Many shopaholics would agree that there’s no therapy like retail therapy! If those four magic letters S-A-L-E light up your very being then read on. From the high-end fashion boutiques of Paris to the chic department stores of New York, there are bargains to be found the world over. Here are the top 5 shopping destinations in the world that offer some great deals irrespective of whether you’re browsing or buying.
Dubai is synonymous with the annual Dubai Shopping Festival that has retailers churning out some of the best bargains. From apparel and accessories to gadgets and gold, if you can’t find it in Dubai, it’s unlikely that you’ll find it anywhere else in the world. The venue of the festival, the Dubai Mall, is the world’s largest mall that also has a theme park, waterfall, dancing fountains and an Olympic-sized ice rink that take your shopping spree to a whole different level. If you still aren’t satisfied, head to the Mall of the Emirates, Mercato Mall and Ibn Battuta Mall.
Kuala Lumpur is a shopper’s paradise with the latest brand names on store shelves and racks at competitive prices. From massive malls like Pavillion Kuala Lumpur and Surya KLCC to street stalls on Petaling Street and Kasturi Walk, there are plenty of treasures to be found here for all budgets. Malaysia’s Year-End-Sale (yes, it’s countrywide!) guarantees the best year-end deals on everything from clothing and accessories to electronics and lifestyle products.
In spite of its sky rocket prices, shopping in London is much sought after among st retail junkies. From luxury brands to hipster stores, iconic retailers like Hamleys, Marks & Spencer and Selfridges are some favorites . However, the favourite-est of them all is Harrods, an upscale department store with 330 sections where you can get everything from the finest fashion to the costliest caviar! Head to Oxford Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus, which are dotted with international brands and local boutique stores as well as some eclectic pop-up street markets.
With the most coveted fashion houses calling Paris home, it’s no wonder that those looking for the latest in haute couture consider the ‘city of love’ a mecca for an unparalleled retail experience. Making its way directly from the runway to retailers, Paris is the trendsetter that the rest of the world takes a cue from when it comes to flawless fashion, style and design. Some iconic Paris shopping haunts include Printemps, Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché and Beaugrenelle Paris for apparel, accessories and home goods.
Thailand has always been a shopper’s paradise. From glitzy malls to weekend bazaars, there’s something for everyone and for every budget. Clothes, shoes, accessories, gadgets, handicrafts, food and even domestic pets; there isn’t anything you can’t find here. Work on your bargaining skills because it’ll take you a long way in Thailand especially with the numerous street market vendors.
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.