For many people, New York City provides the ultimate shopping experience. In New York you can find all the major department stores, including Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Saks. The most popular areas for shopping are: Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, Times Square and Soho. With so much shopping on offer, one way to make the most of a trip is to join a shopping tour. From Premium Outlets to the Garment District, research the variety of tours available online before you travel.
Dubai is home to the largest shopping mall in the world. With a total area of 13 million square feet and an internal floor area of almost six million square feet, the Dubai Mall is home to 1,200 shops, an ice rink, indoor theme park, aquarium and an underwater zoo. The Dubai Mall has held the title of “The World’s Most Visited Shopping and Leisure Destination” for numerous years, attracting over 65 million visitors in 2012.
Tokyo is the place to go for people who are crazy about gadgets and other gizmos! Tokyo has a number of shopping districts. Shinjuku is home to a number of major department stores and electronic outlets. Shibuya is the centre for youth fashion with small boutique and high fashion stores. Odaiba is a shopping and entertainment district on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay.
Quadrilatero d’Oro – the Golden Rectangle – is four streets dedicated to shopping and is home to some of the biggest fashion brands including Armani, Prada and Versace. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is the oldest shopping mall in the world, even if you don’t plan on shopping you should really go just to admire the mall’s architecture. If you’re looking for a bargain, head to Milan in January or July during the sale seasons.
A little closer to home, London has a variety of shopping districts, centres and markets to choose from. Top department stores in London include: Fortnum and Mason, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Liberty and Selfridges. Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street are popular shopping destinations in London, plus Westfield shopping centres in Shepherds Bush and Stratford City. If you’ve not been to a London market before, Old Spitalfields Market and Camden Lock Market are definitely worth a visit, with a mixture of antiques, art, fashion and gifts.