10 cities for serious shopaholics

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Pack an empty suitcase (or two) and get ready to shop ’til you drop in these 10 cities for serious shopaholics.

Do you live to shop ’til you drop? Then pack an empty suitcase or two and get ready to indulge your passion for shopping in these 10 cities for serious shopaholics.

Singapore

Singapore’s Orchard Road is known for its plethora of towering department stores and international shops. You’ll also find plenty of shopping in multicultural neighborhoods like Chinatown, Little India and Holland Village.

Woman with shopping bags (Image: tinou bao)
Woman with shopping bags (Image: tinou bao)

Los Angeles

There’s a reason Hollywood’s elite can be found shopping in areas like Beverly Hills or The Grove. High-end designers and unmatched shopping experiences drive residents and visitors to these areas. You can also shop with the ocean breeze at your back at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

Dubai

No matter what brand you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in the shopping malls of Dubai. The architecturally striking Dubai Mall is one of the crown jewels of Dubai’s shopping scene, as is the gargantuan Mall of the Emirates, home to an indoor ski slope and more than 500 shops.

Shinjuku, Tokyo (Image: tristanf)
Shinjuku, Tokyo (Image: tristanf)

Tokyo

You can shop for anything in Tokyo. You’ll find a wealth of department stores in Shinjuku, the latest fashion-forward trends in the hip boutiques of Harajuku and everything cute, manga-related or electronic in Akihabara.

London

London’s shops hide hip and cool new finds behind stoic exteriors, but rest assured, the city is one of Europe’s best for shopaholics. You’ll find everything from kitsch to couture in the shops of London, though be warned: Some of the price tags may leave you shell-shocked.

New York City (Image: Genista used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
New York City (Image: Genista used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

New York City

Whether you gravitate toward the high-end labels of Fifth Avenue or vintage finds at neighborhood boutiques, you’ll have a hard time tackling every shop New York City has to offer. But no matter what you’re looking for, the SoHo neighborhood is a definite must for serious shopaholics.

Hong Kong

The contrasts of traditional and modern reflect in a local shopping experience that will have you both bargaining at local markets and whipping out the credit cards at high-end department stores. Whether you want a designer knock-off or the real deal, you’ll find it in Hong Kong.

Louis Vuitton in Milan (Image: jeff kung used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Louis Vuitton in Milan (Image: jeff kung used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Milan

Fashion trends are literally born in Milan, especially in the designer-filled Quadrilatero d’Oro. Versace was born in the city, as were labels like Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Armani. Expect only the best when it comes to shopping in Milan.

Paris

The city known for couture is best experienced with a shopping spree down Champs Elysees, where high-end shops offer a decadent day of spending.

Clothing shop (Image: mikefats)
Clothing shop (Image: mikefats)

Madrid

Yes, most shops close in the afternoon for the daily siesta, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the best shopping the city has to offer. Flea markets, boutiques and designer labels offer something for every shopper. If you’re in the market for leather, take note that leather goods are a specialty in Madrid.

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10 cities for serious shopaholics was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.