10. CALLE SERRANO, MADRID
This is arguably the least famous of the world’s great shopping streets. Found in Madrid’s wealthiest neighbourhood, it is (together with Calle Preciados also in the capital), one of Spain’s (and Europe’s) most expensive streets. Naturally, most of the great international brands and designers are found here, attracting the poshest madrileños to see and be seen.
9. STROGET, COPENHAGEN
This is one of the urban wonders of the world, Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping area. While there are many famous luxury shops, you’ll also find the popular chain stores everyone can afford. What further makes this one of the most enjoyable places to shop in the world is the fact that it’s closed to traffic and you can always take a break for a drink at a café outside.
8. P.C. HOOFTSTRAAT, AMSTERDAM
Being such a pedestrian-friendly city, Amsterdam offers some of the most pleasant shopping experiences in the world. Its best shops are found on this small street, not far from the city’s top museums. It’s also home to some of the most expensive apartments in the country, and the international luxury brands target those well-heeled locals.
7. GINZA, TOKYO
Not exactly a street, but an entire district comprised of eight blocks, this is where Tokyo’s fashion victims model their latest acquisitions. It’s known for its big upscale department stores, luxury retailers, and elaborate window displays.
6. RODEO DRIVE, BEVERLY HILLS (L.A.)
Perhaps the world’s glitziest and most glamurous shopping area, this is where the rich and the famous get their haute couture fashions to show off on Hollywood’s red carpets.
5. VIA MONTENAPOLEONE, MILAN
This fashionista paradise is the main street of a fabulous shopping neighbourhood in one of the world’s greatest style cities. All of the top Italian (and non-Italian) designers are here, together with less-exclusive ready-to-wear and jewelry shops. Many of the world’s top fashion brands also have their headquarters and offices on this street.
4. BAHNHOFSTRASSE, ZURICH
This is one of the most exclusive addresses of the world, a tree-lined avenue with top fashion designer boutiques and, of course, the famous Swiss watches. Very pedestrian-friendly, it ends with a world-famous luxury confectionary, the Confiserie Sprungli.
3. AVENUE MONTAIGNE, PARIS
Home to the most luxurious boutiques in Paris, this avenue lined with elegant buildings is where those who can afford it splurge on high fashion and jewelry. It’s also where you confirm that the French capital really is the epicenter of sophistication and style.
2. BOND STREET, LONDON
Extending from Picadilly to Oxford Street, this is probably Europe’s busiest boulevard. It’s home to the most expensive shops in the continent, but even if you can’t afford any of them, you can always dream as you window shop. About a mile away, is the equally posh Sloane Street.
1. FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK
While it may have been recently invaded by suburban mall favourites likes the Disney Store, Abercrombie & Fitch and H&M, Fifth Avenue remains New York’s (and one of the world’s) best shopping street. It’s still home to landmark department stores, designer boutiques, and spectacular window displays, especially around Christmas times.
This feature originally appeared in UCity Guides.
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