Central & South America

Interior View -  Abaco., Cartagena, ColombiaAbaco


The most attractive bookstore in the historic district has a decent selection of books in English as well as some wonderful photography and art books on the region.

Adriana Degreas

Adriana Degreas is one of the top luxury swimwear brands in Brazil. The boutique sells her glamorous designs, which are known internationally for their intricate styles and cutting-edge look.

Agua de León

The Agua de León concept shop and multi-brand boutique in Cartagena's old city stocks clothing, accessories and jewelry.
Table at Airedelsur, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Deco-loving designer Marcelo Lucini began his career as a banker and now hires regional artisans to create his famous silver and carved-deer-bone trays, candelabras, photo frames, Champagne buckets, cutlery and more. He has also expanded his collection with new fashion accessories, including leather bags, metal and onyx clutches, gloves in leather with lizard and fur trim and silver and gold jewelry. When you shop for Airedelsur products in BA, you will find a larger range and will pay much less than you would back home at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus or Barneys New York, which also carry the line.

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Exterior View - Alexandre Herchcovitch, São Paulo, Brazil

Alexandre Herchcovitch

Rich hues and strong silhouettes dominate at this tasteful Jardins boutique.

Amir Slama

Brazil’s version of Eres, the chic French bathing suit label, Slama sells women’s bathing suits and glamorous beachwear. The swimsuits are stylish and versatile, as are the colorful palazzo pants and beaded caftans.

Merchandise at Antonio Bernardo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Antonio Bernardo

A pioneer of the revolution in jewelry design that brought Brazilian style out of the heavy, fake-colonial pieces, Bernardo creates delicate designs in silver and gold that have set the standard for modern elegance for three decades.

Interiors at Antonio Bernardo, São Paulo, Brazil

Antonio Bernardo

This fine jewelry boutique sells beautifully crafted pieces using gemstones stones set in gold and silver. Antonio Bernardo has been designing jewelry since the 1970s and has won awards for his bold and stunning creations.

Interior at Aquim [Boutique Q], Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Aquim [Boutique Q]

Carioca Samantha Aquim is Rio’s best chocolatier. After extensive research of the cocoa bean an numerous travels to Bahia cocoa farms, she has established partnerships with the best cacao producers (and has influenced their way of producing it too), to make the best local chocolate possible – probably ranging among the best in the world. Closed Sunday.

Interior View - Arandu, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Arandu occupies a three-story townhouse in Recoleta and specializes in all things leather, from stylish and reasonably priced boots to bags, belts and even saddles.

Artesanías de Chile

The nonprofit Artesanías de Chile was launched a decade ago by Luisa Durán, the wife of former President Ricardo Lagos. The fair-trade organization sells extraordinarily well-made arts and crafts by some of the most skilled artisans from all of Chile. The selection of colorful and attractive handicrafts at their two main locations (plus a location in the international wing of the Santiago Airport, for last-minute purchases) includes woven blankets and ponchos, wool shawls, traditional Mapuche nickel and silver jewelry and brooches, Pomaire-based clay kitchenware and hand-carved, wooden plates and utensils. In addition to representation in the stores, artisans occasionally hold workshops and exhibits to educate others about traditions that have been passed down to through generations.

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Artesanías Las Pallas

A showroom of Peruvian crafts that is curated by Mari Solari.

Merchandise at Atelier Schiper, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Atelier Schiper

Brazilian sisters Aline and Alessandra Schiper draw inspiration from native flowers, birds and insects. Top sellers are their multicolored rings, featuring local gemstones.

Aux Charpentiers

For authentic gaucho bombachas, visit Aux Charpentiers, an old world tailoring shop that’s been around since 1888.

Bajo El Alma

Just across the street from Takkai, this cute boutique sells sexy hand-knit dresses and other clothes and accessories.

