Some retail therapy

With Eid approaching soon, and summer holidays, there will be a lot of traveling in our future. So, if you are planning a vacation soon and looking for some retail-therapy, then these destinations are for you. According to Agoda, these seven cities are some of the greatest shopping destination for all types of shoppers.

Milan, Italy


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Milan is the perfect destination for high-end shoppers. The fashion capital is home to numerous designer brands, and you will definitely be spoilt for choice. Before hitting the stores, enjoy the hundreds of exclusive apparel and accessories on display at the stunning Armani/Silos, a museum conceptualised and launched by designer, Giorgio Armani. Then, make sure to visit the  Fidenza Village Factory Outlet, which is just under an hour’s drive from Milan, for over 100 international boutiques retailing at reduced prices all year long. The best thing about Milan is that you can enjoy both: shopping and history.

Places to stay: The Street Milano Duomo

New York City, United States of America


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The Big Apple is arguably the the fashion capital of the United States, and won’t leave you disappointed. Enjoy the city’s renowned department stores, high-fashion brands and quirky boutique shops. You can go all out and shop designer brands, or if you are on a budget, you can grab designer clothes at discount stores like Nordstrom Rack or Century 21, which have several outlets around the city.

Places to stay: The St. Regis New York

Paris, France


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When you think of Paris, it is hard not to think of shopping. From high-end luxury brand retailers to flea markets, shopping in the City of Lights offers up something for everyone. If you are into antiques, then make sure to visit Saint-Ouen flea market for a dizzying array of treasures, vintage clothes, bags and shoes.

Places to stay: Hotel Marignan Champs Elysees

Osaka, Japan


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While the Japanese city is mostly known for its savoury pancake, Okonomiyaki, it also offers vintage treasures hidden in its streets. If you are an antique lover, you will have the time of your life at Oimatsu-Dori Street’s eclectic antiques enclave. With around 90 shops and art galleries, the area used to be a town for academics to gather and has now become home to antique dealers after the World War II.

Places to stay: Hotel Public Jam

Istanbul, Turkey


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You can never get enough of Turkey’s boutiques and the shopping you can do. During a visit to Istanbul, make sure you stop by the famed Spice Bazaar, where you can get your hands on local spices, Turkish coffee, dried fruits, as well as lovely souvenir items like the Nazar, an eye-shaped amulet and beautiful Iznik ceramics in the form of tiles, plates and bowls! Remember to be bold when bargaining prices with the vendors.

Places to stay: Hotel 10 Karaköy İstanbul

Bangkok, Thailand


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Shopping is a bargain in Thailand’s capital. You can find all you need in Bangkok’s markets, where everything from fashion to home décor items to souvenirs can be picked up. Meanwhile, the Chatuchak weekend market is one of the biggest markets in the world, with more than 15,000 booths and over 200,000 visitors on a typical weekend.

Places to stay: Apartelle Jatujak Hotel

Seoul, South Korea


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Seoul has been ranked as the seventh most popular destination in Asia in 2018. Not only is the city popular for its K-Pop music, but also for the malls and markets that are open until early hours of the morning. When traveling with friends, check out the wholesale malls at the Dongdaemun shopping district where shoppers get the best prices when purchasing three items or more. For more value-shopping, head to the Ewha Woman’s University shopping street, which caters to the nearby university students with pocket-friendly prices.

Prices to stay: House Sarah Brooklyn

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