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  • Dear Architecture Lovers, You Must Visit These 10 Destinations!

    A city can be defined by its food, its people and culture, however, nothing tells the story of a city better than its architecture. It takes you on a journey through the history of the city, its changing cityscape adapting to cultural movements and modernization while still preserving its old world charm. If you are a lover of architecture this list of 10 destinations is especially for you.   1. St. Petersburg, Russia Credit: Tama66 on PixabayRussia’s eclectic center also known as the Venice of the North is a mixture of architectural styles – from Neoclassical to Gothic, the city is a treasure trove of architectural delights. Witness the glory of imperial palaces, stunning cathedrals, and churches decorating the skyline, romantic bridges, and pathways that the many characters of Dostoevsky’s novels have taken. There is an abundance of Baroque style buildings in the city – intricate gold embellishments against pale pastels. The most worthy contender for the Baroque style would be the beautiful Winter Palace that was home to the Russian monarchy since the 1760s to 1917. It is now the home of the second largest art museum in the world – The Hermitage. You can find the Neo-classical style in Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, Yelagin Palace, as well as the Imperial Academy of Arts. Style Morderne – Russia’s take on Art Nouveau – can be clearly seen in the ornamental styling of the Singer House (the Russian headquarters of the Singer Sewing Machine Company), as well as the Eliseyev Emporium. The grim, dystopian architecture style of the Stalinist and Soviet eras can be witnessed in the House of Soviets – referred to as the “buried robot” by locals – and the Red Banner Textile Factory. The Gothic turrets and spikes of the cake-structure shaped Cheseme Church is a great example of Russian Neo-Gothic architecture.   2. Brasilia, Brazil Credit: David Mark on PixabayIf you are a fan of futuristic architecture, Brasilia is the place to head to. President Juscelino Kubitschek’s decided to build a futuristic city in what was once just barren land back in 1956. He commissioned architect Oscar Niemeyer to commence the project, he built residential, commercial and government buildings within a matter of months. The Cathedral of Brasilia is one of the most notable structures within the city and perfectly shows Niemeyer’s style of architecture. The elegant curving structures, with exposed concrete, bold but simple design elements. The most visited site in the city is the Templo da Boa Vontade, it is a seven faceted white marble pyramid designed by the architect and engineer R. R. Roberto. The pinnacle is set with the largest stone of pure crystal in the world, at a weight of 21 kilograms. Inside the temple is a spiral which represents the journey a human takes in the search of balance and transcendence. Other notable structures are the President’s residence and the Attorney General’s Office.   3. Miami, Florida Credit: Holgi on PixabayWith more than 800 Art Deco buildings in their pastel hues, Miami’s South Beach is a must visit for all those who love the 1930s glamour! In an attempt to make Miami a luxurious holiday destination in the 1920s and 1930s architects looked to Art Deco’s symmetry and geometry as well as colorful floral and animal motifs. You can see quintessential Art Deco design in the Webster, designed by Henry Hohauser who was one of the master architects behind the Deco styling of South Beach. The building follows the architect’s “rule of three”, and is built in thirds. Another famous building is The Carlyle, it has played a starring role in many films like Scarface and Bad Boys II – it is just a 100yards from the famed former mansion of Gianni Versace. Other Art Deco gems are Essex house – built to look like the landlocked ocean liner, the neon-lit Colony theatre, and Miami Beach Post Office.   