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10 Best Shopping Vacation Places around the World by Tanya ,  Jan 21, 2013
Las Vegas, USA

You can take a break from spending money at the casinos and instead find almost any kind of store to suit your budget -- from bargains to high-end retail or specialty shops. The key is to know where to look.

Some of the best retailers are situated along The Strip. Chanel, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., White House/Black Market, and more vie for customers. No matter what hotel you decide to stay in, you're only minutes from phenomenal shopping. And the hotel planners didn't just set up shops around the casino. They've created shopping experiences, where you can watch free shows, be fooled by living statues, take in a thunderstorm, and relax on benches under faux skies that turn from dusk to dawn on the hour.

Downtown Las Vegas offers its own share of specialty shops, high-end retail, and antique stores to satisfy your shopping frenzy. It even has it own outdoor mall or strip malls, depending on whether you want to walk around under canopies in the dry weather or indoors with the air conditioning.

Insider's Guide: The Best of Shopping in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is home to many outlet malls that attract the typical tourist looking for a deal. The Las Vegas Premium Outlets (875 S Grand Central Pkwy in downtown Las Vegas) houses outlet stores, such as A/X Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Calvin Klein, with savings from 25 to 65 percent off everyday prices. More than 120 stores are located in 435,000 square feet, and various store exteriors are color coordinated so you can easily follow a map and navigate the shopping area.

Another local find is what locals call Antique Row (1109 Western Ave in downtown Las Vegas). You can pick up anything from costume jewelry from the 1940s and '50s to casino chips, furniture, linens, and dishware. You can also find discontinued hotel silverware and dishes. The area is strewn with little houses and clumps of stores. Another good place to find quality antiques is the Gypsy Caravan Antiques (1302 S Third St).

Chinatown Plaza (4255 Spring Mountain Rd) is located only one mile west of the Las Vegas Strip. This plaza has a large collection of Asian businesses and restaurants, and even offers an Asian supermarket. Its specialty shops sell jade jewelry, spices, teas, art, and novelties. This first master-planned Chinatown in America has unique Tong Dynasty architecture.

The Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas at Primm (32100 Las Vegas Blvd) is a 45-minute drive outside Las Vegas. This mall, located on the California-Nevada state line, has 100-plus shops ranging from high-end retail shops like Coach and Escada to outlet shops such as Nautica Outlet, Nine West, and Last-Call Nieman Marcus Store. Shuttles operate daily form the MGM Grand and the Desert Passage to this outlet extravaganza.

The District of Green Valley Ranch (2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson) offers 40-plus specialty retail stores and restaurants on tree-lined streets and cobblestone sidewalks. The amount of bargains or gems you'll find will depend on how long you want to look. Its numerous stores include REI (outdoor gear), Anthropologie (clothing and home decor), and Pottery Barn (home decor, knick knacks and crafts).

The Stratosphere Tower Shops atop The Stratosphere Hotel (2000 Las Vegas Blvd) wind their way along the corridor leading to the Thrill Rides, 800 feet above the city at the north end of The Strip. The shops are mom and pop, along with a few amenities such as the Roni Josef Spa and Salon. It's a trek to the shops, but the view at the end is awesome. It's a perfect way to spend an afternoon and catch the sunset over the mountains to the west at the end of your shopping spree.

Expect to run into a celebrity or two at The Forum Shops at the Mobil Three-Star Caesars Palace (3500 Las Vegas Blvd). This 560,000-square-foot shopping experience brings fantasy to life. High-end stores such as Kate Spade, Judith Leiber, and Coach coexist among such top-rated restaurants as Sushi Roku and Boa Steakhouse.

There's no shortage of hip Vegas night spots, including several dance clubs where celebrity sightings are the norm. Learn about these and other entertainment options on the next page.

New York, USA

New York City has an overwhelming variety of stores to tempt tourists and locals alike.  Most tourists visit the giant flagship stores along Fifth Avenue between 59th and 42nd Streets where they will find the latest items from some of the most popular name brands in America, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Juicy Couture, Gucci, Armani AX, and Diesel, along with Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic, and Gant.  Fifth Avenue is also home to fine jewelery (Tiffany’s, Harry Winston, Cartier), department stores (Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Bendel’s, and Lord and Taylor), and the largest Apple store in New York City.  Children will not want to miss F.A.O. Schwarz where they will find life-sized stuffed animals, and where their parents can try out the giant piano from the film Big.  A stroll along Fifth Avenue from Central Park to the New York Public Library will bring you past a wide variety of shops to tempt your eye and your wallet!
Useful tips – the Apple Store is open 24/7.  Many people go there to browse and to play with the latest Apple products; some even use the store computers to check their Facebook pages!  (Just don’t forget to sign out.)  Public restrooms and seating can be found in the public atrium of the Trump Tower on the corner of 56th Street.  The restrooms are hidden on the lower level, but they are clean and usually are not too crowded.
Manila, Philippines
Tourists just love to spend some time in Philippines, exploring the rather unique markets that invariably are a mirror to the true culture and artistry of Philippines. The products here are pretty inexpensive and also of the top quality. What makes shopping an interesting experience is the bargaining that a tourist can do here. You will be amazed with the result of a persistent bargaining. The best of shopping in modern Philippines, however, surely is done in the three malls namely SM Mall of Asia, SM Mega mall and SM North EDSA. These are three of the biggest malls in the world.

