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ROAD & TRAVEL Travel Advice: World's Best Cities for Shopping

Top Five Cities in the World to Shop

Whether you prefer dropping your cash at indoor malls, indie boutiques or neighborhoods filled with the best local finds, you’re sure to enjoy these shopper’s hot spots. Voted as the world’s top cities for shopping in a recent survey by online travel network TripConnect.com, these places are meccas for the fashion forward and travel savvy buyers among us.

Perfect destinations for pre-holiday getaways, you can load up on cool culture and great gifts at any of the below:

Top Five Cities for Shopping:

1. Bangkok, Thailand: A fascinating city known for its active nightlife and top-notch restaurants, Bangkok is also a shopper's paradise. With prices that are low, quality that is generally high and a range and variety of items that is unparalleled, you’ll find silks, gemstones, tailor-made clothes and traditional handicrafts, all highlights of Bangkok.

2. Marrakech, Morocco: Browsers can pick up anything from jewelry to textiles, carpets to herbs, and love potions to camels. Visitors will find the souks (crowded markets in Marrakech) are well worth exploring, regardless of whether they intend to buy anything. Each area specializes in certain products with ironworkers, carpenters, dyers and tailors plying their trade in the tiny shop fronts.

3. Boston, Massachusetts, US: One look at the city's boutiques, malls, department stores, and outlets and you'll understand why people flock here to stock up on clothes, shoes, jewelry, and books. Newbury Street is renowned for its finer department stores and boutiques. Blow your budget at the shops on Charles Street at the foot of Beacon Hill, or attempt frugality at the many bookstores of Harvard Square.

4. Milan, Italy: The undisputed fashion capital of the world, Milan is rightfully famous for its upscale shopping with such stores as Gucci, Prada, Luis Vuitton and Versace. But this stylish city is also home to some of the best outlet shopping for everything from Bruno Magli to Dolce & Gabbana. The Fiera di Senigallia and Mercatone del Naviglio Grande markets are now considered institutions.

5. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: A beautiful city that is bookend-ed by the Pacific Ocean and the picturesque mountains is home to some of the most enjoyable shopping districts in North America. A real "walker's city," most of the shopping areas are concentrated into a few blocks— South Granville, Main Street and West Broadway with most high end boutiques located on Robson Street. Downtown Pacific Centre Mall is home to both luxury boutiques and department stores.

(Source: Trip Connect)

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