“When I shop, the world gets better, and the world is better, but then it’s not, and I need to do it again,” a famous quote from the movie, Confessions of a Shopaholic, aptly sums up the feeling of a compulsive shopper (and even those who are not). For a moment the world becomes silent, and we live in joy. Whether you wish to splurge on a once-in-a-lifetime purchase or regularly indulge in retail therapy; a luxury shopping setting can be a dizzying experience for even the most habitual of buyers.
Retain therapy is a guilty pleasure for some, for others an addiction, and for a few more just a necessity, but it’s an experience for everyone. The smell and feel of purchasing a new item almost always gets you excited. When it’s luxe or a precious buy, the excitement is manifold.
With tourism back as an option, everyone is jetting off for a much-needed break, and one of the many perks is of course shopping! Finally witnessing the otherworldly feeling of stepping into a multi-designer or designer store that smells of fresh leather. Keeping this feeling in mind, we decided to help you with your shopping extravaganza across the globe. Here are some of the most luxurious shopping destinations across the world.
Fifth Avenue, New York
If you wish to get lost in the world of luxury, New York’s Fifth Avenue is just where you need to be! A city that never sleeps, shopping in New York City can’t get better than Fifth Avenue. From multi-designers stores that house it all to extravagant premium designer boutiques, Fifth Avenue is a haven for all shoppers. The gorgeous display windows will leave you feeling invited to every store.
The best part about Strøget? It’s a car-free zone! Being one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe (about 1.1km) the gorgeous architecture and trademark designer stores are sure to take your breath away. Indulge in a luxurious experience as you spend the day at this luxury boulevard. Punctuate your luxury shopping spree as you make a pit-stop at a cafe for a quick bite, surrounded by international brands like Prada, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Hermès and Boss. While minimalistic fashion reigns supreme in Copenhagen, you can expect to find a mix of kitsch and understated styles.
Bond Street, London
When you’re looking for an ambience (and a city) that won’t fail to impress, London is where you need to be. Known to be the place when it comes to fashion, Bond Street London not only houses the biggest international names, but if you wish to get your hands on exquisite, one-of-a-kind and new season collections, this should be on your radar.
Rodeo Drive, LA
The city of Los Angeles will surely steal your heart with the perfect blend of mountains, a river and conducive weather conditions. Much like everything in this town, the upmarket locality of Beverly Hills is a shopper’s paradise. If you wish to splurge and channel your fetish for luxury shopping, Rodeo Drive is the address you need to be at. Home to many Hollywood celebrities, LA is the home ground of glamour. Hence, it’s no surprise to find OTT, fashion-forward and outrageous outfits that will ensure you bring out your sartorial and experimental love for fashion. Shopping at Rodeo Drive is for those who love to make a bold statement.
Switzerland might be famed for its delicious melt-in-your-mouth chocolates, but the luxury shopping extravaganza scores no less. From coveted brands to smaller homegrown brands, the fashion scene in Zurich is one to watch out for. Classics are upgraded with contemporary silhouettes while contemporary prints are championed well.
Via Monte Napoleone, Milan
Milan bodes refinement, elegance, poise, finesse and oodles of sophistication. Known to be one of the most fashionable cities, their taste in high-value couture is unparalleled. For luxury shoppers, your list would be incomplete without Via Monte Napoleone.
But what should you keep an eye out for? Known for impeccable mastery, leather and craftsmanship, luxury shopping in Milano is all about quality. Eccentric and sartorial styles can be found on show windows at every store.
Feminine, street-style and quirky aptly describes the luxury shopping-scape of Ginza, Tokyo. Although an understated location that doesn’t come to one’s mind when thinking of fashion, their gender-neutral and cutting-edge contemporary styles are noteworthy. Pushing the boundaries, panache brands like BAPE and Comme des Garcons should be a must-visit here. You can expect to find a mix of wardrobe staples and high-fashion pieces.
Avenue Montaigne, Paris
Gucci, Chanel, Prada, you name some of the top designers, and they ought to find their roots in France. The capital of fashion, Paris, has the crème de la crème of fashion royalty. Putting the Parisian heritage on a pedestal is Avenue Montaigne because when it comes to luxury shopping, no one does it better. Avenue Montaigne connects the Champs-Elysées to the Alma Bridge and is known as one of the most exclusive and luxurious arteries in the capital. From Dior, Chloé, Céline, Prada, and Salvatore Ferragamo to Valentino, and a gorgeous Hermès store with its original carved wooden storefront; the most exclusive luxury shopping experience can be found here. Also expect a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower from the Place de l’Alma.