The Most Desirable Shopping Destinations in the World

The world is a stage for compulsive shoppers. The world’s hottest tourist destinations are also captivating playgrounds for those that want to lavish themselves with fine goods. It is not a sin to enjoy shopping, though it can be a decadent activity. But what is life without a bit of excess every now and then? If you have a need to blow off some steam by embarking on a shopping spree, here are the most desirable shopping destinations in the world.

New York City, New York

Broadway, New York City, New York; shopping destinations
Broadway, New York City

When it comes to shopping destinations, New York City has topped the lists since fashion became a commodity. In other words, the presence of New York on this list is unsurprising and the reasons for this are quite evident. The world-famous Fifth Avenue is a fashion promenade, the home to high-end brands and superb shops with impeccable service. From Balenciaga to Rick Owens, this is a town that has the most coveted clothes racks imaginable. Check out SoHo boutiques, head to Time Warner Center and wander around Union Square and Bryant Park.

Istanbul, Turkey

The allure of the Middle-Eastern metropolises doesn’t seem to subside even during the times of international crises. Of course, you do not have to venture into the heart of the Middle East if you want to go on an exotic shopping spree; instead, you can simply visit Istanbul.

The city has been a representation of the symbiosis between East and West for centuries. Istanbul bazaars are kaleidoscopes of absolute wonder. They are not only financially sensible places to purchase genuinely original clothes from masterful tailors, they are also a platform for the most unique shopping experience you’ll likely have. If you’ve never haggled in your life, this is the place that will put you on a steep learning curve.

Sydney, New South Wales

Sydney Harbour and Opera House in the evening, New South Wales; shopping destinations
Sydney Harbour and Opera House

Beautiful Sydney has carved out its place as one of the world’s leading metropolises over the last couple of decades. Along with New York and Hong Kong, it is one of three vivid representatives of the urban and cosmopolitan peak and an arresting cityscape at that. It has also become, to no one’s surprise, one of the most beloved shopping destinations.

The famed central business district is a gleaming repository of interesting shops that hide some of the most captivating, uniquely crafted accessories you could find. It is also an under-appreciated hotspot for seeking out subtly tailored formal wear. Just check out the exquisite men’s suits in Sydney if you need any sort of convincing. Wherever you are on the gender spectrum, you will most definitely find an elaborate set of suits that be-fit your sensibilities.

Paris, France

How can anyone even imagine a world-trotting shopping spree without stopping by the city that started the phenomenon? Paris was indeed the shining beacon of in-vogue clothing for hundreds of years, so prowling its cobblestone side-streets is a rite of passage for any fashionista. The iconic name such as Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Louis Vuitton are the hallmarks of the town on the Seine. You can begin your inauguration into the shopping realm of the City of Lights with a ceremonial visit to the Champs-Elysees, and simply let your instincts lead you further.

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is the beaming modern metropolis, a nigh-perfect example of the human potential to create something approximating a Utopian city. The prosperity of the South Korean capital stands in contrast with many of the surrounding countries, and its upbeat residents are practically addicted to shopping. It is a true paradise for compulsive shoppers that swipe plastic as briskly as accountants chug coffee. This is also a wonderful marketplace for shoppers who are looking for luxurious accessories and clothing items that can be categorized as, to say the least, eccentric. Its assortment of retailers that balance cheap and chic make it one of the prime shopping destinations.

Milan, Italy

Well-dressed woman with shopping bags in Milan, Italy; shopping destinations
Shopping in Milan

Italy, the cradle of Western civilization, has always been a place that dictated the broad strokes of aesthetics and taste. It excels especially at turning decadence into exquisiteness of transcendental heights. Naturally, some of the most legendary fashion designers in the world were of Italian origin, and Milan has remained one of the world’s ultimate shopping destinations.

Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Valentino and Versace are only some of the names this city boastfully drops when it comes to fashion-house rep. You simply have to pay the Fashion Quadrangle a visit for a profound and luxurious shopping experience.

If you enjoy shopping, you know that seeking good deals in the opportune time windows is only the most superficial part of the pursuit. You’d be well advised to do so but it is not required to get the most out of this (dare we proclaim it) art form that necessitates sharp eyes for subtlety, quick minds, and a sound aesthetic sensibility. Shopping in the shopping destinations mentioned above will only bring this aesthetic experience to a whole new level.

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys exploring new exciting destinations with her family.

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