Fashion enthusiasts can travel the world for the love of shopping and if you’re one of them, you’re probably wondering which cities to hit next. We got you covered with our list of the top 10 shopping destinations across the globe. Pack light and get ready for the most exciting shopping spree.
Everybody knows that Milan is one of the world’s best fashion capitals and is home to renowned brands like Armani and Salvatore Ferragamo. To go there is a dream come true for any shopping aficionado. From haute couture to genuine Italian leather products, Milan has everything to satisfy even the most selective luxury shoppers.
The Golden Rectangle: ‘Quadrilatero d’Oro’
Ask any Italian where to go for the most extravagant shopping spree and they’ll point you to The Golden Rectangle. Located near the Duomo, the Golden Rectangle comprises of several streets with shops and malls full of high-end brands and haute couture. In fact, for any designer brand, having a store in Quadrilatero d’Oro is an unspoken rule. Which shops do you start with? Prada, Gucci or Valentino?
Less popular than The Golden Rectangle, Brena District is the artistic side of the city and oozes with bohemian charm. It’s a refreshing change, minus the it-crowds. Here you’ll find museums, art galleries, cafés but there’s distinctive high-end fashion boutiques to satisfy your shopping cravings. If you’re looking for that unique scent which will be your signature fragrance, you’re sure to find it in this area which is home to various perfumeries – some have been in business since the 1920s.
Where to check-in?
Four Seasons Hotel Milan
Just a two-minute walk to The Golden Rectangle and 15 minutes to Brena District, the Four Seasons Hotel Milan checks all the right boxes for an enjoyable stay. This 15th century gem distinguishes herself with her unique frescoes and stunning architecture but the courtyard is a pleasant surprise; especially when you’re right in the heart of Milan.
The rooms and suites are modern and sophisticated; afterall you’re staying in the fashion district. Our coup de coeur is the Fashion Suite – a stylish suite with modern furnishings, stunning prints and colors and a quiet terrace to relax.
If you’re feeling exhausted after all that shopping, the spa has just the right remedy to help you back on track – the Gold Fashion in Milan treatment. This pampering treatment targets fatigue and you’re left all relax and refreshed.
After your retail therapy, there’s nothing better than a hearty meal at La Veranda which serves the finest Milanese style veal cutlet and you can always finish off with Italy’s famous classic; the indulging Tiramisu.
Paris always had an eye for fashion and has been the leading trendsetter in Europe and the rest of the world for centuries -from King Louis XIV’s extravagant wigs and style to Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. Even today Haute Couture, parfumerie and Parisian elegance come to mind when you think of this chic city.
This is where shopping aficionados head to whenever they visit Paris. Comprising of the Avenue des Champs Elysées, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V, the Triangle D’or features a variety of luxury boutiques from Haute Couture to Perfumery and famous Jewellers. All the big brands have a store here. Whether you’re looking for an authentic Louis Vuitton bag or the latest Cartier watch collection; the Triangle D’or is your luxury shopping destination.
Where to check-in?
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Hôtel Plaza Athénée gets you as close to Parisian fashion scene as possible. The hotel is just minutes from the Triangle D’or which is perfect if you want to drop your bulky shopping bags. It appeared in Hollywood fashion flick The Devil Wears Prada and it was also the venue for Christian Dior’s first fashion show ever.
The rooms and suites are all refined but the Haute Couture Suite stands out for its unique take on Parisian elegance. Drawing from classic and contemporary influences, you’ll find the finest fabrics, massive chandeliers and everything that reminds you of the high life. The stunning view of the Eiffel Tower through that ornate frame window is probably is probably the most eye-catching feature of the room. Don’t feel bad if you thought it was a photograph – we almost fell for it too.
The hotel is also home to the Dior Institut, a spa inspired by Christian Dior’s philosophy and which uses Dior’s skincare products for all its treatments. When you have your fill with shopping you can head there and treat yourself to a soothing cleansing and anti-fatigue treatment which leaves you fully rejuvenated.
By the end of the day, you’re up for another adventure; this time at Alain Ducasse’s three Michelin stars restaurant designed with fashion and Haute Couture in mind. Alain Ducasse offers a unique concept called naturalness cuisine which, is both healthy and indulgent. The Cotentin Blue Lobster paired with a dry Savennière (cru 2005) gives you a clear picture of what we mean by that.
London has it all, latest fashion trends, haute couture, high-end brands, some of the best jewellers and several flagship stores all over the city. With a range of British and international high-fashion brands, it has grown into a favourite luxury shopping destination.
The legendary Bond Street is a shopper’s paradise with brands like Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Hermès opening stores on this historic street. Don’t be surprised if you bump into celebrities while you stroll around; that’s where they all shop when they’re visiting the city.
Enjoy old style Mayfair charm at the Burlington Arcade on Piccadilly Circus. Classic Arcades like this one are becoming rare but it’s a nice change from the crowd of Bond Street. Here it’s more exclusive with luxury stores like jewelry store CARAT London, Kwanpen that’s known for its handmade crocodile leather bags or Penhaligon’s that’s known for its unique fragrances.
