Top Shopping Holidays Destinations
Shopping can be an obsession, a pleasure, a planned expedition – even a necessity – but whatever type of spender you are, there’s no retail experience better than a different city and a whole new set of shops! We’ve assembled five of the world’s best spending zones, and if you’re serious about your purchases, we know you’ll love them.
1Singapore Shopping Holidays
For those with a passion for shopping, Singapore is the perfect destination! In fact, Singapore is often described as one big shopping mall. Shopping is considered one of the pastimes of this island. It seems as though there is a new shop or stall around every bend, each brimming with the latest hair accessories, makeup, clothing, and shoes. One could spend hours browsing through all of the merchandise Singapore has to offer.
Some of the most famous shopping areas in Singapore are Orchard Street, Chinatown, Arab Street, and Little India. These areas offer treasures that are native to the specific cultures. Sim Lim Square is also a great place to shop if you love electronics and gadgets. Another excellent shopping area is Vivo City, known as the largest shopping center in Singapore. If you are a night owl, you will be pleased to know that the traditional shopping hours in Singapore often last until midnight or later! During the months of May through July, shopaholics can attend the Great Singapore Sale, which is a shopping festival during which many deals and discounts are offered by the participating merchants.
While you are shopping, you can sample a wide variety of native beverages and food. Scattered among the shopping malls and street venders are hundreds of places where you can grab a quick bite to eat before you continue on your shopping adventure.
2Hong Kong Shopping Holidays
Hong Kong, located on China’s south coast, is like heaven for many shopaholics around the world. Each year hundreds of thousands of people travel to Hong Kong, and many of them go just for the shopping opportunities that await them. Throughout Asia, Hong Kong’s shopping experience is known as one of the best and most varied. The shopkeepers of Hong Kong are always very friendly, and there are always countless items for visitors to peruse.
One of the most famous shopping areas in Hong Kong is Causeway Bay. This area, often referred to as a shopping carnival, is very popular with visitors and natives alike. Shoppers can find large department stores, small boutiques, and street vendors all in this one place. A few of the other popular shopping areas of Hong Kong include Wanchai, SOHO, Kowloon, and Tsim Sha Tsui. For jewelry lovers, Times Square always offers an abundant array of jewelry items to choose from. For those shoppers who love finding a good bargain, Mongkok is a great place to try. This area offers deals and discounts on items from clothing to electrical gadgets.
There is truly something for everyone in the multitudes of shopping areas of Hong Kong!
3New York Shopping Holidays
Ah, New York. The ultimate destination for shopping fans everywhere. It matters not a bit how obscure your top prize is; if it can't be found in New York City, it probably can't be found anywhere. The latest Haute Couture, art of any sort, foodstuffs from every corner of the globe, and just about anything imaginable is for sale somewhere in the Big Apple.
The hottest and most cutting edge fashions can be had at the titular Saks Fifth Avenue and the many world famous department stores on Park Avenue. Saks, Barney's, Bloomingdale's, and a multitude of specialized boutiques, these are places frequented by royal visitors and megastars of the stage and screen. Children as well as adults will be wide-eyed with awe at F.A.O. Schwarz, a multi-storied behemoth that is among the largest toy stores in existence.
Of course, New York has just as many if not more options for the frugal-minded bargain hunter. As the most populous city in the United States, New York offers access to an almost limitless array of consignment shops and vintage clothing boutiques. Almost any expatriate or tourist can find a touch of home in one of New York's many ethnic enclaves, because emigrants from every corner of the globe have come to call this multicultural melting pot home.
4Dubai Shopping Holidays
Visitors will have no problem finding places to shop in Dubai. This area, located on the Arabian Peninsula, is widely known for its bustling shopping scene. It is often referred to as the shopping center of the Middle East. Dubai has over seventy shopping malls, and is also home to the world’s largest mall, the Dubai Mall. Most of the shopping malls located in Dubai are open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., except on Friday when they do not open until 2 p.m. and stay open until midnight.
Visitors to Dubai can purchase any item that they wish from the various shopping centers. It is typical to find clothing, electronics, furniture, and sporting equipment all under the same roof. Shoppers from all over the world travel to Dubai to peruse the massive amount of goods for sale. Many people come especially to visit the traditional souks. These are trading areas where consumers are expected to bargain with those offering their goods for sale. It is said that cash is the best bargaining tool for these souks.
One very special event held in Dubai each year is the Dubai Shopping Festival. This festival, held during the month of February, has been held every year for the past fifteen years. During this festival, many merchants offer drastic discounts and deals on their merchandise. A few of the other popular shopping areas in Dubai include Satwa, Mercato, Stadium, and Sharjah.
5Kuala Lumpur Shopping Holidays
Malaysians love to shop so it is no wonder Kuala Lumpur has such a wide variety of shopping choices for the shopping-inclined traveler. From multi-story mall complexes to tiny street side stalls, the options abound and you can visit them all.
For designer stores and upscale shopping, visit one of Kuala Lumpur’s mega malls like the Suria Complex near the Petronas Towers- one of the biggest malls in Southeast Asia. Bukit Bintang is home to Kuala Lumpur’s biggest shopping variety. With multiple malls and complexes within easy walking distance of each other, there is something for every budget and taste. Bargain hunters will want to visit Chinatown’s Petaling Street. Petaling Street is bustling by day, but really takes off at night when it transforms into Kuala Lumpur’s biggest night market.
Kuala Lumpur has a well designed, easy to use public transport system. Thus, you can shop in many different areas of the city and not have trouble getting all your purchases back to your hotel. What more could you ask for?
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