Who doesn’t like a good shopping spree, right?
Well if you have a passion for fashion, then Europe is one big shopping haven you will keep coming back to over and over again. Home to fashion capitals Paris, London, Milan, you really are spoiled for choice here. So get yourself a Eurail Global Pass and let’s get shopping!
Now ladies and gentlemen, there are quite a few shopping districts in Paris, but here are our top picks:
- Boulevard Saint Germain in the elegant 7th arrondissement for mid to high-end fashion;
- Rue de Commerce in the 15th arrondissement for high street brands and charming boutiques;
- The Marais for eclectic, arty and vintage items;
- Avenue de Champs-Elysees for the most coveted fashion pieces and events; and
- Boulevard Haussmann, where you’ll find the flagship Galeries Lafayette department store and Printemps.
To get to Paris from London, simply hop on the high-speed Eurostar, which takes only 2h16m! And while in Paris, know that having a Paris Pass will grant you access to a range of freebies, deals and discounts. Bonus!
From high-end to the high-street, London’s shopping scene will see you piling on the kilos. Of extra luggage that is… Here’s where you need to go:
- Regent and Oxford Streets for popular mainstream brands;
- Carnaby Street for more eclectic and edgier wear (tip – head to Kingly Court behind Carnaby Street where you’ll find more shops and eateries);
- Knightsbridge, Bond Street and King’s Road for some high-end shopping amongst the elite and well-heeled society. (Tip – hot spots for international designers and exclusive jewellers and everything bespoke, you’ll no doubt spot many a famous face here and there, too!)
- Covent Garden for a good mix of high-end, high-street and artisanal treasures.
To get around London and do some sight-seeing, the London Pass or London Travel Card will come in handy. If you already are familiar with the city and just need to get around with the tube, then the Oyster Card is what you need.
Regardless of what you’re after, Milan is great for all sorts of shopping – high-street, mid-range, high-end and super luxe. Even if you’re not planning on purchasing anything, the buildings housing the brands will have you smiling from ear to ear. So, what do we recommend?
- Cavalli e Nastri for trendy vintage clothing and fashion accessories;
- Frip for understated British, French and Scandinavian designs;
- Via della Spiga, elegant street boasting beautiful old buildings, for high-end boutiques and local brands;
- La Rinascente for high-end and popular brands including beauty products;
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II for luxury brands and eateries housed in one of the most incredible architectures in the city;
- Via Brera, a boho chic district, for jewelry, arts and antiques;
- Corso Buenos Aires for the world’s most popular high-street brands; and
- Via Dante for more elegant shops, eateries and fashionable bars.
Getting to Milan from Rome is just under 3hr. From Venice it’s just over 2hr and from Nice, it’s 47min.
What’s your favourite city to shop at in Europe?