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Top City Shopping Guide

Everyone loves a bit of retail therapy every now and then – especially on a honeymoon holiday or romantic getaway!

Here we present you with some of the world's best shopping cities, from bustling city markets, ancient souks and exotic bazaars to haute couture icons, glitzy shopping malls and retro-chic boutiques.

Shopping in Paris

Paris, France

Worshipped as the Holy Grail of high fashion by designers and fashionistas the world over, Paris is crowded with fabulous stores to shop – just perfect for that romantic getaway or honeymoon holiday.

For the ultimate haute couture trip, lèche-vitrines (window-shop) the Triangle d'Or stores such as Dior, Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Lancome, Givenchy, Cartier and Yves Saint Laurent. If you do plan to pop inside (even just to look), remember to dress the part – the sales staff will be much more attentive if you look as though you belong there.

For jewellery, head toward Place Vendome; for specialty boutiques browse St-Germain-des-Prés and Les Halles for trendy clothes; for exotic handicrafts imported from Africa, head to the Marais, on Rue Elzévir.

Don’t miss the prestigious grands magasins (department stores) including Galerie Lafayette and Au Printemps.

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Shopping in London

London, United Kingdom

Welcome to one of the world’s best shopping cities. London has it all: from famous department stores such as Selfridges, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason to high street chain stores and specialty boutiques.

Enjoyable features of London’s big stores are the in-store tea rooms, bars and gourmet restaurants – just great for stopping to catch your breath! Most of the big stores are grouped around Covent Garden, Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus.

For real value, time your visit to coincide with London’s annual sales. And don’t miss the more than 300 markets, perfect for snapping up rare and unusual shopping items.

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Shopping in Dubai

Dubai, UAE

Once a haven for pearl divers, fishermen and traders of spices, gold and slaves, Dubai today offers one of the world’s finest shopping experiences.

From ultra-modern shopping malls to centuries-old open-air souks (markets), you’ll find bargains galore.

Browse the more than 40 themed shopping malls for the latest fashion labels, jewellery and cosmetics as well as electronics, home accessories and furniture. Or explore the souks for traditional leather goods, carpets, perfume, gold, brass, jewellery and silverware.

Shopping in Dubai is also a family experience, with most shopping malls offering cinemas, a choice of restaurants and theme-based attractions. Best of all, the city of Dubai is a tax-free haven!

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Shopping in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong offers some of the world's best shopping. From within Hong Kong's air-conditioned mega-malls discover a ‘who's who’ of international designer brand names from around the world, as well as world-class department stores and designer boutiques that cater to every conceivable taste and budget.

Enjoy the fine dining and gourmet food outlets in Hong Kong's malls and look out for fashion shows previewing the very latest trends from around the world.

Browse stores such as Britain’s Marks & Spencer, Japan’s SOGO and Seibu as well as Hong Kong favourites such as Wing On, Sincere and Lane Crawford. While outside, check out local goods in traditional open-air markets, crammed among the towering skyscrapers.

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Shoppin in New York

New York City, United States

Offering a breadth and variety of stores rarely found elsewhere in the world, New York is truly a shopper's paradise.

To fully explore one of the world's best shopping destinations, start at Central Park and work your way down Fifth Avenue, past famous stores such as Tiffany, Brooks Brothers, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy's. Then continue downtown to the neighbourhoods of Soho and Nolita to track down the newest and trendiest boutiques.

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Shopping in Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

Welcome to Melbourne – Australia’s shopping capital. Scattered through the city’s network of laneways and arcades lies a smorgasbord of shopping delights, from department stores and shopping centres to countless boutiques and specialty shops.

Discover the latest in fashion from local designers all the way to famous international brands. From Armani to Zambesi, Melbourne has it covered at a price to suit all budgets. See Akira Isogawa’s collection of contemporary Japanese silks on Bourke Street; for a sexy pair of jeans check out Bettina Liano on Little Collins Street; or pick up the latest in sunglasses from Peter Morrissey on Little Collins Street.

With its vibrant energy, great choice of restaurants, café-filled laneways reminiscent of Europe, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, luscious parks and village-like inner suburbs, Melbourne is a treasure trove of surprises and encouragement for the dedicated shopper.

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Shopping in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Discover a shopper’s paradise in Buenos Aires, Latin America’s most famous shopping city. Discover glitzy malls, small boutiques and out-of-the-way stores offering a wide range of high-quality leather goods, fascinating antiques and unique funky fashions from local designers.

Browse Calle Florida, a pedestrian thoroughfare crowded with chain stores and boutique shops; stroll Avenida Alvear in upmarket Recoleta, where you can find exclusive shops such as Armani and Hermes; and don’t miss the fabulous shopping malls of Galerias Pacific and Patio Bullrich, both located inside attractive old buildings.

Many Buenos Aires shops also offer tax-free shopping: look out for the blue and white logo on the door or ask if you don't see one.

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Shops in Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

Discover some of the world’s most affordable shopping experiences in Cape Town’s sprawling malls and vibrant arts and crafts markets.

Discover numerous shops offering bargains galore, from hand-crafted jewellery, intricate beadwork and traditional African art to designer labels, diamonds and precious stones. Many of the upmarket shopping malls include large chain stores, African curio shops and trendy boutiques as well as banking facilities, restaurants, cafes and movie theatres.

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Latest update: Great Shopping Cities: 4 April, 2019

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