Fashion Cities for a Wandering Shopaholic
When one thinks of shopping and fashion, the first place in mind would be Avenue des Champs Elysees in Paris or maybe Fifth Avenue in New York. Paris and New York are among the well-known fashion cities in the world, including Milan, Rome, and London. The beauty of these cities is that they house the most prominent designers and the top-of-the-line fashion shows. Art, culture, design and fashion come together in these trendy cities.
Quench your thirst for fashion cities with this list for shopaholics:
Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California
Who would forget Vivian’s shopping montage in Pretty Woman? The montage featured Julia Roberts’ character exploring the fashion boutiques of Rodeo Drive.
Play the movie’s theme song of the same name and walk the streets of the two-mile Rodeo Drive and visit the designer shops. Go inside Chanel, Coach, Dior, and Gucci. Get a classy bracelet from Cartier or a ring from Harry Winston. Wouldn’t you want a new Fendi purse or Prada bag? Rodeo Drive can rival New York’s Fifth Avenue, plus you can also delve into the sunny beaches of L.A. after an exhilarating shopping spree.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is known for its opulence, as well as the iconic hotel Burj Al Arab. They also have a shopping festival every January, which includes a variety of fashion shows, concerts, events, and outdoor sports.
To enjoy the fine shopping experience Dubai has to offer, you may visit the Dubai Shopping Mall; it is known as one of the largest shopping malls in the world. It has luxury brands, an indoor waterfall, an aquarium, and an indoor ice skating rink. Or you can go to Al Fahidi Street to find great deals on electronics.
Spain is the casa of brands like Stradivarius, Desigual, Massimo Dutti, Sfera, Pull & Bear, and Zara. Barcelona has timeless architecture and a rustic charm to its culture. Even so, this is one of the cities worth exploring to go shopping.
Paseo de Gracia is Barcelona’s equivalent to California’s Rodeo Drive. Like Rodeo Drive, it has luxury shops such as Valentino and Louis Vuitton. You can also visit El Corte Ingles in Plaza Catalunya, a giant department store or Portal de L’Àngel, another street of high fashion brands.
Feast your eyes on the beauty of Renaissance architecture in Antwerp. The Belgian city was known as the “triumphant shopping city” during the 16th century. It is also known as the largest diamond center in the world.
Visit Meir, a shopping street with international brands as well as the classy, laid-back charm of Quartier Latin of Paris. A fashionista’s trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the fashion museum in the Fashion District or exploring the architecture in the Zuid District.
The city-state of Asia may be small, but it is packed with shopping goodness. The lion city has a lot to offer culturally and can thrill your travel bug.
Orchard Road is a shopaholic’s dream: it is a 2.2 kilometer stretch of department stores, boutiques, restaurants, and hotels that rivals London’s Oxford Street. Visit The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands to enjoy a laid-back shopping experience plus a breathtaking view of the bay. The thriftiest finds can be found at the Bugis Street Market, which is the largest street market in the city.
The land of smiles is a favorite tourist destination not only for its food and Buddhist roots, but also for being a shopping city. Bangkok has various malls and markets that can send a shopper over the moon.
For luxury finds, neighbors Central World and Siam Paragon are at the top of the list. They are 10 minutes away from each other, which makes mall-hopping easier. You could also visit Platinum Fashion Mall, which is 5 minutes away from Central World. Platinum Fashion Mall is the largest fashion retail mall in Bangkok. There are a lot of thrift markets in Bangkok and one of them is Pratunam Market, which is across Platinum Fashion Mall and Chatuchak Market, known to locals as JJ Market.
Get your passports inked and explore these enthralling cities for an unforgettable shopping experience!