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Bordered by Oxford Street and Piccadilly, Mayfair is where the style-set buy their heels and handbags. There’s Manolo Blahnik and LOEWE and you might spot Victoria Beckham inspecting her boutique; the designer is known for being hands-on. Round off a day of shopping with a drink at the American Bar at the Beaumont Hotel. London, Mayfair
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Situated in the heart of Vienna, Kohlmarkt is a heritage district known for its rare jewellery. Famous houses like Chopard and Cartier share the street with Wagner, Austria’s largest shop for high-end jewellery, and Bucherer, a decades-old jeweller with an in-house goldsmith who specialises in bespoke wedding rings and necklaces as well as expert jewellery and watch repairs.
Paris, 6th Arrondissement
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Located on the Left Bank, the sixth arrondissement is the bohemian counterpart to the first. Famous philosophers once gathered at spots such as Café de Flore, a must-visit today for the hot chocolate, served thick and poured from a silver jug. Shopping starts at the elegant and epic department store Le Bon Marché and, perhaps, end the day with a cerebral stop in Alain Brieux – an antique bookshop.
Rome, Piazza di Spagna
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At one end of Via Condotti stands the Trinità dei Monti, a Renaissance church at the top of the Spanish Steps. This is the dramatic backdrop for some of Rome’s most luxurious shopping. Rows of designers and couturiers line the street and Fendi’s largest flagship can also be found there, housed in the 19th century Palazzo Boncompagni.
New York City, SoHo
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SoHo was once a haven for artists seeking cheap rents in the myriad manufacturing loft spaces. Warhol lived there, as did Bowie and Basquiat. These days a different sort of artist has settled in SoHo: Acne Studios and Balenciaga all occupy historic buildings in the now-gentrified area. After shopping, head to Chinatown for a cocktail at The Flower Shop, the latest place to be seen.
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The Harrolds stores in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast put Australia on the map as a global fashion heavy-hitter. At Harrolds you’ll find a thoughtful edit of international luxury brands and high-end streetwear; impeccable white sneakers from Common Projects sit alongside iconic Manolo Blahnik heels and avant garde creations by Yohji Yamamoto.
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Nearly 40 million people live in Tokyo, but Ginza, a district that’s home to some of the most glamorous shopping in the city, feels orderly. It’s an area where the high street mingles with high fashion. Think G-Star Raw meets Tiffany & Co. Hot tip: save your shopping days to weekend afternoons when Chuo-dori (central avenue) is closed to traffic.
Paris, 1st Arrondissement
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The first arrondissement on the banks of the Seine is home to the Louvre, Hotel Ritz and the flagship stores of the world’s most luxurious fashion houses. Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen are just the tip of the fashion iceberg on Rue Saint Honoré, with the famous strip once also home to the trend-setting Colette, a mini department store. Colette closed, but ex-staffers opened Nous, a lifestyle store where you’ll find Balenciaga and Nike next to streetwear and Rolexes.
Barcelona, Passeig de Gràcia
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After the chaotic street markets of Las Ramblas and the ancient rabbit warren of alleyways creating the Barrio Gótico, Passeig de Gràcia is Barcelona’s most famous boulevard. Amid the flagship stores for international luxury labels such as the legendary Saint Laurent, look up to take in the fluid, modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí. The prestigious street claims two of his most famous buildings – La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
New York City, Fifth Avenue
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The department stores that line Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue are like something out of a movie. There’s Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Saks Fifth Avenue, and one block east is Barney’s where you can pick up Nicholas Kirkwood heels or a dress by Saint Laurent. Head to Le Parker Meridien for a post-shopping feed at Indian Accent, named one of the world’s best restaurants by S. Pellegrino.
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Harrolds is Australia’s premier luxury shopping destination. The store has a thirty-year history, starting its life as a menswear boutique in Melbourne’s Collins Street. Today it’s home to over 70 of the most sought-after design houses in the world such as Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Tom Ford. With stores in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast, Harrolds stands proudly with luxury stores around the world.