Whether your heart belongs to antiques, designer labels, expert craftsmanship or precious stones, there are no shortage of exceptional shopping destinations around the globe.
Check the events calendar for your holiday destination of choice and find out about unique markets and seasonal shopping opportunities. Look up local crafts fairs, fly in for fashion week or discover exquisite seasonal gifts to fill the stockings at Christmas time. Whatever your preference, HeadingThere bring you guides and information about the best shopping destinations around the world.
Germany German Christmas Markets are world famous, and are the inspiration for seasonal markets across the UK. For handmade Christmas gifts, decorations and seasonal treats, German markets are the best places to browse. A cheery holiday atmosphere fills German cities during December, and strolling around the markets with a cup of steaming mulled wine whilst perusing the exquisite crafts on sale is magical. A weekend trip to Germany during this season is thus one of the most unique and enjoying experiences on the shopping calendar.
New York City The Big Apple is one of the shopping capitals of the world, and whatever you are seeking, you're sure to find it in this vibrant, cosmopolitan city. Famous department stores like Bloomingdales, Macy's and Saks on Fifth Avenue sell everything from fashion to homewear, with the iconic shops and boutiques of Sex and the City style sprawled everywhere in between. Check out the diamonds at Tiffany and Co and visit the Schwarz toy store, a definitive New York experience whether you are with the kids or just satisfying your inner child.
Paris The traditional shopping capital of Europe, Paris is the place for designer boutiques and haute-couture. Immaculate, stylish locals stroll the streets of the Faubourg Saint-Honore district where high fashion and design fill every shop window. For a different side of shopping in Paris, visit the flea and antique markets of Saint-Ouen. Spilling over with unique furniture, art and quirky antiques, the market epitomises Parisian romance.
Marrakech For a fantastically different shopping experience, delve into the souks of the Moroccan capital. Selling everything from jewellery and lanterns to carpets and spices, here is a chance to do some exotic shopping with a magical twist. Haggling is the order of the day in Morocco, which adds to the fun and thrill of a purchase. Colours, patterns and craftsmanship characterise everything from ceramics to handmade musical instruments. Leather is also a Marrakech speciality, with gorgeous belts, sandals and handbags making beautiful gifts.