Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Shopaholics' Favorite Spots

Do you have a shopaholic in your life? Whether it's you or a "friend" planning a shopping-based vacation, some places are just better for buying. When your pockets are stuffed with gift cards, and you have a vacation coming up to plan, it might be worth checking out some of the best places to shop in the world. Don't set yourself up for disappointment when it comes to international shopping!

Buenos Aires
If you have a thing for leather, then come to Buenos Aires. The Argentinian capital features options galore when it comes to leather goods, like handbags, jackets, shoes, and wallets, and after you pick up something for yourself in the leather market, you can head to designer shops downtown, as well as on Calle Florida and Calle LaValley.

Your Luxury Lodgings Pairing: Buenos Aires' Best Hotels include Four Seasons and Caesar Park.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong is far more than an electronics mecca, as evidenced by the Chinese nation's love of labels. The Jade Market located in Yau Ma Tai features 400 stalls stuffed with the good-luck stone, and from there, it's worth visiting the historic Stanley Market for porcelain and silk. And next year? Book a trip to Hong Kong right before Christmas, when you can catch the WinterFest, a duty-free shopping blowout that's warm up your credit cards and leave you with plenty to gift when you return Stateside.

Your Luxury Lodgings Pairing: Luxury Hong Kong Hotels vary from the towering to the austere.

Los Angeles
Here's your chance to shop like a celebrity! Go to Rodeo Drive, where every celebrity knows they can get snapped by the paparazzi, and then stop by one of L.A.'s famed outdoor shopping centers. The Grove sells lots of little goodies, while Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade has a funkier atmosphere.

Your Luxury Lodgings Pairing: Stay in a hotel fit for a celebrity by choosing one of Los Angeles' top-ranked locations.

Marrakech
The bazaars and souks, the shoes and shawls... Marrakech is a mind-blowing experience for any shopper, even the seasoned type. You'll experience a drastic change of environment, with winding paths and willy-nilly stalls, and then you'll have to dicker for the piece you've got in your sights. Can you handle the bargaining? If that's not to your taste, you can always enlist the most daring of your friends to negotiate your deals.

Your Luxury Lodgings Pairing: Marrakech's Best Hotels combine traditional cultural flair with modern convenience.

Paris
It's not just the Parisian atmosphere that's romantic, but the deals! Okay, that's debatable, but there's some retail magic in most Parisian shops, from the chocolatier to the boutiques. Set yourself up at a cafe to plot your retail attack, and then visit the shopping spot near Place des Vogses, which is home to shops and galleries. The “can't miss” place in Paris is certainly the 8th arrondissement, with haute couture and fashion houses lining the streets.

Your Luxury Lodgings Pairing: Stay in a Parisian palace from this collection of Luxury Hotels.

Take your pick: which shopping destination would you put first on your list?

1 comment:

  1. One of the things that I love the most is the variety of hotels in Buenos Aires, they are great in every way possible!

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