Dubai is renowned for its shopping experience right next to the popular duty free shops of Singapore and no stones had been left unturned by the marketers of the place as they have everything right from carpets, home accessories, decors to gold, platinum, kanjras, sarees and more. The wide range of shopping stuff available for sale in Dubai is such a splendor that you wouldn’t mind going on a spend thrift even if you are in no mood to shell out bucks! Such is the quality that this place could offer and we go through what are the best things that are here and what all you could buy while you are cruising the shopper’s paradise of the country.

CarpetsLuxurious, fancy carpets are the season of the trade in Dubai. Many carpet lovers, especially the rich ones when they want to buy some exquisitely ornamented carpets will land in the UAE and get those best looking ones. But, that doesn’t mean you have to do the same. Just buy some aesthetic designs which are hardly available in other countries and we assure you they are the cheapest price available which you will not be able to find in any other country. The quality of the rug depends on how the wool is processed and also the best quality wool comes from sheeps which are bred in high altitudes. And don’t be fooled when dealers claim about knot density, weave quality and country of origin because it matters very less. GoldIf you haven’t heard about it yet you may have been living in a different world. The place of Gold literally falls synonymous with Dubai and it is not without a reason. The Gold available here is different from what is sold in India and if you buy it when it costs less in Dubai itself then you wouldn’t be able to manage but have a smug on your face when you are back home. Khanjars Sayidi Khanjars have five rings and these popularly named Khanjars are traditional curved daggers which Men usually wear over their shirts in early days. Traditionally, it was made from Rhino horn but now it is being made from wood. The value of Khanjars lie in the craftsmanship and if it feels heavy when you hold it, then it’s of high quality.Perfume Buy some of exquisite best perfumes of the world at Dubai, especially those Arabian attars which seldom people use but highly attractive smell. Bateel DatesDubai without dates? No way. Buy these on your way which is the ultimate luxury food of Arabia.
London, England

London is a city renowned for its world class shopping, with an extensive range of department stores, boutiques, shopping centres and markets which cater for everyone’s shopping needs. The city quite simply has everything that you could ever want.

Take Oxford Street for example. To many, Oxford Street is seen as the ultimate shopping haven. It is seen as the “headquarters” of all London’s high street stores. Here you will find enormous versions of typical high-street stores such as H&M, Topshop and HMV as well as the big department stores such as Selfridges and John Lewis.

For those with a more expensive taste you have Knightsbridge, located in the West End, home to an array of high end, designer stores such as Harvey Nichols and Harrods, which is perfect for those looking for something a little bit more up-market.

These locations and stores however are obvious. Everyone knows about them and everyone flocks to them. Oxford Street on a Saturday afternoon is simply a nightmare. We know where to go for London’s chain stores, but what about independent stores? How do you find London’s shopping secrets?

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Shopping in Hong Kong is a truly memorable experience; Keen shoppers are bound to find whatever they are hunting for in Hong Kong. Modern shopping centers jostle for space here with chaotic market places and traditional shops, meaning that there is plenty of variety available.
Visitors in search of souvenirs would do well to head to the market stalls on Cat Street near the Man Mo temple, where there are plenty of bargains to be found. Some of the most popular things to buy include bags, watches and tailored clothing, all of which can be found in the lanes in and around Li Yuen Street West and Li Yuen Street East. Most is the shops here open at around 10am in the morning and close around midnight, meaning that bargain hunters will have no trouble finding somewhere to shop, no matter what time of day or night it is.
Paris, France
Can you imagine shopping there.....instead of Macy's. The fashion show was great.  Of course, they did not let us take pictures.  The fashions, tho not couture designer dresses, were still fabulous,  extremely  fashionable and the models were everything you would expect to see in a Paris model. Afterwards I went to the floor that had the real couture deign from the famous designers.  I managed to get a few shots, without being kicked out.....just some dirty looks.
When in Korea, you can’t miss out on all the beauty stores. Seriously it’s like impossible. They are almost as common as 7/11. And there are so many different brands! Etude house is one of our favorites. Daria from 2ne1 is the current face for the brand. You will recognize the store as a pink house and we got immdiatley drawn into the cuteness. Get pretty cheap korean make up here or try their fake lashes, they are the most comfortable ones we’ve ever tried. There are several Etude house’s in Myeong-Dong and everyone of them is PACKED with korean girls who tries to get a hold of the latest beauty products.
Chicago, USA

Michigan Avenue -- specifically the stretch between the Chicago River and Oak Street Beach known as The Magnificent Mile -- is pretty much synonymous with Chicago shopping. Along this 14-block promenade you'll find all the major names in upscale retail (Tiffany & Co., Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, etc.), along with more mass-market stores such as The Gap, Pottery Barn, and Crate & Barrel. High-rise indoor malls, including Water Tower Place (835 N Michigan Ave), Chicago Place (700 N Michigan Ave), and 900 North Michigan, expand the shopping possibilities and make good stop-offs during chilly and/or rainy weather.

