The World’s Coolest Shopping Malls

Whether you love or hate shopping, malls are the one place where the whole family can reconnect and find their cup of tea. From luxury brands for the fashion addicts, to playful fun for the little ones, everyone can have fun. It’s an added bonus when that mall just so happens to be in an enviable tourist destination, in a modern build or with swanky concept stores.

Picture it now – you’re on vacation and your family is bickering over what you guys do on your latest outing. The solution is simple, everyone says yes to the mall. So what if I told you I have found 30 malls to cover all your favorite destinations? Get reading – you can thank us later!

Le Bon Marché, France


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Le Bon Marché was the first department store to open in Paris in 1852 and still stands today. With its high glass ceilings, and luxurious décor, it makes the perfect shopping destination for luxury lovers everywhere. Covering all the classics like Dior and Chanel and reaching out towards modern sportswear – think Nike and Adidas – no matter what your style is, you will find a gem here! Not only is it for the shopaholics though, for you can also find the Epicerie, with street food and organic grocery stores, so it is also the dream spot for foodies too!

The Dubai Mall


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Shop till you drop at the jaw-dropping Dubai Mall! As well as being a sight for sore eyes, it has over 1200 shops, amazing fine-dining experiences, a children’s play area, a huge cinema and an aquarium. If that’s not enough to keep your family busy, we don’t know what is! If you’re in Dubai, then don’t miss out on a great day out with your loved ones!

Bull Ring, England (UK)


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The Bull Ring shopping mall in Birmingham (UK) is a modern, artistic delight! Ranging from fast fashion brands like Zara and Topshop to luxury department store Selfridges, the Bull Ring has many boutiques suitable for all price ranges. With a cosmopolitan selection of places to eat and a Build A Bear workshop for your little ones, this is a must-see if you’re visiting the UK!

Mall of Scandinavia, Sweden


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If you happen to be in Sweden for your next vacation, discover the Mall of Scandinavia. Discover Scandi fashion in its true environment as well as international favorites such as MAC for beauty fiends and Lego for your little builders. Dine out Scandi-style with healthy and wholesome options, or for those craving a little something sweet, head to Ben & Jerry’s for some cookie dough goodness!

Ion Orchard, Singapore


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Discover Singaporeans’ favorite place to hang out, the Ion Orchard mall. Its amazing futuristic architecture makes it one of the stops you have to make on your travels. Enjoy the concept stores, accessible brands such as Maje and Cos, and its cinema. Perfect for shopaholics of any age!

Beaugrenelle, France


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Beaugrenelle shopping mall in Paris is a beautiful mall to visit, with beautiful architecture. Ranging from all your favorite fast fashion brands to more luxury options, adults will love going for a spot of shopping – but they have thought of the kids too, with some amazing places to grab a bite to eat and of course a cinema! Who said you couldn’t have a day out at the mall?

West Edmonton Mall, Canada


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West Edmonton Mall is a mall for anyone and everyone – from fun-seeking families to future brides, they have any store you desire! It has a waterpark, a play center, an aquarium, a bowling alley and crazy golf – sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? This is the perfect location for groups of friends or families looking for new adventures and hoping to make a splash!

Namba Parks, Japan


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With 8 floors and a roof garden, Namba Parks is a sight to behold! Its greenery is spectacular and it is also a great place to shop. You can also watch live shows and experience fine dining all in one beautiful place. Step outside and take in the view of the parks around the mall!

Villagio Mall, Qatar


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No this mall isn’t in Italy, but it is inspired by Italian architecture and lifestyle. This beautiful mall is set across 360,000 squared meters and is home to many designer brands such as Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Dior. Enjoy a gondola ride like in Venice, take the kids to the Gondolania Theme Park or take them ice skating during the festive period. This mall is like a small city in itself!

Funf Hofe, Germany


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Whether you’re looking for luxury to fast fashion, or fast food to fine dining, Funf Hofe is a must-see mall with hanging plants that cover the reflective glass roof, making it a very atmospheric place to be! You can also visit galleries and discover artwork new and old – perfect for any wannabe artists!

Moko Mall, Hong Kong


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Make your day out in Hong Kong extra special with a trip to the very modern Moko Mall. With white and gold décor and artistic architecture, it is a spectacular place to visit on your travels. Take a day out to go to their cinema, and shop till you drop! You can discover local brands or go international with Uniqlo and Mango!

Ko Galerie, Germany


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Meet the Ko Galerie, one of the most impressive shopping malls in the world. Spread across 20 000 squared meters, its architecture is spellbinding and creates a luxurious shopping environment. Discover designer brands such as Jil Sander and Karl Lagerfeld and enter their beautiful concept stores upon your next visit. Then treat you and your pals to sushi or try a bit of French cuisine!

Central Embassy, Thailand


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Set in the hippest street in Bangkok, the Central Embassy mall is Thailand’s leading mall and offers a fun day out to families, fashion fanatics and fun-seeking friends. Filled with all your favorite luxury brands, from Chanel to Louboutin, absorb the atmosphere and shop to you drop with the amazing stores within! Once you’ve worked up sweat, head out for dinner with their many international cuisines.

Les Quatre Temps, France


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When in Paris, you have to visit Les Quatre Temps, set in Paris’ business district, La Défense. Ranging from luxury to fast fashion brands, as well as homeware, you can find everything you could possibly need in one place. Finish your day with a quick trip to the cinema or dine out at their different restaurants – whether you’re looking for waffles or for typical French cuisine, you will find your end of day treat in the mall!

