The 10 Best Shopping Destinations In The World
We all like to indulge in a little retail therapy every once in a while, and when we part with our hard-earned cash, it helps to have access to a good shopping centre. However, in some cases, you can actually limit your spending and get more for your money if you are willing to hop on a plane and do your shopping in another part of the world.
To help you do this, The Travel Lane has shortlisted ten shopping destinations that are world-renowned for their shopping districts.
London's unique amalgamation of cultures and creeds has only improved its reputation as a landmark shopping destination. Ideal for both the thrifty and the indulgent, London's retail amenities range from famed shopping centres like Harrods and Selfridges to chic clothing stores on Carnaby Street and the Notting Hill area.
There's also a long line of traditional tailors located on the incredibly affluent Saville Row which is only round the corner from Oxford Street, while the famed Portobello and Camden markets offer a great selection of vintage and handmade items. For bargain-hunting lovers, a number of well-established thrift stores and second-hand shops also operate in the hipster utopia of Brick Lane.
2. Hong Kong
Hong Kong Mall is a go-to shopping destination when you're in Hong Kong. You can also find some cool, little-known brands there, as well as the more international prestigious shops and designers.
However, if you want to get away from the tourist crowd, venture further out to the stylish Fang Hong outlet where locals shop.
3. New York
New York is a shopping mecca, and even if you've never been, you are probably more than aware of the staggering amount of stores that line the pavements. The Manhattan strip is where you'll find the snazzy, designer brands that wealthy bankers and celebrities call home, while on the other side of the river in Brooklyn, you'll experience a younger, more urban type of shopper, with clothing stores from all over the world located there.
Of course, it being Brooklyn, you won't be short on vintage and thrift stores either.
A melting pot brimming with cultures from around the world, Tokyo's mega-metropolis sees French bakeries placed next to Italian fashion amidst the mythical glow emanating from the trademark neon-lights outside. Go inside one of the numerous malls and you can find just about anything. The drugstores and pharmacies are supposed to be some of the best in the world and are well worth a visit.
The Germany capital boasts an eclectic mix of both high-end fashion stores and numerous independent outlets, with materials and influences sourced from all corners of the globe A hub of creativity and style, Berlin's fashion style is positively unique, and a place where individuality really stands out.
Italian fashion is often considered the best around with designers such as Dolce & Gabanna and Giorgio Armani now household names. Indeed, much like Paris, Milan is a place oozing style and sophistication, and the feeling is palpable the moment you step foot in one of the many high-end shops.
Just take the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, La Rinascente and Quadrilatero d’Oro, where you'll be hard-pressed to find a local who isn't dressed to the nines. That said, Milan isn't only reserved for those with wads of cash. There are terrific bargains to be had at street markets and factory outlets, many of which can be found at the Navigli Canal antiques bazaar and Fidenza Village.
7. San Fransisco
While it may be surprising that San Fransisco is included in place of its nearby and more illustrious shopping neighbor, Los Angeles, San Fransisco's independent designers in febrile areas such as Filmore have made it a haven for new and upcoming clothing stores.
Shopping centers are also in abundance and are easily accessible via public transport, something that isn't the case with L.A.
The United Arab Emirate's most popular state is so famed for its shopping they created the Dubai Shopping Festival, a dream come true for ardent shoppers. As well as their larger-than-life malls, a trip to their more cultural, picturesque souks is also a must.
Barcelona isn't only a sun-soaked, cultural bemouth; it's also a shopper’s paradise. From the sprawling shopping center in the middle of Placa De Catalynua to the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas, Barcelona is a place where you can find clothes for any budget.
While London is spoiled for choice, Paris prefers quality over quantity. One only has to walk down the famed and elegant walkways of Boulevard Saint Germain and Bon Marche before a number of high-toned boutiques catch the eye.
Merged with beautiful Parisian buildings that date back hundreds of years, visiting a Parisian store is a unique experience and one that will leave you feeling like a bonafide fashionista.