Published April 30, 2013
If shopping is your favourite activity, there are specific destinations you should make sure that you include in your must-see list. From Singapore to Moscow, London to Manhattan, these places will literally blow your mind away with all the marvelous things they have to offer.
10. Arbat, Moscow
Arabic by name, this street has been popular since the 19th century. Before the revolution that took place in 1917, it was the cultural centre of Moscow. Today it is divided into two streets; Arbat Street and new Arbat Street. The new Arbat Street has big shopping malls, entertainment joints and restaurants while the old street has antique stores and book shops.
9. Myeongdong, Seoul
With only 500 residents, this commercial and tourism region in Seoul has an annual record of four million tourists. It is estimated that the daily flow of people in and out of the district can reach about two million daily. More than 100 financial institutions, thousands of boutiques, hotels and entertainment joints are found here. The Chinese Embassy and the Myeongdong Cathedral are also found in this district.
8. Kufurstendamn, Berlin
Locally known as Ku’damm, this is probably the most famous street in Berlin. Many top fashion brands, restaurants, hotels, theatres and restaurants are found here. Shops have also been opened here by many renowned designers making it a haven for fashionistas.
7. Shinjuku Odori Street, Tokyo
It is only 900 meters long but abundantly blessed with big shopping malls, book stores, grocery stores, restaurants and a major transportation hub. It is a popular hangout joint for many young Japanese. There are shows constantly played on the huge TV found in Alta Mansion. On its western side lies the 48 story Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. This is the perfect place to get a good view of the whole city.
6. Cardamom Garden, Singapore
It might have been just a cardamom garden at one time but this beautiful street in Singapore is now a major retail and entertainment center. The streets are paved with Angsana trees which add an air of romance. You can be able to find all sorts of products from Asia and Europe along the street. Cool entertainment joints, art centers, amazing food and different cultural activities are some of the things you will delight in here.
5. Kartner Strasse, Vienna
Many tourists who visit this popular street in Vienna always leave with a positive review of this amazing place. Shaped in a letter U, it is home to some of the most fascinating modern and ancient architecture in the world. The street is home to some international fashion stores as well as local ones.
4. Oxford Street, London
Found in the West Eend of London, the Oxford Street is one of the top luxury shopping streets in the whole Britain. 300 shops are found on the street, which is just 1.25 mile long. More than 30 million tourists flock the street annually to shop, relax and marvel at the enchanting architecture. The 100 year old Selfridges Department store can be found there. It is popular for its many top brands and British-style services.
3. Underground City, Montreal
This is one of the largest underground complexes ever built. Standing on an area of 4 million sq. meters, the city boasts of 200 stores, 200 restaurants, 34 cinemas, 40 banks and subway transportation centers. Montreal is said to be one of the most livable cities because of its colossal underground city. The Underground City makes it possible for activities to be held throughout the year, regardless of its long and cold winters and hot and humid summers. It is estimated that close to 500,000 people use the Underground City daily during winter.
2. Fifth Avenue, New York
This is home to the popular jeweler Tiffany and Co. In 2008 Forbes accredited this street as being the most expensive. Many prestigious shops can be found here. Fifth Avenue, located in Manhattan, stretches from Washington Square Park to 138th Street.
1. The Avenue des Champs-Elysees, Paris
This is probably the most famous of all the shopping streets in the world. The French consider it to be the most beautiful avenue on the earth. It is blessed with amazing architecture, classic entertainment and cutting edge fashion compared to none. Measuring 1,800 meters lengthwise and 100 meters in width, the avenue boasts of monuments such as the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Its eastern side is home to breathtaking natural scenery while the western side is where most of the top fashion outlets are.