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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!