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Anything related to buying specific products (food, art) or in specific places.

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Does Estonia have discount supermarket chains like Aldi and Lidl?

I'm back in Europe for the first time in eight years, and starting in a country I've never visited before, Estonia. My budget is low but it's off season. I've found the cheapest hostel. But I'm ...
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How can I find out where to buy uncommon (for the location) items while traveling?

I'm looking for ways to find out brick&mortar stores where I can buy a given item, in a given city. For example, Q: Where can I find kale in Cancun? (A: at Chedraui) Q: Where can I buy a Lenovo ...
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In france, when are supermarkets closed or close early for the christmas / new years period (2019/2020)?

Supermarkets e.g. Carrefour, Lidl, Auchan, Intermarche, Super U All these supermarkets are closed on Wednessday 25 December 2019 Wednessday 1 January 2020 Will these supermarkets close early or ...
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Can someone explain Cuba's two-currency system and the consequences for foreigners?

I know there is the national peso (CUP) and the convertible peso (CUC) and that 1 CUC = 1 USD = 25 CUP. Why is there this difference? Is it to keep Cuban money from leaving the country? What are the ...
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How can one approximate prior to traveling the percentage of products in local shops with an English translation? [closed]

How can one approximate prior to traveling the percentage of products in local shops in a given area (e.g., a city) with an English translation? When going to a new non-English-speaking location, I ...
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Contactless virtual Visa card payments in Yodobashi, Japan

Can someone living in Japan please find out if contactless payments made through Google Pay or Apple Pay are accepted in Yodobashi? And specifically, if they are done through a virtual Visa card ...
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How can I find Flea Markets in the USA with more than 1,000 vendors?

There are some very large flea markets in the US, but they tend to be in small towns, and the plethora of small ones make it difficult to search for the large ones. I want to plan a trip visiting ...
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Convenience stores in India

Are there many (enough) convenience stores throughout India that sell prepackaged food? Thailand's 7-11 was great for cheese toasties, etc. I am wondering if we can get quick meals and snacks like ...
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Switching terminals at Charles de Gaulle to access duty free shopping?

I am traveling to Paris from the United States (I am an American with an American passport), landing at terminal 1 at Charles des Gaulle airport. After I land in Terminal 1, I want to head over to ...
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Staffed children playrooms in shopping malls

In Russia, in many shopping malls, especially the biggest ones, there is a playroom, where parents can leave their children. The children will play there and will be looked after by the playroom staff,...
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How to place Walmart pickup orders as a traveler? [closed]

When placing a Walmart pickup order as a non-us resident traveling the us you need to specify a US billing address and US phone number. How should you use this service without those things. From ...
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Cigar shops in Saudi Arabia [closed]

I'm currently near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I've heard that the country is famous for its tobacco. I was thinking of taking some good quality cigars back with me to India. Could someone please recommend ...
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Where to buy a microfiber towel in Taipei? [closed]

I'm not sure whether this question is suitable for Travel Stackexchange, but where (in which store chains for example) can I buy a (preferably microfiber) towel in Taipei (near the Main Station, if ...
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Is it possible to switch terminals at Charles de Gaulle?

I have a 4 hour layover in CDG. I land in terminal 2C but I depart from terminal 1. Since I have enough time I really want to meet a friend for lunch and possibly do a little shopping in terminal 2E ...
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Is it possible to buy medical marijuana in Canada as a tourist?

There is a lot of talk recently about marijuana legalization in Canada and some people have mentioned that it's already pretty much legal in many cities. E.g. the Vancouver Sun reports that: “...
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Bakeries in Wellcome in Hong Kong [closed]

There is a chain of supermarkets called Wellcome in Hong Kong. At least one of them has a bakery inside (the one I'm talking about is near Victoria Park, 25 Great George St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong). ...
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Shanghai layover at night - shopping

We have a 15 hour layover, over night, in Shanghai, where we would like to do some shopping (various stuff, like these huge markets they usually have in China with lots of small stores where you have ...
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Is it possible to buy a printed copy of an inflight magazine?

I'm interested specifically in the British Airway's inflight magazine "High Life", for which I couldn't find any printed copies outlet.
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Why aren't there cube-shaped suitcases or bags?

This is for check-in baggage, not carry on. A cube would maximise the volume while complying with the 62-inch limit on the length + width + height. It would be 20.7 inches along each side. It will ...
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Can I eat only a crème brûlée in Paris?

I'd like to have a crème brûlée in Paris, but without having to eat a whole meal at a restaurant. However, this seems quite hard to get: Bakeries and patisseries do not sell crème brûlée (at least ...
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Why do some receipts in some shops in Thailand indicate “authorized tourist”?

Why do some receipts in some shops in Thailand indicate "authorized tourist"? Example from Tops supermarket in Bangkok:
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Where in Jordan can I find cheap second-hand book stores that sell dictionaries and other language materials?

My friend is going to Jordan on a trip and he'll visit several cities. As a favor he owed me he promised to get me some books that I crave. Can you guys tell me where are some places across the ...
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Where do you buy moleskin in Italy?

When we were in Italy, we started to get blisters on our feet. We asked several pharmacies for moleskin (fustagno according to the translator app) but they all shook their head. It's too late for us ...
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Local markets in Istanbul

We once happen to arrive at a Sunday market in allies while wandering around where locals sell their items from food to kitchenette and clothing. We loved the atmosphere and everything about that ...
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Are there any department stores in Salzburg?

As part of my travels I currently find myself in Salzburg, where the streets are filled with stores, but as far as I can tell no larger malls. Are there any department stores similar to Macy's (USA), ...
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Is there a powerstrip that accomodates most if not all AC power plugs?

