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Shopping Capitals of the World
Shopping Capitals of the World

If you are planning a trip away to a city destination, this can be the perfect opportunity to refresh your wardrobe or pick up the hottest new tech from the best foreign stores. Whether you are looking for beautiful luxury items, classic designer pieces, or something that you can’t find in your own country, these five cities should be high on your travel itinerary.

St Moritz – luxury retail with outstanding beauty

Famous for its winter sports and summer hiking opportunities, St Moritz is also a well-known destination for all things luxurious. Accommodation comes in the form of classic alpine spa resorts like Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, while the dining is excellent Swiss gourmet – both perfect accompaniments to a shopping trip along the resort’s famous Via Serlas.

Here you can find all kinds of boutiques including Hermès, Bulgari and Moncler, or head a little further afield, for classic local retailers including Lamm Cashmere House and Faoro.

Dubai – shopping paradise

A large part of Dubai’s reinvention over the past few decades has been the development of the city’s shopping scene. Somewhat unsurprisingly in the city of The Palm Jumeirah, World Islands and Burj Khalifa, the result has been some of the best shopping experiences, unmatched by anything you might find elsewhere.

The Mall of the Emirates, connected to the excellent Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, is one of the jewels in Dubai’s shopping crown. With hundreds of brands, covering everything from electronics to fashion, from every corner of the world, it’s the place to shop, and with plenty of dining options and entertainment hotspots like Ski Dubai, a 22,500 sq m indoor ski slope, it makes a fantastic place to spend a day or two.

On your trip, don’t miss the annual Dubai Shopping Festival, held every January and February; its summer equivalent, Summer Surprises; and the traditional souks – in particular the Gold Souk – found throughout the old town.

Istanbul – traditional shopping experience

If you are looking for a different kind of shopping trip, enjoy an altogether more traditional experience at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Built in the mid-1400s, shortly after the Fall of Constantinople, this extensive covered market sprawls out over the centre of the old city, covering 61 streets and featuring between 3,000 and 4,000 shops.

Shops in the Grand Bazaar are ordered by the merchandise they offer – a medieval security measure that ensured the shopping district was easily secured and patrolled after hours – but given their proximity, shoppers who love to haggle have an advantage.

Make sure to barter at the start of the day when merchants have yet to fulfil their daily quotas, and don’t be afraid to pretend to abandon the sale – chances are the salesperson will offer you a glass of tea and a better deal.

Possibly the world’s first shopping centre, the Grand Bazaar is a great choice if you are staying at Çırağan Palace Kempinski – just make sure to bring an extra suitcase for all your purchases!

Shanghai – something for every shopper

The bustling heart of modern China, Shanghai offers a rich choice of premium shopping experiences – the perfect accompaniment to a trip to Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai.

First stop is Pudong, home to the newest, shiniest shopping in the city. Here you will find centres like the 13-floor Super Brand Mall with a huge choice of international shops, over 70 restaurants, and an IMAX cinema, and the First Yaohan Shanghai Mall with its plentiful recreational facilities.

In ancient Puxi, the best shopping can be found along East Nanjing Road. For over a century, the city has been at the heart of Shanghai’s retail scene, and today its 6 km stretch has everything you could possibly want, from old-fashioned retailers to huge shopping centres.

Bangkok – an enormous selection

Situated right in the centre of downtown Bangkok, close to both the Siam Paragon and CentralWorld malls, Siam Kempinski Hotel is a haven for shoppers wanting to get the most out of the Thai capital’s abundant shopping opportunities.

CentralWorld is a gigantic shopping palace, covering 830,000 sq m of space and housing 500 stores, 15 cinemas and 100 restaurants. The Paragon is similar, and alongside its 250 shops it also has a 16-screen cinema, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium and a range of luxury shops impossible to find elsewhere in the country.

After a day in the malls, don’t hesitate to visit locations like the Chatuchak Market, where you can find all sorts of handicrafts, and the night markets at Khao San Road and Patpong.

If you would like more information on the shopping scene in your next destination, contact our team to find out more.

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