4. Tokyo, Japan Credit: sayama on PixabayA city that has been through a lot of change from old wooden houses to the concrete and glass jungle it is now, Tokyo has a signature style of architecture. The modern transformation has given rise to many new buildings; the Nakagin Capsule Tower is a great example of rare Japanese Metabolism architecture. The tower is an apartment complex of 140 apartments – only 10m2 each. The funky Reversible Destiny Lofts was built with the idea of helping people attain longevity. It is inspired by Helen Keller; therefore it was made with features for people with different physical abilities and has something for every age group. Another must visit is Tokyo Camii, the largest mosque in Japan. The Mosque is inspired by Ottoman architecture and was designed by the architect Muharrem Hilmi Senlap, with materials such as marble brought in from Turkey. It was completed in 2000 and was built as a replacement of a Mosque previously built by Turkish immigrants in the 1930s. Other notable sites to visit are Reiyukai Sakaden Temple – a temple that looks more like a space-ship, SunnyHills – a pineapple cake shop built with a weaving wooden facade, Tsujiki Hongwanji – a Buddhist temple with a mix of Indian and Japanese design elements, and St Mary’s Cathedral – a futuristic looking modernist structure created by Kenzo Tange.   5. Tel Aviv, Israel Credit: avnernagar on PixabayTaking into account the city’s Mediterranean climate and the influx of Jewish immigrants, Bauhaus trained architects designed and built buildings in the cost effective style. The ‘white city’ is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with 4000 buildings within the sea side city. There are many buildings in Tel Aviv to be admired by the Bauhaus fan, some of the notable ones are the Bruno House, Rubinsky House, and Avraham Soskin House as well streets dedicated to this modern style.   6. Chandigarh, India Credit: David Mark on PixabayProbably not an obvious contender for this list but every student of architecture would know this city for its eccentric concrete designs. After the partition of India in 1947, the country’s first Prime Minister J. Nehru tasked Swiss architect Le Corbusier with building a modern city that is fast moving away from its past into the future. Le Corbusier is a modernist architect and him along with a few other architects like Pierre Jeanneret, Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry changed the cityscape. The city is designed on a super grid, buildings with exposed concrete and masonry as well as modernists sculptures located around the city. a great example of planning and design, it is a must visit if you are a student of architecture.   7. Oxford, England Credit: David Mark on PixabayMedieval era inspired architecture mingling with modern sentiments; Oxford is an academic city but will take your breath away with its beautiful Gothic Revival architecture. Referred to as “the city of dreaming spires” by poet Matthew Arnold, the city stays true to this description with many mid 19th century towers creating Oxford’s skyline. The city offers many sites to see – from the churches to its markets. You can witness military style stone architecture at St George’s Tower, the University Museum which is an example of one of the first non-religious Gothic buildings, the Radcliffe Observatory and many more spread across the city.   8. Barcelona, Spain Credit: Kirk Fisher on FacebookHome of Catalan Modernism, Barcelona is peppered with the world famous architectural structures of the father of this movement – Antoni Gaudí. Some of his notable works are the Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, and his masterpiece the La Sagrada Familia – which has been under construction since 1892, he kept building up until he passed away in 1926 and it is still under construction and will not be finished till 2026 to commemorate his centenary death anniversary. Barcelona is a beautiful city and is definite visit for anyone, even if you aren’t a fan of Gaudi’s peculiar architectural style.   9. Florence, Italy Credit: Michelle Maria on PixabayFlorence is world famous and its architecture has been appreciated in film, and book alike! It is also the birthplace of the famed Master, Leonardo Da Vinci. A city that celebrates art, you will find many architectural monuments here, some of the most famous ones are The Florence Cathedral or Duomo – a great domed cathedral, the Pitti Palace and the Palazzo Vecchio – which was home to Niccolo Machiavelli’s office at one point in history.   10. Hanoi, Vietnam Credit: Leon_Ting on Pixabay Once occupied by the French, the city boasts quite the collection of French Colonial Architecture, a city oozing with old world charm it will appeal to the romantic in you. Three of its most notable buildings are the St. Josephs Cathedral, Hanoi Opera House, and Hotel Metropole. The country may have had a devastating history steeped in blood, but it’s people have been resilient and the romance of the French Colonial era has managed to remain to this day. All you architecture lovers or just travel lovers should definitely add these destinations to your list!...

