Posted on Jun 24, 2011 | Comments 0
There are many different reasons people love to travel. Some of them like to soak up the culture and history of foreign destinations while others enjoy the simpler things such as the sun and sand. Another popular travel attraction for many is shopping and these people spend hours seeking out the hottest spots to spend their money. These are some of the best shopping locations in the world.
1. Avenue Montaigne, Paris, France
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This fashionable shopping avenue sits between the River Seine and Champs Elysées. It features numerous luxury boutiques including Louis Vuitton and Bulgari. You’ll also find the elegant buildings are home to upscale shops such as Guy Laroche, Emmanuel Ungaro, Christian Dior, Chanel, and Nina Ricci.
2. Magnificent Mile: Chicago, Illinois, USA
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This famous area, which is on North Michigan Avenue, lies just a few blocks from Lake Michigan, in the Windy City. Some of the world’s most well-known shops can be found here, such as Gucci, Hermes, Neiman Marcus, Brooks Brothers, and Lord and Taylor. The Magnificent Mile attracts thousands of shoppers daily and is especially busy between American Thanksgiving and Christmas.
3. Bond Street, London, England
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You’ll find some of London’s classiest and most expensive shops make their homes on Bond Street. They sell everything from perfume, art, designer clothing, and jewelry to antiques. This is where the Royal Family does a lot of their shopping.
The section of the street that runs into Piccadilly has supplied the upper classes with goods since the 1850s. You’ll find some famous shops here such as Asprey and Agnew, Phillips, and Sotheby’s. Many of the shops started out as elegant homes to the city’s top artists, writers, and politicians.
4. Avinguda Diagonal, Barcelona, Spain
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The Avinguda Diagonal features several fine jewellers, art galleries, and fashion houses. The street is a part of the city’s three-mile shopping line and it crosses paths with some other excellent shopping avenues including Via Augusta, Passeig de Gracia, Carrer de Tuset, and Avinguda Pau Casals. The architecture is an interesting mix of modern and Gothic and you’ll also find plenty of cafés.
5. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA
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Rodeo Drive is another of the most famous shopping areas on the globe as it’s filled with glitz and glamour. The American shops are inspired by their European counterparts and you’ll find numerous boutiques mixed in with fountains, cobblestones, and fancy bistros.
6. Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland
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This exclusive shopping avenue is about a mile long and is home to many of the country’s top shops. The beautiful tree-lined street features popular clothing designers, Swiss watches, accessories, furs, china, jewelry, and some of the world’s top shoe stores.
7. The Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
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This exclusive shopping area stretches for eight blocks on Japan’s most famous city. Some of the costliest real estate on the planet can be found here. It’s filled with exclusive, luxury retailers and some of the country’s top department stores.
You’ll be able to spend your money in Wako, Mitsukoshi, and Marion, which houses two department stores as well as seven movie theaters. The shops showcase the Japanese culture with some elaborate displays and the Ginza’s lights bring the city to life once the sun sets.
8. Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA
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New York’s Fifth Avenue is home to several top department stores. These include Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Bergdorf Goodman. You’ll also find some smaller high-end boutiques such as Ferragamo, Versace, Harry Winston, Gucci, Emanual Ungaro, Tiffany, Henri Bendel, and Christian Dior. The avenue is a shopper’s paradise especially at Christmas time when seasonal displays are showcased.
9. Laugavegur, Reykjavík, Iceland
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This is probably one of the least-known shopping areas, but it’s still one of the best. Reykjavik’s top shopping street offers a good choice of clothing boutiques as well as leather goods, accessories, lingerie, cosmetics, music, books, wool products and handmade knitwear. Everything you buy from the local fashion shops is sure to be original.
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