Is a vacation really a vacation without a good souvenir (or three) to remember it by? We think not, which is why we are head over heels for The Shopkeepers, one of this year's Best Travel Blogs and Websites. A compendium of the world's most charming shops and the keepers who tend them, this website is a favorite resource for identifying the best independent stores to visit around the globe. We tapped founder Paula Flynn for a list of her all-time favorites — the ones you see filling up your Instagram feed over and over again.
Bellocq Tea Atelier
Brooklyn, New York
A calm oasis in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. Relax on the pink velvet settees while sampling single-estate and blended teas, admire the beautifully displayed yellow canisters of tea against aubergine walls, and shop a beautifully curated assortment of tea accessories and candles.
LA General Store
Los Angeles, California
A much-loved gem filled with carefully-curated lifestyle goods, clothing, jewelry and high-vibrational California style from local artisans. Take your time and peruse the store, sample their vintage, and gather design ideas for even the simplest household items.
Amour De Fleurs
A pretty French flower shop that adorns its entrance with beautiful and lush seasonal florals.
Stock the Nature Store
Homegoods-focused and chic-decor furniture store located in a 19th-century Arabian palace with a vertical garden facade. The pastel-colored ceramics match the antique-painted walls. You'll feel as if you're shopping goods from the palace itself.
Casa González & González
The stylish and elegant housewares shop is a provider of functional products for daily life. Each piece comes from a different place around the world and has a timeless and unique purpose. The shopkeepers design the store with the sustainable customer in mind.
Wild at Heart
Located at the Great Marlborough Street entrance to the iconic British department store Liberty London. The Tudor revival façade creates an interesting architectural backdrop for tiered zinc containers of flowers.
Another ingenious use of an entrance hall: This of former Georgian stately home is now a flower shop. Florist and shopkeeper Mark Grehan uses the architectural features of the space to dramatically display his floral wares.
A Vida Portuguesa
This delightful store, occupying two floors of a former tile factor, features a selection of the most beautiful things made in Portugal. The assortment includes a wide range from their signature black swallows to sardines, from artisan soaps to notebooks.
Los Angeles, California
A California coastal retail store, art gallery, and event space in Los Angeles’ Arts District. The centerpiece? A vintage Porsche.
The Shop at The Bluebird
A former coach house is now home to this women’s clothing shop and concept store. The striking multi-level building around a central interior courtyard makes for an awe-inspiring experience.
L’Epicerie Le Local
Stunning historic architectural details are a backdrop for locally-sourced organic produce displayed in simple crates. Head there for glamorous zero-waste grocery shopping.
Flower and plant shop, established in 1922 is a Chiado neighborhood landmark. We love the original shopfront and patterned sidewalk.