Are you a shopaholic? Do you fancy a new outfit? Shop for clothes, shoes, jewellery and other accessories in these cities in Europe that are well-known to let you shop 'till you drop! Whether you're looking for high-fashion clothing boutiques, designer outlets, classic antique shops or big department stores. During the sale season you might save so much on your favourite brands, it'll pay for your flight!
Amsterdam, Prague, Paris, Barcelona or Istanbul check our recommendations and advice below.
Amsterdam is a great shopping destination, with a wide range of shops for every taste and style. Stroll through the Nine Streets (the small lanes connecting Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht and Herengracht) or jump directly into one of the biggest department stores such as De Bijenkorf or Magna Plaza.
The Kalverstraat is the busiest shopping street in Amsterdam. Along its 750 metres you can find some of the most popular clothing shops such as Zara, Bershka, Stradivarius, Pull and Bear and many others.
More an attraction than a shopping street, this unique market was established in 1862. Here you will find all sorts of narcissus, tulips, geraniums and many other types of flowers.
Singel 630 to 600 1017 AZ, Amsterdam
This is more of a platform rather that a shop. It allows young designers to reach new customers. The space is full with handmade, trendy accessories and unique clothing all created by talented designers.
Haarlemmerdijk 39, Amsterdam
Situated in Dam Square, in the centre of Amsterdam, De Bijenkorf is the biggest department store in town. Here you will find selected high-quality goods, from clothing and cosmetic, jewellery to decorations for the house.
Dam 1, 1012 JS Amsterdam
If there is a special occasion, you want to get a few souvenirs or you just seek to spend the rest of your budget, there are several options to spend your money. In Prague you find a vast selection from high fashion by popular designers to rare books in a small store. Stroll through the city while you ferret out bargains and explore small shops tucked into corners of the manageable square mile of Old Town or the neighbouring Nové Město and Malá Strana.
A little outside the city centre you can find this nice and modern shopping mall with a great combination of various branded shops, restaurants and even a 3D-cinema.
Vinohradská 2828/151, 130 00 Prague
Due to history and the distinctive character of the site, this shopping centre on its 5 floors with 185 shops and several restaurants is also seen as one of Prague's landmarks.
nám. Republiky 1078/1, 110 00 Prague
As one of the biggest shopping centres in Prague this one is particularly popular with families since it offers special services for kids such as the "Children's Corner".
Plzeňská 8, 150 00 Prague
If you want to buy something original Czech, you should definitely check out this store since all the cult shoes are hand made in the Czech Republic.
Skořepka 1056/4, 110 00 Prague
If there is a special occasion, you want to get a few souvenirs or you just seek to spend the rest of your budget, there are several options to spend your money. Barcelona is one of the top destinations for fashion which means that you will not only find the general stores but also designer outlets which are particularly interesting during the annual sales (winter sales: Jan - Feb; summer sales: Jun - Aug). Whether the "Portal de l’Àngel", "Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol" or "Avinguda Diagonal", there is a lot that meets the fashion taste. However, don't forget that on Sundays all shops are closed!
Dozens of restaurants and shops are lining up along this landmark. On one kilometre lots of tourists feel drawn which implies higher prices, however, people-watching is perfect here.
La Rambla, 08002 Barcelona
For the little girls who want their dolls to wear the same clothes as they do. Yes, here clothes are made by hand to match the outfit of a doll!
Carrer d'Aragó, 347, sobreático 2ª,08009 Barcelona
For more than two decades the owner has worked in the fashion industry and is famous for her feminine and elegant style. Here you will find everything from a serious look to a more adventurous one.
Carrer de Sèneca, 28, 08006 Barcelona
No European shopping trip is complete without shopping in Paris. As one of the most important fashion cities of the world, Paris offers exclusive clothing and jewellery stores such as Gucci or Cartier. The city has several large department stores where you can buy everything, such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. The most fun places to shop are the cosy flea markets and small boutiques.
The Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
The largest flea market in Paris is the one at Porte de Clignancourt, officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, but known to everyone as Les Puces. Here you find antique furniture, clothing, jewellery and art.
132-140 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen
The Broken Arm
A trendy fashion boutique and a coffee shop, with a Scandinavian twist: Paris's charming concept store The Broken Arm. Stop by for a coffee, and you'll find yourself here for hours.
12 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris
Galeries Lafayette has become a symbol of French luxury shopping. As one of the world’s best known department stores, it offers French and international visitors both affordable brands like Urban Outfitters and Topshop or premium brands like Gucci and Cartier.
40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
The Grand Bazaar
It began trading in 1455 and is one of the oldest in the world, with approximately 400 stalls and attracting up to 400,000 visitors a day. Luring in shopaholics for centuries, this bazaar is known as one of the world's first shopping centres.
Beyazıt Mh., 34126 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Your visit to Istanbul is not complete without stopping by this atmospheric market built in 1660. It wins the prize for being the most colorful, fragrant, and often the most fun – as visitors can taste the goods on offer.
Rustem Paşa Mahallesi, Erzak