Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Chic Holiday Shopping

Shopping for the holidays can be a bit stressful for some, for others it is a real treat.  Heading to the local shopping plaza and browsing through gleefully decorated stores can put even the Grinch in the Christmas spirit.  Trees are twinkling with joy and wreaths are hung with beautiful ribbons creating a sort of shopping wonderland.  If you are lucky enough to live where it snows, you might even get a dusting of the white stuff that would help to create the classic storybook scenery.  If you are in the mood to travel for your holiday shopping, let WhatAHotel! book your stay near some famous streets to shop for the holidays and get ready to splurge. 

Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich

Switzerland is known for chocolate and watches but is is also famous for one very chic street.  Bahnhofstrasse is a lovely tree-lined avenue that is home to many exclusive shops and boutique.  The main stretch is about a mile long and is considered a top shopping location for the Swiss.  Find high-end clothing stores, stylish shoes, accessories, jewelry and watches. You'll even find stores selling china and furs.  Make sure you book your stay in one of the Best Hotels in Zurich and experience luxury and comfort. 
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills is known throughout the world as a wealthy city with a varied amount of extravagant shopping destinations.  Rodeo Drive has made its name synonymous with fashion and fortune.  It is considered one of the world's most glamorous and expensive streets for shopping.  Just off  of Rodeo Drive lies its lesser known sister street Two Rodeo, which is home to a European style strip with cobblestone streets, fountains, bistros and fancy boutiques.  Shopping here will not save you money but you will leave feeling thrilled with your finds.  Rest your weary feet at one of the Best Hotels in Beverly Hills and feel like a movie star. 

Japan is well known as a fabulous place to shop.  Tokyo showcases its exclusive shopping area in an impressive eight block area.  This section, known as The Ginza, is some of the most expensive real estate in the world.  With that being said, it is no surprise that this street is home to some very exclusive retailers as well as Tokyo's very own landmark department stores, Mitsukoshi, Wako and the 14 floor Marion.  Along with high end boutiques you'll find movie theatres and restaurants.  Stroll through the streets and take in the extravagant window displays with scenes of Japanese culture.  Once the sun goes down the street is lit with the bright and colorful neon lights of the shops and gives an electric feel to the area.  Stay at one of the Best Hotels in Tokyo and experience the fabulous Japanese hospitality. 

New York City's very own Fifth Avenue is quite possibly the most famous street for shopping.  This elegant stretch is home to landmark department stores as well as smaller posh boutiques.  This street is often considered a shoppers paradise with top designers selling their expensive goods just steps away from each other.  In the month of December this street comes alive with festive lights and decor.  The famous FAO Schwarz has doormen dressed as toy soldiers and Tiffany floats a 27 foot snowflake over the entrance outside.  Macy's decorates their windows with winter scenes that attract not only shoppers but sightseers.  New York City is considered the city that never sleeps, but during the holidays this town becomes a wonderland of twinkle lights, beautiful displays and pure joy.  At the end of the day you can rest your head at one of the Best Hotels in New York City and find that the hotels are also very much in the holiday spirit. 
Avenue Montaigne, Paris
Last but never least we touch upon a street that is stunning any time of year.  Avenue Montaigne in Paris is situated in the "golden triangle" which is between the Champs Elysees and the Seine.  Paris is often thought of as a fashionable destination, so if one street stands out as the most fashionable here it must be truly amazing.  Luxury and expense are the best words to describe this street so don't head here  if you are looking for a bargain.  Haute-couture houses have addresses on this elegant avenue so there is no doubt that you will be able to find the latest and greatest in fashion finds.  Stroll through the street to experience the ostentatious surroundings or peruse the shops for that perfect gift, you won't be disappointed on Avenue Montaigne.  Check in at one of the Best Hotels in Paris and rest and relax after a day in the iconic boutiques. 
The world is full of exclusive streets that capture our hearts and lighten our bank accounts.  Full of amazing upscale and exorbitant goods, these locations are great places to visit whether you can afford to shop there or not.  These lavish settings are decorated for the holidays and inspire fond feelings.  Shop in any of these charming cities and check in at one of their Best Hotels to ensure you have a completely fabulous stay.  Happy Holidays!!

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