Prior to the global pandemic, Booking.com research shows that fashion was top of mind for many style savvy Canadian travellers with 39%* planning to include at least one day of shopping during the trips they were planning for 2020. During our unexpected extra plentiful time at home, many of our daily outfits have consisted of athleisurewear and PJs, both day and night. But as it becomes safe to travel again, it may be time to rediscover our fashion sense and swap the PJs for something more stylish and inspiring.
Travel leader Booking.com has compiled six alternative must-visit destinations in some of the world’s most fashionable countries for those considering some much needed retail therapy as it becomes safe to travel again within each place.
Even though many well known global fashion brands originate from Paris, fashion forward travellers should not overlook stylish Cannes. Situated on the French Riviera, Cannes is a luxury resort town known for its annual festivals celebrating international films and creativity. But Cannes also offers amazing options for those looking for a serious fashion fix. According to Booking.com travellers, some of the top endorsements for Cannes include shopping and luxury brand shopping. Upscale fashion boutiques can be found along the coast at the mainstreet Boulevard de la Croisette, while the top fashion brands can be found in Rue d’Antibes.
Where to stay: Located just a few steps away from Cannes’ main shopping streets La Croisette and Rue d’Antibes, travellers can enjoy an incredible stay at Hotel Verlaine. Each floor of the building has its own theme, including jungle theme and butterfly theme. The boutique property is centrally located with attractions such as Palais des Festivals de Cannes and Les Princes Casino around the corner, making it easy for guests to explore the city by foot.
Dubai has been a favorite destination for many travellers into fashion and shopping. But with its wide range of top quality boutique stores, decadent shopping malls and bustling markets, Abu Dhabi is a great alternative destination for style eyes to consider as it becomes safe to travel again. Travellers can shop til they drop in one of many modern shopping malls the city has to offer, like the Abu Dhabi Mall, with more than 200 stores, and Yas Marina Mall, with over 400 stores. Travellers interested in traditional clothing should also plan a visit to Souk Central Market, Abu Dhabi’s first souk. This traditional Arabic open-air market is a bustling shopping area offering charming antiques, perfumes, handmade shoes and traditional clothes.
Where to stay: Enjoy a relaxing stay at Villa Lazuli, a one-of-a-kind property just outside the city center of Abu Dhabi that’s a great option if traveling with a group of family or friends as it offers 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Guests can join a lovely family dinner on the beautiful terrace and relax in the property’s garden after a full day of shopping. Al Wahda Mall and Louvre Abu Dhabi are both a short drive away, and since the property also has free parking, it’s perfect for guests with a rental car.
Germany of course has trendy capital Berlin, but travellers looking to enjoy shopping should also consider Hamburg. The main shopping street in Hamburg is called Mönckebergstraße, where travellers can find big department stores. Those preferring to shop at boutiques should visit the Pöseldorf district, which also happens to be the place where world-renowned fashion designers Jil Sander and Wolfgang Joop started their careers. For travellers into vintage shopping, Karoviertel is a must-visit with its narrow streets lined with quirky boutiques and second-hand stores.
Where to stay: Located in the heart of the historic center of Hamburg, just a short walk away from the main shopping street Mönckebergstraße, Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments – Hamburg Suites is a great option to stay during a trip to Hamburg. These amazing apartments feature a mix of Nordic and Mediterranean design and have all equipment needed to make guests feel like they are home away from home. A wide range of cultural activities and dining options are also within walking distance.
Although South Korea’s capital city Seoul is a hot spot for shopaholics, they should not overlook a trip to Busan, another bustling city in South Korea, which is also well known for its amazing shopping options. Shinsegae Centum City, located in the heart of Busan, is officially the world’s largest department store, spanning two buildings and 510,000 square meters (5,487,595 square feet). The department store not only is a great Busan attraction for those looking for retail therapy, but it also offers leisure and entertainment facilities such as a traditional Korean spa, an indoor ice-skating rink and multiplex theater. You can also spend a shopping day at Biff Square, a very lively street with many fashion and entertainment options.
Where to stay: UH SUITE Landscape 2 is a beautiful apartment building that features modern designed rooms that are fully furnished to feel like home, including a refrigerator, flat-screen TV and quality toiletries. The rooms have great sea views, as the property is a short walk from the popular Haeundae Beach. Shinsegae Centum City department store is nearby, making it a perfect place to rest and admire your goodies after a shopping day.
Even though fashion down under is usually connected to Sydney, Brisbane is one of the greatest shopping destinations in Australia. In a 2019 study by Booking.com, 47% of Canadian travellers reported that shopping was a definite consideration for them when deciding on a new destination to visit. Brisbane should be bumped to the top of those lists visitors can shop for a whole new wardrobe at Queen Street Mall, a shopping and lifestyle precinct located in the heart of Brisbane City with over 700 shops. For travellers interested in vintage fashion should take a stroll down Given and Latrobe Terraces in Paddington, which is lined with Australian local boutiques that are run by passionate owners.
Where to stay: Located in South Brisbane, Ivy Eve Apartments is a 30-minute walk from Paddington and Queen Street Mall shopping areas. All units are stylized in a modern look and are fitted with a balcony. Guests have many options at the property to relax including an outdoor infinity swimming pool, spa center and a fitness room. Guests can also relax on the deck with sun loungers or enjoy a movie at the outdoor cinema.
With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world when it’s safe to travel again, Booking.com is sharing travel offers for Canadians to take advantage of on their next getaway. Whether planning your own mini Fashion Week or simply looking for a refresher escape this fall, discounts start at 15%.