Parisian info: where to get tasty treats.
  • Studded Knuckle Duster

    Tough girl chic by way of a Parisian jeweler.
  • Triangles Tray

    For serving your guests apéritifs.
  • Hand Printed Wedding Album

    Last but not least, a stop in Berlin. A sunny way to commemorate the day you said yes.
  • Hammer With Rattle

    For little contractors-to-be.
  • Knitted Sweater Top

    Bright, bold and breezy Berlin style.
  • Teething Toy

    A toy to soothe sore gums.
  • "Emilia" Shirt

    We're dotty for this cute top.
  • "Anais" Rope Bangle

    For a dash of boho-cool.
  • Vintage Chair

    A cozy place to sit and read Der Spiegel.
  • HILDA Shrink Plastic Brooch

    Wearable art with a whimsical feel.
  • Zopf Ring

    A golden braid to adorn your digits.
  • Aion Wooden Hanging Lamp

    Illuminate your home in style.
  • Upcycled Shoulder Bag

    Bright colors meet bold chevrons in this take-anywhere tote.
  • Owl Sticker

    Gorgeous illustrations transformed into ultra-cool stickers.
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Do you like to shop when you travel? What’s the most memorable store you’ve visited?

1 Featured Comment

  • NinaRaizel said 7 years ago Featured

    Great post! Traveling and seeing what artists make around the world can be a very valuable experience. Breaking out of your comfort zone and leaving your country can be intimidating, but keeping updated on world trends is incredibly important for personal and cultural growth.


  • LivingVintage said 7 years ago

    Great idea! Even armchair travel is mind-blowing.

  • NinaRaizel said 7 years ago Featured

    Great post! Traveling and seeing what artists make around the world can be a very valuable experience. Breaking out of your comfort zone and leaving your country can be intimidating, but keeping updated on world trends is incredibly important for personal and cultural growth.

  • MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    Really neat! I would love to travel to all these cities!

  • cajata said 7 years ago

    I'm ready to book the next flight! Brilliant idea......

  • AtomicAttic said 7 years ago

    I would love to see these shops firsthand!

  • JosieMaeArt said 7 years ago

    Very cool :-)

  • emadefreitas said 7 years ago

    Great idea! We need that in Portugal :)

  • valeriephoto said 7 years ago

    This is so helpful! When I travel, I'm always looking for unique, non-chain stores, but they can be hard to find, especially in big cities. Next time I travel abroad, I'll be sure to check this site out to find my shopping destinations!

  • AnatomicalQuilling said 7 years ago

    I know we're no Paris but Portland Maine is a supper place to find awesome shops. We have some really awesome zoning laws that keep the big boys out so small businesses can thrive! And they do! Its a wonderful place!

  • auntjanecan said 7 years ago

    I love to travel! This has been very enjoyable to read.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts said 7 years ago


  • EdelweissPost said 7 years ago

    “I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith

  • WhisperingOak said 7 years ago

    Great article

  • Shopikon said 7 years ago

    Thanks everyone!!! We are trying to add more cities soon... If you want to keep posted on new additions just follow our FB page

  • WingedWorld said 7 years ago

    Ashland, Oregon in the United States is another town that has kept cookie cutter big box skirts on its outskirts, allowing unique downtown shops to thrive. My favorite is Prize on Main Street, which has everything from gorgeous imports from France to embroidered woodland animals to vintage brass animal figurines. (Ashland is also home to the world-class Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in case anyone want to take a trip to a place that packs big city art, cultural and culinary amenities into one little town.)

  • FluffyFlowers said 7 years ago

    ok, labour & wait is a great shop name!

  • jessgreenleaf said 7 years ago

    What a neat tool!

  • jorgensenstudio said 7 years ago

    Block party Handmade boutique just opened in louisville, Ky - The business is a cooperative of about 60 artists.

  • BambuEarth said 7 years ago

    Love these inspirations. One of my favorite things about traveling is wandering into "non-chain" cafes, restaurants and boutiques. I feel it's a far better way to get a feel for the culture one's visiting. Thank you for this! I'll be storing it for later. ♥

  • thelittlemarket said 7 years ago

    Love, love love!!!! heading over to check it out!!

  • Cufflinked said 7 years ago

    Love it!

  • sukran said 7 years ago

    Great to know about this unique tool.

  • 777carolala said 7 years ago

    Love this!

  • 777carolala said 7 years ago

    Love this!!

  • buhnon said 7 years ago

    Love all of the items, and the ambiance!

  • ArtDecoDame said 7 years ago

    Love this!

  • MariaHelenaPhoto said 7 years ago

    The best shops are the ones that aren't listed in any guides or sites. Ask the locals, they'll know, although the best places are often the best kept secrets…

  • thelandlockedsailor said 7 years ago

    OK, I'm ready for a trip!

