These best shopping streets in the world are a paradise for those who don't think of money...
Shopping is something that you have on your mind? And you understand that a holiday to the best shopping destination is not just about finding good deals – though that’s important too. Shopping is an art form of its own, where an eye for distinctive style separates the serious connoisseurs from the window shoppers.
If you’re serious about shopping, this list is for you. We’ve picked the best shopping cities in the world – now it’s up to you to explore them and get some use out of your pocket.
Best Shopping Destinations In The World
New York City, USA
New York City is hands-down the best luxury shopping destination in the world. You can find every major fashion and retail outlet in NYC, along with thousands of boutique, vintage and hard-to-find shops that simply do not exist anywhere else.
USP: There are malls like Time Warner Centre, boutiques in SoHo, high-end brands on Fifth Avenue, pop-up shops in Bryant Park and Union Square, and flea markets in Brooklyn.
When To Visit: April to June, September to November
How To Reach: There are three airport in New York City. One can also reach NYC from beighbouring cities by bus and train.
Paris is the world’s fashion capital, for a good reason and one of the best shopping cities in the world. With a focus on designer labels, the city is home to high-end fashion labels such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent.
USP: Paris’ Golden Triangle, which encompasses the Champs-Elysees in the 8th Arrondissement, offers the best of Paris shopping. If you’re looking to save a Euro or two, head to this shopping destination in January or August for the biennial sales.
When To Visit: April to June, October to November
How To Reach: Paris is accessible from all the major cities of the world. It is served by three international airports.
Italians are serious about style and their shopping capital, Milan, is one of the top 10 shopping cities in the world. Home to luxury fashion houses like Prada, Valentino, Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabana and much more, the main shopping area is known as the Fashion Quadrangle.
USP: Milan isn’t only about the price tags. The city also boasts wonderful Christmas markets, bazaars and excellent sales during January-February and July-September.
When To Visit: April to May, September to October
How To Reach: Milan is served by three international airports and it’s easily accessible both by land and by air.
London, United Kingdom
Let’s be honest. London is one of the best cities in the world and, accordingly, has some of the best shopping. From Oxford Street, with famous department stores such as John Lewis and bargain fashion like Topshop; to elegant Regent Street’s mid-priced fashion outlets; to Bond Street and Mayfair, with big names like Burberry and Tiffany & Co, you get everything you have wished
USP: Carnaby Street’s independent brands, Camden’s set of alternative fashion shops and Notting Hill’s vintage and antique offerings makes London a shopper’s paradise.
When To Visit: March to May
How To Reach: London has 5 airports out of which Healthrow, Gatwick and Stansted are the important ones.
Hong Kong, China
Bargain hunters and high-end fashion lovers, Hong Kong is your perfect shopping destination. Millions of people around Asia and the world flock to this tiny island every year to pick up a great deal or find something unique. Many people also travel to Hong Kong to have clothes specially made, and there are many quality tailors throughout the city.
USP: Jade Market, Temple Street Night Market and the Ladies Market are renowned, Kowloon’s Nathan Road has everything from massive department stores to local goods, and Times Square is a must-see.
When To Visit: October to December
How To Reach: Hong Kong international Airport connects to major cities all over the world.
Over the years, Bangkok has become home to best places to go shopping, and the vibrant south-east Asian city has everything you might want. The largest and most well-known department store, MBK, boasts more than 2,000 stores with a huge variety of products and price points. Chinatown is also a must, with super cheap goods and a much more traditional feel.
USP: The sixth-largest mall in the world, aptly named Central World, is a must-visit and Chatuchuck Market is one of the biggest markets in the world, with more than 15,000 booths divided into 27 sections.
When To Visit: November to February
How To Reach: Bangkok is connected by air to the rest of the world through two of its airports.
Los Angeles, USA
And lastly, there’s Los Angeles. Head to The Grove for a shopping treat, as you explore the city’s outdoor shopping complex. Designed to look like a small town, it’s a friendly place to find some amazing fashion and specialty stores. Rodeo Drive, of course, is one of the best places to go shopping in the world. Armani, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and others grace this elegant street.
USP: If you’re looking for a more relaxed market atmosphere, the Farmers’ Market and the fashion strip on Melrose Avenue is an incredible shopping destination to give your taste buds a treat.
When To Visit: March to May, September to November
How To Reach: The Los Angeles International Airport is one of the busiest in US. It is well-connected to the entire country and major cities from rest of the world.