Tired of working excessively long hours? Reward yourself with some well-deserved retail therapy. What has become an uncontrollable addiction for some is sweet relief for others. Whether searching for rare bargains or brand name apparel, the options are endless to satisfy every shopper's taste and budget. From the fashionable streets of Soho in New York to vibrant Causeway Bay of Hong Kong, Agoda has compiled some of the best shopping destinations for those shopaholics needing a quick fix.
Home to the uber-hyped Fashion Week and talented designers Marc Jacobs and Micheal Kors, New York is a shopper's paradise. The Manhattan neighborhood of Soho houses big brands like H&M and Banana Republic, along with numerous trendy boutiques by independent designers. High-end brands dominate Fifth Avenue; from Tiffany&Co., to Fendi and Gucci. And for those yearning for a retro shopping experience, Greenwich Village awaits with its trendy shops, fabulous bargains and myriad of one-of-a-kind boutiques.
Hotspots: Barneys New York, Century 21, Bloomingdales
With its trendy street markets and glitzy shopping malls Hong Kong is one of the best cities to find just about anything and do some serious shopping. Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui and Admiralty/Central areas offer a mix of fabulous malls, including the 13-storey Sogo and Time Square department stores that require a whole day to explore. But for amazing bargains on just about everything, locals know to head to the Ladies Market of Mongkok.
Hotspots: Pacific Place, Harbour City, Lane Crawford
Shopping is a way of life in Bangkok with local night and weekend markets selling everything from discount clothing and watches to samurai swords and flatware. The massive malls of Siam Paragon, Central World and Gaysorn are found around the Siam area with boutiques by young designers occupying the mazes of nearby Siam Square. And for bargains, the locals head to nearby MBK and Platinum the popular wholesale mall filled with a massive number of small outlets.
Hotspots: Chatuchak Weekend Market, Suan Lum Night Bazaar, MBK
With iconic British brands such as Burberry, Dunhill and Marks&Spencer, London has always been one of the world's top shopping destinations. From the fashion-forward boutiques along Bond Street to the big labels of Covent Garden and Oxford Street, every style and budget are available.
Hotspots: Harrods, Selfridges, Camden Market
The birthplace of haute couture it's no surprise Paris is often referred to as the fashion capital of the world. The upscale shopping of prestigious Avenue des Champs-Elysées is filled with global chain stores like Benetton, Zara, Cartier and Sephora. Situated between the Louvre and Opera, the Faubourg Saint-Honore district houses the flagship boutique of Hermès and other iconic brands like Versace and Yves Saint Laurent.
Hotspots: Le Bon Marche, Printemps, Galeries Lafayette
Home to Versace, Prada, and Armani, Milan is a shopping destination for high fashion. Most famous is the "Quadrilateral of Fashion", formed by Via Montenapoleone, Via Saint' Andrea, Via Monzani and Via della Spiga. Enthusiastic shoppers can wander busy streets, finding just about every top label they can think of. Small shops also fill streets of Paris, selling everything from jewelry to art.
Hotspots: La Rinascente Department Store, Galleria di Vittorio Emanuele
With the annual 2-month Great Singapore Sale beginning at the end of May, deals on pretty much everything are available throughout the city-state. Orchard Road is without question the most popular area to visit. Filled with prestigious department stores and small boutiques, it has everything a shopper can possibly want; from electronic goods to clothes and cosmetics. Another area frequently visited by international shoppers is Clarke Quay, home to more than 150 shops.
Hotspots: Riverside Point, Centrepoint, Little India
Los Angeles’ (well, technically Beverly Hills) famed Golden Triangle of Rodeo Drive, Wilshire and Sunset Boulevards is the prestigious shopping area with a collection of big name boutiques. Showcased in Pretty Woman, Rodeo Drive is lined with names like Chanel and Dior while Wiltshire and Sunset are populated with top boutiques by Madison and Anna Sui. The small street of Robertson Boulevard is a favorite among locals with Maxfield’s Discount Outlet and Kitson, both regularly visited by Hollywood hipsters and celebrities.
Hotspots: The Grove, Hollywood & Highland Center, Beverly Center
Sydney? Yes Sydney. Australia's most popular destination is where notable fashion labels like Sass & Bide and Alice McCall were introduced. Paddington Village is filled with fascinating fashion boutiques and local designer stores. Sydney's CBD also has a collection of chic international brands showcasing the latest fashion trends as well as rare vintage pieces.
Hotspots: David Jones and Myer's department stores, Chifley Plaza, DFO
Forever creating new and unique trends, Tokyo has become a stylish city thanks partially to its colorful street fashion. Swarms of teens crowd the renowned Harajuku neighborhood on weekends, congregating to strike sullen poses and showcase outlandish personal styles. Surrounding the area are shops from many of Tokyo's up-and-coming designers. The narrow street of Takeshita-dori is packed with young shoppers and boutiques selling the latest trends while the pristine Ginza district is home to many of Tokyo's oldest and most prominent department stores. And if you really need another reason to go shop Tokyo, it is of course the birthplace of that ubiquitous Hello Kitty.
Hotspots: Shibuya 109, Mitsukoshi and Wako department stores