Very few things in life are as satisfying as a vacation. Well deserved (or not), nothing quite beats packing your bags and being on your way to your holiday destination. The only thing that tops going on vacation, is shopping while on vacation. So if you always leave extra room in your luggage or are blessed enough to come back home with an extra bag- then here is a quick guide to the world’s seven best shopping vacation spots you can visit.
7. Los Angeles, California
The City of Angels is home to the world’s largest film and television industry. Housing the most expensive two-mile long street to shop at in the world. epitomises the luxurious and glamorous lifestyle that is Hollywood. Should you feel to move on to an eccentric place, then Melrose Avenue will not disappoint with its edgy style catering for all styles from black- tie to punk.
6. Hong Kong, China
This southeastern city of China is a shopper’s dream come true. Whether you are a mall rat or are at your happiest at a market- Hong Kong has it all for everyone. Hit Hong Kong Island for anything high-end to moderate and all in-between. Central is the economic hub offering large shopping malls and top designer boutiques. Should you really want to experience the vibrant culture of this amazing city, then feel free to visit its world-renowned street market on both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.xazza
5. Paris, France
Birthplace of the Haute Couture, any and all fashionistas will undoubtedly feel at home in Paris. Boulevard Haussmann and the Grands Boulevard are not like any other you’ll ever experience. With its extravagant department stores- you will get lost in its prestige.
4. Milan, Italy
Earth’s fashion and design capital, will leave you lusting for some more vogue. With the city that birthed Dolce & Gabbanna , you can rest assured that you are in the most trusted hands of the fashion industry. Hit Via Montenapoleone or Corso Venzia for an opulent shopping experience that will leave you bubbling with euphoria. Not into designer brands? No problem! Corso di Porta Ticinese and Corso Buenos Aires are the perfect places for you.
3. London, England
For an authentic shopping experience- head on over to London. For the quirky, cool or extravagant, London’s many shopping districts will cater for your personal style and needs. At the centre of it all is Oxford Street with over 300 shops. Looking for something a tad more unique? Then Boxpark will serve you well with its many pop-up stores in their shipping containers.
2. Dubai, UAE
Located in the reputable Downtown Dubai is The Dubai Mall. Residence to over 1,200 retail stores you will not be short of a shopping experience. With an indoor ski resort and Aquarium, it’s the perfect place for the whole family.
1. New York, New York
Ranging with options from classics like Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany’s, trendy catwalk fashions of H&M and Zara of SoHo, and not forgetting the overly trendy Williamsburg in Brooklyn where thrifting is the order of the day. There is no budget that New York City does not take into account. Take a bite of the Big Apple by submerging yourself into its fashion- as it is the true representation of its people and culture.
Louis Vuitton or perhaps just Louboutin anyone?
-Lerato A. Mareletse