10 iconic shopping destinations around the world
From Paris' Galeries Lafayette to London's Harrods
Everyone with a travel bug almost always has shopaholic tendencies to go with it. Whether it’s fridge magnets you’ve been hoarding from every city you visit or vintage collectables you’ve been decorating your wardrobe with, shopping while travelling (or travelling for shopping) is 100 percent legit. To make it easy for every travel and shopping addict, we’ve put together a list of the top fashion-obsessed cities around the world and their best places to shop in that every fashion nerd must make a pilgrimage to.
From luxury departmental stores like the popular Harrods in London and Galeries Lafayette in Paris to the biggest malls in the world like The Dubai Mall in UAE and Seoul’s Doota Mall, here are the best places to shop in the world’s most iconic destinations.
Best places to shop from Hong Kong to Paris:
When in London, the first stop you should make is to Oxford Street. Laden with shops on each side, it is a haven for shopaholics and tourists alike. Drop by Selfridges, a department store, for the latest designer collections. And if you’re seeking something more opulent, Harrods and Liberty, two luxury department stores, should be your immediate go-to choices.
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The city’s high-energy shopping can be experienced at Shinjuku, a popular shopping destination, which houses everything from department stores and shopping malls to skyscrapers and fashionable restaurants. While you’re there, drop by Isetan, the biggest department store. Another shopping district to visit is Harajuku, especially Takeshita Dori, famous for its trendy clothing.
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The city that launched some of the biggest fashion labels like Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, and Versace is also home to stylish boutiques and shops that will make you want to whip out your credit card instantly. Quadrilatero d'Oro is touted as the world’s most popular shopping district, which showcases the very best of fashion, food and culture. Another must-see spot is Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest shopping mall that houses high-end boutiques. The architecture of the mall itself will leave your mouth gaping. Lastly, save some resources for Il Salvagente, the city’s established outlet where you can get great bargains for designer brands.
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The city of lights is also one of the biggest fashion capitals in the world, making it the right city for every style aficionado to visit. One of the most famous shopping streets is the Champs-Élysées. But if you’re looking for an experience of a lifetime, head to the Parisian department stores: Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché and Printemps (the world’s largest beauty department store).
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When in the Big Apple, be ready to spend big bucks. Head to the world-famous Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and indulge yourself in sheer shopping bliss. Bergdorf Goodman, one of the premier shopping destinations, is a must-visit store for all luxury lovers, as is Saks Fifth Avenue. And if you’re seeking a vintage-shopping spree, trace your steps to Rare Vintage, the Brooklyn Flea and Brooklyn’s Williamsburg for some thrift shopping.
Picture courtesy: Saks Fifth Avenue by @effortlyss
The Dubai Mall, one of the largest malls in the world, makes the right place to begin your yearly shopping. From having an Olympic-sized ice rink to renowned designer shops, you’ll need more than 24 hours to cover the entire space. Make it a point to visit Address Dubai Mall, a city shopping retreat, that's connected to the mall. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, a visit to the Mall of the Emirates will surely satiate your shopping needs.
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Hong Kong claims to be the best Asian shopping city, and for good reason. Causeway Bay, touted as the city’s shopping mecca, should be your number one stop. Once there, start from SOGO, Japan’s most popular department store, and then head to Island Beverly Center, a four-floor mall that sells local Korean and Japanese fashion. Fashion Walk is another mall that houses designer labels as well as local names like GumGumGum and Liger.
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Kuala Lumpur houses three of the largest malls in the world including Utama, the world’s fourth biggest mall. While you’re at it, Starhill Gallery is another mall that you should explore — from an upscale art gallery to the best fashion brands, it promises a memorable experience.
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The capital of South Korea is the right city for those addicted to shopping. And we mean that in a good way — where else in the world can you shop till 5 am in the morning? Doota, Seoul’s trendiest late-night shopping mall, guarantees an experience every nocturnal creature that’s also a shopaholic will love. The Lotte Department Store is also a must-visit. And if you’re looking for traditional goods, head to the Seoul Folk Flea Market, Namdaemun Market and Gyeongdong Market.
Picture courtesy: @seoul_official
The newest introduction to India’s capital is One Style Mile, one of the most luxurious and leisure-oriented streets in New Delhi. Located right next to the iconic Qutub Minar in Mehrauli, the entire space is the perfect mélange of old-world charm and European design sensibilities. Explore the designer boutiques like Sabyasachi's flagship store and the fancy eateries while you're there.
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