Europe is full of historic places, enchanting architecture, and of course, it is home to the most well-known luxury goods ever. Chanel, Hermès, Longchamp, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy… you name it!
If these names got your palms all sweaty from excitement, fret not! We have narrowed down 7 shopping havens for you to spend all your euros in Europe?
1. Galeries Lafayette
Paris is an absolute gem when looking for boutiques and quality shops. Whether you’re in Paris for some macaroon hunting or out to purchase the best luxury goods ever, exploring Galeries Lafayette will never leave you disappointed!
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Be prepared to be greeted by a wide array of Parisian brands such as Acne Studios, Lanvin, Chanel, to mainstream labels like Hugo Boss, Pandora, and Zara. This impressive galleria will never, (in the wise words of Taylor Swift, if I may quote) go out of style☺️
[P.S. Galeries Lafayette is one of the pitstops in the only 9D8N Muslim-friendly itinerary you need for your Amsterdam & Paris adventure!]
#HHWT Tip:Galeries Lafayette is divided into women and children’s fashions in the Lafayette Coupole, menswear in Lafayette Homme and home goods in Lafayette Maison.
Address: Galeries Lafayette, 87000 Limoges, France
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 8.30pm & Sundays from 11am to 7pm
How to get there:
By bus: 22, 42, 53, 66, 68, 81
Metro: Line 7 - Chaussée d'Antin - La Fayette or Line 9 - Chaussée d'Antin - La Fayette. Alternatively, you can take the RER A and alight at Auber.
2. Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich
Lo and behold, the heart of Zurich! This street will bring you from the luxury ends of the clothing market to jewellery, as well as watches. Brands such as Prada, Cartier, and Tissot can easily be found here. If you’re not planning to spend any of your moolahs on luxury goods, you might want to buy some chocolates home. Rumour has it that Zurich’s chocolates are one of the finest?
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#HHWT Tip: As the Bahnhofstrasse ends at the Burkliplaz (the lake promenade), take a walk around here once you’re done with all the shopping to unwind and watch the cruises depart.
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Address: Bahnhofstrasse, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 8pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm
How to get there: Take a train to the main rail station of Zurich and cross the street to reach the Bahnhofstrasse.
3. Designer Outlet Parndorf, Parndorf, Austria
With over 140 designer stores to choose from (yes, you read that right), you definitely won’t be going home empty handed from Parndorf. Sports brands such as Nike, Adidas, Puma can be found in this outlet.
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Did we mention it’s just 30 minutes away from Vienna??
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Address: Parndorf Designer Outlet Center, Designer-Outlet-Straße 1, 7111 Parndorf, Austria
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm (Closed on Sundays and public holidays)
How to get there: There is a shuttle bus from Vienna city stand opposite the Opera House direct to Parndorf. Do visit their website for detailed information on shuttle bus service. Alternatively, it is a 50 minute train ride from the Vienna Main Train Station.
4. Via Condotti, Rome
If you’re a huuuuge fan of Italian brands, this is the place for you. Via Condotti is where you’ll get to see all the top fashion designer brands.
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But who says this magnificent place is only famous for fashion? Aside from shopping, you can check out the long stretch of cafes this street holds. You definitely won't be leaving with an empty stomach☺️
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Address: Centro Commerciale I Granai, Via Mario Rigamonti, 100, 00142 Roma, Italy
Opening hours: Shops in Rome usually open at 9.30am while closing time changes according to the seasons. In winter they close at 7pm, while in summer they usually extend their activity till 8pm. Do check the website provided below for more information.
How to get there: Take the Red line A to Spagna on the Metro.
5. P.C Hoofstraat, Amsterdam
Think Rodeo Drive of Los Angeles. Yup! Hoofstraat is bursting with the world’s best brands, cosmetics, and shoes, just to name a few! Although it is a small street, you will still be spoiled for choices!
[P.S. Check out our first timer's guide to Amsterdam for more tips!]
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This street is also close to famous museums like the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Talk about convenient eh??
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Address: Jacob van Lennepkade 334H 1053 NJ Amsterdam
Opening hours: Mon: 1.00pm to 6.00pm, Tue to Sat: 10.00am to 6.00pm, Thu: evening opening till 9.00pm, Sun: 12.00nn to 5.00pm
How to get there: Catch the Tram 2 or Tram 5 from either Central station or Leidsetraat station.
6. Royal Galleries, Brussels, Belgium
Located in the centre of Brussels, Royal Galleries is where you can spot high-end shops such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Prada, Chanel and even Sephora! The classy design of this spectacular shopping outlet will definitely leave you in awe with its high ceilings.
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If you’re not an avid shopper, don’t worry as there are also bookshops, restaurants and cinema to keep you busy!
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Address: Rue du Marché aux Herbes 90, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Opening hours: 24 hours
How to get there: Alight at Brussel Central train station, and it would be a short stroll from the Grand Place.
7. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan
Welcome to the Italian capital of fashion, Milan? Nothing screams history AND romantic more than the beauty of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Hello every shopper’s dream! Teamed up with some of the big designer brands, this place is the place to be for retail therapy if you love luxury goods with all your heart (and money?).
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Although it is a pretty touristy place, we’re absolutely sure the shopping will leave you distracted from the crowd?
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Address: Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milano, Italy
Opening hours: 24 hours
How to get there: M1 (red line) – M3 (yellow line), Duomo station
Well, there you have it! In case you didn’t know, the best time to go shopping in Europe would be during the winter and summer sale. You can read more on their sales period on this website. But before you go crazy shopping down the streets of Europe, do be careful of your belongings and have your eyes on them while you shop! Also, don’t forget to keep em’ receipts safe so that you can claim your taxes for it. Once you’ve strapped on some comfy shoes, you’re good to paint the town red?