We travel the world in the search for the best sights and unique gastronomic experiences. However, shopping always tends to end up on our travel itinerary, no matter how much we try to resist it! Get your luggage (and extra weight allowance) ready, we’re going around the world to do some serious shopping.
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul has one of the most bustling shopping cultures around the world, so it comes as no surprise that Seoul offers up a wide shopping selection for the fashion- and beauty-obsessed. Get your credit cards ready when you’re in the upscale Gangnam district, which is home to homegrown and international brands. Also, drop by the Galleria Department Store in Gangnam’s Apgujeong area, one of the most popular luxury malls in Seoul.
Head also to Myeongdong, which is one of the most popular shopping districts in the city. Streets house a multitude of fashion boutiques, beauty stores, and department stores carrying premium labels, which cater to all sorts of stylish ladies and gents.
Home of the both the quirky and the luxurious, Tokyo is a shopping destination that presents a whole lot of variety. Japanese department stores sell a unique retail experience, where shoppers are treated like royalty. Global department store chain Isetan’s flagship in Shinjuku resides in eight buildings stretched along two blocks. Shopping consultants are readily available to advise shoppers on anything from clothing to food items. Aside from international luxury brands, shop for authentic high-quality kimonos for a full cultural experience.
Give Aoyama, Tokyo’s upscale and high fashion district, a visit, and shop from international and local labels that line the streets. Fashionistas who want something more unique than the usual signature designer labels will fall in love with trendy Japanese designer goods that range between the loud and the minimalist. Aoyama’s streets will enchant the adventurous stylista.
Milan is almost synonymous to fashion due to the fact that many famed Italian fashion houses call Milan home. The city’s chic locals take advantage of the readily available luxury goods. You’ll find many of the major fashion houses all in one location at Quadrilatero d'Oro, which translates to “rectangle of gold.” Milanese people love to walk, so walk as the Milanese do. Interwoven pedestrian streets are lined with jewelers, boutiques, and lifestyle showrooms, perfect for shopaholics.
Visit one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which was founded in 1877. Situated in a four-story arcade, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a grand display of opulence, creating an ambience that perfectly enables luxuriating in designer goods – not that we’re complaining!
Paris is France’s answer to Italy’s Milan. French fashion houses as well as fast fashion retailers call the iconic street of Champs-Élysées home. Visit the oldest department store in the world, Le Bon Marché, which dates back to the 1850s. Fall head over heels with their wide range of high-end items. Moreover, Le Bon Marché houses luxury boutiques and different departments offering only upscale items, including fashion accessories, cosmetics, men’s and women’s fashion, and lingerie.
For the beauty buffs, Printemps, which has the world’s biggest beauty department, is the perfect destination to go gaga over designer cosmetic brands with exclusive collaborations which can only be scored here.
London is home to countless history-rich department stores, all enablers of retail indulgence. Visit Oxford Street, which is a shopper’s heaven with around two and a half kilometers of beloved retail brands at her disposal. High-street fashion and international brands take residence on this famed shopping street. Considered to be Europe’s busiest, you know there’s serious shopping going on here.
Drop by the flagship of British landmarks, Debenhams and Selfridges department stores on Oxford Street. Already a must-see in itself, Liberty, with its Tudor-style exterior, is also a must-visit British department store on Great Marlborough Street. Shop to your heart’s desire as you splurge and indulge on decadent delights and trendy fast-fashion finds.