Destination Guide

2015-11-26

Destination Guide

Skip’s Ultimate Destination Guide

Wondering where to go on your next shopping spree? Well, Milan is home to many of fashion's biggest names, such as Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, and Paris is the ultimate shopaholic’s dream with discounts on luxury brands like Stella McCartney, Yves St Laurent, and more. Then, across the world in New York, you’ll find diversity in style and interpretations of chic, and even be able to go on curated vintage shopping sprees. These are the most popular shopping destinations from around the globe, but there are more that haven’t been given as much of the limelight. Below, we tell you all about the cities that will have you shopping until you drop, while you enjoy an amazing holiday at the same time!

Seoul

South Korea has the world’s most serious addiction to shopping. The nation recorded more credit card transactions per person than any other country in 2011, and all merchants are required by law to accept credit cards no matter how low the price! From Seoul's trendiest late-night shopping mall to shops of all types and sizes, including LED-fish-scale-studded luxury department stores to trendy street carts, you’ll be sure to find the ever-changing hottest item of the moment. You may find yourself paying quite a bit for foreign luxury goods, but local boutiques tend to be cheap and chic. At the airport, you’ll find the first Louis Vuitton airport duty-free store, as well as cheap prices for most foreign brands. The city also has a good mix of the old and new, according to the Globe Shopper Index, which recommends the Seoul Folk Flea Market, Namdaemun Market and Gyeongdong Market for a shopping spree of more traditional goods.

Madrid

Madrid ranks third for best prices on general luxury items in the Globe Shopper Index. Items unique to Madrid include traditional wool and cotton velvet capes for men and women. Pierce Brosnan and Hillary Clinton can be listed amongst their clientele. It is also reported that Picasso was buried in his cape from the store. You can find souvenir-worthy fans, mantillas, ornamental combs and even castanets. Then, once you’re satisfied with your shopping, you can enjoy club hopping and all that Madrid’s bustling nightlife has to offer.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Shopping is a big deal in Dubai! Dubai Mall is the world's largest mall in total area, with theme parks, a waterfall, ‘dancing’ fountains, an Olympic-sized ice rink, an aquarium, an indoor souk and malls within the mall, such as the Galeries Lafayette from France and th first Bloomingdale's outside the United States. There's also the Mall of the Emirates, with the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. And, only a shopping mecca can boast an annual Shopping Festival, where you can save up to 70% on electronics, clothing and popular items. The Dubai Shopping Festival will be celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2016 and runs from 1 to 31 January 2016, so go and shop your heart out.

Vienna

Vienna comes in second on the Globe Shopper Index for total cost of luxury items, but they also have the earliest closing hours out of all of the cities, which can be a bit of a let-down. However, there’s a centuries-old Naschmarkt, where shoppers can eat their way along 1.5 kilometres and 120 food vendors whipping up local eats, from kaiserschmarrn (dessert pancakes) and crepe-like palatschinken, to exotic cheeses and seafood. During the Christmas season, you can browse through glass baubles and handcrafted ornaments while sipping on glühwein at Vienna's venerable and gloriously lit Christmas markets. It’s the perfect location for a fairy-tale Christmas.

Buenos Aires

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Argentina is a super sexy city, so shopping here is absolutely awesome. If you’re looking for high-quality leather at affordable prices, this is where you’ll find it. One of the popular stores, Mocasines Guido, was established in Buenos Aires in 1952 and sells leather shoes for men. Go to Calle Murillo Street for fine leather shops that also offer tailoring services. There are over 50 shops offering the same product, so that should come in handy when negotiating for the best prices.

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, shopping doesn't really start until the evening. It’s also an unmatched shopping experience when it comes to the service for the shop clerks. They’ll do whatever it takes to help you find and buy what you are looking for. It’s no wonder that Hong Kong also claims the title of ‘best Asian shopping city’ in the Index. With a bit of patience and a lot of passion, you’ll get amazing deals on anything from women’s wear to accessories and even jumpsuits for men.

Kuala Lumpur

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Sometimes bigger really is better - that's what we gathered from the fact that Kuala Lumpur features three of the world's ten largest malls. Utama is the world's fourth-largest mall with more than 650 shops, and houses Asia's largest indoor rock-climbing facility, a massive rooftop garden with 500 species of exotic plants and indoor rainforest with koi ponds and freshwater aquarium. Kuala Lumpur's impressive score comes from its winning combination of high quality shopping, affordable prices and reliable sales, which can stretch for several months.

London

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Before you even get to a shopping centre, you’ll realise that London is extremely pricey. But once you get over that and stop converting everything into Rands, you'll probably agree with its Globe Shopper Index ranking as top European shopping city, and Donegar Group as the world's top fashion shopping destination. The Globe Shopper City Index notes that London outstrips all of the other European cities in both the quantity of shops and availability of international and local brands. London shopping is bold, eclectic and international. You’ll find contemporary and cool in-house designer stationery, kitchen accessories and clothes from a select pool of local and international designers. The city inspires you to buy things that you never knew existed.

Tokyo

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Tokyo shopping is best experienced in its department stores. Walk into one and you'll be met like a royal. Global chain, Isetan, has its flagship store in Shinjuku, eight separate buildings stretched along two blocks. There you’ll find English, Chinese and Korean-speaking staff and a personalised interpretation service, as well as shopping consultants who will advise you on everything from shoes to fish, all of which are available through reservation. There’s also a foodie heaven in the basement, with a wide range of dainty Japanese bento boxes, tasty French pastries and macaroons. So when you take a break from shopping for clothes, you can head down for a treat. You should also try on some kimonos. Tokyo is Asia's fourth-cheapest shopping destination and quite kinky too, with shops like the seven-story M's: Pop Life Sex Department Store where they sell creative toys that you've never seen before! So as you’ve read, the world truly is your oyster when it comes to shopping – this is a woman’s world. Work hard so that you can go globetrotting for the best fashion items and then kick off your shoes with sundowners at the beach. Oh, and don’t forget your Skip laundry detergent, keeping your new purchases looking fabulous wash after wash!