Before we start, we recommend you leave a bit of room in your suitcase, because we’re sure you’re going to bring back so many new things. Now, let us recommend the best shopping cities in the world!
London is one of the best shopping cities because its range of stores is so diverse. Head over to the world-renowned Oxford Street and shop at its gigantic Selfridges store or walk a short distance to Carnaby and find the beautiful, Tudor-style Liberty store, which was recently part of the Cruella film. Discover independent brands in hip areas such as Camden and Shoreditch. Want luxury in a unique environment? Travel to Dover Street Market and see displays of fashion houses such as Comme des Garçons, Bottega Veneta or Balenciaga but to name a few. Want to keep away from busy shopping streets? Then Covent Garden, with its market and nearby stores, will be the perfect place to explore the market, stop for a coffee, and shop at brands like Jo Malone and Mac.
If you want to see what else the area has to offer, we recommend checking out the London suburbs. Stratford (east of London) and Shepherd’s Bush (west London) have modern Westfield shopping centres, featuring iconic British brands such as Allsaints, Reiss and Whistles.
Shops in Paris are so aesthetically pleasing – their concepts just sell you a brand’s vibe. From the Champs-Elysées with its impressive flagship stores to Sentier with its independent boutiques, Paris has a diverse selection of shops for you to choose from. Le Marais is also a hot shopping destination. Many French designer brands, from the more affordable such as Maje and Ba&sh, to the crème de la crème like Chanel, can be found in one of Paris’ most luxurious areas.
And it doesn’t stop there – if you’re a huge luxury-fiend, then you will fall for Place Vendôme. The famous square is known for its jewellery stores, and its wide selection of striking designer shops. Here you can find Jaeger-LeCoultre, Louis Vuitton, Guerlain… The list goes on! Stop off at one of the local cafés for a break during your shopping spree!
New York is one of the best shopping and fashion cities and it’s easy to understand why. It’s chic, luxurious and over-the-top. You can find designer boutiques, department stores, and of course, independent brands that are truly unique to New York. And other than fashion, there are many districts within the city that provide you with specialty food – think of Chinatown for all your Asian vegetables, herbs and food, or try some delicious cheeses at West Village.
If you’re into your fashion, you won’t want to miss Madison Avenue. It is the largest shopping district in the country – there are over 150 luxury boutiques! Sounds like heaven? Shop at big names like Alexander McQueen, Hermès or Tom Ford and get your hands on some statement pieces!
Los Angeles gives you the perfect combination of shopping and sandy shores, making it a shopping haven! You must have heard of the iconic Melrose Avenue – it’s the home to famous brands such as Reformation, Urban Outfitters and even luxury brands like Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacobs. Make a pit stop at one of Melrose Avenue’s vast array of cafés and restaurants before moving onto the next shopping area.
Rodeo Drive is the most well-known shopping street in the world where you can find the most ultra-luxurious shops. Celebrities like to shop here, notably because it is so close to Hollywood. Shop at Golden Goose, Gucci or Rolex and feel like you’re living the life of the rich and famous!
Tokyo is a futuristic city where your shopping experience will be like no other. Around Shinjuku Station, discover one of Tokyo’s largest shopping and entertainment districts. Each exit takes you to another part of this shopping district, with plenty of shops to keep you busy! Discover the best that Japan has to offer in electronics brands, as well as designer brands’ flagship stores and department stores like Lumine and Takashima. Looking for a store that offers both Japanese and Western trends? Then plan a trip to Isetan, one of the most beautifully decorated stores in the area!
Of course, there is also the Harajuku district. Remember when Gwen Stefani was obsessed with Harajuku fashion in the early Noughties? Well, discover the area for yourself and get some serious fashion inspiration! Here, you can also find Omotesando, the Champs Elysées of Tokyo, an avenue with cafés, luxury stores and restaurants for you to enjoy!
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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas… Until you bring it home of course! Las Vegas provides you with all your favorite brands, from the affordable to more high-end labels. Want to save money? It is possible in Vegas, thanks to their different outlet malls like the Las Vegas Premium Outlets in both the north and south of the city. These malls are homes to the outlets of brands such as Burberry, Calvin Klein, Nike and UGG Australia. These outlet malls also have small parks for children if you’re travelling as a family!
If you’re looking to splash the cash, we recommend the Forum Shops at Caesars. It is the place to go in Vegas for boutique shops and haute couture. Discover the Cartier store, or splash out on a new Fendi bag – the choice is yours. With over 160 shops and restaurants at just Caesars, you will love shopping in Vegas!
Berlin is a culturally rich city and an incredible shopping destination. You can find everything from the biggest designer houses to handmade artisanal products that will help you bring back a touch of German charm to your homes. Discover the best of Germany’s flea markets in Berlin, like the Mauerpark flea market, with antiques and delicious street food, or try out the Turkish market, for some delicious delicacies and fabrics to get creative with.
Looking for luxury labels? We recommend the KaDeWe shopping mall – shop some of the best brands like Anine Bing, Isabel Marant and The Kooples. Or, for more affordable brands, try out the Mall of Berlin, where you can even find a huge playground for adults! Take some fun photos thanks to their optical illusions and upside-down installations. Even the little ones will love it!
Hong Kong is known for its exceptional shopping scene. No matter what you are looking for, Hong Kong has everything you could ever want! With its skyscrapers and futuristic architecture, of course, you can find several malls to explore, but it still respects its traditions – we recommend adventuring the Temple Street night market. Get a taste for Hong Kong thanks to its souvenirs and amazing street food. It is a lively market that will really give you a feel for Hong Kong culture!
The main shopping street is Kowloon, with two markets – the Ladies Market and the Jade Market. At the Ladies Market, you will find small independent brands selling fashion and accessories. Want to bring back a unique souvenir? You can also find this at the Ladies Market. On the other hand, the Jade Market is an indoor market that sells jade, but also pearls and jewellery in general. It is very normal for the locals to buy and own jade, and going to this market can help you learn about their relationship with jade.
Why is Istanbul one of the world’s best shopping cities? Notably thanks to its Grand Bazaar. It’s the largest covered market in the world, and spans over 30,700 square meters. You can find around 4000 shops within the market, giving you a large variety of choices! You can buy plenty of locally-made products such as carpets, in which Turkey has a great heritage, lamps, ceramics and jewellery. Of course, this market also sells clothing and accessories – many brands produce their products in Istanbul, and Turkey is known for its silk and leather products.
Once you’ve hit all the bazaars, discover Istanbul’s main shopping area, Nışantası, where you can find international luxury brands but also Turkish brands, by visiting the Vakko department store. Then visit the road for luxury labels and international affordable brands – Abdi Ipekçi Caddesi, before stopping off for a much-needed coffee break!
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In Amsterdam and missing a shopping spree? There are plenty of places in the city to enjoy a spot of shopping! Discover The Nine Streets, a hip area with restaurants, galleries and vintage stores. You will find truly unique pieces that no one will have back at home! Into your art? Then stop off at the Spiegelkwartier for your dose of antiques and art – in fact, there are 70 antique shops in the area for you to discover!
Lacking a bit of luxury? Shop in the jaw-dropping Maison de Bonneterie building – its white, decadent architecture is a sign of things to come – it is the home to brands like Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren. Get a bit of guidance from a personal shopper or treat yourself to a spa day in the mall – yes, you read that right! Perfect after a long day of shopping!