1. Pulp Cards & Paper

452 S LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Gift Shop · 12 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: Off beat office supplies, beautiful wrapping paper and the best greeting cards are why I am there before every holiday and birthday. Read more.

2. Blue Bottle Coffee

160 Berry St (btwn N 4th & N 5th St), Brooklyn, NY
Coffee Shop · Williamsburg · 356 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: Strongest coffee I've had since we visited the SF Blue Bottle years ago. If you need a pick me up in a great location, this is it.

3. Reform School

3902 W Sunset Blvd (at Hyperion Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Gift Shop · Silver Lake · 7 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: Opened to rave reviews not only because their products are great finds, but most of them are environmentally-friendly. Read more.

4. The Meadow - Manhattan

523 Hudson St. (btw Charles & W 10th Streets), New York, NY
Chocolate Shop · West Village · 22 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: The lemon infused salt and vanilla infused salts are my favorite. As are the caramels by the register. Their flower selection is pretty spectacular as well- a nice complement to the store's theme.

5. Brooklyn Botanic Garden

990 Washington Ave (at President St), Brooklyn, NY
Botanical Garden · Prospect Park · 263 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: The cherry blossom festival is a must-see. But any time of year this is a great escape from city life and a great place to take visitors who are convinced we have NO nature in nyc.

6. Gingergrass

2396 Glendale Blvd (at Brier Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Vietnamese Restaurant · Silver Lake · 53 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: Fresh Vietnamese food with a modern interior - their imperial rolls are reason enough to make thedrive, or even rent an apartment in Silver Lake. Read more.

7. Brooklyn Flea - Williamsburg

50 Kent Ave (btwn N 11th & N 12th St), Brooklyn, NY
Flea Market · Williamsburg · 105 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: This spot is all about the food. Ginger bubble tea, porchetta pork sandwiches, honeycomb candy from Liddabit. Grab all three and you'll be set for the day.

8. Fibre Space

1219 King St (N Payne St), Alexandria, VA
Arts & Crafts Store · Old Town · 17 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: If you knit or crochet or would like to start, fibre space has the class, tool and yarn you will need. The selection is unmatched. Read more.

9. Urth Caffé

267 S Beverly Dr (btwn Gregory Way & Charleville Blvd), Beverly Hills, CA
Café · West Los Angeles · 297 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: A casual lunch spot with excellent organic coffee, tamales, and salads. Read more.

10. Mc & Co.

57 N 6th St (at Wythe Ave.), Brooklyn, NY
Furniture / Home Store · Williamsburg · 1 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: I love their selection of beautiful ceramics and tableware.

11. M Café de Chaya

7119 Melrose Ave (La Brea), Los Angeles, CA
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant · Mid-City West · 71 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: Boasts an all macrobiotic menu - order the organic French fries, trust me. Read more.

12. The Diana Kane Boutique

229 5th Ave (President St), Brooklyn, NY
Boutique · North Slope · 1 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: My favorite place to get sophisticated swimwear, basic shift dresses and great bags. They also carry a nice selection of Virginia Johnson scarves.

13. Brooklyn Flea - Fort Greene

176 Lafayette Ave. (btw Clermont & Vanderbilt Ave.), Brooklyn, NY
Flea Market · Clinton Hill · 142 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: It's hard to over-sell this weekly flea. Amazing food, good (albeit often overpriced) vintage wares and a good place to people watch.

14. Luna Park

672 S LA Brea Ave (at Wilshire Blvd), Los Angeles, CA
Restaurant · Mid-City West · 90 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: For a great drink and some goat cheese fondue head here. Read more.

15. Sesame Letterpress and Design

55 Washington St #706 (Front St.), Brooklyn, NY
Building · DUMBO · 5 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: Great work, great people- awesome for invites.

16. Decorium Design

116 King St, Washington, VA
Gift Shop · Old Town · 7 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: Glitz and glam galore! Chandeliers cover the ceilings so duck when you walk in, but be prepared to find something fun for this store has a ton of great gifts. Design services are also available. Read more.

17. OK Store

8303 W 3rd St (Sweetzer), Los Angeles, CA
Gift Shop · Mid-City West · 7 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: The store has a little bit of everything good, and a wide range of blown glass, rare design books, japanese tea sets, and Tair Mercier placemats. Read more.

18. Saffron

31 Hanson Pl, Brooklyn, NY
Flower Shop · Fort Greene · 7 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: Beautiful flowers and a well-edited selection of accessories and vessels made by local artists.

19. Paul Smith Ltd.

8221 Melrose Ave (At North Harper Ave.), Los Angeles, CA
Men's Store · Mid-City West · 5 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: I love going into the Paul Smith store to check out their coffee table books, Deadly Squire merch, Aalto vases, and other designy items. Read more.

20. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

1892 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN
Ice Cream Shop · Lockeland Springs · 115 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: Goat Cheese and Cherries, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Salty Caramel. With flavors like these, do I even need to say more? Read more.

21. Tarallucci e Vino Restaurant

15 E 18th St (btwn Broadway & 5th Ave), New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · Flatiron District · 143 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: The lattes and pan au chocolat are delicious. The bulgar wheat salad in the spring is fantastic, too.

22. Cafe Midi

148 S LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA
French Restaurant · 22 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: Connected to the home store Maison Midi, and has a killer croque madame. Read more.

23. GRDN

103 Hoyt St (btwn Atlantic Ave & Pacific St), Brooklyn, NY
Flower Shop · Boerum Hill · 6 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: Fantastic selection of vessels and planters. Perfect place to build a gardening kit for the green thumb in your life.

24. DC Arts Center (District of Columbia Arts Center)

2438 18th St NW (Mintwood Pl.), Washington, D.C.
Art Gallery · Adams Morgan · 5 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: A nonprofit art gallery that often shows some pretty spectacular local talent. Always worth a peek when you’re in Adams Morgan. Read more.

25. Washington Design Center

300 D St SW (btwn 3rd & 4th St. SW), Washington, D.C.
Design Studio · Southwest Employment Area · 1 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: It’s to the trade only, but if you have a friend or designer who can get you then go. If you don’t, go anyway and see the designer showcase. Read more.

26. The Foundry

310-312 E 23rd St (btw 2nd & 1st Ave), New York, NY
Building · Gramercy Park · 7 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: Such a beautiful spot for events.

27. Majestic Cafe

911 King St, Alexandria, VA
American Restaurant · Old Town · 57 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: Billed as Rustic American, this is a simple and simply delicious dining experience. Nana’s Sunday Dinner is definitely a treat. Read more.

28. Modernica

2901 Saco St (at 37th St), Vernon, CA
Furniture / Home Store · 2 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: I love Modernica because you can custom build an Eames fiberglass chair in any color, base or height you want. Herman Miller stamp? We don’t need no stinking stamp. Read more.

29. Sidecar

560 5th Ave (btwn 15th & 16th St), Brooklyn, NY
American Restaurant · South Slope · 174 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: The fried chicken is worth the walk up from the subway for sure.

30. Toast Bakery & Café

8221 W 3rd St (Harper Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Café · Mid-City West · 168 tips and reviews

Design*SpongeDesign*Sponge: One of the most popular places to eat on 3rd -especially for brunch because it has plenty of outdoor seating - but its hardly the best food. Read more.