Top 10 cities for shopaholics

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If your heart starts palpitating at the mere sight of “sale” sign, or if you’ve been known to elbow another shopper out of the way — if she’s getting between you and the boots you covet — or if you plan all of your vacations with retail therapy built in, this list is for you. We’ve rounded up the ten best cities in the world for your next shopping excursion — and whether you’re in the market for high fashion, fancy baubles, or even an unusual pet, we’ve got a destination for you. So pay off some credit card debt and hit the road — but don’t blame us when the bills come in.

Among the cities in the list are Bangkok and Hong Kong in Asia, London and Paris in Europe, New York and Los Angeles in North America.

I wholeheartedly agree with Bangkok. There are a lot of great locally made stuff from art and home decors to clothes and bags, and there are also brands from overseas that are priced even lower than in Manila.

Though I haven’t been to Hong Kong yet (preposterous, isn’t it?), a lot of shopaholics in the Philippines make annual (or more) pilgrimage to this vibrant city to indulge in their favorite pastime.

While Manila has awesome prices, most of the stuff here are from Bangkok, Hong Kong and China. Even though the goods we will see in these cities will pretty much be the same with what’s available in Greenhills or Divisoria and the additional cost of transportation and accomodation, nothing beats shopping overseas.

What do you think? Do you agree with their list or do you know of a city they missed?

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 4 Comments
  1. bchai says:

    Ah, my parents have gone to HK a few times & brought back loads of stuff, so I can vouch for HK’s shopping.

    Talking to some people here, everyone tells me that Prague is one of the best places to pick up crystal, chandeliers, fur coats, & bags (knock-offs & authentic). Don’t know firsthand, but will post about it, if I ever go. They say everything is a bargain there. ;)

  2. Anna says:

    The thing about traveling is that, once you’re there, you hardly have cash left, so you gotta save, save, save! Hahahaha!

    Hong Kong is grrrrrrreat. Legs are guaranteed to ache when shopping. :D I dunno about NY or LA. Too expensive, and they’re mostly malls, especially in LA. But I guess I haven’t explored the places all too well. :D

  3. emma says:

    i get tired of Bangkok hehe.. i think they change their stocks every 6 months saja.. BUT the flowers there r excellent n super cheap. and i love their airport as well (well the restaurants tho..hehe)..

    MBK is just way way too huge… AND for plus size ladies n those who love buying originals.. jgn tah ke Bangkok kali.. cos clothes nya semua tiny tiny.. heee and imitations everywhere..

    my first trip to bangkok – i didnt buy anything cos i was too bz converting the price into brunei dollars.. haha it was soo cheap.. tarus culture shock :)

    and i always buy pillows n candles n lanterns… n souvenirs at the sunday market…

    and they have cheap hotel..

    so yeah for tiny ladies.. Bangkok is your shopping paradise :)

    p/s: sorry my comment is a bit too long aight :)

  4. Ging says:

    I ageree bkk is the best for shopping. HK is expensive! Bkk has most choices & very unique items. My family loves Bkk , shopping & good cheap food and a lot of nitty-gritty stuffs.But Bkk has good malls that carry local & internation brands, like Central & Zen. Another good thing about bkk, the decors & furnitures. Yes, hotel in Bkk is cheap compared to other Asian countries.North America, its Us dollar plus Taxes so its expensive, although they have very nice shops that are not in Asia.

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