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12 of the Best Shopping Destinations Around the World

Shopping is not just about buying things; if you ask a shopaholic, they will tell you it’s a lifestyle. Shopping lovers have a way of life that more often than not defines the other aspects of their life and impacts their overall choices.

Many shopaholics or fashion enthusiasts like to travel places for just the love of shopping. They have their own way of knowing the culture of a place. Perhaps, while exploring a city, they look at people’s fashion sense, the souvenirs of a place or look for things that are peculiar to that place.

If you think you belong on the list of people whose love for fashion, shopping and travel knows no bounds, here’s our roundup of best shopping destinations in the world for you.

1) New York

 

New York sets the perfect benchmark for destination shopping. And who isn’t aware of the city’s high-end choices and chic fashion anyway? The iconic Fifth Avenue with brands like Chanel and Prada, and Soho for Zara and H&M are sure to enthrall any shopaholic traveler. The shopping streets of New York amuse both budgeters and spendthrifts. Don’t worry about current trends, as the city never lags there.

Highlights:
• 24-hour flagship Apple store
• Rare Vintage and Brooklyn Flea are a must visit

2) London

 

Home to renowned brands like Selfridges and Topshop, Oxford Street in London makes for one of the hottest shopping destinations. One and a half miles of a street lined up with stores were you can shop till you drop will certainly acquaint you with some very exclusive items. And we didn’t say it’s budget-friendly.

Highlights:
• Oxford street and Boxpark (you can also eat drink and play here)
• Camden Market for vintage fashion, antique furnishings and chic designers
• Dover Street Market
• Liberty at Great Marlborough

3) Kuala Lumpur

 

Kuala Lumpur might not come to your mind when you think of a shopping destination. But we kid you not – it’s totally underestimated, ranking high on the Global Shopping City Index. Kuala Lumpur houses three of the world’s 10 largest shopping malls and the main reason it’s high on Global Shopping Index is its amazing combination of reasonable prices, reliable sales and high quality shopping.

Highlights:

• Don’t miss out on Mega Sale Carnival in July and August
• Pavilion KL Shopping and Central Market are popular shopping spots

4) Tokyo

 

Japanese shoppers have a strong affinity for luxury brands like Italian Bulgari. This does not mean it’s not a place for budget shoppers. According to Global Shopping City Index, it is Asia’s fourth cheapest shopping destination. The electronic megastores of Japan will allow you buy gadgets at rock-bottom prices.

Highlights:

Shinjuku is a famous and a must visit shopping district

5) Paris

 

There is a reason Paris is synonymous with Fashion. The beautiful “City of Lights” is also called the fashion capital of the world. From high-end luxurious shops to flee markets, everything belongs on the shopping guide of Paris. Paris is well known in the world for its designer collections and haute couture, and thus, it’s on the bucket list of every fashionista.

Highlights:

• The Saint-Ouen flea market – antique items and vintage clothes and shoes.
• St-Germain-des-Prés – home furnishings, books and classic designs
• Avenue Montaigne and the Champs-Elysées – designer shopping
• Boulevard Haussmann and the Grands Boulevards – luxury shops
• Champs-Elysees for luxury shops
• Le Bon Marche – a number of department stores

6) Madrid

 

Madrid offers a lot of variety when it comes to shopping. And what else can a shopaholic could ask for? Madrid is the third best shopping destination for luxury items. Of course, prices are good as compared to other destinations with luxury brands. Did the shopping bug bite you yet again? No Madrid is certainly not devoid of weekly flea markets, so enjoy a good bargain there. Keep in mind smaller stores are shut from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Highlights:

• Experience the buzz of Gran Via known for retail
• El Rastro – Spain’s largest flea Sunday market

7) Hong Kong

 

Don’t want to worry about the budget at all while shopping? Head to Hong Kong and indulge in a world-class bargain. No shopper would ever leave Hong Kong without a truckload of items, as it’s amazingly affordable! Don’t hesitate to take help from an experienced shop clerk, as they will certainly help you grab an awesome deal.

Highlights:

• The busy shopping district on Causeway

• Lane Crawford for bags

• EDIT – renowned for women’s wear

• Square Street for sunglasses and shoes

8) Dubai

 

Dubai does come to most people’s mind when it comes to destination shopping. And honestly, it is worth the hype. And we can’t take the risk of not mentioning the name of “The Dubai Mall” when talking about shopping in Dubai. This largest shopping mall in the world hosts one of the biggest shopping events – Dubai Shopping festival. If you call yourself a shopaholic you can’t miss out on this crazy shopping fiesta which offers discounts of up to 80 percent on high-end brands.

Highlights

• The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates

• Gold and spice souks

9) Milan

 

Home to glamorous shops and luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Versace, Milan is quite popular among fashion experts. Milan likes to ace the fashion game and is always ahead of current trends elsewhere. Milan Fashion Week is always a hot topic everywhere around the world, especially when it is around the corner.

Highlights

• Quadrilatero della Moda or Quadrilatero d’Oro (‘rectangle of gold’),
• The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is on the Northern side of Milan’s Piazza del Duomo

10) Rome

 

As elegant and classy as it is, the streets of Rome will acquaint you with luxury Italian brands like Valentino, Gucci and Fendi. Window shopping is a favourite pastime here, as expensive stores here are not for budgeters.

Highlights

•  Streets near Spanish Steps
• To shop where locals shop head to Via del Governo Vecchio—Rome’s answer to New York’s Soho.

11) Singapore

 

Singapore may not be a budgeter’s place, but if you manage a trip to this state-of-the-art city state your shopping scenes are sorted. From high-end luxury brands to street shopping, Singapore has it all.

Highlights:
• The ION Orchard shopping center in Singapore

• Shopping street at Arab Quarter

• Tiong Bahru for nice coffee, wet market, and authentic charm

12) Los Angeles

 

The Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles is the most expensive place to shop. You are likely to rub shoulders with celebrities at this glamorous stretch featuring brands like Coco Chanel, Cartier and Yves Saint Laurent. You can’t really shop to your heart’s content but celeb spotting and window shopping is not a bad idea.


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About the Author

Ratna Sehgal is an ardent reader, who loves weaving magic with her words. She is a content specialist and strives to be a digital marketing evangelist. Sci-fi gives her escapism and food brings her back to life, which she thinks is a beautiful roller coaster ride. Apart from her work, she aspires to be a nomad and touch people’s life with her experiences.

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