With the summer holiday season coming to an end and the prospect of Christmas looming on the horizon, this may be a good time to still grab a late break and pick up some great value bargains on festive gifts for your loved ones.
There are vibrant shopping havens the world over – from Oxford Street in London to Harajuku in Tokyo; from the famed duty-free malls of Dubai to the fashion hubs of Hong Kong or Singapore – for you to take your pick of quality merchandise. On these avenues of consumer wonders, you can happily while away your leisure time seeking out sites and soaking up the culture whilst looking out for that perfect present!
The Flexicover Team looks at some amazing retail therapy around the globe!
Bahnhofstrasse; Zurich, Switzerland
Elegant Bahnofstrasse is Zurich’s main downtown shopping street and one of the most exclusive shopping avenues in the world. Historically it used to mark the edge of the city’s defences until the fortifications were demolished in 1864. This traffic-free zone runs from the main train station down towards the waters of Lake Zurich. Stroll its tree-lined length or catch a tram to admire boutiques for Swiss watches, top designer clothes, high-end shoe shops, jewellery stores amongst the aroma of great Swiss coffee and chocolates!
5th Avenue; New York City, USA
5th Avenue is one of main attractions in New York and a real shopper’s paradise. From small designer boutiques to large, world famous department stores, this shopping street – or at least its Midtown section – has it all. There is something for every taste; whether you’re searching for gifts, top-of-the-line fashion, souvenirs or toys, this is a shopping bonanza! The street is also home to several notable landmarks such as Saks Fifth Avenue, the Lord & Taylor building & the New York Public Library, for those wanting a dose of culture alongside the commerce!
Laugavegur; Reykjavik, Iceland
This is one of the oldest shopping streets in the downtown area of the Icelandic capital. Usually hustling and bustling with locals and tourists alike in search of exclusive wares, you can find everything from cosmetics and leather goods to books, music, accessories and clothing boutiques. Quaint little stores and larger shops sell both international brands as well as unique Icelandic designs highlighting the creative output of the island. And when you’re done shopping, you can relax in one of the many cafés, bars and restaurants nearby!
Via Monte Napoleone; Milan, Italy
Visit one of the world’s most prestigious retail destinations for a great weekend of shopping. The most important street in Milan’s Fashion Quarter, it’s a fabulous place to indulge your upscale desires for finding all the top Italian and international brands and designers. Unsurprisingly, many of the top brands maintain a flagship presence here and it’s also home to most of Italy’s exclusive shoemakers. For sheer style and grace, Milan is like no other city. The shops mingle with cafes and restaurants with great food and coffee for when you need to relax!
Strøget; Copenhagen, Denmark
Strøget is famed for as Europe’s longest pedestrianised shopping street. This central tourist attraction combines luxury stores with budget friendly and popular high street chains. Bounded on each end by a prominent city square, the 1.1km street stretches from City Hall in the west to Kongens Nytorv and the Charlottenberg Palace in the east. Strolling the Strøget takes in several smaller side streets with numerous independent local stores as well as several of the city’s beautiful sights and plenty of cafes and street performers too!
Wherever your travels take you this year and wherever you are lucky enough to indulge in a spot of retail bliss, we at Flexicover Team are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away. Safe travels!
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