Ask any well-traveled shopping guru, and no matter whether theirs is a fat wallet or a slim bill-fold, certain destinations are bound to crop up on their list of the World’s best destinations. The city you can most rely on to feature near the head of any retail-junkie’s list is the good ole Big Apple. We have Hollywood to thank for the phenomenal promotion job that has been done over the years to put New York firmly on the map. From Breakfast at Tiffany’s with the inimitable Audrey Hepburn to Sex in the City in which Sarah Jessica Parker gives Manhattan the hard sell, the screens both big and small, have lured shoppers in their hundreds of thousands to the city on the USA’s eastern seaboard.
NYC Household Names
Who hasn’t heard the names of the major department stores—Bloomingdales, Macy’s and Saks – all bursting with fashion big names and conjuring up images of svelte floorwalkers, grand chandeliers and immense vistas containing nothing but desirable goods. Not quite such a well-known store is Bergdorf Goodman, an equally impressive emporium for anyone on a mission to track down their current designer-par-excellence. The buzz of the city is considered incomparable, too, and what could be better than fetching up in one of the more exclusive bistros or wine bars after a hectic shopping binge?
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Never far from the shopper’s consciousness is Paris. That said, the experience is far more fun if you are properly rich. In the home city of signature designers Chanel , Dior, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent, naturally the fully-fledged serious (and wealthy) shopper feels finally at home. Stick to the ‘better’ areas – Boulevard Haussmann and the Champs Elysees. Don’t omit to visit Au Printemps where gourmands and fashion-lovers alike are catered for. The Sorbonne area and the streets around the Louvre are also worth a visit.
Lacking either the pizzazz of New York or the subtle glamour of Paris, London has its own je ne sais quoi, making it a magnet for shoppers from the Far and Middle East, from Russia, the States and Europe. Whether lured to Bond Street with its quaintly small-scale boutiques and designer shops (and nearby Grays Antique Market), to Jermyn Street for classy shirts, or to Coven Garden for hidden gems and whole food eateries, shoppers on any budget can have a filled day. Don’t fail to incorporate The Royal Exchange into your itinerary; this striking building hosts a range of great designer shops and individualistic restaurant. Naturally, Harrods in Knightsbridge merits more than a cursory visit.
You might not necessarily think in terms of Brisbane as a mecca for shopping, but the city has its staunch advocates. They will tell you that the uniquely quirky nature of the shops of the inner suburb of Paddington merit a full-blown browse. You could do worse than linger on the shop-filled strip leading to Mount Coot-tha via La Trobe Terrace, then Given Terrace as they wend their way uphill. Retro fashion, curios, art deco hat boxes and a cornucopia of must-have vintage adornments fill shops that cozily occupy former laborers’ cottages. Shops with names like Miss Posh Poodle signify that independent traders are alive. Markets rub shoulders with designer shops. Indeed, some market stalls have metamorphosed into cherished individual concerns like Maocchi. Bookstores are the other secret treasure that Brisbane can boast. Folio, Avid Reader and Archives are just three enterprises, among a bookworm´s trove.
Shoppers need not despair – there are plenty more destinations in which to indulge their guilty, or not so guilty, passion.
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