Where would you go in the world to shop until you dropped if you had half the chance? Is New York your shopping mecca, or do you love the glamorous surroundings of Dubai?
Read our guide to the top 10 shopping destinations in the world and tell us if you agree with them or not.
10. Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is home to 3 of the world’s 10 largest malls, with the number one mall, Utama, having more than 650 shops on offer. It also houses Asia’s largest indoor rock climbing facility and a massive rooftop garden.
Known as THE city of fashion, Milan gave the world Prada, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and many more high-fashion brands. It’s also home to what many fashion industry insiders consider the world’s most important fashion district, the Quadrilatero della Moda. However, if you look hard enough, you can find discarded designer creations in outlets and second hand shops.
Madrid is world renowned for its leather goods and also plays host to Europe’s largest flea market, The Rastro. This 3,500-stalled market takes place every Sunday and extends over many streets in the city centre.
Be prepared for some innovative shopping experiences in this city with the likes of the Harajuku neighbourhood on offer, but to experience the best that Tokyo has in terms of overall shopping experience, you need to head on into the department store. Isetan’s huge flagship in Shinjuku has shopping consultants who will advise customers on everything from shoes to fish.
6. Hong Kong
Shopping if pretty much the major attraction in Hong Kong as sales are official calendar events and most stores close for just three days a year. You can find designer knockoffs in both bustling markets and marble malls that stand side by side in this crowded city.
5. Buenos Aires
The cobbled streets of Buenos Aires are filled with local designers meaning cheaper, unique finds for shoppers. Leather goods are also as cheap as you like in leather outlets, such as Villa Crespo.
Dubai is known for its opulence and excess and the shopping is no different. Home to the world’s largest mall, Dubai is also home to an indoor ski resort compete with penguins situated at, you guessed it, a mall!
Paris, every couture lover’s must go-to destination, but you can also find a mix of vintage shops in the midst of designer boutiques.
Bold, eclectic and international, there is something for everyone in London (as soon as you get over the cost of it all.) The world famous Harrods store resides here and is filled with luxurious items ranging from designer clothing through to posh food in the food hall. It’s not all high-end price tags though, as there are plenty of bargains to be had at Portobello Market.
1. New York
New York is the king of variety in terms of style and shops when it comes to shopping. Its exclusive shopping experiences include vintage shops, fashion history tours and discount mega-department stores.
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