  • Check Out These 9 Cities With The Best Outlet Shopping If You Are Shopaholic

    Shopping and travel is undoubtedly a wonderful combination for a shopaholic who enjoys exploring new destinations and looking for good bargains. Different cities have their own things to offer in terms of brands and prices, and some places simply standout from the rest. So you might be wondering – what are the best shopping places abroad? Shopaholics on a budget who love their designer brands will not be disappointed either since most of these destinations offer something for everyone. 1. Barcelona, Spain Shopaholics should not leave Spain without enjoying a shopping spree in Barcelona, which is also where the well-known brands Mango, Zara, and Stradivarius originated from. Some of the most popular shopping malls are home to a wide range of designer and sports brands, while Passeig de Gràcia a well-known shopping street is no exception either. Barcelona is where you can enjoy some of the cheapest clothes shopping in Europe and still get great quality too. Your other stop should be Avinguda del Portal de l’Angel to satisfy your shopaholic dreams and conserve your budget where you will find awesome mid-range brands too. 2. Bangkok, Thailand Picture Credit: Hanny Naibaho on Unsplash Bangkok should be your next stop for the best shopping in Southeast Asia for reasonable prices and where you can get designer items quite easily. However, if getting the real deal is what you are after, it’s always better to visit a few popular stores to avoid great looking designer knock-offs. From Chinatown to the famous Central Mall and Siam Paragon – you will have a great choice, ranging from mid-range to high-end brands such as Versace, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger or even Mango. Another shopping mall worth visiting is Terminal 21, where you will get nice international and local brands without compromising on quality. 3. Hong Kong Picture Credit: Annie Spratt on Unsplash Hong Kong has got to be one of the best destinations in Asia for shopaholics who love a good bargain. Ladies’ Street should be one of your first stops for a variety of affordable clothes, and you can bargain as much as you like. Do drop by Times Square as well, which is a shopaholic’s delight with over 230 stores to choose from – and where you will find a wide range of brands to suit your budget. Don’t forget to visit Harbour City, which is one of the most popular shopping malls in Hong Kong where you will find everything from Burberry to Dolce & Gabbana or Puma and Reebok. 4. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City is also among the cheapest shopping destinations in Asia where you can get some pretty decent items for lowered prices. You can take your pick from the high-end brands to mid-range brands and satisfy your inner shopaholic by visiting some popular shopping spots. This includes the Vincom Center where you can find sportswear and your favorite designers from Hugo Boss to Armani. You can also find some amazing fashion options in Nguyễn Trãi Street as well, and while sifting through designer items and mid-range options – and get a great bargain too. 5. Berlin, Germany Picture Credit: frederik danko on Unsplash Berlin is another shopping gem that shopaholics should not miss out on. If you are looking for branded sportswear Germany's most popular brands include Adidas and Puma, while you can get your fair share of items from Hugo Boss and JOOP! as well. The Kurfürstendamm is not only a famous historical spot but is a must-visit where shoppers can spend a few glorious hours going through many stores. Alexanderplatz is another popular shopping mall worth dropping by, and where you find brands such as H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Zara and Quiksilver to name a few. Shopaholics should spend some time at the Mall of Berlin where you get your fix for mid to high range designs from more than 270 stores. 6. Paris, France Picture Credit: Earth on Unsplash It's no secret that Paris is a fashion capital that is known for the best designers in the world. However, you need not break your bank to get your hands on those lovely designer clothes since there are small affordable shops to stop by and get great deals combined with quality. Do watch out for the big winter and summer sales where you can get gorgeous clothes. Shoppers should not miss out on Champs-Elysees. You'll fing the Forum des Halles mall where brands such as Esprit, Levi’s, H&M, Zara and more can be found. Another mall you should visit includes Les Quatre-Temps where stores such as Promod, Mango and Lacoste can be found. 7. London, United Kingdom Picture Credit: Anthony DELANOIX on Unsplash London is undoubtedly another hotspot for fashion at a reasonable price depending on where you shop for branded clothing. While there are luxury brands and expensive places in London, spots such as Oxford Street and Regent Street have a nice range of places to shop until you drop. Some popular mid-range brands to watch out for include H&M, Zara, Topshop and River Island all of which have chain stores in the city. But London has no shortage of places to satisfy a serious shopaholic. Westfield London and Canary Wharf Shopping Centre are some of the best places for shoppers on a budget or those who are looking for high-end options too. 8. Istanbul, Turkey Picture Credit: Gabriel Garcia Marengo on Unsplash While Istanbul is popular for its bazaars where bargaining is the key to pretty good discounts, those who are looking for good deals on designer clothes won’t be disappointed when visiting the local shopping malls either. This includes the popular Akmerkez mall where you can check out brands such as Hugo Boss, Nike, and Zara. Eco-friendly shopping mall, Istinye Park is another go-to spot for branded shopping with stores such as Adidas, Stradivarius, Dolce & Gabbana and Mango too. Shoppers should also drop by City’s, which is a well-known mall that boasts of a variety of stores with some great selections. 9. Lisbon, Portugal Picture Credit: Joel Filipe on Unsplash While Lisbon might not be the first place that comes to your mind as a shopping destination, you can enjoy shopping from amazing outlets for much less than you would spend in more popular destinations. Some outlets you must check out include Fashion Clinic where you will find designs from high-end brands such as Prada, Balmain, and Givenchy to name a few. Better yet take a stroll down Avenida da Liberdade where you can shop from a range of designer shops. If you are hoping to stock up on items from your favourite designers at great prices you won’t get at home – consider visiting any of these cities for your next big trip!...

