5 Best Holiday Shopping Destinations
1. New York City
Hop a cab, take the subway, or walk to the various shopping neighborhoods as your hunt for the perfect gifts this holiday season. Don’t forget to bring a pair of flats along with for after you’ve put enough city blocks on your super cute heels and booties.
Venture to Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, Soho and the Meatpacking District for all of your favorite designers ( Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Prada, etc…). Head to Union Square for familiar stores like H&M, Forever 21, Steve Madden, but you’ll notice that they have more of a selection in NYC than anywhere else. Explore the Upper West Side for boutique shopping, and if you’re looking for vintage and local goods visit the Brooklyn Flea an the Hell’s Kitchen Flea on Saturdays and Sundays.
Designing your own clothes? The garment district is where you need to be. Looking for some amazing deals? Head downtown to Century 21 or visit __________ to find the plethora of samples sales happening around the city.
Shopping for diamonds and jewels? Look no further than the Diamond District for a one of kind find. And after you’ve shopped, had a bite to eat, and the stores are all closed – take a stroll, and sip on some hot chocolate as you browse the gorgeous window displays.
2. Paris, France
The world capital of Haute Couture, the city of lights, love, and a fashionista’s dream with legendary addresses like Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore.
The Faubourg Saint-Honoré district is the pulse of Paris design and fashion along with the Avenue Montaigne and the streets of Saint-Germain which are occupied by classic designers like Versace, Hermes, and Yves Saint Laurent.
The Champs-Elysées, is home to stores like H&M, Guess, Banana Republic and Abercrombie, but if you’re looking for a unique Parisian shopping experience one of the best neighborhoods to experience this is the Marais. You’ll find a maze of streets harboring trend-setting boutiques, shops, and galleries near the Place des Vosges.
Like designing your own clothes? Or looking for inspiration? Marché Saint-Pierre: is where you need to be. The Sacre Cour sits high atop the hill in this neighborhood, but take a peak in shop nearby to find rolls of drapery in all colors, patterns, textures, and quality. Open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., until 7 p.m. on Saturday; metro: Anvers; 2 rue Charles Nodier 75018, www.marchesaintpierre.com
3. Frankfurt, Germany
International brands, specialty shops, and local eateries Frankfurt is a awesome one stop shop. Head to Zeil, Frankfurt’s most famous shopping street, where you’ll find most of the the world’s top international brands such as H&M, Adidas, Swarovski and Calvin Klein, as well as German department store Galeria Kaufhof
For boutique shopping explore the Neue Kräme shopping area, but if you’re in the market for luxury brands visit Goethestrasse to find the city’s most exclusive and internationally renowned labels like Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Miu Miu, Hermès, Tiffany and Gucci
Want to find something unique and local? Visit the host of markets, which offer an interesting alternative to the city’s permanent shops. You’ll find everything from fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese and flowers to furniture and antiques.
4. North Conway, NH
Walk around downtown and visit the privately own shops and boutiques for one of a kind finds. Peak into Zeb’s General store, but be prepared to spend hours browsing where you’ll find everything from knick knacks, apothecary items, specialty cheese, local coffee and maple syrup.
After you’ve shopped the local scene, drive down to Settler’s Green and shop all of your favorite brands at outlet prices, tax free! You’ll find brands like Coach, J. Crew, Gap, American Eagle, Nike, and Under Armour.
5. Portland, Maine
Perfect for the bargain hunter, the one of kind shopper, and the lover of international brands Portland has it all. Visit the outlets in Kittery or Freeport, shop the cute boutique’s in Old Port, and head downtown to find all of your favorite brands. After you’ve shopped til you’ve nearly dropped find a spot in one of the local restaurants and indulge in a glass of wine and some New England Clam Chowder. No need to worry about the calories, you’ve burned plenty during your shop-a-thon
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