Lifestyle Journalist

M. Astella Saw writes about travel, food, retail, design and trends in the lifestyle sectors. Contact me at m.astella.saw (at) gmail.com

Paris’s best sweet shops

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You know a country is serious about its candy when it has a national union of sweetshops and a dedicated annual Day of Guilty Pleasures (the Journée des petits plaisirs, every October). Fittingly, Paris’s candy stores are veritable temples to the sweet stuff.
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A Balinese Bounty

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We’re picking our way through Jimbaran market, in Kuta, south Bali, where speckled chickens wait silently on rattan baskets; where saronged women sit behind small piles of dried rice cakes and palm sugar crackers, rows of red avocados, and mounds of curly-ended paku, or fern tips, that may later show up in a spicy stirfry.
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Ready, Jet Set, Go! – Barcelona

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Zara and Mango may be the obvious choices in this spirited city, but in recent years Barcelona’s been breaking all the rules and remaking them for herself – you’d expect no less, after all, from the city that’s hosted the [...]
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Ready, Jet Set, Go! – Milan

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Fashion comes close to religion in Milan, a city where the Duomo stands surrounded by the façades of fancy stores. Some 900 steps up a stone stairway, from the top of this large and imposing Gothic cathedral, you can see all the way to the Alps – that is, you can see all the stores all the way to the Alps.
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Ready, Jet Set, Go! – Paris

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Whoever said that Paris was the city of lights must have been talking about that particular glint in a woman’s eye when she first encounters the area around rue Saint-Honoré, with its seductive shop windows lined up like so many see-through giftboxes. This is where chic Paris shops, and this is where, minutes from the Louvre, the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smirk is likely to be reproduced by the saleswomen in any number of Parisian boutiques.
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