Shopping in WORLD

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Dallas

    Highland Park Village

    For an eye-rolling, gasp-inducing and credit-card-maxing experience, head to the Highland Park Village shopping center in upper-crust Highland Park, Dallas ' answer to Nob Hill. Half squint, and you could almost imagine you were walking round a Spanish mission from a Sergio Leone western, until the Fendi and Gucci signs come into focus. According to locals, this is the oldest suburban shopping center in the world, and it's certainly long-lived – the mall opened in 1931, and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Dallas' original shopping hub The idea for this mock Wild West mall came from Dallas bigwigs, Hugh Prather Sr and Edgar Flippen, who helped transform Highland Park from a dusty backwater into one of the city's swankiest neighborhoods. The Spanish mission theme was selected primarily to create a European-style village square – its founders would have approved of the showy international brands who have taken up residence in modern times. If Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen and Carolina Herrera are among your intimate acquaintances, you’ll feel right at home here. If not, it’s still worth dragging yourself away from the Dallas sights for a nose around the ritzy stores to see Texas money in action (or just to see who wins when an Escalade and a Jaguar face off for a prime parking spot). Our pick for the most appropriate Highland Park brand is French jewelers, Van Cleef & Arpels, paying accidental homage to western movie baddie Lee van Cleef. The money, of course, flows from oil, and Highland Park was a regular shooting location for the TV show Dallas, the ultimate celebration of Texan oil prosperity. Fittingly, the mall abuts the golf course of the Dallas Country Club, the first country club to open in Texas. Prosperity, alas, does not always guarantee good taste; the mall's charming Village Theater – a gem from 1935 – was stripped of its art deco interior in 1987, but the tower-topped frontage was thankfully preserved for posterity. Practicalities The mall has lots of parking and there are plenty of places to eat while you browse the brands: take your pick from sushi, lobster rolls, tacos, upmarket Italian food, and several cafes and juice bars for fashionistas who lunch.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Latin Quarter

    Shakespeare & Company

    Enchanting nooks and crannies overflow with new and secondhand English-language books. The original shop (12 rue l’Odéon, 6e; closed by the Nazis in 1941) was run by Sylvia Beach and became the meeting point for Hemingway’s ‘Lost Generation’. Readings by emerging and illustrious authors regularly take place, and there's a wonderful cafe next door.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Champs-Élysées & Grands Boulevards

    Galeries Lafayette

    Grande-dame department store Galeries Lafayette is spread across the main store (its magnificent neo-byzantine stained-glass dome dates from 1912), its men’s store, and homewares store with gourmet emporium. Catch modern art in the 1st-floor gallery, take in a fashion show, ascend to a free, windswept rooftop panorama or take a break at one of its many restaurants and cafes.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Southern Pest

    Nagycsarnok

    Completed in 1897, this is Budapest's biggest market, though it has become a tourist magnet since its renovation for the millecentenary celebrations in 1996. Still, plenty of locals come here for fruit, vegetables, deli items, fish and meat. Head up to the 1st floor for Hungarian folk costumes, dolls, painted eggs, embroidered tablecloths, carved hunting knives and other souvenirs.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    Spice Market

    It feels as if little has changed for centuries in Delhi's fabulously atmospheric, labyrinthine spice market, as labourers hustle through the narrow lanes with huge packages of herbs and spices on their heads whilst sunlight pours down through cracks in the hessian sacks hanging overhead for shade. The colours are wonderful – red chillies, yellow turmeric, green cardamons – and there's so much spice in the air, people walk around unable to suppress their sneezes.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Downtown & the Gulch

    Hatch Show Print

    One of the oldest letterpress print shops in the USA, Hatch has been using old-school, hand-cut blocks to print its bright, iconic posters since vaudeville. The company has produced graphic ads and posters for almost every country star and now has a permanent place inside the Country Music Hall of Fame.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Duomo & San Babila

    Peck

    Milan's historic deli is a bastion of the city's culinary heritage, with the huge ground floor turning out a colourful cornucopia of fabulous foods. It showcases a mind-boggling selection of cheeses, chocolates, pralines, pastries, freshly made gelato, pasta, seafood, meat, caviar, pâté, olive oils and balsamic vinegars; it also has a downstairs wine cellar.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Siem Reap

    Artisans Angkor

    On the premises of Les Chantiers Écoles is this beautiful shop, which sells everything from stone and wood reproductions of Angkorian-era statues to household furnishings. It also has a second shop opposite Angkor Wat in the Angkor Cafe building, and outlets at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports.

