20 Universally Awesome Concept Shops

14 August 2015
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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 favourites.

10 Corso Como

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

 Designer duds at Corso Como

Casa Cavia

Visit for the lovely 1920s architecture, La Cocina restaurant from Francis Mallmann protege Pablo Massey, and the in-house perfumery's signature scent: Biblioteca de Babel.

Cavia 2985
Buenos Aires, Argentina C1425DDA

 Casa Cavia has a signature scent


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

 Merci's always worth the visit

Nonostante Marras

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

 Orderly disorder at Nonostante Marras


Visit for the in-house cafe with space for spreading out and settling in, the refined Scandinavia aesthetic, and the for-sale display furniture.

Raamvest 29A
Haarlem, Netherlands

 Portrait has a refined aesthetic

The Apartment By The Line

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

 The Apartment By The Line lives up to its name


Visit for the limited-edition Japanese toys, celebrity sightings, mystery grab bags, and listening stations with global beats.

213 Rue Saint Honore
Paris, France 75001

 Global beats at Colette

Flowerboy Project

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

 Fresh cuts at the Flowerboy Project

Bazar Noir

Visit for the boxed-in floating staircase, all black decor, and hard-to-find goods from local and international designers.

Kreuzbergstrasse 78
Berlin, Germany 10965

 Bazar Noir has the hard-to-find

The Society Inc

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

 Global curiosities at Sydney's The Society Inc

The Paris Market

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

 Flea market-inspired The Paris Market


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

 You never know what you'll find at Woaw

Bungalow 8

Visit for the romantic-and-industrial vibe in an 1857 heritage building stocked with tableware, clothing, and accessories from top Indian designers.

Wankhede Stadium
Mumbai, India 400020

 Bungalow 8's romantic-industrial vibe

Do Design

Visit for the rustic Scandinavian-style space with its DIY look and top-notch assortment of simple, but stylish home goods.

13, Calle Fernando VI
Madrid, Spain 28004

 Do Design does stylish home goods

Dover Street Market

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.

17-18 Dover St.
London, United Kingdom W1S 4LT

 Avant-garde at The Dover Street Market

Maison Mara

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

 Maison Mara even has a beauty section

Common People

Visit for the magnificent Belle Epoque mansion, Mr. Boho shades, high-end designers like Comme des Garcons, and rotating exhibits from local and international artists.

Emilio Castelar 149 Col.
Mexico City, Mexico 11560

 Common People is far from it

The Webster

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

 Exclusive collaborations at  The Webster

Graanmarkt 13

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.

Graanmarkt 13
Antwerpen, Belgium 2000

 Elegant fare at Graanmarkt 13

Sylvester & Co. Modern General

Visit for the beautiful furniture, 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

 Life supplies at Sylvester & Co Modern General

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