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Best Shopping Destinations In Europe That You Would Love As A Shopaholic


Best Shopping Destinations In Europe That You Would Love As A Shopaholic-1 Europe is so much more than history, architecture and backpacking. Europe is also one of the most popular shopping hubs in the world. Be it expensive timepieces, or high-end boutiques or designer labels, Europe has everything to make you look. The thing about shopping in Europe and it can be any city around the continent is that the famous fashion streets does not just confine to shopping. They have architecture to look upon, history to learn and cafes and restaurants with the local cuisine making it a complete day out experience. Here are the best cities in Europe which makes a great shopping destination. So be ready to shed the dimes!

1. Paris, France

Best Shopping Destinations In Europe That You Would Love As A Shopaholic-2 Paris is the haven for shopping, and maybe that’s the reason why French people are considered the most fashionable in their world for their elegance and style. If you are ready to shed some dimes, head to **Faubourg Saint-Honoré**, which is called the ‘Heart of the Paris’ and is glittering with all high-end boutique shops and fashion houses, it is one of the most luxurious and fashionable streets of the world with big fashion houses such as Dominique Sirop, Hermès, Pierre Cardin and perfumeries such as Jean-François Houbigant.

You can go to Boulevard Haussmann, the typical European architecture street for fashionistas. It has Galeries Lafayette is a flagship store and the biggest fashion departmental store of world with everything from ready to wear to haute couture.

**Champs Elysées** is another one of the hotspot for the big brands and luxury stores. Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Guerlain, Hermès, Swarovski, IKKS are some of the famous stores of the avenue.

When to go? Wintersales : beginning of January until mid February .

Summersales: end of June until end of July.

Also read: Places to visit in Paris

2. Milan, Italy

Best Shopping Destinations In Europe That You Would Love As A Shopaholic-3 Milan is the sacred place for the fashion industry. It hosts the iconic Milan Fashion Week and that gives it enough space to hold the spot amongst the most exclusive shopping centres in the world.

Milan has Quadrilatero d’Oro, which mean golden rectangle. The four places of the Quadrilatero d’Oro forms the most popular shopping spaces in Milan. Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, and Via Sant’Andrea are the four corners of the golden triangle where you will find huge shops belonging to Gucci, Prada, Moschino, Valentino, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabbana, and Versace.

Via Montenapoleone, is the upscale shopping street in Milan also the most expensive street of Europe featuring the expensive shoes and fashion designing labels.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the class covered shopping arcade with most prestigious shops in Milan.

When to go? Wintersales : from 7th January (for 30 days)

Summersales: from 7th July, (for 30 days)

Also read: Places to visit in Italy

3. London, U.K

Best Shopping Destinations In Europe That You Would Love As A Shopaholic-4 I am sure a lot of shopaholics have been to Oxford Street in the dreams. It is home to 300 shops all filled with the accessories you would have a hard time to resist your pocket. It is filled with expensive outlets of John Lewis, Selfridges, River Island and Debenhams along with the huge flagship store of Marks and Spencer.

If you are looking for some luxurious items to collect then head to Bond Street with shops like Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Donna Karan, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Nicole Fahri, Armani, Versace and Ralph Lauren. It also has a number of antique shops to collect some unique souvenirs.

You can head to Carnabay which is a space constituted of 13 streets and more than 150 stores.

From Westfield, you can shop Ted Baker, Jimmy Choo, House of Fraser among others.

When to go? Wintersales begins From 26th December until mid January.

Summersales: 3rd week of June until mid July

4. Barcelona, Spain

Best Shopping Destinations In Europe That You Would Love As A Shopaholic-5 Spain has given many renowned fashion brands to the world and it is a major shopping hub for Spaniards who like to do things in style. But the reason why Barcelona has a different shopping experience than any other place in the world is because of its architecture. No where would you find so much of architecture, and it’s Gaudi so its eye catching. Two of the main streets to shop in Barcelona are Portal de L’Angel and Passeig de Gracia. Both of them has a street dedicated to them from Plaza Catalunya. While Portal de L’Angel is the street for day to day and affordable shopping with brands like Pull and Bear, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Springfield, Benetton, H&M, Bershka, Mango, and more.

Passeig de Gracia is the street for the high-end and expensive shopping with brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Gucci, Diesel, Burberry, Jimmy Choo and jewellery and watch stores like Bvlgari, Cartier, Rolex, Chanel, and Swarovski.

You can also go the famous malls Glories Centro, Las Arenas (also has a famous fountain show), Diagonal Mar, El Trianglo Centro.

When to go? Wintersales: 7th January until beginning of March

Summersales: 1st July - 31st August

Also read: 12 things that should be on your Spain bucketlist.

5. Berlin, Germany

Best Shopping Destinations In Europe That You Would Love As A Shopaholic-6 Followed by the major shopping destinations of Europe, Berlin has an array of fancy stores, boutiques and brands and the famous perfumeries. Kurfrstendamm is the main shopping street of Berlin with all the European architecture adorning the more than 100 streets from where you can shop. The shopping boulevard has all the fine dine restaurants, open cafes and bars lined up for you. The street is most famous for the fashion designer outlets and car showrooms. Kurfürstendamm has famous departmental stores of which KaDeWe is the oldest and offers a shopping experience in an enclosed space of 60 sq m, spread over 6 floors. You can also visit Peek & Cloppenburg.

