shop local, but all over the world.

shopikon-app

want to shop local, and yet travel internationally? this is perfect for you, and me. there’s nothing worse for me than traveling somewhere and ending up in a tourist trap. i want to feel like a live there — if only for a little while. Shopikon is a shopping guide and free app designed to help you discover the best independent local stores and products — but all around the world. Shopikon Features local shops with an indie spirit — all those special shops that culturally define a city and give it its unique, individual flavor. As chain stores fill our streetscapes the world over, this project is a celebration of the independent retailer.

Shopikon produced a short video to illustrate a day-in-the-life of a local shop owner in Paris, Vienna, San Francisco and Barcelona to help promote keeping shops indie and diverse. I think you’re going to like this!

Shopikon has launched applications featuring some of the best marketplaces: London, Paris, New York, Barcelona, Vienna, Berlin and San Francisco — featuring approximately 2,000 international shops, and growing everyday. Shopikon profiles the best local shops, including neighborhood bookstores and traditional bakeries to avantgarde furniture and stylish boutiques — even vintage shops, and you can check these shopping spots out on the Shopikon website, as well as on their iPhone App.

shopikon-shops

where ever you’re headed, Shopikon is quite the brilliant app for improving your local shopping experience, and helping you feel like local no matter where you’re headed — and a great community building tool with its neighborhood tips from locals, plethora of beautiful photos, simplcity, and sync to MYLIST feature with maps & directions. check out their blog, too.

• this post is in partnership with Shopikon but all opinions are my own.

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11 Responses to “shop local, but all over the world.”
  1. chelsey says:

    this is so great! i can’t wait to use it on my next trip!

  2. Angela says:

    this is awesome. i always prefer to shop and eat and locally owned establishments. i have a few of those eat.shop guides that i live by :) thanks so much for sharing this!!
    http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com

    • victoria says:

      me too, that’s why i like this so much. plus, it’s nice to know where those special, mom & pop type shops are when you’re somewhere you’re not familiar with.

  3. Jennifer says:

    What an amazing idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Jillian says:

    Ohhh I love this idea!

  5. Adri says:

    Great idea, and seriously fascinating. But let’s cut to the chase – more about those cerise Maryjanes, please

  6. Jenna says:

    PERFECT!!
    I am just about to begin planning a trip to San Fran so have been stopping in on your blog more regularly than usual, to trawl back over previous posts – but this is fabulous!!

    Thanks! x

  7. Jennifer says:

    Wow, this is exactly what I’ve been searching for! When travelling I always scramble to get my touristy sightseeing out of the way so I can enjoy exploring the local scene at my leisure. Going local really provides a different perspective and I find it so much more appealing. I’d rather support local boutiques and shops abroad, just like I try to at home.

  8. Madeline says:

    where can I get those mary janes??

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