Singaporeans have an inherent love for shopping. Although more and more people are turning to online shopping these days, wandering in and out of boutiques and stores while we are overseas is still something that most of us do when we are in a foreign land.
There are things you should know before travelling to Europe, and we at GET.com reckon you'll be better off having an idea of where the best shopping destinations in Europe are. Read on ahead as we share with you the three best European shopping destinations that shopaholics must know about.
3 Best Shopping Destinations In Europe
1. Milan, Italy
The Italian city of Milan is the fashion capital of Europe; style is practically the main element that's woven into the city's fabric. From catwalks to boutiques, fashionistas have a lot to explore as the best options are waiting for you.
Corso Buenos Aires is an absolute must-go when you're in Milan simply because it is the longest shopping street in Europe! It's Milan's key shopping street that's home to high street fashion brands. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is yet another landmark all visitors to Milan have to visit for great shopping and dining.
Luxury shopping is, of course, no object when you are in Milan as boutiques fronting global fashion mammoths the likes of Prada, Valentino, Armani, Versace, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Vendi, and Salvatore Ferragamo and more can be found with ease. Make your way to upscale Montenapoleone if these big brands appeal to you.
For those who are more into street style and vintage wares, Corso di Porta Ticinese is a must-visit while Corso Venezia is great for people who are big on Italian brands as well as a plethora of international brands.
2. Paris, France
Parisians are known to embody sophistication and chicness - good things to emulate if you are into the concept of fashion that will withstand the test of time. Travellers to the romantic City of Love can make their way to the Champs-Élysées, Triangle d'Or, Rue St-Honoré and Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré for the ultimate shopping and cultural experience. The above-mentioned places are superb choices if you are feeling spendy and if haute couture is your jam.
There are also scores of amazing shopping streets and hidden neighbourhoods - both established and emerging - that you can explore when you are holidaying in Paris. Each neighbourhood in Paris is home to distinct styles that correspond to the character of the place, so you have plenty to marvel at and plenty to choose from.
For instance, Rue Oberkampf has a more eclectic and bohemian vibe, while the big brands and some smaller boutiques can be found at Montmartre. Le Marais will be your haven if you fancy street fashion, casual wear and vintage-y finds.
The French capital has a lot to offer fashionistas, but you can find anything and everything from scented candles, perfumes, books, antiques, fancy umbrellas, modern furniture, homeware and more if you take your time to appreciate all that Paris has.
3. London, UK
Psst, in case you haven't heard, a Singapore-London nonstop budget route will be rolled out later this year. Penny pinchers, now's a great time for you to plan your London trip.
London is universally known as one of Europe's shopping and cultural paradises. It is unheard of for any shopaholic to be unaware of famous Oxford Street's existence. Boasting over 300 landmark shops, designer boutiques as well as souvenir stores, Oxford Street has everything under the sun you can think of. Put simply, bustling Oxford Street is the pulse of London shopping. Westfield is another awesome place within London for shopaholics.
Go to Bond Street and Mayfair if you have loads of money to splurge on extravagant purchases. It is London's most exclusive shopping region after all. Make your way to Regent Street and Jermyn Street for mid-priced fashion finds and experience some of London's oldest stores. Gentlemen will love Jermyn Street for its assortment of super-British men's clothing boutiques where you'll find bespoke shirt and shoes maestros.
One of the best farmers' markets in Europe - Borough Market - calls London home, too. Be sure to pay Borough Market a visit if you fancy artisanal goodies and treats! International and British, you'll find a wide array of amazing things to scoop up when you are there.