Living Space, Chiang Mai
Concierge.com's insider take:
After more than a decade on busy Thapae Road, expat Jennifer Dyson picked up her bags (and trendy yet traditional lacquerware, leather goods, and objets d'art) and shifted to Nimmanheamin Road, a hip strip one mile west of the old city. Chiang Mai's most caffeinated neighborhood (with the inevitable Starbucks, but also local java joints like Wawee) is a much better match for Living Space's exclusive showpieces, such as hand-loomed ikat silks and one-of-a-kind ceramics. The mile-long street near Chiang Mai University has other home-decor stores, galleries, and jewelers worth visiting, such as Kasama, which stocks celadon ceramics in all manner of teapot, cup, and noodle-bowl permutations (8/1 Nimmanhaemin Rd.; 66-53-400-442; www.kasama-kasama.com).