Best Cities to Shop While Going on a Vacation

One of the perks of being on holiday is being able to indulge on whatever your heart desires. To some, that means sampling some of the best culinary offerings but to others, it means satisfying their craving to shop. From designer label purses to antique tokens, here are the best cities to shop while on vacation.

Best Cities to Shop While on Vacation

New York, New York

Inside a Soho accessory store, New York
Inside a Soho accessory store

The “city that never sleeps” tops this list of best cities to shop while on vacation for many reasons. New York is the capital of style thanks to its diversity that continues to evolve to this day. It also happens to be the flagship location of major department stores like Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys and Bloomingdales. If those larger than life stores aren’t quite your style, stroll down Madison Avenue and be in awe; every designer label you can possibly think of has a store: Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Giorgio Armani just to name a few. For the budget seekers, shop like a New Yorker and head closer to downtown at discount retailers like Century 21 or Nordstrom Rack. Finally, don’t forget to check out the “districts.” The Garment District will have some of the most exotic textiles and fabrics while the diamond district is a hub for discount jewelry.

Paris, France

Best Cities to Shop, Swarovski Christmas Tree at Galerie Lafayette, Paris, France
Swarovski Christmas Tree at Galerie Lafayette

Right up there with New York when it comes to the best cities to shop while on vacation is Paris. In the French capital, the stores do not simply sell merchandise; they sell a lifestyle. Walk along the famous Champs-Elysees and wonder at the giant window displays of its most famous shops like Louis Vuitton, Celine or Christian Dior. Boulevard Haussmann has the Galeries Lafayette, one of the city’s largest department stores. In here, you can find big luxury brands and some of the latest trends in fashion. If you’re lucky, you might even be treated to an impromptu fashion show! Finally, for one of a kind gifts, head towards the Marais District in the 4th arrondissement. In here, you will find hip boutiques with items you’ll unlikely find anywhere else.

Milan, Italy

Entrance to the Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, Italy
Entrance to the Vittorio Emanuele II

Shopping is almost a must when staying in Milan. Considered by many as the fashion capital of Italy, it’s easy to understand why. Every designer label has at least one store in the city and much like New York, its department stores will put your hometown one to shame. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which opened in 1877 houses Prada, Louis Vuitton and Gucci, while Serravalle Scrivia, one of Europe’s oldest and largest designer outlet, sells Versace and Dolce and Gabanna merchandise.

About Iris A


Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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