20 Universally Awesome Concept Shops
Find a treasure trove of curiosities at Sydney's The Society Inc. Photo courtesy of The Society Inc.
It's safe to say the best kind of shops are no longer just shops. They're full-blown sensory experiences offering artisan coffee, fine art, the newest and best designer goods, and a refined and expertly curated editorial presence. Most importantly, they're a ton of fun to visit.
Consider this your address book to a selection of our global favorites.
Visit for the tiny red car parked in the courtyard, the Liberty print ribbons, and the silver and gold Merci medallions that come on leather cords.
111 Blvd. Beaumarchais
Paris, France 75003 +33-1-42-77-00-33
Visit for the lovely 1920s architecture, La Cocina restaurant from Francis Mallmann protégé Pablo Massey, and the in-house perfumery's signature scent, Biblioteca de Babel.
Buenos Aires, Argentina C1425DDA +54-11-4801-9693
Visit for the reprieve from Milan's busy streets, high-meets-low apparel and homewares mixed in orderly disorder, and jewelry from Italian designer Monica Castiglioni.
Via Cola di Rienzo, 8
Milan, Italy 20144 +39-02-7628-0991
Visit for the in-house cafe with space for spreading out and settling in, the refined Scandinavia aesthetic, and the for-sale display furniture.
Haarlem, Netherlands +31-23-303-1229
Visit for the feeling of never wanting to leave, vintage books that aren't just props, and a collection of international labels that include Reed Krakoff and Raphaella Ribound.
76 Greene St. 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10012 +1-646-678-4908
Visit for the world's most intimate boutique hotel, expertly curated designer duds, and a bookshop filled with art and design titles.
Corso Como, 10
Milan, Italy 20154 +39-02-2900-2674
Visit for the limited-edition Japanese toys, celebrity sightings, mystery grab bags, and listening stations with global beats.
213 Rue Saint Honoré
Paris, France 75001 +33-1-55-35-33-90
Visit for the daily selection of fresh-cut flowers, Vittoria espresso, and furniture designed by owner Sean Knibb.
824 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90219 No phone
Visit for the boxed-in floating staircase, all black decor, and hard-to-find goods from local and international designers.
Berlin, Germany 10965 +49-30-64-07-67-33
Visit for the treasure trove of global curiosities collected by Australian stylist and owner Sibella Court, sold alongside her custom line of paints and hardware.
Warehouse 3.02, 75 Mary St.
Sydney, Australia 2044 +61-2-9331-1592
Visit for the Parisian flea market-inspired goods and adjacent cafe with lavender garden tea and sandwiches from Back in the Day Bakery.
36 W. Broughton St.
Savannah, Georgia 31401 +1-912-232-1500
Woaw!, Hong Kong
Visit for the biggest collection of objects you never knew you needed, like an app-controlled pixel light and designer air fresheners for your automobile.
11 Gough St.
Hong Kong +852-2552-8869
Visit for the romantic-and-industrial vibe in an 1857 heritage building stocked with tableware, clothing, and accessories from top Indian designers.
Mumbai, India 400020 +91-22-2281-9880
Visit for the rustic Scandinavian-style space with a DIY look and top-notch assortment of simple but stylish home goods.
13, Calle Fernando VI
Madrid, Spain 28004 +34-91-310-6217
Visit for the art installation-like spaces that house avant-garde masterpieces from top designers like Rick Owens and Raf Simons, to newcomers like J.W. Anderson and Gosha Rubchinzkiy. The boutique also has outposts in New York City, Ginza, and Beijing.
17-18 Dover St.
London, United Kingdom W1S 4LT +44-20-7518-0680
Visit for the collection of new-to-South Africa designers, stacks of international magazines, and a beauty section stocked with products from Malin + Goetz and Lola Jane Harper candles.
8001, 5 Jarvis St.
Cape Town, South Africa 8001 +27-21-418-1600
Visit for the magnificent Belle Epoque mansion, Mr. Boho shades, high-end designers like Comme des Garçons, and rotating exhibits from local and international artists.
Emilio Castelar 149 Col.
Mexico City, Mexico 11560 +52-55-5281-0800
Visit for the Art Deco architecture, exclusive brand collaborations with the likes of Balenciaga and Proenza Schouler, and signature orange blossom-scented candle.
1220 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, Florida 33139 +1-305-674-7899
Visit for the impossibly chic, short-term rental apartment on the second floor, pocket-size city guide by owners Tim and Ilse, and elegantly presented seasonal fare at the shop's restaurant.
Antwerp, Belgium 2000 +32-3-337-79-91
Visit for the beautiful furniture, the selection of "life supplies" (steel first aid kits, Laguiole corkscrews, Turkish towels, and artisan maple syrup), and Red Thread Good coffee.
103 Main St.
Sag Harbor, New York 11963 +1-912-236-1150