Barrio Italia

The antique and the chic converge in Barrio Italia, where design-oriented shopping galleries are interspersed with refurbished furniture stores and beautiful old family homes. The charming neighborhood, which was saved by fashionable entrepreneurs who stymied the lean toward industrialization, is Santiago's most up-and-coming area, with a delightful bohemian spirit. Most of the stores repeat the same layout: a handful of independent vendors sell clothing, furniture, interior décor items and jewelry, and there's a café in what was once the home's interior patio. The main street is Avenida Italia, but don't miss the peripheral streets such as Sucre or Girardi streets. For quality leather goods, clothing and arts and crafts, try Estacion Italia (Av. 1439), or Bazaar de la Fortuna, with a warehouse-sized barn filled of furniture and home décor (Av. Girardi 1560). There are a few restaurants worth visiting while here, such as the Xoco por Ti (Av. Italia 1634) for chocolate and chocolate beverages made from high-quality cacao; or Casa Luz for the antique interiors and bucolic outdoor patio (Av. Italia 805).

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Beatriz Camacho

One of Colombia’s best-known fashion designers, Beatriz Camacho has a small boutique near Santo Domingo and it is the place to go for super sexy (Latin American worthy) evening dresses.

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Bettina Rizzi

Located just off Calle Florida, Bettina Rizzi has been churning out leather clothing for two decades. Don’t be put off by the bland interior, fluorescent lighting and racks of uninspired ready-made furs, belts and leather goods; the shop’s skilled tailors can custom-make jackets, pants, skirts and blazers in just about any design and color you’d like.

Interior at  Blue Man, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Blue Man

A popular bathing-suit boutique with extravagant prints and perfect cuts.

Apparels at Bolivia, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Designer Gustavo Samuelian sells his hip and funky men’s designs at Bolivia. The boutique is a fun place for browsing; its walls are decorated with photographs from all over the world.

Merchandise at Cabuchon, Lima, Peru


Cabuchon’s sleek entry could be mistaken for that of a five-star hotel. Uniformed drivers and gleaming sedans loiter outside the store, where many of Lima’s most elegant ladies come for wedding and baby gifts, selecting from the very attractive crystal, china, silver and silver-plate pieces, as well as sophisticated Peruvian craft items, such as wooden trays with horn handles and wooden coasters with textile swatches under glass. A small silver-plate water pitcher with a horn handle costs $145; silver-plate trays with horn or antler handles cost $125 to $165. Leather frames and boxes are also a good value and make stylish souvenirs and gifts.


The Municipal Market of Rio is all business, busy and filled with a wide variety of flowers, fruits, vegetables and cooking equipment. The action peaks between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m., when virtual forests of tropical foliage are moved from trucks to the waiting stands (where the flowers are sold at cut-rate prices). But CADEG is also loaded with very good restaurants, such as Barsa (Rua Capitão Félix, 110, rua 4, lojas 4 e 6,55 (21) 2585-3743), a casual and cool place serving great lamb and codfish. Open from 1 a.m. to mid-afternoon, Monday through Saturday, and until 2 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. Most stalls close by lunch time.

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Café las Flores

When visiting the Café las Flores coffee plantation, be sure to pick up some freshly roasted coffee beans as well as a homemade coffee bean candle. They are sure to make your house smell like a fresh pot of coffee has just been brewed.

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Cajamarca 219

Opened in 2014 by Thibault van der Straete, a French artist and designer based in Peru, this concept store is located in a restored colonial house on a quiet street in the bohemian Barranco neighborhood. The unique space showcases Thibault’s high-quality alpaca clothing and furniture alongside books and other Peruvian goods. The store also has a café that serves coffee, wine and snacks.

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Merchandise at Camari, Quito, Ecuador


One of Quito’s first fair-trade shops, Camari (which means “gift” in Quechua) has been around since 1981. The wares, sourced from around the country, are varied, from local coffee to traditional bowls. Buying souvenirs from here directly benefits Ecuador’s indigenous community.

Merchandise at Cappadocia, José Ignacio, Uruguay


The owner of this shop in Manantiales goes to Turkey regularly to find the suzanis, kilims and other carpets and exotic accessories that fill her shop.

Interior at Casa Carandaí, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Casa Carandaí

A fine deli and grocery store in a nice atmosphere, with wooden shelves filled with Brazilian and international delicacies. Closed Sunday.

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