Shopping breaks

Love to shop? Check out our recommended destinations below that are great for shopping.

New York city street sign

New York

Whether you're shopping for the perfect gift or hunting for bargains, spend a weekend in New York shopping and you'll find everything you could possibly want. Whether you need to get a ring for that certain someone or overhaul your wardrobe, shopping trips to New York begin on 5th Avenue.

Opposite the Rockerfeller Center you'll find Saks and if you head in the direction of Central Park you'll find the jewellers Tiffany & Co. No shopping trip to New York is complete without spending some time browsing around Bloomingdale's and Macy's.

If it's fashionable clothing you're after, take a trip to the Soho district where you'll find a mix of cool high street shops and niche shops selling unique, original clothing.

 

Gold jewellery in Deira Gold Souq, Dubai

Dubai

If it's a mix of sun, sand and high end shopping that you're after, look no further than Dubai - although you may need longer than a weekend! Once you've soaked up enough rays, head to Dubai Mall - home to around 1200 stores, this place feels more like a city. You'll find high end designer brands on Fashion Avenue, high street brands on the ground floor and also the first Bloomingdales outside of the US.

Heading away from the mall, a variety of markets await. Head to Karama Souq for any last minute souvenirs, or if jewellery is more your thing, take a trip to Deira Gold Souq for all that glitters. At this colourful market you'll find everything from golden Indian wedding necklaces to beautiful diamond earrings.

Decorative plates in Mexico

Cancun

Take a Virgin Atlantic flight to Cancun and you’ll discover great shopping as well as sun, sea and a buzzing night life.

Take a trip to one of Cancun's malls, such as Plaza Las Americas - great to head to if you want a variety of stores selling a range of goods, from clothes and shoes to furniture and technology.

There are often plenty of restaurants and cafes inside these malls, so if you do need to stop and replenish your energy.

The great thing about Cancun is that it isn’t just about the shopping malls, it has a huge number of craft markets as well. So when you're ready to head outside, spend some time hunting around bazaars to find little traditional knick-knacks you can decorate your house with.

If you like to try authentic cuisine when on holiday, you'll be able to sample lots of the best dishes in the country at the markets, including enchiladas and meat pastries. Cancun is also great for its seafood, so try some barbecued fish or grilled shrimp to keep you energised for shopping!

If you want the entire shopping experience in Cancun, visit some of the shops located in Mayan buildings that sell specialised products. Heading to these boutiques could see you return from your trip with some unique items, while the experience of shopping in these old-fashioned stores will be one you remember forever.

Horse carriage rides in Chicago

Chicago

If your ideal holiday involves shopping 'til you drop, then Chicago is the place for you. The main shopping district is situated in the Gold Coast neighbourhood, which is a popular residential spot for the city’s rich and famous. From designer outfits to stylish souvenirs, this is the perfect place for the shopaholic.

One store you definitely shouldn't miss is Sofia. Situated on East Oak Street, this independent boutique sells a fabulous range of vintage clothes, as well as collections from up-and-coming designers. Heading to Tod's, meanwhile, means you can pick up handmade women's and men's leather shoes, as well as elegant handbags. Juicy Couture, Jimmy Choo and Agent Provocateur are just some of the other luxury brands that have stores here, so you should always find something to tempt you.

If it’s jewellery you’re after, head to the Harry Winston salon. The company produces everything from diamond pendants to engagement rings and over the years has provided stylish jewellery to celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie. Schedule an appointment here and an expert will help you to pick out some truly exquisite pieces.

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