Most people, especially women, experience a heightened feeling of happiness when they go shopping. Researchers who have deliberated the effect of shopping believe that it can lead to the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain called endorphins. Here’s our pick of the world’s best shopping locations to get those endorphins running rampant!
The glamorous, well-lit and artfully decorated department stores of New York are synonymous with fabulous shopping. The Big Apple is home to some of the most famous department stores in the world including Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman. There is something to suit everyone’s tastes and budget, whether you are looking for high-end designer items on Fifth Avenue and the Upper East Side; to Williamsburg in Brooklyn, where you’ll spot vintage furniture, clothes and records at its flea markets and boutique stores.
Tokyo’s Shinjuku district is one of their most famous shopping spots. Neon signs, modern malls, department stores and skyscrapers will excite your senses whether shopping for clothes or electronic gadgets. If all the shopping gets too much, you can always escape the madness and visit the tranquil haven that is Shinjuku Gyoen, a beautiful garden with lovely lakes and ponds where you can relax and get re-energised for the next round of shopping.
You can rely on Milan to supply visiting fashionistas with world-famous Italian designers and one of the oldest shopping malls in the world, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele houses them all. Opened in 1877, you can find many of the top Italian designer’s flagship stores here including Prada, Versace and many more. Some of the lesser known boutiques include Cavalli E Nastri where you can grab beautiful vintage clothing, or La Rinascente in the Piazza Duomo, which has eight floors of everything from perfume, sunglasses to women’s accessories.
With over 1,200 outlets covering 13 million square feet (that’s equivalent to 50 football fields) The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall. Home to just about every major fashion brand, it is set to become the next fashion capital of the world. Grand décor compliments the endless rows of elite fashion names and you will be totally spoilt for choice. In a country where the weather is sweltering most of the year, air-conditioned shopping malls have become like traditional town squares – a wonderful place to socialise.
London is one of the top shopping capitals of the world, with unique department stores including Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. The iconic Liberty of London is a must see for the savvy and sophisticated shopper, housing carefully selected beautiful and luxurious products in an eccentric and charming environment. London is also home to some of the best vintage shopping in the world, from pop-up pound sales found in East London, to the famous Portobello Road Market. If it’s some tasty food you’re after, Borough Market is the ‘original’ London market and filled with small and intriguing food vendors. Chelsea Harbour and King’s Road are perfect for those looking for homeware and antique shops, while Clerkenwell is a great destination for contemporary design furniture.
Paris is home to many of the world’s most famous fashion houses including Chanel, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton. The rich and famous flock to the City of Love for exclusive couture pieces and are willing to spend big at high end fashion houses. Colette is Paris’s cult store, where you’ll find everything hip, from toys and magazines, to furniture, clothing and jewelry. There’s even the trendy Le Water Bar on the ground floor where you can grab a drink and bite to eat before continuing with your retail therapy.