  • Shopping in Nørreport

    Bornholmer Butikken

    The Bornholm Store in Torvehallerne Market peddles specialties from the Danish island of Bornholm, famed for its prized local edibles. Tasty treats to bring home include honeys, relishes and jams, Johan Bülow liquorice, charcuterie, cheeses, herring, liquors and craft beers.

  • Shopping in Quadrilatero d'Oro & Porta Venezia

    Brioni

    Founded in Rome in 1945, Brioni has been synonymous with luxury since the get-go. Its name comes from the beautiful Brijuni Islands in Croatia, a favoured destination of the European jetset. This three-floor flagship store is decked out in Eramosa marble, bronze, shiny travertine and plate glass, with in-house tailors offering bespoke services using painstaking, hand-crafted techniques.

  • Shopping in Midtown

    Bergdorf Goodman

    Not merely loved for its Christmas windows (the city's best), plush BG, at this location since 1928, leads the fashion race, led by its industry-leading fashion director Linda Fargo. A mainstay of ladies who lunch, its draws include exclusive collections and a coveted women's-shoe department. The men's store is across the street.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Paris

    Bouquinistes

    With some 3km of forest-green boxes lining the Seine – containing over 300,000 secondhand (and often out-of-print) books, rare magazines, postcards and old advertising posters – Paris' bouquinistes (used-book sellers) are as integral to the cityscape as the Panthéon. Many open only from spring to autumn (and many shut in August), but year-round you’ll still find some to browse.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in SoHo & Chinatown

    Glossier Flagship

    Initially an online beauty retailer, Glossier (franco-phonetically pronounced glo -see-eh) now beckons fans to its brick-and-mortar flagship, where the queue regularly runs beyond the Lafayette St storefront. Once inside, ascend red quartz stairs to the rosy, high-sheen showroom awash with Insta-worthy aesthetics like diffuse light, polished concrete, pale-pink plaster and cushy banquette seating that resembles red lips.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Lhasa

    Dropenling

    This impressive nonprofit enterprise aims to bolster traditional Tibetan handicrafts in the face of rising Chinese and Nepali imports. Products are unique and of high quality, and they are made using traditional techniques (natural dyes, wool not acrylic etc) updated with contemporary designs. Ask about the two-hour artisan walking tour of Lhasa’s old town (¥50 per person, minimum five people).

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Santa Maria Novella

    Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

    In business since 1612, this exquisite perfumery-pharmacy began life when Santa Maria Novella's Dominican friars began to concoct cures and sweet-smelling unguents using medicinal herbs cultivated in the monastery garden. The shop, with an interior from 1848, sells fragrances, skincare products, ancient herbal remedies and preparations for everything from relief of heavy legs to improving skin elasticity, memory and mental energy.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Sunder Nagar, Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony

    Khan Market

    Khan Market is Delhi's most-upmarket shopping enclave, the most expensive place to rent a shop in India, and is favoured by the elite and expats. Its boutiques focus on fashion, books and homewares, and it's also a good place to eat and drink.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Uptown & Riverbend

    Yvonne La Fleur

    They don’t make them like this anymore – neither the clothes, millinery, lingerie nor Yvonne herself, a businesswoman who has outfitted generations of local ladies for weddings, debuts and race days. She makes her own floral perfumes and gorgeous hats, overflowing with silk flowers, that seem to belong to another era. Gentility, grace, style – thy name is Yvonne La Fleur.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Puerto Vallarta

    Galería Colectika

    If you only visit one art store in Vallarta, make it this one. The Huichol beadwork pieces here are mostly one of a kind, there are some fine Huichol yarn art pieces, metalwork from Chiapas and ceramics from Oaxaca and Chihuahua. Pieces come with authenticity stamps and owner Kevin and his assistants are happy to discuss the art in detail.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    Philip Williams Posters

    You'll find more than 100,000 posters dating back to 1870 in this cavernous treasure trove, from oversized French advertisements for perfume and cognac to Eastern European film posters and decorative Chinese nianhua (New Year) posters. Prices range from $15 for small reproductions to thousands of dollars for rare, showpiece originals like a Cassandre. There's a second entrance at 52 Warren St.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    Benheart

    This flagship store of local superstar Ben, a Florentine-based fashion designer who set up the business with schoolmate Matteo after undergoing a heart transplant, is irresistible. The pair swore that if Ben survived, they'd go it alone – which they did, with huge success. For real-McCoy handcrafted leather designs – casual shoes, jackets and belts for men and women – there is no finer address.