  • A Guide to Getting your English Breakfast Fix in London

    Have you ever tried an authentic English Breakfast in its country of origin? You’ve probably tried to make one yourself using halal ingredients. While it's true that it used to be quite difficult to find a halal one in Britain, today there's no reason for us as Muslims to try an authentic English Breakfast in non-halal restaurants any more, since it's now easy to find a halal one, Alhamdulillaah. Why isn't a regular English Breakfast halal? Actually, only the bacon rashers and sausages (usually made from bacon, or non-halal slaughtered meat) in the dish aren't halal. The rest of it is halal, inshaa Allaah, such as sunny-side eggs, french toast, hash browns (potato fries), baked beans, baked tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms. However, the problem is that they are all served in the same plate with the meat products, so it's not halal. Khalas!! Yet, fret not my friends. If you are roaming London, you can now try this pride of Britain in the places that are Halal-Friendly for Muslims, Alhamdulillaah. Today there are many sites providing information on halal food establishments that've been set up to assist Muslims coming to or residing in many cities in Britain, but this time we'll be focusing on London.  Find a Mosque near you in London Find a Halal Restaurant near you in London   via GIPHY The following are the top 5 places to try this national dish, based on halal website reviews, that you could visit in London.   1. Grounded Coffee Company, London Picture Credit - One popular place with high reviews is the Grounded Coffee Company at 9 Whitechapel Road, London E1. They open every day from 8am - 10pm, which is indeed an ideal opening time in the morning to try English Breakfast. All ingredients that they use are halal and they are not serving alcohol on the premise, Inshaa Allaah Address: 9 Whitechapel Road, London, United KingdomOpening hours: 7AM to 8PM (Mon-Fri)                         7.30AM to 8PM (Sat-Sun)Contact:+44 20 7377 1703 Facebook 2. Moral Cafe, London Picture Credit - The Halal Food Guy website awarded a 4 star review to this restaurant. Even though it is a Turkish Restaurant, their Halal English Breakfast stays true to the original one.  Address:  313 High Road, Ilford IG1 1NR, London.Opening Hours: 7am to 5pm   3. MEDS, London Picture Credit - When you jump into your search engine and type Halal Breakfast in London, among the top results that come up is a restaurant called MEDS. This restaurant earned its position due to their generous portions served at a reasonable price.  Address: 37 Burdett Rd, London E3 4TN, UKOpening Hours: 8am to 5pmContact: +44 20 8980 4088 Facebook   4. Drunch, London Picture credit - Drunch received a 5 star ratings from The Netizen. Furthermore, this restaurant was even ranked at number 6 among all the restaurants in London which is very impressive. Alhamdulillah, they serve halal English Breakfast in their menu. They are located near the most famous street of London for shopping, i.e. Oxford Street. Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:30, Sat - Sun 12:00 - 23:30. Address: 1 Woodstock St, Mayfair, London W1C 2AA, UKOpening Hours: Mon to Fri - 11am to 12am, Sat 12pm - 12am, Sun: 12pm to 11pmContact: 020 7495 2020Website: Facebook | Instagram   5. Farmacy Kitchen Picture credit - Last but not least, why not try a halal and healthy Vegan English Breakfast at Farmacy in Westbourne Grove, London, my personal top of the list. They substitute the meat produce with fresh avocados and big sauteed mushrooms, and the taste is delicious and yummy, too. However, take a note of their opening time since they have a break every afternoon. Address: 74 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5SH, UKOpening Hours: Mon to Fri - 9am to 5pm, 6pm to 10pm / Sat 9am to 4pm, 6pm to 10pm / Sunday 9am to 4pm, 6pm to 9.30pmContact: +44 20 7221 0705Website: Facebook | Instagram   via GIPHY   Find things to do in London Find a Halal Hotel near you in London...

