Some people like to go on adventures, others like to indulge on international cuisines, while some want to go cultural and visit historic sites and museums. We all know why you are here – you want to know the best shopping destinations in the world so you can shop ‘til you drop! The biggest shopping centers in the world showcase exclusive collections, big discounts and the best deals you’ll find, literally, on earth.
From the street markets of Istanbul, to the high street of London to the fashion capital of the world – Paris, let’s take a look at some of the world’s best shopping destinations to complete your shopping bucket list.
New York City, USA
Yes Please! New York is arguably one of THE best shopping destination in the world. You can find every major fashion label or designer, plus the up-and-coming creators, sitting alongside some of the most hard-to-find boutiques in the world. With so much choice, shopping there can be a dizzying prospect, with big names like Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York Vintage, and Bloomingdales set to dominate your holiday. Put on your walking shoes ladies, and make sure to relax in one of those oh-so-chic cafe’s along the way.
Considered as one of the most fashionable cities in the world, Milan is the capital of world-class fashion shopping. It’s home to the biggest designers and most luxurious brands in the world. Think Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabana, Prada, and many more. You can shop for clothing, handbags, shoes (OMG the shoes!!!), you could even shop for your dream car – Pagani, Lamborghini, Ferrari or the ultimate dream car an Alfa Romeo! Brmm Brmmm
Sneaky hint: If you hit Milan in December, you can double up with a taste of Italy’s Christmas Markets where you’ll find a wide range of festive wares, decorations, clothes, traditional food and hot drinks, as well as some souvenirs, just to complete the holiday experience. As a Christmassy bonus, several of the markets will also have entertainment activities that are perfect for families.
Hong Kong, China
For those looking to score some sweet, sweet sales and affordable bargains, look no further Hong Kong, China. As a shopping destination, this is Asia’s shopping mecca, home to a cacophony of shopping areas that will leave you completely mesmerized. You’ll find shopping districts, sprinkled with boutiques and massive malls, and whole market roads that will lead you astray into even more discoveries.
Experience the atmosphere of local culture, yummy street food, traditional craftsmanship, and all the high-profile brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Hong Kong is definitely one of those destinations you don’t want to miss. P.S. Don’t be surprised if you max out the credit card!
For most visiting shoppers, the Grand Bazaar would be the obvious choice. Explore an oriental mix of almost anything and everything: from Turkish carpets and designer clothing, to traditional gold jewellery and exotic food. This is where you’ll also find the Spice Bazaar, which is equally fascinating and historic in its own right. The smells here are fantastic, with delicate herbs, heady spices, and an abundance of nuts and dried fruit from all around the world.
Take a walk into the Fatih District and hit up the Carasamba market – one of the world’s best traditional shopping experiences – take some cash with you for all the fascinating things you will want. On the other hand, for a more upmarket, classier and pricier shopping experience head on over to Istiklal Caddessi – it’s lined with local and international stores just ripe for the picking.
There’s a reason why Paris is well known as the world’s fashion capital and the ultimate shopping destination, with designer labels such as Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel calling this city home. Visit Paris’ 8th Arrondissement (known as the Golden Triangle) located between three of the most famous boulevards, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Avenue Montaigne, and the Avenue George V. It’s here you’ll find an exciting chic shopping scene that the true shopaholic dare not miss.
Our tip is to go on a shopping spree to coincide with Couture Week in January. This is where major stores slash their rates to almost unbelievable prices. If you can’t make it then, try off-peak travel season in August and September, which also offers great finds. Or set yourself up for an amazing, traditional shopping experience from early December to explore the traditional Christmas Markets of Paris.
London, United Kingdom
Landing in one of the best cities in the world means you get to experience one of the best shopping around. Hundreds, even thousands of designers, upmarket boutiques, malls and markets, all await the savvy shopper. Look out for couture labels, vintage fashion, high-street shoe shops, secret bookshops, and other hidden gems.
Don’t mis out on late-night shopping in Central London! Wander through little Soho and Carnaby Street markets, before heading to the shopping mecca of Regent and Oxford Streets… and don’t miss any of the high-end shops you are just dying to explore from Harrods to Marks and Spencer, Zara to C&A and many, many more – the possibilities are endless!
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