The World’s Best Shopping Cities

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As the inimitable Carrie Bradshaw once said, “Shopping is my cardio.” Yes, for some of us, shopping is a sport that’s often best spent lugging bags of great purchases around on our shoulder, wrist, hand, or if we’re lucky, there’s a friend or significant other who can help us carry the weight.

Fashion and travel are two of our favorite things here, so what better way to synthesize the two than to pick out some of the world’s best cities for shopping? Just as the Winter Olympics are about to come to a start, we have our minds set on our own favorite sport with wanderlust perpetually in our hearts.

Without further ado, here are 5 of the top shopping cities around the globe:

New York City

No shortage of fast fashion labels like H&M, Zara, and Uniqlo, plus great flagship department stores like Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Bloomingdales.

Dubai, UAE

The Mall of the Emirates is called “the world’s first shopping resort.” Also worth checking out are the Dubai Mall and the Gold Souk.

Hong Kong

Famous for the high-end Lane Crawford department store. Also worth checking out is the smaller boutique, EDIT.


Home to the world’s most exclusive fashion houses.


Check out department stores Harrod’s and Liberty, plus Old Spitalfields Market, the Dover Street Market, and Shoreditch for more down-to-earth finds.