They say nothing broadens the mind like travel, but why should all those fantastic adventures apply to just your psyche, why can’t your wardrobe benefit from all those exotic expeditions too? Well, if you’re anything like us, you’ll love travelling just as much as you love shopping, so why not combine the two passions? We’ve put together a list of the most stylish cities in the world, plus, we’ve included details about the best places to go to whilst you’re there so you can indulge your shopping addiction!

With each location being rich in cultural heritage, offering some of the most breathtaking architecture and home to some the most famous galleries, it can be hard to fit it all in. However, if you find yourself with a spare moment for a little retail therapy then our handy guide will steer you in the right direction.

New York

Surprised? Of course not, The Big Apple features at the top of our list, simply because it is the metropolitan mecca of fashion.  Home to one of the biggest annual fashion events in the world- NYC Fashion Week– this sprawling concrete jungle has everything- from designer boutiques to the largest department stores in the world- to satisfy your appetite for fashion.

Where to shop:

Whilst you’re there make sure you check out Macy’s, the largest department store in America, this mega institution is comprised of 10 and a half floors! Then head on over to 5th Avenue for all your designer desires where you’ll find Tiffany & Co, Saks, Cartier and Armani, but to name a few. And if that doesn’t quite quench your thirst pay a visit to Madison Avenue where you’ll find  the likes of Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada.  Also, don’t forget to pay SoHo a visit, where you’ll find the legendary Bloomingdale’s and Barneys.

 

Paris

Famed for it’s beautiful architecture and art as much as for its fashion, Paris proudly makes it onto our list of stylish cities (but of course!). Renowned for their impeccable taste, Parisians have the uncanny ability of making even the most tawdry garments appear effortlessly glamorous. Blame it on the “je ne sais quoi” or the endless array of designer boutiques at their disposal, either way your trip to the French capital wouldn’t be complete without a little exploration of the glorious shopping opportunities available.

Where to shop:

While you ramble the romantic streets of Paris, be sure to make a pit stop to the Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré district where you’ll find the flagship stores of Versace, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Once you’ve sampled the delights of the Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré district take a stroll over to the Palais Royal where you’ll discover a wealth of elegant boutiques that offer everything from haute couture to luxury perfumers and vintage second-hand shops.  Also, check out Boulevard Haussmann and the Grand Boulevards to check out the latest fashion trends.

 

Milan

Considered to be the very beating heart of fashion, this city is the place where fashion is birthed! From catwalk to clothes rail within weeks, this is the place to find the latest fashion seasons before the rest of the world. As well as discovering jaw-dropping designs of architecture, you’ll be sure to find that everyone in this city takes fashion very seriously.

Where to shop:

Unlike our other cities where their fashion districts sprawl across for miles, Milan houses all its boutiques in the Quadrilatero d’Oro, aptly translated as the “Golden Rectangle”, where you’ll find the finest fashion, jewellery and watches the world has to offer. Also, make sure you spend some time at the Galleria Vittorio Emmauele, one of the most luxurious shopping locations in Milan.

London

Not just home to red Double-Decker busses and Big Ben, London has long been a favourite amongst the fashion elite and it’s not hard to see why. With a plethora of locations that cater to every style and budget, London offers the kind of diversity you simply won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Where to shop:

For luxury department stores, Oxford Street and Regents Street offer unparalleled choice, from the legendary Selfridges to the opulent Liberty’s, you’ll be occupied for hours being surrounded by some of the UK’s finest craftsmanship! For top-end designers pay a visit to Bond Street and Mayfair, who are home to likes of Burberry and Louis Vuitton. But if that doesn’t quite wet your appetite and fancy something a little different, then Camden will not fail to disappoint. The infamous Camden Market Town offers everything from hand-made jewellery to vintage leather and pungent incense sticks!

Barcelona

Barcelona is unlike any other city on our list, of course it has more than its fair share of stunning architecture and artistic accolades, but it’s the spirit of Barcelona that sets it apart from the rest of the pack.  Maybe it’ the sunshine, maybe it’s the beautiful coastline, whatever it is, this is one of the most laid-back and relaxing cities we’ve ever been to- the shopping isn’t bad either!

Where to shop:

Whilst strolling this sun drenched city, be sure to check out the Portal de L’Angel, which has everything from clothing to books. However, L’Angel is home to predominately high-street fashion, and if that doesn’t quite take your fancy then head on to Avenida Diagonal where you’ll find top designer stores like Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani and Gucci. For your smaller, more unique boutiques then don’t miss out on a visit to the  Gothic Quarter.

Toronto

One of the most culturally diverse cities on Earth, Toronoto has an abundance of treats for every fashion aficionado. From never-ending fashion malls that you could easily set up camp in for at least a couple of weeks, to the more quaint curiosities and hidden gems that take a little digging just to find, Toronto is a city of layers.

Where to shop:

Just a short walk from Dundas Square (Canada’s answer to NY’s Time Square), you’ll find the Eaton Centre, home to hundreds of shops, from high-end designer stores to everyday high-street vendors. The centre is a marvel to behold. But if your tastes are a little more refined, then Bloor-Yorkville– Toronto’s 5th Avenue- is the place to be. Affectionately named the ‘Mink Mile’, you’ll find the likes of Chanel, Gucci and Hermes there. Alternatively, Queen Street West is home to hundreds of vintage boutiques, where be sure to discover a rare find or two.

Florence

With it’s narrow cobbled streets, Florence is a labyrinthine city laden with treats for the curious wanderer. Around every corner there is an elegant piece of history tucked away, visible only to those inquisitive enough to venture. It’s difficult not to get lost in the romance of the architecture and artwork, but aside from being a cultural hot-spot, Florence is also a gift to shopaholics the world over.

Where to shop:

Florence is renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship and has been for centuries, that being said, such quality comes at a price. If you’re looking for a bargain, Florence may not deliver. However, what it does deliver is an unprecedented level of quality that you simply can’t find elsewhere. We recommend visiting Ponte Vecchio, not only is it a main tourist site, but home to some of the best jewellers in the world. For high-end designer fashion, Via Tornabuoni should be on your list of pit stops. Famous for its leather goods, a visit to the Leather School will give you the opportunity to see luxury leather goods being made by hand.

 

Tokyo

Tokyo is a city of contrasts, rich in cultural heritage yet constantly striving for innovation and renewal. Not only is the city itself a marvel to behold, with more restaurants, shops and lights than the human mind can possibly process, this overwhelming metropolis is also home to some of the most diverse and influential fashions worldwide.

Where to shop:

It’s impossible to name them all here, so we’ve chosen just a few of our favourites. Firstly, the Ginza district is Japan’s most famous upmarket shopping district, with it’s multitude of opulent boutiques and pristine department stores, this is the place to go to for your high-end designer shopping.  However, if you’re looking for somewhere with a more bohemian kind of spirit and style then Shimo-Kitazawa is packed full of vintage shops. For more information about where to shop in Tokyo, we recommend Wendy Yanagihara’s article ‘Top 10 places to shop in Tokyo’  for a more definitive guide.

Of course, any seasoned shopper knows that its important to get the basics right! So, at Zee & Co we’ve also put together a little selection of footwear and accessories to ensure your shopping sprees get off to a flying success. So, make sure you’re prepared for whatever the weather may throw at you, and check out our collection- from comfortable footwear to handbags that will fit everything in (even the kitchen sink at a push)!