But to see the best of what Chicago has to offer, you'll have to move beyond this tourist-clogged thoroughfare. You should head to Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park or Bucktown to see where the best-dressed locals do their shopping. Chinatown on the city's South Side is a great place to find antiques, jewelry, art, and other quality goods.

Insider's Guide: The Best of Shopping in Chicago

The boutiques on Armitage Avenue between Halsted Street and Damen Avenue attract stylish young professionals with a mix of home decor, beauty products, and trendy-but-not-too-edgy fashion. Lori's Designer Shoes (824 Armitage Ave) has 5,000 square feet filled with shoes ranging from summer sandals to knee-high leather boots. Accessories like handbags, scarves, hats, and hosiery can also be bought, and you'll find them all reduced more than 50 percent at end-of-the-season sales. Your best bet is to go on weekdays, when crowds are more subdued.

If you're looking for something more cutting-edge, head to Bucktown, specifically the shops that line Damen Avenue north of North Avenue. Here you'll find a range of independent clothing stores specializing in new, up-and-coming designers, as well as boutiques that stock one-of-a-kind home accessories and gifts. If you're shopping for little ones, be sure to visit The Red Balloon (2060 N Damen Ave), a friendly mid- to upscale kids clothing, toys and book shop.

Head south on Damen Avenue to reach the newest burgeoning retail district at West Division Street (west of the Division L train stop on the Blue Line). Here, drawn by the relatively low rents, independent boutiques are springing up, offering an eclectic selection of clothes and gifts. For more eclectic boutiques, record stores and book stores, head southeast along Milwaukee Avenue for stores like Reckless Records, American Apparel, and John Fluevog Shoes.

Home decorating fans should also take time for a stroll through River North, with its dense concentration of design stores. Within a few blocks, you'll find everything from slick European contemporary furniture to Asian antiques to affordable reproductions of classic modern pieces.

900 North Michigan Shops (900 N Michigan Ave) has more than 70 shops, including Bloomingdale's and Gucci, surrounding a marble atrium. Crate & Barrel (646 N Michigan Ave) is a flagship store on Michigan Avenue toting housewares and home furnishings. Niketown (669 N Michigan Ave) is a five-story sports store that not only sells shoes, but includes a museum, video theater, and a display of athletic gear worn by Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

At Water Tower Place (835 N Michigan Ave), you'll find a wide range of men's and women's clothing as stores such as Lord & Taylor, Victoria's Secret, Lacoste, and French Connection.

Chicago Place (700 N Michigan Ave) is an eight-story vertical mall with more than 45 stores, including Ann Taylor Petites, Talbots, Abby & Yanni Fine Furs, and Tall Girl, and seven restaurants, including Little Tokoyo Express and Chicago Dog & Grill.

Chinatown (Cermak Road and Wentworth Ave) features more than 20 gift shops, herbal and tea stores, bakeries and 40 restaurants in its 11-block radius. Chinatown Bazaar (2221 S Wentworth) sells oriental gifts, fashion, jewelry, and antiques, and Oriental Art Imports Ltd (2239 S Wentworth) houses bone carvings, teapots, crystal, ceramics, and European canvases.

Bustling Navy Pier (600 E Grand Ave) is a good place to pick up souvenirs, including Chicago Police Department and Fire Department-themed hats and T-shirts, gourmet snacks and the usual postcards, magnets, and coffee mugs. You'll also find Sitara, which sells Indian-style clothing and handmade crafts from Bali, and TransPIERency, where you can buy stained-glass items like windows and key chains.

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San Juan, USA
Welcome to the Caribbean’s largest and most complete shopping center.  At Plaza Las Américas, not only can you shop, you also can visit a 13-screen movie theater, do your banking, fill a prescription, and get a snack or a meal at any of our 40 different eateries.Featuring the Caribbean’s only Macy’s, the world’s largest JCPenney, Sears, plus over 300 shops, Plaza Las Américas has the best of Puerto Rican retail in addition to the names you know and recognize from the Mainland USA like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Borders Books, BCBG Max Azria, GAP, Old Navy, Pottery Barn and West Elm, plus internationally recognized European stores such as Adolfo Dominguez, Custo Barcelona, Mango, Tous and Zara.You will also find La Torre de Plaza, a 12-story office building right inside Plaza Las Américas with medical and government offices.Then add a world-class museum: the Ponce Art Museum is currently located at Plaza Las Américas, while its beautiful building in Ponce is being renovated.Whether you visit us for a quick errand or leisurely shopping, we hope you enjoy your visit at Plaza Las Américas – The Center of it All.
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