You can buy travel adapters for AC power plugs, but do powerstrips exist that accommodate different international power plugs in one unit? When travelling and collaborating in an international ...
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Where to find vintage electronics in Tokyo?

I'm really into vintage audio equipment. Where/if in Tokyo might one find second-hand, high-end, Sony, Denon, Technics, Pioneer, Nakamichi stereo components of 70s/80s/90s vintage in excellent ...
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Which are the cheapest supermarket chains in Cambodia?

I have landed in Cambodia yesterday so far I managed to go to Lucky's and for some goods their prices seem to be pretty ok, but for some prices are exorbitant (half loaf of bread for 2.45$ and 3.10$) ...
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What is usually open in Vienna during Christmas?

I'll be spending my a few days of my holidays in Vienna and I found the city quite dead today (24th). It was such a disaster to find a nice restaurant to have dinner and every single shop/restaurant ...
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French bookshops in Paris

I'm going to be visiting Paris this September, and I'm looking for bookshops. Specifically, I'm interested in the French classics (Rostand, Hugo, Proust...), in nice hardback editions, and bookshops ...
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Are airport duty-free shops really cheaper?

I guess this one will be hard to answer because prices vary from airport to airport, but...every time I travel friends tell me not to forget to "bring something from the free shop". On a general ...
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Shops selling wine/alcohol at Manila airport T1 and T4

Are there any wine shops at Manila airport T1 or T4? I'll be landing on Terminal 1 around 12h00 and departing from terminal 4 around 18h00 and I would love to buy some wine in between, preferably in ...
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Where can I buy Vincent van Gogh's painting replicas in London?

I'm here in London for a shorter visit. Is there any place that I can buy Vincent van Gogh's paintings copies in London? I wonder whether National Gallery in London would have any of those?
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Is it possible to buy outdoor clothing in Northern India/Nepal?

Another shopping question, but I do think it is on topic! I will soon travel to India, the first few months I will spend in the south and lower parts of the country where it will be warm and hot. As ...
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Buying reindeer meat in Helsinki

What is the best place to buy reindeer meat in Helsinki? Is this something best bought from a specialized shop (if yes, where?) or is it something you can just pick up at any supermarket? Are ...
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Can we switch terminals at Heathrow (LHR) for shopping only?

We will be flying into and out of Terminal 5 at Heathrow. Now, my wife has taken fancy to a certain duty-free store located at Terminal 3. Assuming we factor in enough time before boarding our ...
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How to return/exchange a purchase made in a Dubai airport terminal? [duplicate]

I had purchased a watch from SWATCH store in Dubai Terminal 2 a couple of weeks ago. I have a flight from Terminal 3 later this week. How can I get from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2 to return/exchange it ...
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What are the must-buy souvenirs from Ireland?

What are typical or must-buy (non-alcoholic) souvenirs from Ireland?
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Where do I buy ground coffee around Kata beach, Thailand?

Could you please tell me where can I purchase ground coffee around Kata beach, Thailand? I've tried various small shops like 7-Eleven and Tesco Express, but they only sell instant coffee.
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Simple, safe beach towns in southern California with at least a supermarket in walking distance? [closed]

This might sound like a weird(ly specific) request. (Details edited out; see edit history if curious.) I need to move as soon as possible to somewhere in California, preferably southern California, ...
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Why is the required amount for EU VAT refund so high and it must come from a single shop? [closed]

EU VAT is so expensive averaging about 20%. However, there is a huge barrier to refund the tax. Take Portugal as an example, the minimum amount required is EUR 61.35 (23% VAT) from a single store! ...
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Can I buy pressure cookers and mixer grinders in Poland?

I am from Kerala, India. I am going to Poland (Krakow) next week for long term stay. In our style of cooking, pressure cookers and powerful mixer grinders (for grinding rice, red chillies etc, not for ...
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New Zealand Primark Equivalent?

Soon I'll be going to New Zealand for a year and rather than taking lots of clothes I would like to buy cheap ones while there. I've done a little research and I can't see that they have anything ...
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Why is onboard/inflight shopping still a thing?

There's an inflight shopping magazine in the pocket of the seat in front of you - that no one reads. The crew come through with a trolley of merchandise - that nobody buys. There are special offers ...
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Is it mandatory to show the boarding pass at a duty free shop in the UK?

Recently, I was buying a phone charger at a duty free shop in an UK airport. At the till, I was asked to show my boarding pass. A passenger who was waiting behind me started arguing that it was not ...
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How to successfully haggle / bargain in markets

While I've done quite a bit of travel now and back myself to handle situations when it comes to border guards, sorting accommodation and / or transportation, one thing I still struggle to come to ...
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Are Parisian shops open on Sundays?

I will be in Paris for a few days, including on Sunday. What can I expect in terms of public transport, shops, restaurants, etc? Is anything open, or am I meant to spend the days at home?
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Where do the locals in Rhodes do their groceries?

August last year I had a holiday in Trianta, on the island named Rhodes. It wasn't a very touristic area, but close to most of the attractions and sights (with a taxi it took around 30 min to reach ...
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Where can I find Japanese Lacquerware in Tokyo?

I've been racking my brains on this for quite a while now and would like to buy some traditional styled Japanese Lacquerware or shikki (漆器) in Tokyo. I've tried places like Asakusa and some online ...
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Where can I buy flowers at Paris (ORY/CDG) Airport?

I am landing at Paris ORY, and then going to CDG by bus to meet my wife in arrivals. And coming back to Paris city (Mid-November). Is there any flower shop at one of the airports to buy fresh flowers ...