6 SENSATIONAL SHOPPING DESTINATIONS

Sep 10, 13 6 SENSATIONAL SHOPPING DESTINATIONS

We live in a world where fashion, presentation and style are becoming an increasingly important and definitive form of expression for every individual. Whether for a nice treat, or to totally revamp one’s being, anyone can go wild in a store that speaks to them on a personal level, so finding the very best place to go shopping is a vital part of planning your trip. The world is wide, and every corner of the globe offers something we’ve never seen before from mud huts in Botswana to beachfront luxury real estate in St Lucia. Many cities have become renowned for their incredible shopping districts, and here we whittle it down to six sensational destinations.

1) LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
For decades, London has been home to many cultural icons that have changed the world in some profound way. Whether it’s the red buses, The Beatles and Bowie, or Alexander McQueen, London has prolifically produced iconic looks and pioneering creators. The high-end districts of London contain the most desirable looks and labels, from the incomparably over-the-top Louis Vuitton Maison on New Bond Street, to Topshop’s flagship store which features the latest looks fresh off the catwalk. Every big name designer has a store somewhere in London, with the Mayfair and Bond Street districts being the most concentrated of vogue. On the flip side, many budding boutiques are nestled amongst London’s busy streets, each creating something utterly unique and enticing from their own ideas. Designers in the making are everywhere in this great city.

2) LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
As if there weren’t enough reasons to visit the City of Angels, from the Walk of Fame and Hollywood to the beautiful beaches of Venice, LA proves it really does have it all. It is considered one of the hippest and trendiest places on Earth, making it the ultimate destination for some serious shopping. Melrose Avenue is a district famous for its established designer houses like Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen and Vivien Westwood, as well as many independent and grass-roots boutiques, such as D-A-S-H by the Kardashian sisters. LA’s Westside and Beverly Hills are also highly regarded for their fashion giants – Stella McCartney, Gucci and Prada are among many. Top shopping districts are aplenty in the beautiful city of Los Angeles.

3) VIENNA, AUSTRIA
As a city with much history and inspiration over the centuries, Vienna makes a very unique shopping destination when visiting Austria. It is populated with many stores trading in traditional Viennese goods and crafts, like leather, wrought iron, porcelain and painted ceramics, but also features chic shopping district Mariahilferstrasse – widely regarded as Vienna’s best and most-loved – where the best fashion can be found. Vienna is also home to highly renowned coffee houses, where you can relax and take the weight off your heels after a day in one of the world’s best shopping destinations.

4) DUBAI, EMIRATE STATE OF DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
It is no secret that Dubai is the shopping capital of the Middle East, with its copious luxurious malls and traditional outdoor markets. This status is so well-established that Dubai’s shopping districts host their own annual Dubai Shopping Festival, which sees prices slashed, and flocks of eager shoppers. Whether you’re after the most upscale of luxury items, or the most basic of local cooking ingredients, Dubai’s diverse districts can deliver anything and everything.

5) RIO DE JANEIRO, STATE OF RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Rio de Janeiro takes full advantage of its fine weather and skating/surfing culture with its shopping districts. The bustling city features a 600+ store shopping complex, Barrashopping, as well as the famous Galleria River Mall, to name but a few of Rio de Janeiro’s most happening locations. The beautiful beaches are graced by many traders, from whom you can purchase all kinds of trinkets to remember your amazing trip. Potential for shopping is all around you in Rio de Janeiro so go with the flow and see what you find.

6) ST MAARTEN-ST MARTIN, THE CARIBBEAN
The duty-free status of Dutch-French island of St Maarten-St Martin makes it an absolute hot spot for shoppers from all over the globe. With all the beautiful weather, scenery and cuisine you’d anticipate from a visit to the Caribbean, St Maarten-St Martin is particularly inviting with its districts full of high-end fashion, beautiful jewellery and accessories, with perfect local and cultural fusion, with Caribbean and European crafts also a local speciality. When you consider all the aspects of The Caribbean that make you want to visit, the promise of world-class shopping on this beautiful island seals the deal, really.