  • 5 Amazing Halal Restaurants In London

    Planning a visit to London? Alternately, you may be moving to London for study or work. As a person looking for Muslim-friendly Halal food in London, you need to not look too far. There are many choices available from fine-dining restaurants serving Halal food, to informal cafes and diners serving varied international and local Halal cuisines. So, finding the best Halal food and restaurants in London, UK is not all that hard. Listed below are 5 Halal dining places that will allow you to enjoy a sociable meal with friends and family to accommodate your budget. Credit -   Stax Diner | Soho Picture credit - Located at Kingly Court in the heart of Soho at the West End of London, Stax Diner is the first of the Feed Your Soul family of diners in London. Serving patrons authentic home-style cooked cuisine native to the American Deep South, the menu consists of a variety of Halal burgers and sandwiches with side dishes and drinks. Their meats are Halalmaking Stax an ideal place for the Halal conscientious traveler. Stax is a great place to grab a quick bite between a visit to Soho, but can be crowded and do not accept reservations. Due to limited space, they are also unable to accommodate strollers or pushchairs. Note: Stax Diner and its sister restaurant – Boondocks near Old Street Station - offers ‘The Ultimate Burger Eating Challenge’ for just £25. Opening Hours: Sunday & Monday - 12 noon to 10:00 pm (last orders at 8:50 pm)   Tuesday to Thursday - 12 noon to 11:00 pm (last orders at 9:50 pm)   Friday & Saturday - 12 noon to midnight (last orders at 10:50 pm)   The Meat Co. | Westfield Picture credit - A British style steakhouse located in the Westfield shopping mall in London has branches in the Middle East and South Africa. With a striking décor, this steakhouse is suitable for groups, a family with children and business meals. The Meat Co. has a specialist Halal menu comprising of entrees, salads, main dishes and desserts. Their steaks are a must try, it is after all their speciality, however, their beef ribs and skewers are supposed to be fabulous dishes as well. Point to note, it is not an exclusive Halal restaurant, however, with a reservation, you can ensure to be seated in their dedicated Halal service area. Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday - 12 noon to 11:00 pm (Last orders 10:30 pm)   Thursday to Saturday - 12 noon to midnight (Last orders 11:30 pm)   Guanabana | Camden Town Picture credit - A Caribbean-themed restaurant, Guanabana claims to be a 100% Halal restaurant located in Camden Town, London. Serving a wide range of Latin American and Caribbean dishes, they offer a menu that consists of burgers, grills, steaks, a range of house dishes, salads, sides, and desserts. Diners can also choose from their range of non-alcoholic beverages and cocktails. Guanabana has a special steak offer on Thursday. They also have a brunch menu to suit many palates and is offered from Tuesday to Sunday! The restaurant is suitable for couples, groups and family. Opening Hours: Sunday & Monday – 10:00 am to 11:00 pm   Monday – Closed   The Great Chase | Islington Picture credit - Serving a menu comprising of British and international cuisine, this fine-dining restaurant serves 100% Halal food and drinks. The cuisine comprises the traditional with a contemporary twist served in an atmosphere that is relaxing yet sophisticated. The restaurant offers Halal Brunch, Lunch and Dinner menus prepared with fresh Halal ingredients. Opening Hours: Monday – Closed Brunch & Lunch Sunday – 10:00 am to 03.00 pm   Tuesday to Saturday – 11:00 am to 03.00 pm Dinner Tuesday to Saturday – 06:30 pm to 10:00 pm   Sahara Grill | Whitechapel, Leyton and Ilford Picture credit - The Sahara Grill chain with three branches around London offers patrons Halal Lunch and Dinner menus comprising of appetizers, burgers, grills, steaks and fish with side dishes. The restaurant also has a choice of Halal desserts and drinks. Only the Whitechapel Branch of the Sahara Grill is open for breakfast with quite an extensive selection to suit many palates. Offering a comfortable and casual atmosphere the for spur of the moment dining suitable for groups and couple, the restaurant is also known for its romantic low lighting seating area for couples and friends celebrating special occasions. Whitechapel Branch, Opening Hours: Breakfast Monday to Sunday - 7:30 am to 10:00 am Lunch & Dinner Monday to