Long before Carrie Bradshaw donned her first pair of Manolos, women from all over the world flocked to the Big Apple to do one thing and one thing only – shop. If you want to walk in Carrie’s shoes (literally), head to famous department store Saks Fifth Avenue where the shoe department has its own zip code.
Electronics are to Hong Kong what shoes are to New York, so if it’s time for a gadget update then this is your place. Phones, cameras and computer hardware are in high supply and generally much cheaper than they are in Oz. Just remember to buy an adapter as well!
It’s home to Central Saint Martins, one of the world’s most famous fashion schools, and has bred iconic designers like Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. Once you’ve given your credit card a work out on Regent and Bond Streets, head to Camden or Portobello Markets for a taste of true London style.
Whether it’s fashion, accessories, electronics or entertainment, you’re sure to find it – and find it cheap – in Bangkok. From eclectic markets to huge department stores and shopping malls, the Thai capital has something for everyone. Just make sure you check products closely as the city is renowned for its knock-offs. After all, the devil didn’t wear ‘Prado’.
Gambling, neon lights, showgirls … outlet stores? Few people think of shopping when they think of Vegas but drive a few miles off the Strip and you’ll find some of the USA’s best outlet shopping, from designer labels to chain store brands. And with the Aussie dollar the way it is, you’ll save even more.
When it comes to Melbourne, Chapel and Brunswick Streets are as well-known as AFL and trams. Forget the big malls of other capital cities and spend a day (or more) wandering these popular shopping strips. There are also plenty of great cafes, restaurants and wine bars along the way to keep your energy up.
Parisian women have got classic, elegant dressing down to a fine art, and it’s no wonder with the abundance of high-end boutiques and chic department stores in the City of Light. Make a stop at Galeries Lafayette, the 10-storey department store that has stood in the 9th arrondissement since 1896.
It’s not called the Grand Bazaar for nothing – as one of the largest covered markets in the world, it has been a trading centre since 1461 and now boasts more than 5000 stalls. Up to 400,000 visitors a day come here for jewellery, carpets, textiles, antiques, spices and ceramics.
Dubai has become so synonymous with shopping that it now boasts its own Shopping Festival, a month-long celebration that has been running each February since 1996. Along with discounts at over 2000 outlets across the city, it also includes fashion shows, street performances, fireworks and other cultural events.
Its quirky, cutting edge fashion has made Tokyo a must-visit destination for one-of-a-kind pieces that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. For inspiration, head to Takeshita-dori opposite Harajuku Station. This narrow street is the place to see and be seen and is where you’ll find some of the city’s favourite boutiques and cafes.