Best shopping destinations call to us with their glittering shop windows full of treats. The best shopping destinations are those that need a whole vacation built around the hours we'll spend indulging in retail therapy. The best shopping destinations also tend to be amazing places in general so it's not just the malls, markets, soukhs and bazaars that call to us, but a wealth of tourist attractions full of history, art, architecture and culture. Here are my 7 Best Shopping Destinations in the World offering something to suit every budget and taste.
If you’re like me, you hear ‘New York’ and you think ‘shopping’. It has got to be number one; it’s the ultimate shopping destination! You can literally find everything here, surrounded by iconic architecture and world-renowned brands and stores. For the best in department stores you’ll want to visit Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Saks. Just as legendary are the stores you’ll find on Madison Avenue, including Tiffany & Co, Ralph Lauren and Jimmy Choo. The city is also bursting at the seams with vintage stores and boutiques, so make like a New Yorker and see what delights you can uncover.
Arguably the most fabulous of European shopping destinations, London is incredibly varied. Discover everything you need to create one of the classic looks sported by the stylish Londoners, whether you choose busy Oxford Street or label-heavy Bond Street. Camden Market is a joy; it is a paradise for browsers, and the place to go in London to hunt down some vintage beauties, lost records, and individual fashion items. Every budget is catered for in this beautiful city.
The fashion capital of the world absolutely must appear on a list of the best shopping destinations. In a city that simply oozes elegance, the shopping experience is a unique one. The Parisians are envy-inducing with their classic style, but you can recreate this ever-so-chic magic. Head to the Louvre-Tuileries and Faubourg Saint-Honor? districts for designer fashion, or the Marais district for one-off pieces and eclectic clothing stores.
Often overshadowed by Tokyo and Bangkok, the South Korean capital is one shopping destination that should be considered just as delightful. From high-end labels, to high-street stores and market stalls, Seoul can be enjoyed by any wallet. One highlight in this modern city is the treasure-trove of underground shopping centres. Also worth a visit are the night markets, which never seem to close. Delicious street food will keep you nourished and prepared for a late night shopping.
Madrid is one of the world's best places to shop in break-taking surroundings. The designer havens and beautiful boutiques give this shopping destination a sophistication that few cities match. If you like feeling like an A-lister (and who doesn’t?) then head to the Calle Serrano district, known for its exclusive shops and high-end fashion.
It’s true that Berlin is a paradise for history buffs, but it also screams credibility for being an excellent shopping destination. One thing that will excite is the number of small designer labels in Berlin, giving you the opportunity to take home something extra special. The Alexanderplatz square has boasted great shopping since the start of the 20th century, and is still one of the foremost places to shop in Berlin.
One word that springs to mind when thinking about Moscow is ‘luxury’. It is unsurprising that the most expensive city in the world is also a fantastic shopping destination. The Glavnyi Universalnyi Magazin (Gum) department store is a stunning building, and the largest department store in Russia. Today it is home to over 200 high-end fashion stores, all for your browsing pleasure!
Have you been lucky enough to visit these fabulous places to shop? Is there another shopping destination that should be on this list?
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