Monday, February 17, 2014

10 Shopping Capitals of the World

When it comes to fashion, the fashionistas know exactly where to look. What other experience can be better in life than to tour the world of fashion, literally speaking. With a credit card in one hand, and a map to the stores in another – this is indeed what dreams are made of – at least the dream of the fashion hunters.
When you are looking to try out the latest and the best in fashion, a few names pop in the head immediately – Paris, Milan, New York, London! Besides being some of the oldest cities of the world rich in culture and art, these magnificent cities also offer tourists and inhabitants a unique shopping experience all year round.
London
International and bold designer boutiques like the Liberty Department Store on Regent Street and Harrod’s in Knightbridge are what set London apart from any other shopping districts experiences anywhere else. However, shopping in London, just like everything else in London, is very expensive and is likely to leave a permanent damage to your bank balance – but if you have the will and the way, it will indeed be an experience to remember.
Dubai
From the old to the new, and more specifically, to gold. If you are a fan of gold jewelry. Then Dubai is definitely the place for you to try. Besides, the Burjuman Shopping Center in Dubai gives you an opportunity to browse your favorite brands in the world – Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior and Tiffany to name a magical few.
The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping center in the area, complete with theme parks, waterfalls and ice rinks and aquariums, beside housing top brands such as Galaries Lafayette of Paris and the first Bloomingdale’s outside the United Kingdom.
Paris
Home of world famous brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dior, Paris also offers small designer boutiques to explore and discover from in the vintage Marais and along the streets of Rue St. Honore.
New York
In the Big Apple, you have the freedom to hop down Broadway and Fifth Avenue to look at other world famous department stores that we have all heard of – Bergdorf’s and Sak’s and Macy’s and Bloomingdales; or head over to the West Village for smaller yet unique boutiques. Nowhere in the world will you see every one – and by everyone, we mean from the old to the young – strutting around in designer clothes like it is the most normal thing in the world.
Milan
Milan – home of art and fashion alike, gave the world famous brand designers such as Prada, Versace and D&G to name a few.
The streets of the city are filled with antique jewelry, boutiques and lifestyle shops great for an afternoon of window shopping.
Tokyo
A new addition to the list, the residents of Tokyo, Japan are as obsessed with brands and fashion as the rest of the world. Retailer boutiques such as Uniqlo, Boutiqu W and Side by Side are the top department stores that house outfits from top designer brands of the world as well as works of local emerging artists. In Shinjuku, the global chain store with its eight separate building stretching across two blocks, sells everything from outfits to electronics all round the clock.
Madrid
The capital of Spain, Madrid has given the world top designer brands such as Adidas, H&M and Loewe. Besides, there are some international standard local favorites such as Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Desigual to browse through.
Singapore
Orchard Boulevard in Singapore City and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore house some of the most cherished designer brands of the world, and is frequented by visitors all through the year, but specially around Christmas and New Year. Besides for retailer shopping at a lower budget, the indigenous markets of Chinatown and Little India are also quite famous.
Mustafa Center in Singapore City is one of the favorite shopping malls of locals and tourists alike, open 24/7 selling everything from vegetables to crackers, bags to electronics.
Seoul
According to CNN, Seoul, South Korea literally has an addiction to shopping, with the highest number of credit card transactions recorded in 2011. From designer boutiques to small vintage shops to hawkers, the favorite pastimes of Seoul seem to be shopping alone.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong is the dining and shopping capital of the world, with something to offer for every type of shoppers and food-enthusiasts. Malls and departmental stores are spread across the entire city, boasting of signature brands selling clothing, leather goods, antiques, watches and jewelry.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab that passport and wallet and head for the nearest shopping district there is, just for the sake of browsing and looking if your wallet cannot take the load. Be sure to look for the nearest sale or discount festivals so that your precious dollars can buy you more than you are hoping for.
Happy Shopping!

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