Ook a world traveler wants to be able to shop unabashedly every now and then. And I don't mean a round of HEMA, H&M, Kruidvat or C&A in the local shopping center, but a weekend of big spending in a real metropolis. Losing yourself for hours in luxury shops and galleries with the best brands, looking for 'the latest fashion'. Or, on the other hand, you can make a bargain at cozy markets and well-hidden shops. That's why we present our top 10 world cities for the real shopaholic!
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1. New York
The city of all cities: New York. There's no getting around it, this exciting metropolis easily beats the other cities when it comes to shopability. All the top brands and established names can be found here within walking distance of each other in the beating heart of the city, Manhattan. New York never disappoints. In this unlimited shopping mecca you can often shop duty-free, both affordable and more luxurious than luxury. Stroll through one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world: Fifth Avenue. Here you will find the most exclusive brands at chic boutiques. Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Versace, they are all there. Is your budget not infinite? Then go to Macy's or visit the Annex Flea Market on Times Square. Are you more of the gadgets? Then you can't miss the gigantic Apple Store! New York never sleeps, not even for the seasoned shopper.
Number one in Europe is London, although competition is lurking. Of course, Harrods is one of the most famous department stores in the world. Westfield is also recommended for the all-round shopper. From expensive clothing brands, home accessories to watches, games, food & wine: whatever you can think of is on the shelves here. The shops at Piccadilly Circus are affordable and vary from jewelers to nice souvenir shops. In Oxford Street you can go to the cheap Primark or Topshop. Want to spend a lot? Then choose the exclusive streets such as Savile Row or Bond Street. Here you will find all the top brands in fashion.
For third place we go to the other side of the world. Singapore has grown in recent years into a metropolis to be seriously reckoned with. The shops and megamalls are easily walkable, a plus for any shopaholic. Keep in mind that you can shop tax-free for 'only' 430 euros. Orchard Road is the street to be. Here you will immediately run into Ngee Ann City, a mall that you cannot ignore. Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Cartier, Western and Japanese brands, they all look seductive in the shiny shop windows. The shopping centers in Marina Bay Sands and HarbourFront are also small shopping paradises with Suntec, Raffles City and Vivo City. You can get cheaper in Chinatown. Especially at the night market in Pagoda Street you can browse the countless stalls. Curious what else there is to do? Then also check our 10 must-sees in Singapore!
Well, why go to busy, dusty cities, when you can shop with the sun on your head and the sea within walking distance? Barcelona is as Mediterranean as it gets and offers an avid shopper more than he or she would like. What about Avenida del Portal de l'Angel with shops from Zara, Massimo Dutti, Springfield and Jack&Jones? Or department store El Corte Inglés where you can buy everything from top brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. Fancy something lighter? Then take a side street on the Ramblas and visit the Mercat de la Boqueria, a cozy fresh market. You can recover from shopping by scoring a cortado at one of the noisy bars that you will find throughout the city. vamos!
the mystical Dubai is the ideal hotspot for the big spender. Nothing is too crazy, nothing is too expensive. The shopping centers cannot be counted on two hands in this desert city. It is not possible to do a short round in the most famous mall, the Dubai Mall. Better take an afternoon out for it. Perhaps even more fun are the many local markets. At the Souk Madinat you can browse the stalls in a beautiful atmosphere. The Gold Souk with its many watches and jewelry is also recommended. At the end of the day, you can admire your shiny merchandise while enjoying a delicious drink at one of the many rooftop bars in the city. After all, shopping is also fun. Curious about Dubai, but not for a lot of money? Then read our 'Dubai on a budget'special.
Madrid is alive and Madrid is buzzing. Discover the big shopping streets where Nike, Zara and Mango try to lure you in. Or the small authentic streets with galleries and cozy shops, that is also Madrid. Big brands go together with cheaper variants in the Sol district. The La Latina district is pleasantly quiet again. Here you can especially find beautiful gifts in striking gift shops. For the trendy shops you have to go to the Salamanca district. And hipsters, get over to Chueca! This neighborhood is the perfect place for a new alternative haircut or flashy shoes. Today's great fashion designers can be found mainly in Calle de Jose Artega.
As a cultural link between Europe en Asia Turkish Istanbul has the advantage of both worlds. Shopping centers go hand in hand with typical bazaars full of oriental influences. The bazaar of Kadiköy, for example, is a feast for the eyes. Here you can enjoy without spending a cent. The pleasant atmosphere immediately puts you at ease. You can find everything here, from clothing to even poultry. The art bazaar Sanatlan Carsis and the Egyptian bazaar with its spices, coffee and fruits are also special. From the bazaars full of kiosks you go in the blink of an eye to the mega-mall of Tepe Nautilus. No fewer than 140 shops are screaming for your attention here. If you go for the trendy shops, visit Istiklal Caddesi, also known as the Turkish Kalverstraat. The major disadvantage of Istanbul is the traffic, there is simply no getting through. I say, bring your bike!
When you think of Bangkok, you think of tuk-tuks, streetfood and counterfeit clothing. Partly true. Because you can also enjoy great shopping in Bangkok. The many mega malls offer you everything your heart desires, such as MBK for the low budget variant or Siam Center for the fashion-conscious shopper. Even more fun is the Chatuchak Market. Feel free to take a day to look for jewellery, clothing, art or even animals (!). Bangkok is ideal for a shopper who wants to buy a lot with little money. Of course, the top brands can also be found all over the city. Especially Siam Discovery is the place where the new designers show their clothing skills.
9. Hong Kong
The stop-over capital is Hong Kong. Who hasn't had to make a stopover here before traveling on to a distant destination? Not bad at all because Hong Kong is a true mecca for shopaholics. With the gigantic skyscrapers in the background, you will soon encounter modern shopping centers here. The latest of the latest is here ready for the taking. Electronics, gadgets, jewelry, shoes and clothing, you name it! Check out Galleria, Landmark and Pacific Place for example. The open-air markets in the Kowloon district are absolutely crazy. Before you buy here, compare and negotiate. Prices are never what they seem!
The Grande Dame of Europe is still a leading fashion capital where you can also be from the Netherlands in no time. Hop on the Thalys and be seduced by the glittering shops and chic department stores of Paris. Luxury fashion can be found in Avenue Montaigne. Dior and Louis Vuitton, among others, are based here. Also nice are the markets along the Seine where you can stroll along the stalls at your leisure. The Le Marais district offers affordable boutiques. But leave Paris without a visit to Au Printemps or the Galeries Lafayette? I do not think so!