  • 777carolala said 7 years ago

    Non chain is the way to go! I always reference Etsy, locally owned shop or thrift store before I go to a chain store whether its for a pack of pencils or "new" piece of furniture.

  • PrayerNotes said 7 years ago

    Great idea! We need more boutiques and quaint little stores!

  • brokenasphalt said 7 years ago

    Nice shops in these cities. How about featuring some in Asia, too? I know there are some quaint small shops in the historic city of Malacca in Malaysia.

  • brokenasphalt said 7 years ago

    Nice shops in these cities. There are some quaint small shops like these in Asia, too, like in the historic city of Malacca in Malaysia.

  • baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Great idea, hope minneapolis in one of your cities

  • CafePrimrose said 7 years ago


  • MrsGingerandWasabi said 7 years ago

    What a great idea!

  • EclecticForest said 7 years ago

    Wonderful and fascinating Shopikon site and cities! But haven't they all been over done? ... Why not choose some out-of-the-way, up-and-coming cities like Detroit?!

  • VintageMarketPlace said 7 years ago

    I think I would like to shop all these little stores. Looks like a great variety of fun items

  • recycledwares said 7 years ago

    I love the store pics. Makes me want to get on a plane and go shopping.

  • krayexclusive said 7 years ago

    Someday I will visit your store

  • krayexclusive said 7 years ago

    Someday I wil visit your store.. cool store.

  • Infinitiplus1 said 7 years ago

    I love the cute little shops. This is my goal one day.

  • PinkCheetahVintage said 7 years ago

    I always look for little independent stores when I travel. Cool! Becky :)

  • agebo said 7 years ago

    Fantastic idea! I love when you stumble upon unique, fun stores in new cities. Thanks for sharing!

  • LineaLina said 7 years ago

    This is so cool! I think we should have it for a lot more cities!

  • HappyEarthTea said 7 years ago

    This is really a cool development; gives us small independent shops so much hope!

  • opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    so delightful to see thriving small businesses... refreshing in this " big box" society! happy to support small businesses and can't wait to see this expanded into the Chicago area.

  • AMSkrafts said 7 years ago

    Truly admire what Shopikon does for independent artists and small businesses. Hope to visit these shops if I ever travel to these cities!

  • AMSkrafts said 7 years ago

    Truly admire what Shopikon does for independent artists and small businesses. If I ever travel to these cities, I hope to visit all these shops!

  • PruAtelier said 7 years ago

    Just when I thought that WallyWorld and the vacuous departments stores were cleaning up in the brick and mortar realm, here comes a great idea whose time has come that says "not so fast"! Just when you thought you had enough at looking at the same thing over and over again as you go from store to store hoping to fall upon something different to purchase.... What a fantastic way to travel in my chair and window-shop around the globe. It was only a matter of time before someone grabbed the reins and came up with something like this, so very necessary for all the independent artisan retailers who have a Herculean struggle up against the behemoths! Great article!

  • H88255 said 7 years ago

    This is great. I love small stores where you can find unique items. It's so inspirational for me!

  • hellome said 7 years ago

    Love the little Paris shop.

  • Aristocrafts said 7 years ago

    Beautiful idea and great picks! I love to travel and, when I do, I love to shop local! It's the way to go and really explore the essence of the city or country you are visiting!

  • seasidecloth said 7 years ago

    Clever ideas.

  • L2Country said 7 years ago

    WOW...what FUN Shops!...L2

  • megan786 said 7 years ago

    Great article! Looking forward to checking out the shops in Williamsburg this summer!

  • Shopikon said 7 years ago

    Thanks everyone all the kind words!! We love your support. Feel free to spread the word. #shoplocal @shopikon

  • mazedasastoat said 7 years ago

    Cities smother my soul... however beautiful the shops, however cultural the attractions, however much history or vibrancy or diversity. They still make me yearn for my country home.

  • emwi said 7 years ago

    This is so great! I'm about to take a trip to New York, so this is very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  • rarebeasts said 7 years ago

    They look like great places to shop.

  • mirabellamorello said 7 years ago

    How cool! Love this site! It's like strolling the streets of these great cities, looking in shop windows and wandering into the most interesting ones! Until I can return to Paris, I can at least feel like I am shopping there again!!

  • theindiehandmade said 7 years ago

    clever! I'm going to London next week... I'll get a look on that!

  • themefragrance said 7 years ago

    Swallow on Smith Street Brooklyn - Brooklyn hidden and not so hidden gem.

  • richardlithgow said 7 years ago


  • aressa said 7 years ago

    I love these shops....Especially love the Whale of a time cake plate!

  • accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Wonderful shops!

  • ClosetStudio said 7 years ago

    Just fabulous shops..... I need to book me flights to Paris and London and Barcelona and.......... Thank you for the shopikon story!!!

  • MrPimm said 7 years ago

    Great Article and Beautiful Shops. Cheers!

  • smishko11 said 7 years ago

    Great article! London is on my short list for vacations so this is more reason to go!

