Merchandise Mart

shopping / Shopping centre

Lonely Planet review

Beautifully restored in the early 1990s, the Mart contains a modest collection of chain stores on its lower floors. But the real allure lies on the upper floors devoted to distributor showrooms for home furnishings and other interior fittings. As you prowl the halls, you can find next year’s hot trends on display today. Technically, only retailers and buyers can shop on most of these floors, though LuxeHome, with its 100,000 sq ft of kitchen and bathroom fixtures, is open to the public (you must see the concierge to get a free ‘guide’).