Some people love shopping so much that even when they’re away on holiday, they still crave their daily dose of retail therapy. If that’s you, you’ll want to choose destinations that are world-renowned for their shopping districts and not just their tourist attractions. If you’re lucky, you could stumble into the best of both worlds and end up somewhere that has great sights to see, as well as an incredible shopping district. Here are some of the best travel destinations for shopaholics…
Spain is a wonderful country with great weather, amazing food and a rich culture. If that’s not enough for you and you want to do some shopping while you’re out there as well, Madrid is the city for you. Gran Via is a vibrant district that’s full of great shops and lined with all of the major Spanish brands. The area is also filled with great bars and restaurants if you need to rest your feet for a minute. You can find loads of great clothes as well as electronics and lots of great local ingredients for cooking that all important tapas with.
London is filled with loads of great attractions and even if you’ve seen all of the classic tourist stuff, there’s still a lot to find outside of the centre. On top of that, it’s also home to some of the biggest stores in the world. If you’re looking for all of the designer clothes stores, Oxford Street is the place to go. It has the flagship stores of all the biggest British brands – Selfridges, House of Fraser – the list goes on. It can be pretty expensive down there so if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, head for Regent Street. Check out http://www.vlondoncity.co.uk for more information on all of the other great things that you can do while you’re in the city!
If you’re not too bothered about buying designer clothes and instead, you’re looking for a more authentic shopping experience, Istanbul is a great choice. There are so many great traditional markets around Istanbul where you can buy anything from local ingredients to handmade crafts of all varieties. Visit http://www.nomadicchica.com/ for a list of the best markets on offer. If you are looking for something a little more modern, you can still find some massive indoor malls there that are full of clothes shops. Istanbul is one of the best places to get great stuff from the home that’s incredibly unique and serves as a special reminder of your trip.
When it comes to consumerism, America is king (of course). That’s why Los Angeles is one of the best shopping destinations on the planet. Ask any of the locals where you should go and they’ll tell you The Grove. This great outdoor shopping centre is packed full of the biggest stores from around the globe. As well as the shopping, there’s always a ton of events happening at The Grove so you’ll never get bored. If you like what you find at The Grove, you should head over to the Americana; it’s a similar outdoor shopping centre but it’s a whole lot bigger and has a lot of different stores to choose from. If you want to miss the crowds, consider traveling in winter.
Hope you found some inspiration from our list of the best travel destinations for people that absolutely love shopping!
(*This post was written by an external contributor – words and photos not by Sascha Gill)