There are times when nothing beats the thrill of a heavy shopping session, whether it’s in the local mall or when we’re on holiday. Hunting down the best deals on electrical goods or seeking out the latest fashions can be great fun, and here are five must-visit locations for globe-trotting fans of retail therapy.
Los Angeles is home to some of the world’s most famous celebrities, and when the rich and famous go in search of haute couture they head to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The likes of Prada, Dior and Chanel are all favourites, and on weekend afternoons the sidewalks are teeming with both residents and tourists. The area is synonymous with the wealthy and influential elite of California.
One of the most famous streets in the whole world, Fifth Avenue runs from north to south in the heart of Manhattan. Home to a huge number of designer stores, it’s perhaps best known for the presence of Tiffany’s flagship store, made especially famous by the Audrey Hepburn movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And when the shopping becomes too tiring, the tranquillity of Central Park is conveniently close by.
Many shoppers in London tend to head for Oxford and Regent Streets for bargains, but the more exclusive stores are often to be found in Bond Street. Many years ago it was perhaps better known as the location of some of London’s major art galleries and auction rooms, although it should be pointed out that Bond Street has always been popular with shoppers as well.
In recent years, Dubai has evolved into one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, and something of a playground for the wealthy. The Wafi Mall is home to hundreds of stores, and is perhaps best known for the range of designer fashions that are on offer. As you would expect from such a prestigious location, shoppers can stop to enjoy refreshments in a range of food and drink outlets, and on some days of the week the mall is open right through to midnight.
A hugely popular area of Tokyo, Ginza is home to many of the world’s most exclusive designer fashion stores, and is a particular favourite with the young and trendy brigade. As well as clothes and jewellery, Ginza is also well-known for its collection of high-end electrical shops that showcase many of Japan’s most cutting edge examples of modern technology. Ginza provides an impressive combination of both Western and Japanese shopping experiences.
David Showell lives in the south-east of England and works for a company that supplies ferry tickets via the web.