World's best shopping cities

Seattle (Nadia Gerbish/Shutterstock)

Tired of visiting the same designer boutiques, venerable chains, and fluorescently-lit retail centers? So are we. That's why we decided to scour the globe for unique shopping spots; in these retail heavens, you'll find an eclectic array of boutique haunts, stylish department stores, and secret discount venues.

But to be a true fashion capital, a city has to do more than just provide shoppers with a wide range of options. In compiling this list, we took a variety of characteristics into account, including versatility, culture, location, and budget-friendliness. If indoor shopping centers are more your scene, then head to Dallas, Houston, or Minneapolis; because we believe shopping is an experience meant to be savored, you won't find America's megamalls on our list. But if you would rather embark on a shopping spree to be remembered, keep reading to discover the world's top shopping cities.

Tired of visiting the same designer boutiques, venerable chains, and fluorescently-lit retail centers? So are we. That's why we decided to scour the globe for unique shopping spots; in these retail heavens, you'll find an eclectic array of boutique haunts, stylish department stores, and secret discount venues.

But to be a true fashion capital, a city has to do more than just provide shoppers with a wide range of options. In compiling this list, we took a variety of characteristics into account, including versatility, culture, location, and budget-friendliness. If indoor shopping centers are more your scene, then head to Dallas, Houston, or Minneapolis; because we believe shopping is an experience meant to be savored, you won't find America's megamalls on our list. But if you would rather embark on a shopping spree to be remembered, keep reading to discover the world's top shopping cities.

Seattle


Seattle's shopping scene is just as rich and bold as its coffee. Home to iconic national chains (like Nordstrom and R.E.I.), independent boutiques, and cozy bookstores, there's plenty to purchase in this hip city. A jumbled array of eclectic neighborhoods, Seattle boasts a diverse array of shopping haunts. The intersection of Pine Street and Fifth Avenue makes a great place to start hitting the racks, with upscale department stores like Macy's and Coach anchoring a smattering of local shops. For souvenirs, knick-knacks, and exuberant window displays, head to Pike Place Market. And for one-of-a-kind vintage items and unique crafts, visit Fremont and nearby Ballard, both hot spots for retro items, artsy galleries, and independent breweries.

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