Hackescher Markt is another fashion street with brands like RayBan, Oakley, Fossil, Adidas, Energy, Scotch and Soda, Diesel. This market mainly has exclusive brands.

You can also visit the famous shopping malls in Berlin, Alexa and Mall of Berlin are the most popular ones.

When to go? When to visit: Wintersales: end of January

Summersales: end of August

6. Turkey, Istanbul

Best Shopping Destinations In Europe That You Would Love As A Shopaholic-7 Turkey is a major shopping destination not only for Europeans but for the rest of the world for the sense of fashion that Turkey has. Turkey has a mix of ancient bazaars and ostentatious malls. Among the most popular shopping spots in Turkey, Grand Bazaar is known all over the world, primarily for the Turkish rugs. It has been in shopping business since 1455 and is known amongst the world’s first shopping malls in the world. You can buy jewellery, antiques, Turkish carpets and ceramics.

Next in line is the famous spice bazaar which has been a spot not only for shopping but a number of movies have been shot amidst its vibrant ambience. Spice Bazaar is the largest covered market in Istanbul after Grand Bazaar. It has numerous shops for spices, Turkish delight, sweets and jewellery.

You can also visit the famous malls Anka Mall, which is called the shopping center of Turkey.

When to go? Wintersales: December-January

Summersales : June-July

7. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Best Shopping Destinations In Europe That You Would Love As A Shopaholic-8 Amsterdam won’t just offer you the normal shopping experience but for the things the city is known for all around the world, you can do some quirky shopping. For the fashion shopping first, you can go to the famous shopping streets of Amsterdam such as De Negen Straatjes, the nine little streets which is lined with the famous fashion brands, boutiques cafes and vintage stores. Pieter Cornelisz (P.C.) Hooftstraat is the destination for exclusive shopping with brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Vanilia, Gant and Miss Sixty. The best departmental stores to shop from are De Bijenkorf and Magna Plaza.

However, Amsterdam is famous for coffee shops. Haarlemmerstraat is the street with most coffee shops where marijuana and other drugs legalized in Amsterdam are available there. You can buy edible brownies, shrooms, raw form, cookies, chocolates and in so many other forms you possibly can’t imagine.

De Wallen is the largest red light area of the world and is famous for its sex toy shops and the bizzare products that it has. In case you are looking for shopping, or else a visit to this place for a cultural contrast is a must.

When to go? Wintersales: in January.

Summersales: in August.

8. Brussels, Belgium

Best Shopping Destinations In Europe That You Would Love As A Shopaholic-9 The best thing about shopping in Brussels would be you would never be energy drowned because you would always find something delicious to eat from its famous desserts. And of course, shopping in Brussels would include buying a lot of Belgian chocolates.

While Avenue Louise is the main street for luxury shopping features brands like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Nespresso, Chanel, Sarah Pacini, and many other boutiques. You can go to Marche du Midi for a Sunday shopping experience for trying local cuisine and some light shopping.

If you want to buy the Belgian chocolates, which you should, Grote Market is the place to buy some of the best chocolates, desserts, honey, spread and other things you can find alluring.

When to go? Wintersales: from the 2nd January until the 31st January.

Summersales: from the 1st July until the 31 July.

9. Lisbon, Portugal

Best Shopping Destinations In Europe That You Would Love As A Shopaholic-10 Portuguese people are known for their poised fashion sense and the country has also some of the finest shoe and fashion designers around the world. If you are looking to shop in Portugal, it’s capital city Lisbon is the best pick. It blends the shopping with an experience with products and markets that are unique and beautiful.

Avenida Da Liberdade is one of the prominent shopping centres of Lisbon featuring brands like Luis Vuitton, Emporio Armani and in addition Trussardi, Burberry, Longchamp, and Escada. You can also enjoy the local cuisine at the cafes located here.

Rua Augusta, is an architectural marvel mostly with the European and affordable fashion brands as the likes of Zara, Mango or H&M. You can also find the local vendors selling finest clothes and items to fill your bags without really emptying your wallet.

When to go? Wintersales: from 7th January to 28th February

Summersales: from 7th June to 30th September

10. Budapest, Hungary

Best Shopping Destinations In Europe That You Would Love As A Shopaholic-11 Budapest has as many shops as there are cafes, bars, museums and art centres. Shopping in the city does not require you to have all the money in the world. Erzsébet Square and Heroes’ Square, has high-end fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Burberry.

Vaci Utca is the main shopping street in Budapest with lots of fashion stores and cafes running along side. The first ones to come here and set up their stores were Hugo Boss and Max Mara and then came Benetton, Sisley, s. Oliver, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Mexx, Cream, Lloyd and Byblos

Budapest also has the flea market culture and you can head to Esceri Flea Market. It is a mix of junk and flea shopping and keep your bargaining skills brushed up for this one.

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