When you’re ready to shop ’til you drop — and drop a few thousand dollars in the process — do it in style at one of the most luxurious shopping destinations and fashion meccas in the world.
Whether you’re shopping for authentic Louis Vuitton merchandise or just want to see the latest from Chanel, several cities around the globe are home to original designer boutiques and megaplex shopping centers. Click through to see some of the most luxurious shopping destinations around the world where you can indulge in the finer things in life.
1. New York
Madison and Fifth avenues are lined with luxury boutiques and larger department stores that cater to well-heeled shoppers. This is the district where you’ll find Barneys New York, Cartier, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Saks Fifth Avenue among dozens of other high-end boutiques and upscale shopping destinations. Simply walking down Fifth Avenue gives you a chance to window shop and enjoy New York City landmarks around Midtown, just a few blocks away.
Several streets in Paris are home to flagship boutiques and haute couture shops that put any fashionista in shopping heaven for a few days. Make your way to the Triangle d’Or, the district around Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and Rue Francois 1er to visit the flagship stores of Valentino, Chanel, Dior, Gucci Nina Ricci, Hermes and Givenchy.
If you’re looking to shop some of the latest trends and modern fashion essentials, Champs-Élysées will be your best bet. It’s home to the renovated Cartier store, the Comptoirs de Paris with its collection of watches and jewelry, and the Guerlain store.
When you’re on the market for the finest Italian leather goods or the latest designer collections, make your way to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. Haute Couture from Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and other world-renowned designers and even Michelin starred chef Carlo Cracco’s restaurant, Cracco.
You’ll need to make your way to London’s Bond Street for the latest designer fashions, fine jewelry and luxury gifts. This is where you’ll find the Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. stores.
If you want to stay indoors on a rainy London day, head to the multi-story Dover Street Market, where you can shop designer labels and enjoy gourmet treats at the Rose Bakery. You could spend an entire day at Harrods, shopping every department and enjoying gourmet food in the food hall, or at Fortnum & Mason, where you can buy designer luggage, housewares and clothing in a regal setting.
5. Beverly Hills, Calif.
Not only is Rodeo Drive one of the best places to spot celebrities in Los Angeles, but it’s the famous street that’s home to The Rodeo Collection shopping mall and a stunning destination to explore during the holidays.
You’ll need several days to explore all the upscale designer stores on Rodeo Drive. This is where you’ll find designer boutiques, including Agent Provocateur, Balenciaga, Bulgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Lacoste and Ralph Lauren, among many others. Make the most of your visit at local boutiques on Beverly and Canon drives, just a few blocks east of Rodeo Drive. And be sure to make your rounds in the “Golden Triangle” of department stores, home to Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York.
6. Las Vegas
On your next Las Vegas vacation, get the royal treatment while you shop the luxury shopping hot spots around the city. You’ll need to venture out to some of the larger hotels and resorts to get your luxe shopping fix in Vegas.
The Venetian is home to the Grand Canal Shoppes and Barneys New York, a fashion emporium where you can find exclusive collections. The Wynn Las Vegas has its own House of Chanel, Cartier, Chloe and other boutiques in the Wynn Esplanade. And The Forum at Caesars Palace has been coined “The Shopping Wonder of the World,” home to 160 specialty stores, including Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani and Valentino.
Escape to your own island oasis in Bal Harbour to shop the three-story shopping center that’s home to Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and dozens of luxury retail shops. Here, you’ll find European brands and designer collections of Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Dior.
Miami’s open-air setting has lush landscaping and waterfalls, making it the perfect destination for a relaxing shopping retreat. Shop high-end boutiques, including the Kardashian’s DASH store on Collins Avenue and Alchemist in Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach.
8. Abu Dhabi, UAE
Another destination where you can enjoy the VIP treatment and shop the latest designer collections is Abu Dhabi, home of the prestigious Galleria on Al Maryah Island. You’ll find all your favorite brands and designers at this luxury shopping mall enclosed in a beautiful glass ceiling complex.
Venture out to the Avenue At Etihad Towers for more designer retailers. The Avenue at Etihad Towers is home to several world-renowned brands — Chloe, Herve Leger and Salvatore Ferragamo are just a few high-end shops to explore here.
Hundreds of designer brands, retailers, department stores and more have a home on The Magnificent Mile. Catch up on the latest fashion trends at Nordstrom Michigan Avenue, and shop the six floors of Bloomingdale’s, the Chicago flagship store. Or, just walk from store to store to round up your fair share of Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Giorgio Armani pieces, and then settle in for a delicious meal at one of the many fine dining destinations and upscale bistros nearby.
When it’s time to splurge on designer gifts, clothing and home goods, make your way to Luxury Row in Honolulu. This high-end shopping complex boasts 111,000 square feet of shopping space and is home to Coach, Gucci, Tiffany & Co and more. It’s where you’ll find Chanel’s three-level store.
Another open-air destination to explore is the Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest outdoor shopping center. You’ll find high-end stores like Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s, as well as REDValentino, Miu Miu and Diane von Furstenberg.
Make your way to Southeast Asia if you’re looking for a complete shopping experience. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is home to dozens of designer boutiques. If you consider yourself a VIP shopper, the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands also offers a personal shopping style service. Just make sure you book an appointment.
Another great shopping destination in Singapore is ION Orchard, where you can shop many luxury brands. As a tourist, you can also enjoy a complimentary limousine airport transfer after spending at least $5,000.
12. Buenos Aires
Experience fashion, art and culture at Galerias Pacifico, a luxury shopping complex decorated with murals. The site is a National Historic Monument and caters to more than 900,000 well-heeled shoppers every month.
You’ll find more than 150 stores and a food court with plenty of options. The store lineup includes the likes of Daniel Hechter, Cuesta Blanca, Crocs, Grimoldi and Nicole Lee.
13. Hong Kong
One of the oldest shopping malls in Hong Kong, The Landmark is the place to indulge in a few rounds of luxury shopping. It boasts the exclusive Harvey Nichols luxury department store, as well as Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Bottega Veneta, Gucci and others. The stores are housed in four buildings: the Landmark Alexandra, Landmark Atrium, Landmark Chater and Landmark Prince’s.
Whether you’re shopping for designer fashion, stunning jewelry pieces or extravagant home decor, make your way to Yorkville Village for a luxury shopping experience.
This redeveloped shopping complex is designed with a glass facade on Avenue Road and is where you can shop for designer clothing and luxury items from the likes of Alexander Wang, Armani Collezioni and Versace. Plus, it pays that Toronto is one of the hottest travel destinations where your dollar goes far.
15. San Francisco
Encompassing four blocks, the Embarcadero Center is the place to splurge on designer items from boutiques and specialty stores. The complex boasts more than 70 stores and is also home to a public art collection and beautifully landscaped gardens.
Another San Francisco shopping destination to explore is Jackson Square. Here, you’ll find unique art pieces, furniture and fashion boutiques.
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