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Top three destinations for must-have merchandise

by 09 October 2013

From quaint boutiques to large department stores, retail therapy is always within reach.
Designer brands, superior customer service, and must-have merchandise make these the best places to shop in the world.

Fifth Avenue, New York

Although recently invaded by mainstream retailers including Abercrombie & Fitch and H&M, Fifth Avenue still remains one of the world's most popular shopping addresses. No one does luxury quite like 5th Avenue!
Located between 49th Street and 60th Street, 5th Avenue is one of New York's longest thoroughfares; a dream destination for those who want to indulge in a lot of retail therapy.
It harbours iconic and unashamedly extravagant luxury stores, department stores, designer boutiques, and razzle-dazzle window displays, especially around Christmas time.
Fifth Avenue prompts words like Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Saks Fifth Avenue and an exquisite lunch at the Armani/5th Avenue mega-shop with its in-house restaurant Armani/Ristorante, serving Michelin-starred chef Lorenzo Viani's fine Italian cuisine.
There's no breakfast at Tiffany's but if you are interested in purchasing designer jewellery and watches, 5th Avenue's Cartier, Omega and Tiffany & Co are sure to delight.

There is much more to Fifth Avenue than just great shopping. The Museum Mile is a lovely stretch along 5th Avenue, home to several cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bond Street, London

Bond Street, one of Europe busiest boulevard and a landmark for all things sophisticated, is home to some of the world's most prestigious retailers. It offers an unrivalled mix of luxurious shops, exclusive brands, designer fashion, luxury goods, fine jewels, art and antiques in the world.

Bond Street, located in the heart of Mayfair, extends from Piccadilly to Oxford Street and is also surrounded by the world's most renowned hotels and restaurants. 

Since it was founded in 1700, Bond Street has been the playground of society's most wealthy, stylish and influential people.
Past residents of the street include Admiral Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton took up residence here as well as a number of much-loved authors and poets.
Today, more than 300 years later, Bond Street remains a renowned destination for celebrities, socialites and the international jet set. It is home to brands including Armani, Asprey, Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Cartier, Chopard, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Nicole Farhi, Prada, Ralph Lauren and Tiffany & Co, to name just a few,

Avenue Montaigne, Paris

Home to the most luxurious boutiques in Paris, this avenue lined with elegant buildings is a playground for high fashion and jewellery, which validates Paris as the epicenter of sophistication and style. Not one of Paris' fashion neighbourhoods can rival with avenue Montaigne's aura of elegance and plethora of prestigious designer boutiques.

It is lined from end to end with a who's-who list of iconic labels from around the globe.

In the1980s, the avenue Montaigne was considered to be ‘la grande dame' of French streets for being the finest venue for Parisian fashion, with its renowned tradition of quality and attention to detail, and inimitable sense of luxury.

Several established clothing designers have set up shop here, particularly those belonging to LVMH group, which is responsible for bringing investment and international attention to the street with its portfolio of top designers including Christian Dior, Céline, Loewe, Louis Vuitton and Inès de la Fressange. And let's not forget the French classics, Chanel and Chloé as well as Italian Prada and Pucci.