The world’s finest shopping experiences
December has a reputation for being the most frantic shopping period of the year. With Christmas fast approaching, the pressure is on not only to find gifts for friends and family, but also find something that is unique and coveted. Luckily, Victor can offer access to some of the world’s finest shopping. So whether it’s diamonds from Tiffany’s. or high fashion from the catwalks of Milan, great shopping is only a short hop away.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with a guide to six of the world’s greatest shopping cities.
Where to fly: Linate Airport
Best For: High Fashion and Unique Jewellery
Taking its name from the milliners who first set up shop in the city in the Middle Ages, Milan seems destined to be one of the fashion capitals of the world. Home to some truly iconic brands, it stands proudly as one of Europe’s premier shopping destinations.
Head down to Quadrilatero della Moda or the Quadrilatero d’Oro – the famous ‘rectangle of gold’ for flagship stores from some of the best fashion brands and jewellers. For a more intimate experience, try Via Montenapoleone. Known as Milan’s greatest street, it is home to the Celine and Cartier boutiques.
Where to fly: Vienna International Airport
Confectionary, fashion and traditional toys.
Vienna preserves a traditional shopping experience with some of the earliest closing hours in Europe, but is worth a visit for sheer beauty alone. The old capital of the Hapsburg Empire, the city is a byword for style; and the older Enlightenment-era parts of the city are especially beautiful. The mix of this old glamour with new, modern shopping in the city’s Golden Quarter makes for a truly unique experience. Located in Vienna’s 1st District, the area features flagship stores from Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Miu Miu, Roberto Cavalli, Prada and Saint Laurent.
Over the festive period, Vienna becomes a wonderland of quaint, gloriously lit markets. Epitomising traditional, fairy tale Christmases, shoppers can browse through glass baubles and handcrafted ornaments while sipping on glühwein.
Where to fly: Shek Kong Air Force Base
Best for: Electronics, antiques, toys and high-quality Jewellery
With a history steeped in world trade, it’s small wonder that Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise. The city hosts a huge variety of shops alongside some of the greatest service on the planet. From the 2nd largest Louis Vuitton store in the world to the gleaming Sogo Department Store, if it’s something hard to find you’re looking for, you can bet you can get it in Hong Kong.
Filled with luxury malls including Pacific Place and Times Square, the city is home to almost every designer outlet you care to think of; with designer labels such as Martin Margiela, Comme des Garçons, Armani and Prada starting at 50 percent of the original cost. For something a little more local, try Shanghai Tang’s own brand of contemporary-chic Chinese clothing. The city boasts a vibrant antique scene and is the go-to place for jewellery shopping.
Where to fly: Teterboro
Best for: Toys, fashion, jewellery and one of a kind gems
New York is the city that never sleeps, with shopping opportunities around the clock. High-end retailers, high-class art vendors and hidden boutiques galore. For luxury purchases, Madison Avenue is the place to go. The likes of Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Barneys, Tom Ford and Proenza Schouler all have large stores there while the side streets are a warren of hidden boutiques, antique shops and bookstores.
Don’t forget to pop into to Tiffany & Co. on 5th Avenue for a timeless gift in the famous blue box. With its iron-clad doors, polished granite and Audrey Hepburn connections, nobody does diamonds like Tiffany’s.
Where to fly: Le Bourget
Best for: Rare books, fashion, bespoke scents and perfumes
The home of fashion heavyweights Chanel, Dior and Hermès as well as iconic department stores Colette, Printemps, and Galeries Lafayette – Paris is the perfect destination for weekend shopping adventures. The city of lights offers unrivalled haute couture and fine cuisine – stop by Pierre Hermé for the lightest jewel-like macarons. Take a leisurely stroll around the boutiques in the historic Marais quarter, or seek out serious fashion shopping on Avenue Montaigne.
Where to fly: Chofu Airport
Best for: Cutting edge electronics, rare comics and music and hi-tech toys and games
Simultaneously the most ancient and most modern metropolis in the world, Tokyo presents a wholly unique shopping experience. From cutting edge electronics to colourful anime goods, traditional crafts, high-end fashion and luxury brands; Japan’s capital has it all.
For luxury brands like Dior, Porsche and the famous Hakuhinkan Toy Park, visitors should head to the Ginza District. A neon wonderland of shops, restaurants and bars, it is Tokyo’s premier shopping experience.
Nihonbashi, on the other hand, is more laid back and traditional. Featuring many small shops and specialist traders, it’s perfect for those looking for one-off arts and craft pieces, rare vinyl records or the odd Japanese curiosity.
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