Shopping; the act of hopping around in a fashionable and cool way.
See, it’s not a coincidence I love shopping. It’s just hopping with an extra -s! I love shopping as much as I love hopping, so I thought why not combine both in one post, presenting you my favorite shopping spots around the globe. The streets i visit first when in one city or another. I have to admit I’ve spent way more shopping abroad than I did when in Greece. I guess wearing clothes and accessories I’ve bought from 3 or 4 different cities makes me kinda like a walking souvenir sometimes.
It’s just that I’ve grown out of my usual memorabilia and began a new collection of my own.
9+1 Favorite Shopping Streets
1.Fifth Avenue, New York
Both the exchange rate (for the EU people) and lower prices are tempting but what’s more tempting is a simple statement like this; You’re in Manhattan!
2. Oscar Freire, São Paulo
When in Oscar Freire, I always start my stroll from its end going up. That’s where a huge Havaianas store is (I own 9 pairs and keep counting..).
3. Via Montenapoleone, Milan
To be honest, Milan isn’t one of my favorite cities in Italy (maybe it’s too industrial for my taste). If I had to pick a reason why you should love it, then it would have to be its shopping delirium – it gets a 10 out of 10. Italian finesse, refined taste, excellent styling and the Italian’s passion for fashion, nominate Milan as one of the top fashion capitals of the world.
Via Montenapoleone looks like a walk-by museum. It’s really an exhibition that hosts the most in-style and luxurious fashion items; handbags, shoes (oh, my – shoes!), accessories, pret-a-porter pieces, tailor-made orders and whatever you can think of. Legend has it that you can’t leave Milan without shopping a luxurious something!
Well, at least that’s my legend. I invented it once, when strolling up and down mesmerized by everything I saw.
4. Bahnhofstrasse, Zürich
It’ll be worth walking – don’t forget to taste the famous Luxemburgerli from Sprüngli.
5. Grand Canal Shoppes, Las Vegas
So, this isn’t actually my favorite street – more of a fave shopping spot. It’s the amazing and super luxurious Venetian Hotel. The Grand Canal Shoppes is a part of the vast hotel. The most famous designers combine with some of the best restaurants and live concerts at Saint’s Marks square in a feast of the eyes you won’t believe it’s even real.
6. Old Bond Street, London
New Bond Street is also great for shopping, but I find it difficult to resist to La Perla’s window at the Old Bond Street – so unique and stunning each time I visit London. When I crave diamonds on the other hand, I stand in front of De Beers for some moments of day-dreaming.
7. Dubai Mall, Dubai
Same as Las Vegas, life in Dubai mostly happens indoors due to the extreme heat. Dubai never seizes to amaze the entire world with its flair for incredible buildings and services. Every new Mall, Hotel or Terminal built has one purpose and one purpose only; to surpass in excellence, luxury and facilities all the previous ones. And they really do.
Let alone the many restaurants and the worldwide-known Dancing Waters with the Burj Khalifa overlooking.
Have a taste of the Dancing Waters:
8. Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris
I know you’re thinking that’s a cliché but excusez-moi; Champs-élysées is where all my trips to Paris begin. Feeling the romance filling the Parisian atmosphere brings back memories of black & white images of another era and walking down the most famous avenue in France, if not in the whole world, feels just like that. A stop at the Louis Vuitton boutique is obligatory – think of it as the 2nd Tower of Paris, it’s a fashion landmark of the City of Lights.
Same goes for Galeries Lafayette during Christmas; a show takes place every 10 minutes at the incredibly decorated Christmas tree – you wouldn’t wanna miss it. I’m still processing whether Paris is indeed, the place-to-be at Christmas time but all evidence indicates so.
9. The “Golden Triangle”, Nice
Monaco and Cannes do share the Royal Crown of Shopping in the French Riviera but none of these cities can compete Nice at both quality and quantity – luxury is taken for granted. There’s nothing you won’t find there.
Galeries Lafayette is a must there too, as it is located at the Central Place Massena and it’s definitely worth visiting.
10. Shibuya, Tokyo
Which are your favorite shopping spots?
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