If you’re a believer in the phrase ‘shop till you drop’, you should check out these shopping destinations across the world that are really worth exploring. Whether you’re a shopaholic or just want to bag the best bargains, you’ll really love these shopping destinations in the world. From New York’s Fifth Avenue to the world’s largest mall in Dubai, these are the best places to shop till you drop.
New York City, US
New York’s Fifthe Avenue is synonymous with the Luxe life. Bollywood celebs like Karan Johar, Ranbir Kapoor spend a lot of time in this city and love to shop here. Discounts on popular designer labels also draw savvy shoppers to several New York department stores.
Oxford street is London’s most ppoular shopping destination, with almost a couple of miles occupied by well-known brands. You may further head to North London’s Camden market for more shopping. SRK and family shop in some of the high-end stores in London.
Seven mammoth floors are crammed to the rafters with toys and games at London wonderland Hamley’s. Loveable teddy bears will appeal to younger kids, adventurous sorts will plump for robust action figures, and everyone will love the dressing-up outfits.
This may come as a surprise to many but the Russian capital is sort of a fashion mecca with expensive boutiques, that offer everything from the gaudy to the glamorous., from haute couture to Soviet vintage clothing.
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall, in terms of area, and has over thousand retial stores, and over hundred food and beverage outlets. Dubai is another city that is quite popular with Bollywood celebs for shopping, they are also called upon as chief guests for launching big stores.
From haute couture to flea markets, Paris is a shopper’s paradise. Its most famous shopping street is the Champs-Elysees, which houses the city’s most luxorious shops.
While Paris is known as the fashion capital, it is also known for Hediard, the best gourmet food shop. If you are a food lover and have a taste for quality stuff, this is the place to be. The store is well known for its chocolates, chutneys, sauces condiments, oil etc. They even have a variety of jams, so many that you can’t even imagine and the different types of cheese that they offer is just too tempting and hard to resist. For a food lover, Hediard should definitely be on the travel list.
Talk of Milan, and one just cannot miss out on the fashion scene, but remember, this place is not for the budgetista. Top Italian designers have their flagshio stores in Milan. Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, you’ll find it all here.
Velvet-soft Italian leather makes fashion capital Milan the place for handbags, shoes and belts, with big-name designers like Armani and Versace on the elegant covered Via Montenapoleone. But there’s no need to spend big – Sermoneta on via della Spiga sells affordable gloves in every colour of the chic Italian rainbow.
window shopping is a popular passtime in Rome, as most of the stores are really not budget-friendly. You can find stores of the biggest names in Italian fashion here…Prada, Gucci, Fendi and more.
When it comes to Shopping, Madrid offers something for every shopper. You’ll find giant deparmental stores, designer boutiques, flea markets, and more. If you’re there in Madrid, remember about their siesta time, so most smaller stores will be shit from around 2 to 5 pm.
Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood is popular for shopping. Find skyscrapers, department stores shopping malls and electronics megastores.
Neon-lit department stores and crowded market stalls compete for gadget-fiends’ money in Tokyo’s Electric Town – Akihabara. From tiny cameras to vast flat-screen TVs you’ll find the best high-tech products in these Blade Runner-style streets long before they hit the shops back home.
Hong Kong is a mjor hub for international trade, so you can buy virtually anything here. Hong Kong is best known for the great deals on street labels and cutting-edge electronics.
Los Angeles, US
Want to shop with the Hollywood biggies? Head to Los Angeles’ Rodeo drive. Its among the most expensive places to shop in the world. For those without the big budgets, you can still spend some time wondow-shopping here on this glamorous stretch.
Bangkok is a shopper’s “paradise”; most Bollywood actresses take a trip to Bangkok to shop for themselves (and even for their pets). You will find anything and everything there. From trendy to traditional, you will see it all in Bangkok. Be it a glitzy mall or street wear, you can bargain for your most of your purchases. Bangkok is truly one hell of a shopping destination and you shouldn’t miss it.
Floating markets in Bangkok
Another tourist and shopping attraction in Bangkok is the floating markets. Floating markets are vendors selling items in boats. They sell everything from trinkets to fruits and vegetables. You can also travel in the boats and shop to your hearts galore.
If you are an ‘antiques’ person, Manila is the place for you. Manila has a variety of artistic sculptures, chandeliers and art works that will leave you both mesmerized with the innumerable choices.
The picturesque Jaisalmer may be famous for its stunning views but what is worth a look is also the colorful, traditional items that are available at the street market near Sonar Quila. You will find beautiful artifacts to colorful puppets, beautiful handlooms etc. No wonder this is a favorite shopping haunt for tourists visiting Jaisalmer.
Candolim Beach Road, Goa
Goa and its beaches are legendary but so is the jazzy street market at Candolim beach road. There are endless shops of Jewelry and accessories. You can go crazy shopping for the hippest clothes, the latest fashion trends all of it on the streets at Candolim.
Colombo, the port city, is the perfect place for home decorations. You can decorate your home with a choice of various decor items available. There is a variety of choice for all kinds of home furnishings. That doesn’t mean that Colombo has nothing more to offer. Colombo has a great deal of shops for clothes, jewelry, accessories. Their Ceylon tea is particularly famous, so don’t forget to buy yourself a pack.
Here are some more popular shopping destinations around the world…
Carpet Shopping in Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is famous for its carpets. Medieval Kapali Çarşisi (Grand Bazaar) has been the place to buy carpets for 500 years. Its labyrinthine alleyways are alive with shopkeepers’ banter. Sip apple tea as enthusiastic sellers unfurl silk Hariki carpets and hand-woven woollen rugs. don’t be under any sort pressure to buy, be sure to enjoy the drama.
Chic Homeware in Copenhagen, Denmark
Moving on to Denmark, take a small piece of Scandinavian chic back home from Copenhagen’s Stroget, said to be the world’s longest pedestrianised shopping street. Take a look at classics like Jorge Jensen silverware or hand-painted Royal Copenhagen porcelain from flagship stores.
Chocolate in Brussels, Belgium
Belgium is famous for its chocolates. In a city of 2000 chocolatiers, trendy Pierre Marcolini and royal supplier Wittamer’s battle it out for the title of most prestigious. Both have aromatic boutiques on and around the smart little Sablon square.
Californian Wine in Napa and Sonoma Valleys
Californian wine is up there with the world’s best, and the vineyards of the beautiful Napa and Sonoma valleys are brilliantly set up for visitors. Tour state-of-the-art vineyards or homely independent wineries and get the inside track on grapes and techniques before choosing that perfect bottle to take home.
Dazzling Crystals in Prague, Czech Republic
In a city famed for glass-blowing, Moser’s huge store has been producing shimmering crystals since the 14th century. Many of its traditional designs on delicately engraved glass are hand-blown and hand-cut. Choose from bold vases engraved with flower motifs or enameled colored glass.