  • glitterandstones said 7 years ago

    Awesome! Love these beautiful shops.

  • MomsantiquesNthings said 7 years ago

    I would love to visit all of these shops, great inspiration for decorating & displaying your wares & art in your own b&m store or even a booth if you sell in a coop!

  • honeycombstudio said 7 years ago

    Nice. Now I have retail lust AS WELL as wander lust :)

  • ASParkerJewellery said 7 years ago

    Very cool stuff! :D

  • GisieArt said 7 years ago

    Great article. Traveling is a wonderful experience and being able to see what other countries make would be even better. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • robinmariska1 said 7 years ago

    Hi there, are there any team Members that would like to pursue a possible trip across seas to witness the Talent of artists who are so Important to Etsy's growth and begin to employ People in our Country and keep our Friends all over the world with Income to sustain their live's too?I am in without a ton of Money but have been blessed in many ways in my life with opportunity and Ideas that seem to work. Any thoughts?

  • robinmariska1 said 7 years ago

    PS: you don't need to be team Member! Everyone is welcome on Etsy!

  • KhatsVintageJewels said 7 years ago

    Well, traveling was nice when I could still afford it. Used to love to visit galleries and little shops. Alas, those days are long gone. My shrinking Social Security doesn't take me far afield. Now my shopping is at thrift stores and garage sales, LOL. But still, it's fun.

  • SPAULEY said 7 years ago

    Travel. Travel. Travel. See. See. See. Do it all when you are young. Please.

  • kagrawal said 7 years ago

    I want to become team member

  • jansofcudahy said 7 years ago

    I was able to take a trip to Poland where they hand tie amber chips for necklaces. Of course I had to buy two! :) I then had stone and shell chips in my stock at home and tried out the method. If you want to see an example: I agree with travelling and only wish I could afford to do more!

  • robinmariska1 said 7 years ago

    How about starting a Savings fund in a bank over a 2 year period of time all the while keeping in touch and planning the trip?there is also the possibility of fund raising in various ways. Does Etsy allow networking between people if they are not store owners? I would think yes! We could pursue a store with our travel experience and existing store owners on Etsy.What a great resource . It sure sounds fun. If we could get there our Budgets would all be different. It's the adventure and possibility of New Beginnings that counts.

  • tpdocwizard51 said 7 years ago

    I am a homebody and hate to travel far. Seeing what people make worldwide is a terrific opportunity for me to keep my finger on the pulse of the artisan world. My life is my artistic creations, and the stimulus I get here keeps things flowing and getting even better. I love it here!

  • NirvanaRoad said 7 years ago

    I just got back from Belize and I loved seeing all the unique items! Travel opens your world. The U.S. has way too many chains and malls. Every country needs to hold on to their own identity!

  • snowdonprints said 7 years ago

    Great idea, I want to visit all those shops!

  • kagrawal said 7 years ago

    Good Job

  • sommervilleglass said 7 years ago

    Great! Love to travel!

  • goticavintage said 7 years ago

    Nice time!!! love those shops and little amazing stories :D

  • xZOUix said 7 years ago

    ♥ this is nice! what i like about places like these shops mentioned above is the mindblowing concentration of creativity. and all i can think about is "ohh, gimme more please, more, more ,more!" ::-)

  • WackyWanitas said 7 years ago

    What a fantastic post! I'd never heard of Shopikon, but now that I have, I think it is going to define all my future travel plans. How many times I have been working retail and told a customer I loved her jewelry or purse to have her tell me, Oh, I picked this up from a wonderful artist in Italy, France, Belgium... I love travel, and I love handmade works, and this combines the best of the two--for possibly the pinnacle of creative inspiration. I think I will be on Shopikon every day!

  • georgigala said 7 years ago

    Walk the globe and you are bound to find parts of yourself unknown ..the compass will always bring you home, but as you are lost, you are found.. Discovering new handmade art and craft is so much fun. As you learn about the culture of the people first hand through shop rummaging, their generous and eclectic offerings show how much we are all the same yet different spices. This is what makes home decor unique and personal. The history and emotion stored in collections displayed make experiences of globetrotting alive in your livingroom. There is no place like a home nest made with the feathers of your travel wings.

  • Bethany1955 said 7 years ago

    I'll be sure to book my personal jet, right after I cash my next piddly disability check, and put 4/5ths of it into paying monthly bills. Can't wait.

  • emberair said 7 years ago

    So creative!

  • pamtiestrapit said 7 years ago

    This is a great idea when you travel it's always hard to find unique shops and stores. love it

  • VBVintage said 7 years ago

    Perfect!! I love finding new shops in my travels!

  • bigdeal168 said 7 years ago

    good idea!

  • reginamiles1 said 7 years ago

    Lovely ideas! Etsy is a perfect one-stop-shop for global goodies! Thanks for the post!

  • xutian1 said 7 years ago

    True good, in their own home, enjoy every day

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