7 Must-See Shopping Stays for the Holiday Season
As holiday season approaches, we all have our eye on the latest gadget or sparkly necklace in the shop window. While you could go to an all-inclusive beach destination this Christmas, why not treat yourself (and your loved ones) to one of the world’s best shopping destinations? There’s a reason why travellers head to cities like Paris and Tokyo – and it’s not just for the beautiful scenery, museums and historical landmarks. These global cities have shops unlike any other with items you can’t find anywhere else.
With the help of Booking.com, the global leader in accommodations, we’ve rounded up 7 fabulous destinations and their department stores around the globe to feed your shopping fix and turn you into the ultimate gift giver.
After a day of buying frenzy, Booking.com has also shared the best places to rest both your body and credit card. From luxury shopping to bargain-brand stores, you’ll want to grab your biggest suitcase – or just bring an extra one.
Housing exclusive collections and top international brands, the historic Harrods department store opened its doors 182 years ago with its signature green bags becoming famous all over the world. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff at this gem of a shopper’s delight. Stay at the nearby Beaufort House – Knightsbridge situated a mere 100 metres away and offering luxury serviced apartments in the heart of the exclusive Knightsbridge shopping area.
The Dubai Mall, Dubai
A unique shopping experience for the whole family awaits you at the stunning Dubai Mall. Offering a diverse range of shopping and dining, Dubai Mall also features an aquarium and underwater zoo, a 22-screen cinema, an ice ring, and an indoor themed park. Stay at The Address, Dubai Mall Hotelonnected directly to Dubai Mall. An elegant 5-star hotel, it features an outdoor infinity pool overlooking the Burj Khalifa, as well as a relaxing spa.
Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele, Milano
The imposing shopping mall of Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele is not only a very important historic monument that became popular due to its size, but it’s also home to prestigious brand shops that will tug at your heart, and your wallet. Stay at theAparthotel Dei Mercantiet only 100 metres from Milan Cathedral. These apartments are a great choice if you are looking for a spacious accommodation near one of the world’s oldest shopping arcades.
Facing Moscow’s Red Square, the department store of GUM has stunning architecture and a long history. When taking a brief break from your retail frenzy, stop to admire its beautiful hallways and the impressive glass roof. Stay at the luxurious 5-star Four Seasons Hotel Moscowituated in the historic building of Moskva Hotel, and is just 400 metres from the GUM department store. Guests can relax at the hotel’s pool after finishing with their shopping or enjoy their drink at The Silk Lounge or Moskovsky Bar.
Galeries Lafayette, Paris
The iconic Galeries Lafayette was founded in 1912 and has been considered a must-experience venue in the French capital ever since. This grandiose department store features a monumental stained glass dome and a terrace overlooking Paris in addition to sensational shops after shops after shops… Stay at the 1er Etage Opéra, a modern accommodation that is a mix between a boutique hotel and a deluxe guest house, located in the Opera Garnier District, just a four minute walk from this shopping paradise.
Shopping lovers adore the trendy Japanese department store of Isetan. Considered to be one of the most popular in Tokyo, this fashion centre is a shopping paradise, particularly during sales periods. But at any time of year it’s a great place to indulge your every retail whim. Stay at Tokyu Stay Shinjukuproperty that only opened its doors in May 2015 and features simply decorated rooms, 200 metres away from the Isetan Department Store.
The Landmark (‘Central’), Hong Kong
Also known as “Central”, The Landmark is one of the oldest shopping malls in Hong Kong. Featuring exclusive shops, Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy cafes, this department store is the perfect place to splash some cash – either on yourself or all those friends and family whose holiday gifts you still need to get… Stay at the The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong KongSituated in the heart of Hong Kong’s fashion district, this exclusive-ultra-chic luxury hotel features unique spa treatments to revive after a long day shopping.