Mishka
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Launched in 2001, this cult-favorite shoe label combines Argentina’s love of leather with designer (and former architect) Marcelo Canton’s sense of structure. From forest-green pumps to gold-and-white ballet flats, every handmade pair strikes a balance between elegant and cool. At the brand’s Palermo Soho shop, preppy oxfords, darling flats, and sexy heels are displayed on long wooden writing desks. (Many styles come in different versions such as flats and wedges — genius!) Drawing inspiration from boutiques of the Belle Epoque era, Mishka oozes timeless sophistication. Further expanding on its success, the company recently debuted a clothing line, Mishka Couture. 4673 El Salvador. 011-54-11-4833-6566, mishkashoes.com.ar


A Vida Portuguesa
Lisbon and Porto, Portugal
It’s only fitting that this four-year-old shop — a general store-cum-museum of authentic, everyday Portuguese items from teas to toothpaste — is housed in a former soap factory. Displayed in old-fashioned cupboards, the larder here includes Claus Porto soaps (milled seven times), Gorreana tea from the Azores, Couto toothpaste, Arcádia chocolate, and black ceramic swallows (made using 19th-century artist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro’s original molds). The idea for the store came to Catarina Portas, a former journalist, when she was researching a book about daily life in Portugal in the 1920s. She noticed that many of the country’s most beloved products were still being sold with the original packaging from decades ago, while others were disappearing. Soon enough, she was convincing owners to collaborate with her, and the store was born. Whether it’s nostalgia or fun, retro packaging you’re after, A Vida Portuguesa’s gorgeous goodies all tell a story. Rua Anchieta 11. 011-351-213-465-073, avidaportuguesa.com


Patrick Roger
Paris, France
Enthralled by chocolate from the age of 18, Patrick Roger now boasts five shops across the French capital, including one along busy Boulevard Saint-Germain. All of the locations display whimsical edible sculptures, a feature which has earned Roger the title of “Rodin of Chocolate.” It’s this eccentricity and passion that helps Roger stand out, making him a cross between Willy Wonka and a mad scientist. His full line of heavenly morsels — truffles, pralines, nougats, jellies — are crafted at a workshop just outside the city where Roger also grows herbs and raises honeybees. Though he masterfully incorporates complex flavors such as lemongrass, peppercorns, and saffron (one of our favorites) into his chocolate squares, they seem to never compete with the cacao. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the bite-size jewels come in a turquoise, Tiffany-like box. 108 Boulevard Saint-Germain. 011-33-1-43-29-38-42, patrickroger.com