If you love nothing more than wandering down the high street or searching for bargains online, then it’s important that your holiday can satisfy your needs. There are some fantastic shopping destinations all around the world but where is best to fly?
Well, no need to panic! We’ve narrowed down a list of the top five best holiday destinations for shopping so you can concentrate on searching out those designer deals while everyone else soaks up the sunshine and sees the sights.
5. Berlin, Germany
When thinking of European shopping destinations, Germany might not make it onto your list. Perhaps more commonly associated with quaint Christmas markets than designer names, Germany is still worth a trip for shopaholics.
The centre of the capital, Berlin, offers one of the best shopping experiences in Western Europe. From everything haute couture on Kurfürstendamm (often referred to as Ku’damm) to the largest department store in Europe, KaDeWe, and the independent boutiques of the Mitte district, Berlin has it all.
4. Lisbon, Portugal
No doubt, the Portuguese capital is also a surprise addition to this top five rundown, but with the beaches just a few kilometres away, it’s easy to slip away from the resort for an afternoon.
As well as huge shopping malls, Lisbon offers something a bit different. The independent shops are very old-fashioned and traditional. If you like anything quirky and handmade, you’ll be in paradise! It’s almost like travelling back to the 1940s and starting all over again.
3. Barcelona, Spain
If you’re trying to persuade your other half that a shopping holiday is a good idea, suggest Barcelona. Home to one of the world’s biggest football clubs, you can spend your days browsing the shops while he tours Camp Nou.
This Spanish city is an absolute must for any shopping fiend with 5km of shops. From Las Ramblas right up to Avenue Diagnol, you will find everything here.
2. Milan, Italy
For everything designer and haute couture, look no further than Milan. Via della Spiga, Via Monte Napoleon and Via Borgospesso form part of the GoldenQuad, where big money can be spent.
While top names aren’t for everyone, you’ve got to splash out on something while in Milan. You can spend the rest of your time browsing around the canal side markets or heading out of town to the factory outlets.
1. Paris, France
It would be hard to end a top five list with anywhere other than Paris. The French capital is the European shopping capital. It’s well known for its fashion houses and designer stores but if that’s out of your budget, there’s plenty more.
Escape the big brand names and head out into a different world, one of bargains and deals. Paris is also home to some wonderful flea markets, vintage shops and independent boutiques.
So what are you waiting for? If you’re a shopaholic looking for a holiday to satisfy your cravings.