For many people, shopping is a must when you are on vacation. For some, walking into a shopping district with a variety of stores around can feel pretty amazing. You get to shop all the brands you want in one particular area, while also finding something new and unique for you. Cities like Milan, New York, Paris and London are some of the most stylish city in the world, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to know that they have some of the best shopping district to shop. Whenever you are in these cities to have the time of your life, be sure to check out these places for some retail therapy. Even if you don’t plan to shop, they are still great to visit while you are there.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Your stay in Milan is not complete without visiting the oldest mall in the world. Located near Duomo, the Galleria was opened in 1867. When people are not shopping, they are here to admire the beautiful architecture design of the Galleria. Prada has been here since 1913, with stores like Louis Vitton and Gucci also being part of this historic mall. Whether you want to shop or not, the Galleria is a must-see spot in Milan.
Duomo. The Duomo is one of the largest Cathedral in the world. Its amazing structure and history make it one of the biggest tourists attraction in Milan. While you are admiring the beauty of Duomo, you can also shop in the area around. Filled with department stores, restaurants and cafe, you will be sure to satisfy your shopping desire here.
The Brera district. The district is known for its art galleries, but you can also find the best boutiques here in Milan. You can also visit some open-air markets in the district to find some unique pieces in the stands. The market at Via San Marco open on Monday and Thursday mornings. Not too far away is the Via Fauche’ market, open on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
Quadrilatero d’Oro. In English, it means “Golded Rectangle,” which is a perfect description for the four streets of fashion that make up Quadrilatero d’Oro: Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, Via Sant’ Andrea and Via Montenapoleone. The streets are fill with designer brands such as Armani, D&G, Missoni, Prada and Chanel. Although the prices are not for everyone, you can still admire the fashion and get inspiration to find your own looks in an affordable budget.
Fifth Avenue. One of the busiest area in New York, the avenue runs across Manhattan from north to south. You can find a lot of major brands from 14th Street to 59th Street along Fifth Avenue. The area is known for its boutiques and department stores, so you will be sure to find anything you want here. Stores such as Prada, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Gucci, and Michael Kors are just some of the stores you will find along the avenue.
Herald Square. You can get your shopping fix by just visiting the enormous Macy’s flagship store on 34th street, but if this isn’t enough for you, there’s also stores such as Victoria Secrets, Levi’s, Gap and many more on Herald Square. The pedestrian area filled with chairs and tables are a good place for you to rest from all the busy shopping you had around.
SoHo. The neighborhood is one of the premier shopping neighborhood in New York, offering anything from high end brands such as Alexander Wang and Chanel, to everyday fashion like Zara and Topshop. The variety of options in Soho makes it one of the best shopping district here. There are different fashion for different budget and style, anyone can shop here.
Williamsburg. The Brooklyn neighborhood is more than just hipsters and restaurants. You won’t find major department chain stores here, but you will find boutiques and emerging designers. which is great if you are looking for something different than the usual. Clothing shops like Bird, Jumelle, and Graymarket are some of the good stores to visit. Be sure to check out the Artists and Fleas and the Brooklyn Flea if you are able to, as you can find antique wares from emerging designers.
Avenue des Champs Elysées. You just can’t visit Paris without visiting the famous Avenue des Champs Elysees. In addition to being able to see the Arc de Triomphe, you can also shop on the avenue. Stores such as Louis Vitton, Adidas, and Zara are all here, as well as restaurants, cafe and theaters. It has everything you can do.
Rue Saint Honoré. Located at the 1st arrondissement, this area have well-known designers as well as moderate boutiques, making it a place for people with different style and preference to shop. Here you will find the Colette (at No. 213), an emporium of designer clothes, electronics and bookshop, with a library and an exhibition hall. The road is also where the Elysee Palace, home of the French president, loacated at.
Boulevard Haussmann. The famous Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores are located here between the Havre Caumartin and Chaussee d’Antin metro stations in the ninth district, behind the Paris Opera. (Garnier) From these department stores you can find anything from fashion to home decoration, making them look like the Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square. There’s also stores such as H&M, Uniqlo and Benetton for those who want to visit more than just the department stores.
Avenue Montaigne. For those looking for high fashion, this would be the place to visit. Located near the Seine at between the Champs Elysées and the Place de l’Alma (Alma-Marceau Station), you can find shops such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and Christian Dior’s first shop. Perfect for a high spender like you.
Oxford Street. One of the busiest street in London, Oxford Street has more than 300 shops, designer outlets and landmark stores. The street is home of department stores such as John Lewis and Debenhams, along with many chain stores all over the street. You can literately spend the whole day shopping in Oxford Street.
Bond Street Mayfair
Bond Street and Mayfair. Perhaps the most exclusive shopping area in London, Bond Street has the very best name in luxury fashion, including the likes of Dolce Gabbana, Chanel, and Jimmy Choo. A few blocks from Bond Street is Mount Street in Mayfair, which has a mix of fashion brands such as Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin and Jenny Packham, as well as restaurants, coffee shops and art galleries.
Covent Garden. If you are looking for unique gifts, hip fashion, or handmade jewelry, be sure to visit Covent Garden. You won’t find any high-end fashion here, but you can find urban streetwear around the area and creative arts and crafts on Covent Garden Market. While you are not shopping, you can stop by and enjoy some performance from street performers.
King’s Road Duke of York Square
King’s Road. You can find a variety of stores here, as well as bars and restaurants. Here you will find a mix of trendy boutiques, unique labels, designer shops and high-street staples. The nearby Duke of York Square has more than 30 different fashion and lifestyle stores, including one of the largest Zara’s store in Europe. Safe to say that there’s so much to visit in and around King’s Road.