New York conjures up images of skyscraper buildings, yellow taxis, Audrey Hepburn outside Tiffany’s and the ladies from SATC admiring the window display of Saks. With the cost of renting 1 square foot of shop space being $2,250 per year, the shops of New York’s 5th Avenue are amongst the most expensive in the world.
Even though space is at a premuim in Hong Kong, there are still plenty of swanky places to shop, the trendiest being The Landmark. Founded in the 1980’s, this amazing shop offers 4 floors of designer labels, as well as one of the most exclusive luxury hotels in the world, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental. Shop till you drop, then head for the Spa and Wellness centre or relax in the hotel’s swimming pool.
Chuo Dori street in the Ginza district of Tokyo is best visited on a weekend afternoon, when it is closed to traffic. This allows the determined shopper the opportunity to sample the upmarket fashion houses, or browse around the Sony Building, where all the latest, must-have electrical products are on display.
No worldwide shopping trip could be complete without a trip to Paris and a stroll along the Champs-Elysees. Who could fail to be tempted by the window displays of Dior, Chanel or Lanvin? When exhaustion sets in, stop at a little pavement cafe for a cup of coffee and a croissant, and watch the world go by.
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For Italian designer labels then head to the Via Monte Napoleone in Milan, as famous for its ready-to-wear fashion as it is for its jewellery shops. The most exclusive Italian shoemakers maintain boutiques on this street, something to bear in mind when you have been walking around all those shops !
Bond Street, Mayfair and the fabulous shops of Knightsbridge offer some up-market shopping in London. Gentlemen should head for Savile Row, where they can still buy a handcrafted suit made the old-fashioned way, or visit the bespoke shirt makers of Jermyn Street.
Hopefully our infographic has given you plenty to think about, so why not book a last minute flight and hit those shops !