Westfield, England (UK)


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Discover one of London’s best malls at their White City mall or their other Stratford location. It provides a fun day out for all the family, with an indoor cinema and access to the widely acclaimed Kidzania, an indoor city just for kids! For the grown-ups, there is a wide array of restaurants to chose from, as well as every brand from fast fashion to luxury to keep you far from bored on your day out shopping!

Las Arenas, Spain


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Shop by your beachy destination and visit Las Arenas shopping center. Providing shopping destinations for grown-ups and kids alike you can shop at many brands such as Mango to Disney! They even have a Primark store for those of us who love a bargain!

Coex Mall, South Korea


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When in South Korea, visit Coex Mall! Make it a day out and discover the aquarium, explore the museum catch the latest movie, and discover the latest trends through their amazing choice of shops, including the Hyundai Department Store. Taste delicious Korean delicacies and experience fine-dining at its best with their restaurants and cafés.

Taby Centrum, Sweden


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On a rainy day in Sweden, make sure you visit Taby Centrum – hit the movies for the latest blockbuster, admire the modern and sleek architecture and find all your favorite shopping destinations. Hit stores such as H&M and Swedish brand Bik Bok to give your wardrobe the refresh it needs for the season ahead.

Box Park, England (UK)


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Box Park is one of the first malls of its kind in the UK, and is based in the hippest part of London, Shoreditch. With pop-up stores and food venues, it is constantly innovating and changing, so no two visits are the same! Plus, you get to discover some amazing talent that you may not see anywhere else in the world. Well-known brands such as jewelry brand Astrid & Miyu have been known to have a pop-up at the venue as well as Daniel Wellington but to name a few.

Ala Moana Center, Hawaii


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Ala Moana is the world’s biggest outdoor shopping center and is set in sunny Hawaii – the dreamiest location, right? It is an amazing venue with plenty of shows including traditional hula shows on a weekly basis and traditional music. With a wide range of choices, you can splash out on a Chanel handbag or get yourself a bargain at Forever 21! Finish the day off with a meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp or treat yourself to a Häagen-Dazs ice cream!

Yorkdale Shopping Center, Canada


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Explore one of Canada’s best shopping malls when you go to Yorkdale. With fashion-orientated events and a wide range of brands, it’s definitely a haven for shopaholics everywhere! Shop All Saints for the fashionistas or Foot Locker for the more athletic types. Then, wrap the day up with a trip to your favorite fast food joint or treat your friends and family to an Italian feast.

Princes Square, Scotland (UK)


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Enter Princes Square and be dazzled by its staggering architecture, you will feel like you’re in a historic monument rather than a shopping mall! Catch a movie with a glass of red wine and a slice of pizza delivered to your seat, or shop the wide array of luxury shops around you. If you’re still peckish after all that, grab a bite to eat in one of their atmospheric restaurants with amazing rooftop views.

Wetherill Park Shopping Center, Australia


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When you’re next in New South Wales, go to Wetherill for a relaxing shopping experience. Shop a new pair of shoes or get ready for the Australian sun with a trip to Sunglass Hut. Before lapping up the sun and the waves, treat yourself to a delicious lunch – with a staggering amount of restaurants, you will be spoilt for choice upon your visit!

Trafford Centre, England (UK)


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If there is one mall you just have to see when exploring the UK, it’s Trafford Centre! Based in Manchester, it has everything you need for a fun day out. Have a challenging game at the Laser Quest or a catch a movie on a typically British rainy day. The Baroque-inspired mall is also home to prestigious department store, Selfridges, and also one of the biggest Topshops in the UK. With palm trees and jaw-dropping views, you would not think you were in the UK when visiting this mall.

Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai


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Ibn Battuta Mall’s architecture is inspired by the those of several different cultures, providing for an authentic and artistic feel. Each court is inspired by a different country, making it an impressive place to visit. It’s also a fun place to visit, with a kids’ playing area, a choice of high-quality restaurants and brilliant deals on their outlets. Finish the day off with an evening at the bowling alley or at the cinema to wind down.

Centro Vasco Da Gama, Portugal


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If you’re lucky to visit sunny Lisbon, make sure Vasco Da Gama is on your check list! With 6 movie theaters and 33 restaurants, it’s not just a shopping destination, but a family-friendly environment. Eat outside on their spacious patios letting out onto an amazing view of the Tage. They also have pop-up stores for you to discover new brands, meaning you’ll never get bored of this place!

Forum Des Halles, France


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Discover the atmospheric Forum des Halles, set near some of the biggest Parisian tourist destinations such as Montmartre and Rue de Rivoli. Having rose from the ashes just a matter of years ago, it’s now the shopping mall to visit in the capital. It has its own station, cinema and of course, plenty of brands French or international for you to discover. Walk out onto the square and admire the church Saint Eustache and the quaint roads of French bistrots and cafés.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuel, Italy


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The Galleria Vittorio Emanuel took 11 years to construct and is one of the most scenic shopping malls in the whole world. With paintings on the walls and ancient-inspired architecture, you wouldn’t think you were in a shopping destination. It is renowned for having Milan’s chicest designer stores and for its delicious authentic food, some of the restaurants are the city’s eldest, and have been running for centuries.

Kanyon Shopping Mall, Turkey


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Inspired by canyons (hence the name), the Kanyon Shopping Mall in Turkey has become one of the innovative builds in the country. Set across 4 floors, it spans from more affordable brands such as GAP to more luxury stores such as Harvey Nichols.

MyZeil, Germany


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In Frankfurt, MyZeil was designed by a Roman architect and is one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations. It is a recent build, having been constructed in 2009, and has a geometric concept, making it a modern must-see. As well as having a great selection of shops, it has a gym and even a live music venue for anyone wishing to discover the nightlife.