By Paul Adams
Translated by S. Ying
18, ZhongXing 1st Lane, West Dist
Hours: 11 am-9 pm
There's a lot going on behind the deceptively small facade of Mini Amer. As its name suggests, this boutique is dedicated to all things USA and its products are all specially brought over by the owner. It's difficult to pin down any other theme connecting the items here, veering as they do from tacky Las Vegas shot glasses to the latest in hip clothing and unique, handmade jewelry. Not everything is for sale here and many things are antique store knickknacks purely for display. All this gives the shop a cozy flea-market kind of vibe, but remember not to be upset when you find you can't actually purchase that typewriter you've been eyeballing. That said, the focus is indeed shopping rather than decoration and the variety of items on offer makes this a great store for gift-shopping. Not everything is overtly American or bedecked in the Stars and Stripes, so there's really something for everyone here.