The Best Shop 'Til You Dropspots Featured

Here are five stops to make for a glamorous shopping experience.

by 08 July 2017

La Rinascente, Milan

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Just near the Duomo is La Rinascente, winner of the world’s best department store award in 2016. The flagship store has everything you could want or need: from high-end apparel and cosmetics to books, jewellery, and luggage, anything you forgot at home or want to treat yourself to while in Milan is steps away. La Rinascente is also known for its textiles and furniture as well as its wide selection of restaurants and cafes. This ten-storey wonderland has a refined ambience and feels as though it is a portal to the rest of the world; with imported home interiors and designer labels, cultural exhibitions, and an array of global cuisines, La Rinascente makes for a sophisticated shopping experience you will never forget.

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Harrods, London

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A visit to Harrods means stepping into the same store frequented by Oscar Wilde, Charlie Chaplin, A.A. Milan, and various members of the royal family. Founded in 1834, Harrods motto, Omnia Omnibus Ubique, meaning, "all things for all people everywhere" holds true for any shopper. Whether that means a hamper of food perfect for the lover of gourmet cuisines and picnics, or chic clothing by Burberry, Harrods has it all. With over 330 departments and personal style assistants, Harrod's is a one-stop shopping adventure that carries world famous brands such as Valentino, Roger Vivier, Stella McCartney, La Mer, DIOR, Chloe, and Charlotte Tilbury among others.

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El Born Market Square and district, Barcelona

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Looking for shopping that will take you off the beaten path? El Born Market Square and District located on Passeig del Born is the shopping hub for fashionista's looking for a less frantic shopping experience. This fashionable district is crawling with trendy cafes, bars and shops where you can spend an afternoon enjoying tapas and indulging in some retail therapy. The area has come a long way from its violent history in the 16th century during the Spanish Inquisition. It is now booming with dozens of unique boutiques from high end and up and coming designers. Either its sunglasses, gourmet food or sneakers, we promise you won’t leave empty-handed. Get lost in this budding and trendy neighbourhood.

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Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Galeries Lafayette

There are many different beautiful French department stores all around Paris, and Galeries Lafayette is one of the most notable. Their flagship store on Boulevard Haussmann is a rotunda of fabulous items and amazing architecture. Inside, you will be able to find a myriad of luxury shopping items from make-up, to perfume, jewellery, clothing, and beyond. The store has expanded beyond Paris and opened up stores all over the world, but this is by far the best.

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Bucherer, Vienna

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To add a hint of sparkle and sophistication to your collection of accessories, stop by Bucherer for the most glamourous selection of watches, sunglasses, and any type of adornment you can imagine. From statement necklaces to delicate diamond studs, you will find something to complete your current look or completely reinvent yourself. Bucherer stays on top of the latest trends through carefully curated collections of ‘little treasures for everyday’, but also focuses on individualization and works with guests to achieve the vision they have in mind. This jeweler is the epitome of luxury and fine craftsmanship and is a must-stop shop for anyone who values a refined sense of style.

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