Where to Check-in?
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
Staying at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square has its perks. While Bond Street is only a 20 minute drive away, you’re right in the heart of the historic area of London. That means that you get to enjoy the best that the city has to offer, a good dose of history and hours of relentless shopping.
The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is all about history. Set in what used to be the Port of London Authority HQ in the 1920s, the hotel maintains its nautical heritage and you can feel it as you explore the lobby or admire the reliefs at the Rotunda bar.
The rooms also reflect this marine heritage and feel more like elegant ship cabins with their wooden wall panels. It’s all trendy with an art deco theme but there’s a calm atmosphere which is a relief when you’re back from shopping.
In the evening, you’re probably yearning for a pre-dinner aperitivo. The Rotunda Bar is the after-work scene for the posh Londoner, so you’re expected to dress to to impress. Try the house’s signature Petting Pantry cocktail and some delicious Scotch Eggs as you enjoy live music and mingle with the stylish crowd. Who knows…you may even get a few good pointers for the next day’s shopping adventure.
New York City
There’s plenty of reasons why New York City is a favorite luxury shopping destination. This cosmopolitan city has it all – style, charm and an array of high-end boutiques, designer flagship stores and more. What’s the best areas to hit for a successful shopping spree?
Upper East Side
The Upper East Side is home to the city’s elite. This posh neighborhood has everything a luxury shopping fanatic can dream of; from Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen to Missoni and Gianvito Rossi on Madison Avenue. And if you need an extra trunk to pack all your shopping, head to Maison Goyard which is one of the oldest luxury trunk makers in the world.
Dubbed as NYC’s most fashionable street, this part of Midtown Manhattan is an iconic shopping scene. Home to the largest Dolce & Gabbana flagship store in the world, jewelers like Harry Winston, Bulgari and Van Cleef & Arpels, and more high-end shops, Fifth Avenue keeps drawing luxury shopping aficionados.
Where to check-in?
How do you feel about staying right on Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side? The Surrey is right on the Newyorkers’ favorite shopping street and you can start your retail therapy from the moment you wake up.
President John F. Kennedy called it home for a while and Jazz and Pop singer of the 1950s, Rosemary Clooney chose to stay here on many of her NYC trips and we can only say that they had great taste.
The Surrey is known for its intimate atmosphere and sets the benchmark for excellent service. The staff is friendly and does its best to make you feel special. But there’s more to this unique establishment.
The elegant suites, all in Art Deco style, feel like trendy Newyorkese apartments but the one that caught our eye is The Studio Suite with Terrace. The private terrace gives you a picture perfect view of the Upper East Side but if you’re around in winter, you’ll enjoy cozying up in the armchair by the fireplace with a good book.
If that’s not enough to unwind, a visit to the Cornelia Spa should set you in high spirits. Try the Cornelia signature massage which is a combination of different techniques like Shiatsu and Swedish massages which aim to leave you all rejuvenated.
The hotel also houses Café Boulud, one of Upper East Side’s best restaurants which celebrates French gastronomy. The establishment takes a unique spin on French classics and seasonal cuisine. If you’re planning to dine here, make a reservation because the restaurant is always full and busy.
This iconic destination is known for her horde of Hollywood celebrities, her extravagant lifestyle and of course, the high-end shopping. Beverly Hills is a luxury shopping paradise where you can have everything from high-end boutiques to designer shops and there’s always a high chance to run into the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Calvin Harris.
Beverly Hills’ most popular shopping destination has it all. This two-mile long street offers everything a luxury shopping enthusiast can dream of, from Prada to Gucci and Cartier. You’ll also find the luxurious shopping center Two Rodeo Drive which is a must-see for all luxury shopping aficionados and houses brands like Versace and Lavin.
Montage Beverly Hills
Only a 10 minute stroll to Rodeo Drive, the Montage Beverly Hills reminds you about the 1960s with its vintage theme that reminds you of Hollywood’s golden age. At the Montage Beverly Hills, you’re treated just like a movie star.
The suites at the Montage Beverly Hills are all vintage with panoramic views of Beverly Hills. If you want to take the glamour up another notch, the Hollywood Suite is a perfect choice. Spacious, with a dining room and kitchenette; it’s a luxurious home away from home and the terrace becomes your favorite spot to retreat and enjoy the views of Hollywood Hills.
There’s also plenty of relaxing activities at the hotel. The pool area is a great spot to unwind whether you want to get a good tan or swim a few laps in the pool. But if you need some skin pampering, the Spa Montage is just the right place. Their Gentlemen’s Ultimate Escape is one of their best treatments that leaves you all relaxed and refreshed.
At The Restaurant where you can sample chef Monica’s own interpretation of the American classic dishes. Here the limelight is on fresh seafood and meat and the excellent sauces. Have the Salmon with the Chimichurri and the Minty Salsa Verde; the flavors will leave craving for more.