With the Aussie dollar at an all-time high, it’s no wonder Aussies are packing their bags for a shopping holiday abroad!
Whether it’s a shopping spree in Paris you’ve been dreaming about with your girlfriends, a his-and-hers retail fix in Milan with your man, or the ultimate bargain hunt in Hong Kong – never before have the world’s shopping meccas been more affordable to the average Aussie.
According to Quickbeds.com General Manager John Feenaghty, the travel industry has seen a huge boom in holiday bookings with a retail twist.
“The Australian to US dollar exchange is making stateside travel very appealing at the moment, and where better to indulge your shopping fantasies than New York City?” says John, adding: “All the major shopping hotspots like London, Milan, Singapore and Hong Kong are also enjoying a boost in hotel accommodation bookings.”
Here are John’s top fashion hotspots:
New York, New York! Enjoy a stroll down Fifth Avenue to the likes of Tiffany and Co., Gucci, Cartier and FAO Schwarz. For those who are more drawn to a department store rummage, New York is home to the best. Enter the world of Bloomingdales and Macy’s and then bargain hunt at Century 21. Or, you can always head down to SoHo. Rub shoulders with the stars as you spend up a storm in Betsey Johnson, Topshop, J Crew, Miu Miu and Kate Spade, or visit retro mecca ‘Second Chance’ to score a vintage Hermes or Chanel bag!
Kowloon is quickly gaining a reputation as the latest global shopping hot spot. Kowloon shopping is diverse and plentiful, so prepare for an abundance of shops – Nathan Road is a veritable shopping marathon. This road lines the whole length of the city, so one minute you are whispering inside the second largest Louis Vuitton store in the world, and next, haggling for jade amongst the bustling street vendors. You can’t leave Kowloon without visiting the Harbour City Shopping Centre (home to over 700 stores) or Granville Road (a bargain hunter’s paradise).
Paris is the city of chic! Wander along Avenue Montagne and Avenue des Champs-Elysees, lined with Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior. Visit the Louvre-Tuileries neighbourhood, touted as Paris’ heartbeat of design and fashion. For a department store fix, Galleries Layfayette shouldn’t be ruled out, along with Le Bon Marché.
As the birthplace of many high-end designers (like Miuccia Prada and Giorgio Armani), many shoppers choose Milan for a retail splurge. But bargain hunters fear not, hit Milan in January and/or early July for their world famous sales!
Singapore is a shopping haven for couples! The Orchard Road shopping malls have something to indulge both tmales and females - women can be swept away in Takashimaya thanks to boutiques like Chanel and Coach, while their significant other can explore Sim Lim Square’s six levels of electronic heaven. Or combine your powers and spend a day together haggling at the iconic Sungei Road ‘Thieves Markets’. The ‘Great Singapore Sale’ is held from 27th May to 24th July.
The Royal Wedding hype may be over, but shopping in London is still well worth the trip. Make a day of Oxford Street – home to 300 shops, designer outlets and landmark stores. Take a stroll along Bond Street and Mayfair, and don’t forget a visit to Harrod’s - one of the most famous department stores in the world! For a less glitzy shopping experience, London’s largest flea market at Brick Lane or even Notting Hill present an array of small and unique shops. Also, don’t miss out on Selfridges and Westfield London!
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