Any shopping enthusiast will know that the best shopping can usually be found overseas in glam and exotic locations. By travelling the world you can discover all-new malls, stores and products, which for an avid shopper is a bit like hitting the jackpot at Lucky Nugget online casino.
To find out exactly which cities around the world are the best ones for travellers to shop in, a number of international experts have conducted surveys. The ultimate shopping destinations for 2019 have been selected according to the variety they offer, the friendliness of the country and staff, and the value for money you can expect.
Are you ready to know which cities provide the best opportunities to shop? Read on!
#1: Paris, France
One simply can’t take a trip to the fashion capital of the world without going shopping. World-class fashion labels like Louis Vuitton, Guerlain, Gucci, Dior and Chanel can all be found here, along with boutique cafes, eateries, chocolatiers and more. Be sure to check out the city’s Golden Triangle too, as it offers the best shops in the country. The French Christmas Market in January is also a great option if you are on a budget.
#2: New York City, US
The Big Apple is legendary when it comes to shopping, and its streets are lined with the stores of hundreds of global brands. New York is home to endless boutiques, fashion houses and vintage shops, and the best ones can be found at malls like SoHo Boutiques, the Time Warner Centre, and Union Square.
#3: London, UK
London’s Oxford Street is brimming with awesome shopping opportunities. Whether you love fashion, footwear or anything in between, stores like John Lewis and Harrods will have everything you need. Mid-priced stores can be found at Regent Street, Bond Street and Mayfair, while Notting Hill is packed with vintage treasures for all. Camden Market is also awesome for anyone looking for something a bit more alternative or out there.
#4: Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand’s well-known MBK department store features more than 2,000 shops dedicated to top local and international brands. The country’s own Chinatown offers affordable shopping for visitors on a budget, and Chatachuck Market is packed with local artefacts, snacks, outfits and handicrafts to explore.
#5: Hong Kong, China
China has always been a shopper’s paradise, and Hong Kong is no different. If you’re looking for a bargain when it comes to fashion, gifts and electronics, this is the place to be! Visit the Jade Market, the Street Night Market and Kowloon’s Nathan Road to find everything you’re looking for. The latter is famous for its custom-made, tailored clothes created by skilled locals with a flair for style.
#6: Dubai, UAE
Dubai has revolutionised the mall shopping experience with its massive multi-level centres, just like it has the hotel and casino industries. The Mall of the Emirates has been hailed as the ‘world’s first shopping resort’, and even boasts an indoor skiing slope! Visit the Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue for treats from Givenchy, Chanel, Valentino and Oscar de la Renta, or add some gold bling to your wardrobe at the glittering Gold Souk covered market.
#7: Santa Fe, US
Santa Fe is smaller than many of the other world cities on this list, but shoppers have still voted it one of the world’s best destinations to shop ‘til you drop. The New Mexico metropolis combines Native American and Hispanic cultures with local vibrancy, resulting in a wide range of shops and galleries to see. The adobe-style shops in the city’s downtown Plaza offer a myriad of stunning artworks, pottery pieces, handmade jewellery, and so-called ‘western wear’.
#8: Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is the home of Harajuku fashion, and you’ll find no shortage of weird and wonderful stores and boutiques across the city. Head to Visvim and Comme des Garçons for some buzzing street style pieces or check out Daikanyama, a central neighbourhood filled with cafes, baking studios, record shops and vintage book stores.
#9: Singapore, Republic of Singapore
The Singaporeans love to eat and shop in equal measure, and the island is covered in boutique shopping opportunities. Start at Haji Lane for unique niche shopping opportunities; try Soon Lee to find a cute dinner outfit, and then head to Tiong Bahru for a great cup of coffee and a well-deserved rest.
#10: Rome, Italy
Rome is the wealthiest city on the planet, so it makes sense that shoppers would have a great time checking out what the tiny papal metropolis has to offer. The Via dell’Orso is home to many of Rome’s top craftsmen, who sell everything from delicate gold trinkets to leather shoes. The Via del Governo Vecchio is also a fantastic spot to check out the latest Italian fashions at Wools, Delfina Delettrez and the likes. If you’re interested in fashion, nearby Milan is also iconic for its stylish (and expensive) creations!