There are streets all over the world lined with perfectly poised luxury shops, just waiting to be explored. Think Hermès scarves, Prada handbags and classic Louboutin heels. Here are five of the most luxe shopping streets around the world for high-end retail therapy.
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Upper Fifth Avenue, New York, USA
For those who find themselves in Manhattan, a trip to the iconic shops on Fifth Avenue is an absolute must – the fashion scene here is nothing short of fabulous. Bvgalri, Valentino and Tiffany & Co. are among the high-end designers you’ll find on Fifth Avenue, as is the famous department store, Saks. The long-time Fifth Avenue resident opened in 1924 and continues to stock clothing and accessories made by top European and American designers.
When you’ve exhausted all the options on Fifth Avenue, you can head to nearby Madison Avenue or 57th Street to continue the shopping spree.
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Bond Street, London, England
London is a shopper’s paradise, especially when it comes to high-end shopping. Bond Street, found in the heart of London, is a favourite shopping destination for the rich and famous. There are plenty of boutiques and luxury stores to choose from, including Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Jimmy Choo and Burberry – what a line up!
It wouldn’t be shopping in London without a visit to two of the most iconic department stores. Selfridges is found on Bond Street and offers a luxury multi-level shopping experience, while in nearby Knightsbridge you’ll find what is probably the most famous department store of them all – Harrods. Remember to visit the chocolate hall in Harrods for some Violet Crème chocolates: simply divine.
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Avenue Montaigne, Paris, France
The Champs-Élysées might be a household name in the world of shopping, but when it comes to high-end shopping, head to Avenue Montaigne. In the 18th century, Avenue Montaigne was known as Allée des Veuves or “widow’s alley”. Once a place where mourning widows gathered, now Avenue Montaigne is a place where the only mourning is done by your bank account.
With French and Italian elite brands such as Chanel, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Armani, Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana lining the street, you’re sure to spend big and take home some exceptional couture finds. Head to No. 30 to find the original home of Christian Dior – the building was originally constructed in 1865 by Napoleon’s illegitimate son and is well known for its eclectic changing façade.
If hunger strikes, head to L’Avenue for a spot of lunch: the restaurant is very popular with celebrities, especially during fashion week.
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Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland
With a reputation as one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world, it comes as no surprise that Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich is home to fashion heavyweights like Armani, Gucci, Prada, Rolex and Hermes. Bahnhofstrasse is also the perfect place for jewellery lovers – with diamonds a-plenty at Tiffany’s and Gübelin, you’re sure to shine even brighter after a visit.
This exclusive street has everything your heart desires; fashion, jewellery, art, and if you have a sweet tooth, two moreish confectionary stores. Sprungli and Teuscher are famous for their chocolate truffles and offer the perfect energy boost to keep up the shopping momentum.
Top tip: the closer to you are to the lake on Bahnhofstrasse, the more exclusive labels.
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Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills (CA), United States
California is home to the rich and famous, so if you’re in the market for high-end shopping and star spotting, head to Rodeo Drive: this shopping area is nothing but glamourous.
Stretching for three blocks, Rodeo Drive is home to almost every top designer in the world. Wander along the pristinely kept street and spend big at Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Chanel and many more. You can even watch ‘Pretty Woman’ while sipping a glass of champagne and having your nails done at the Nail Bar.
Rodeo Drive is a hub for the elite and falls nothing short of exceptional when it comes to designer shopping. If ever there was a place to shop until you drop, it’s Rodeo Drive… just make sure you “drop” at the legendary Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel.
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