Bargain hunters, window shoppers, fashion lovers and shopaholics gather around! We are here to talk about the best shopping destinations in the world. For many travellers, shopping is an integral part of your adventures and priority goes to picking up a few new clothes, I mean souvenirs, along the way. From the dazzling lights of Time Square to the monster malls of Dubai, let’s take a look at the world’s best shopping.
Extravagant and opulent are two words that describe Dubai’s shopping scene. Mega malls abound complete with polished marble floors, chic boutiques and giant department stores. If you are visiting in January, you will be just in time for the Dubai Shopping Festival. This month long event has the city abuzz with huge discounts, promotions, raffles and sales. There’s also entertainment for the kids, street fairs, food stalls and even fireworks displays in the evening. Dubai also has an assortment of Middle Eastern style bazaars, including an amazing Gold Souk that is well worth visiting.
The iconic bayside city, San Francisco is a shopaholic’s dream. Union Square is framed by big name stores, including Saks, Neiman Marcus, Levi's and an impressive eight storey Macys complete with a Cheesecake Factory restaurant on the top floor. Nearby, you’ll find a gleaming Westfield shopping centre, which houses many high end retailers and the biggest American chains, including a five story Nordstrom. San Francisco also has an impressive Chinatown that is packed with local vendors or check out the Embarcadero Center in the Financial District.
This dynamic city offers an array of unique shopping experiences – so much so it can be hard to know where to start. Causeway Bay is a lively retail district, home to huge shopping complexes and numerous department stores. Experience the glamour of Mong Kok with its glowing lights and bustling streets, which also houses the ever popular Ladies Market. For luxury goods and high end fashion, check out the towering skyscrapers Admiralty, Central and Soho. For creative fashion, take a stroll along Granville Road and browse the colourful designs and quirky styles.
The shopping in London is truly legendary, with multiple retail districts and shopping streets to explore. Put on your most comfortable walking shoes and head to Oxford Street for big name department store shopping. For luxury brands and the enjoyment of window shopping, try Bond Street and Mayfair. High end retailers such as Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. live here. For an urban shopping mall, try Westfield London which is home to 275 retailers. London is also touted for its excellent markets including the Portobello Road Markets or the Covent Garden Markets.
The shopping in New York is second to none and you are bound to be in awe of the depth and breadth of stores in the city. Take the time to explore the trendy streets of Soho and you’ll find many shopping gems in this artistic neighbourhood. Hunt for a bargain at the impressive discount department store Century 21 near the Financial District. If you are looking for an ‘I heart New York’ t-shirt, visit the bright lights of Time Square and be sure to stroll along Fifth Avenue which boasts many high end retailers and flagship stores.