Thursday - 12 noon to 11:30 pm   Friday - 02:00 pm to midnight   Saturday & Sunday - 12 noon to midnight Ilford and Leyton Branches, Opening Hours: Lunch & Dinner Monday to Thursday - 12 noon to 11:30 pm   Friday - 02:00 pm to midnight   Saturday & Sunday - 12 noon to midnight   The price range for these eating places vary and can accommodate different budgets from relatively cheap lunches and dinners to an exotic experience for a special occasion dependent on what one orders. Thus, visit their websites to take a look at the menus and prices before making a final selection. For Muslim travelers looking for Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Turkish and other forms of cuisines there are Halal restaurants and cafes like Bombay Spice, The Iskelé, Halal Restaurant, The Banc, The Pie Factory, House of Ho, Hoppers, etc., to choose from. Take a quick peek at the Halal restaurant reviews in London and make your choice. And if you are looking for a dessert place try the Wafflemeister on Oxford Street in London for a sweet treat!   ...

  • The Best 10 Shopping Destinations for 2016

    With 2015 coming to an end, we think it’s the perfect time to start planning your travel bucket list for 2016! If you’re a shopaholic and if you pick the destinations you’re traveling to solely based on the fact that they’re great shopping destinations, this article is for you! . 1. Dubai It sure is no surprise that Dubai is number 1 on our list! Named the best shopping destination for Muslims in the Muslim Travel Shopping Index (MTSI) 2015, Dubai has rapidly become one of the best travel destinations globally. Because of its numerous world-renowned attractions, the city sees millions of visitors each year. Beyond majestic sand dunes, stunning beaches and jaw-dropping sky scrapers, lie Dubai’s mega-sized shopping malls. Must-visits include; Dubai Mall – the largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination in the world, Mall of the Emirates – home to an indoor ski slope, Ibn Battuta Mall, Mercato Mall, and City Centre Mirdif. While visiting at least a couple of these world-class malls is a must, one cannot go to Dubai and not visit one of its atmospheric souks. Filled with colorful sights and wonderful scents, souks worthy of a visit include; the Gold Souk, the Spice Souk, the Textile Souk and Souk Al Bahar. An added bonus for Muslims visiting Dubai is that, with the UAE being a Muslim country, Halal food and prayer facilities in Dubai are aplenty! . 2. Kuala Lumpur Coming in second on our list of the Best 10 shopping destinations for 2016, is Kuala Lumpur, or KL! Also one of the top destinations in the MTSI 2015, the Malaysian city has long been attracting tourists from around the world. Home to the stunning Petronas Towers and the spectacular Menara KL Tower, and a blend of cultures and religions, KL is the ideal destination for anyone. Shop till you drop at one of the city’s gigantic shopping malls, such as Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Berjaya Times Square, Suria KLCC or Mid Valley Megamall, and bargain to your heart's content at one of its lively street markets, namely Petaling Street or Central Market. Again, just like in Dubai, finding Muslim-friendly facilities in Kuala Lumpur will be super easy. . 3. Singapore Singapore - one of the world’s hottest destinations, known for housing architectural marvels like Gardens by the Bay, and plenty of family-friendly attractions such as Sentosa and Universal Studios, also features some of the best shopping you could ask for. From large, indoor malls to lively outdoor markets, Singapore can rightfully be called a shopping paradise! The many malls along Orchard Road are all must-sees, along with the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, and shoppers are sure to find everything under the sun at VivoCity; which is the largest mall in Singapore. Also be sure to check out HarbourFront Centre, Raffles City, Suntec City and Millenia Walk! .  4. London Next up, London! From popular attractions such Big Ben, to fascinating history, iconic dishes like fish & chips, and a multicultural population, London has it all. The city also offers some of the best shopping in the world. World-famous department stores, up-scale designer shops, quirky boutiques and bustling markets are all part of London’s renowned shopping scene. Oxford Street - Europe's busiest shopping street is sure to have something for everyone, while a trip to London is in complete without a visit to Harrods. Hamleys - said to be one of the oldest toy stores in the world, is one of the city’s top sites, and is known to attract kids and adults alike. Other must-visits for shopaholics include Borough Market, Westfield, Covent Garden, Regent Street, Bond Street and Mayfair, Notting Hill and Knightsbridge. While the city is not pre-dominantly Muslim, locating Muslim-friendly facilities in London will not be too difficult.  . 5. Istanbul Istanbul, where East and West meet, is a city with layers of history, fascinating culture, stunning architecture, and of course, great shopping! Make it a point to get lost in the labyrinth of stores at the beautiful Grand Bazaar, be sure to take in the sights and aromas of the Spice Bazaar, and haggle over traditional Turkish items at Arasta Bazaar. The city caters to the needs of all, by also offering a fantastic selection of shopping centres and modern boutiques. . 6. Paris Paris is one of the most fashion-savvy cities in the world. Home to world-famous fashion brands like Givenchy, Chanel and Hermès, the city is a fashionista’s dream come true. Apart from the many high-end fashion stores found here, Paris also features plenty of large department stores, trendy boutiques, and quirky markets. Most renowned labels can be found in the 8th arrondissement, while Le Marais is known to house shops selling an assortment of trendy, casual wear. Other must-visit include the Neighborhood of Louvre – Tuileries, St-Germain-des-Prés, Boulevard Haussmann and last but not the least, Rue de Rivoli. . 7. Bangkok Known for offering one of the best cultural experiences, Bangkok is a destination that is sure to be on every individual’s travel bucket list, no matter what their age. Home to attractions to suit every taste and budget, Bangkok is the ideal destination for a fun family getaway. While the country is mostly known for its fantastic tropical climate, mouthwatering cuisine and colorful temples, Bangkok is a great place to shop. MBK, Siam Paragon, Terminal 21, CentralWorld and EmQuartier are some of the many huge malls in Bangkok. Tourists must however also make it a point to visit one of the many markets in Bangkok, such as Chatuchak Weekend Market, Pak Khlong Talat, and Pratunam Market, for a more unique, charming experience.  . 8. New York The city that never sleeps – New York, one of the top travel destinations, ever, also happens to be a shopper’s paradise. If you’re looking for items for the entire family, head to the renowned Bloomingdale's. Macy's, another New York City icon, is also a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. Catering to all tastes and budgets, is NYC’s Fifth Avenue - an absolute must-visit. SoHo, one of the city’s top shopping neighborhoods not only houses famous stores, but also features a selection of quirky stores and boutiques. Lower Manhattan & the Financial District is also worth a visit, as well as Nolita, the East Village, the Lower East Side, Madison Avenue and Chinatown for knockoffs and bargains.  . 9. Barcelona Fashion is well represented in Barcelona. Housing stores of all kinds, the city is a great spot for those looking to shop while the rest of the group relaxes and enjoys the many attractions. Shoppers will find well-known, high-end brands such as Armani, Cartier, Gucci and Chanel, and numerous others, as well as a great selection of popular, more affordable stores and local boutiques here. Some of the best shopping in Barcelona can be experienced at Passeig de Gràcia, Las Ramblas, El Born Barrio and in its Old Town area. . 10. Hong Kong Packed to the brim with stores of all kinds, featuring neon-lit signs, Hong Kong is an eclectic destination that is sure to cater to your every whim and fancy. Whether you’re on the hunt for clothing, jewelry, shoes, electronics, make-up, or antiques, Hong Kong has it all! Head to Lane Crawford if luxury items are what you’re looking for, or to one of the city’s many malls, such as the Landmark, Times Square, and Harbour City. Tsim Sha Tsui is home to trendy local boutiques, and markets, where negotiating is a must. Shoppers must also take in the sights, sounds and scents at one of the city’s many street markets, such as the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street, Chun Yeung Market, the Night Market on Temple Street, or the Cat Street market. . Check out more of HalalTrip’s Best 10 lists of 2016 here!  ...

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