Salamanca District, Madrid, Spain
The Salamanca district is one of the most upscale neighbourhoods of Madrid city centre. It includes the streets Serrano, Ortega y Gasset, Velázquez and Goya. Find many high-end international brands in this area, chiefly on the main streets, Ortega y Gasset. There you will find Chanel in its two-storey building, Hermès with its superb handcrafted quality, Tod's handmade leather goods, iconic women's wear by Valentino, Jimmy Choo's gorgeous shoes, Bottega Veneta, and many others. The famous Avenida Serrano also hosts many international luxury brands, including the new Louis Vuitton boutique with a floor space covering more than 2,500 square metres, a Gucci shop with men and women's collections, Bvlgari jewellery, Montblanc watches and accessories, as well as high-end pret-a-porter including Zadig et Voltaire and Stella McCartney.
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Via Montenapoleone, Milan, Italy
Bo Derek once noted, “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” This quote is used to describe the experience at Via Montenapoleone, one the most significant and sophisticated street in Milan’s fashion district. Lined with the most exclusive boutiques in the city, Via Montenapoleone is known for its prêt-à-porter collections and its variety of high-end Italian shoemakers. Through its selection of international designers, Via Vittorio Emanuele connects Milan with the rest of the world through fashion and remains a focal point for those who have a taste for the finer things in life.
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Dover Street Market, London, England
Avant-garde meets edgy at the Dover Street Market which showcases designs by Maison Margiela, Raf Simons, Vetements, and other up-and-coming designers. Fresh-off-the runway, each look is carefully selected by a team of fashion experts and curators who also collaborate with designers on exclusive never-before-seen pieces. If you're in London and looking for designer labels or a shopping experience unlike any other, Dover Street Market is the place to stop.
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el Passatge de la Concepció, Barcelona, Spain
Stroll down el Passatge de la Concepcio for an upscale shopping experience. Shoppers and stores are equally chic, filled with modern design and concept stores. Stop by these luxury shops and try some of Barcelona’s best sashimi at El Japonés. This Japanese dining spot has long wooden tables, a relaxed ambience and a tonne of ceviche, sushi and barbeque to try out. This street also houses the restaurant, Tragaluz. Here you can find Spanish staples like paella, shrimp and delectable meat dishes. Bask in the windowed ceilings and stylish decor. This street is booming with a bevvy of undiscovered shops and boutiques, that quickly make Passage de la Concepcio your favourite Barcelona street to shop on.
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Königsallee ("KÖ"), Dusseldorf, Germany
Königsallee is the place "to see and be seen." With pieces and designs from top designers like Max Mara, Menze, Louis Vuitton and Kenzo among others, shopping at Königsallee is hardly a shorts and t-shirt affair. Come prepared to find exclusive products, fresh-off-the-runway looks and beautifully made luxury items. Whether you choose to stop by the perfumery for the perfect scent or wander through the bookstore, shopping at Königsallee is an experience only available in Dusseldorf.
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