Here are some of the leading shopping destinations around the world which no self-confessed shopping aficionado can afford to miss
One of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world, Mutrah Souq is the most popular souq in Muscat for tourists. From local household goods, ready-made garments, silver jewellery to frankincense, perfumes and souvenirs like khanjar replicas, fridge magnets, khanjar key-chains, wooden bookmarks, scarves and shawls, Omani woven baskets, mats, embroidered caps and traditional costumes, you can buy everything listed on your must-buy list here.
ONE Monte-Carlo is a brand-new fashion district, with 24 luxury boutiques and sweeping majestic views of the Place du Casino. The experience continues in the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo’s jewellers’ courtyard.
Mall of America, Minnesota
Located in the town of Bloomington only a few minutes from St. Paul International Airport, the mall houses over 520 stores! Plus, there is absolutely no tax on clothes and shoes. A quick fact that will surprise shopping lovers is that the mall is so huge that it has its own zip code –
The Outlets at Orange, South California
The Outlets at Orange, Orange County’s only outlet shopping mall, is home to more than 120 outlet and value stores. The Outlets at Orange is only minutes away from Disneyland® Resort, Angel Stadium, Honda Center and the Anaheim Convention Center.
Hudson Yards, New York
The largest private real estate project in the US, opened in March 2019. New York’s newest fashion and foodie destination brings more than a mile of shopping and dining experiences to Manhattan’s West Side. Hudson Yards is home to more than 100 shops and restaurants, including New York City’s first Neiman Marcus.
King of Prussia Mall, Philadelphia, (Simon Shopping Destinations)
North America’s premier shopping destination, with one of the largest retail shopping spaces in the US. The center features seven world-class department stores, 450 shops, including an impressive luxury retail collection.
The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas (Simon Shopping Destinations)
Perfectly situated at the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip, adjacent to Caesar’s Palace, The Forum Shops proudly welcome more than 28 million visitors annually.
Emporium DNA (Washington DC, Dupont Circle)
Aimed at stylish types who favour on-trend design and a contemporary point-of-view, EmporiumDNA highlights clothes, accessories and shoes from fashionista-loved brands.
Bluemercury (Washington DC, Dupont Circle)
This high-end national beauty chain got its start in DC, and Dupont’s narrow shop features Bluemercury’s usual displays of potions and lotions from niche and luxe brands.
Shop Made in DC (Washington DC, Dupont Circle)
Shop Made in DC is a brick-and-mortar retail-cafe hybrid exclusively featuring products from Made in DC businesses. Everything you see in the store is produced by local artisans and makers in DC.
Outlet City Metzingen
Located in Baden-Württemberg state of South-West Germany – just 30 minutes by car from Stuttgart and two hours from Munich, Frankfurt and Zurich – Outlet City Metzingen makes for a perfect daytrip for exclusive shopping of luxury brands. If you are visiting from a country outside the European Union, you qualify for tax-free shopping, with an additional saving of up to 14.5 per cent direct tax refund on site. Happy shopping!
Downtown Dansaert sports classic avenues with avant-garde fashion and design boutiques, narrow streets with hidden gems of creativity and inventiveness, and squares with historical secrets. Immerse in art and literature, dine at charming and gourmet restaurants and learn how to taste unexpected Belgian beers.
Villagio Mall, Doha
Doha, the capital city of Qatar, is home to the globally recognised shopping experience called Villaggio Mall.
Villaggio is located on Al Waab Street in the west end of the city and within Aspire Zone, and attracts an average footfall of over 1.5 million people every month. It is the most sought-after destination in Qatar for top-of-the-line luxury brands.
FoxTown Factory Outlet Mall
If you like shopping, do not miss FoxTown Factory outlet mall, the temple of luxury shopping. FoxTown, the biggest factory stores center in Southern Europe, is located in Mendrisio, Southern Switzerland only 10 minutes from Lugano.
FoxTown’s most important aspect is its price point where they offer the most prestigious brands such as Gucci, Armani and others at prices at discounts ranging from 30 to 70 per cent year-round.
Souks of Marrakech
Get into the multi-century-old souks and discover the hundreds of shops selling perfumes, spices, bags, clothes, baskets, shawls, carpets, shoes and even safety pins. There are tanneries on pavements, street artists in every corner, and vegetable vendors popping out of alleys. Marrakech souks are the perfect amalgam of colour, energy and vibrancy.
Le Caudan Waterfront Mall
It is almost mandatory that you start your shopping spree from the capital Port Louis. And what better place than the Le Caudan Waterfront Mall to kick things off, for it offers a hearty shopping experience to one and all.
What separates Cibaduyut from other markets is that it’s known as the center for leather shoes. Most products in Cibaduyut are handcrafted and locally made with good quality and durability. Even President Joko Widodo shops here!
The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest and most-visited retail and entertainment destination, which welcomes more than 80 million visitors annually. The mall has over 1300 retail outlets, including two anchor department stores – Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s – and over 200 food and beverage outlets.