Top Ten Fashion Capitals of the World
Fashion and travel are the perfect partners. And while you may know you're way around Paris and Milan's fashion districts, many other vibrant cities including hip Amsterdam, booming Berlin and buzzing Barcelona have fantastic shopping districts, designers, and markets to explore the latest fashion trend. If you're looking for fantastic city breaks, why not choose a destination with great shopping and nightlife to boot? Whether you prefer browsing quirky boutiques, designer brands or high-street staples, we've rounded up the top 10 fashion capitals of the world right now, so you can set off for city breaks in style.
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Barcelona has always been has always been recognised as one of the high fashion cities in the world. The actual city itself is full of stylistic wonders including the Art Hotel and the amazing state-of-the-art marina. The grand architecture and colourful art that sprinkles its streets is a perfect example of how this spectacular city expresses itself - it certainly isn’t hard to see where its residents find the inspiration for their chic style! If you can't wait to scour the shops and snap up a Spanish staple, check out our last minute holidays in Barcelona and head for the gothic quarter for independent labels, the marina shopping mall for high street prices and the markets by the beach for arts and crafts.
Where to shop in Barcelona
• Gothic Quarter
• Marina Shopping Mall
• Markets like The Portal de l’Àngel and Avinguda Diagonal
Arguably the most exciting city in Germany, Berlin is most certainly the life and soul of every party. Its tolerant attitude, openness and penchant for experimentation is what attracts so many creative types who are responsible for its unique fashion scene. Holidays in Berlin will have you wanting to wear your very best outfit at every second of the day, so be sure to pack wisely! From department stores such as KaDeWe to areas popular with cutting-edge designers around Mulackstrasse in Mitte.
Where to shop in Berlin
• KaDeWe Department Store
New York City
NYC has been crowned as the fashion capital of the world and it truly is a shopaholics dream destination. This iconic city is the birth place of many of our favourite fashion figures, films and firms including Sex and the City, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs. When you're not soaking up the sights in Times Square during your New York holidays, head to famous 5th Avenue for designer names, Bloomingdales and Saks for department store shopping and the independent boutiques and vintage stores in West village for more individual style.
Where to shop in New York
• 5th Avenue
• Pier 17
Melbourne is often overlooked when it comes down to its fashion scene but while this city may be in syndey's shadows, those in the know flock to its vintage shops and markets of Chapel Street and Brunswick Street to pick up a one-of-a-kind bargain. The bars in St Kilda are the perfect place to showcase your new gear.
Where to shop in Melbourne
• Praharan Market in Chapel St
• Victoria Parade in Brunswick St
• Bourke Street Mall
The Romans have had plenty of practice when it comes to being one of the most influential cities in the world, and it’s certainly using this skill in the fashion world, too. Rome holidays are jam-packed with captivating art, culture and history making it the ideal place for the fashion industry to thrive. Head for concept store Mikki Way for independent fashion and style and Via del Boschetto. For bargain hunters, Rome's markets are a must. Head for Piazza del Popolo on a Sunday where a 2 euro ticket gives you access to 200 stalls and exhibitors where you can find everything from Prada to Missoni. Mercato Monti is open most sundays and some Saturdays and attracts a hip crowd.
Where to shop in Rome
• Mikki Way
• Via del Boschetto
• Piazza del Popolo and Mercato Monti on Sundays
LA's edgy fashion scene has made a huge impact in terms of trend-setting over the years, but for all the right reasons. Head to a hub of artistic designer stores located in the downtown area, or make your way to West Side's Abbot Kinney Blvd - one of the coolest streets in America with an eclectic selection of boutiques and bars. Venice Beach is the home of Americana and baseball caps while Santa Monica is heavenly shopping right by the beach. Spend the day browsing the stores and take something home from your Los Angeles holidays that you'll love!
Where to shop in LA
• Abbot Kinney Blvd in West Side
• Venice Beach
• Santa Monica
Amsterdam holidays are full of art, culture and quirky clothes shops and make the perfect weekend away. While you're visiting this stunning city, be sure to browse one of its many boutiques or potter around the pop-up stalls and bag yourself a bespoke item. The 'Nine Streets' area in between Raadhuisstrat and Leidsegracht still has some vintage stores but is increasinly home to designer stores. The cool district of Jordaan has stylish independent boutiques to explore. If you're lucky, you'll spot fashion shoots taking place on the picturesque canals, too.
Where to shop in Amsterdam
• The Nine Streets
• Westerstraat Market
The British capital's fashion scene has always been a firm favourite with fancy flagship stores, boho boutiques, designer labels and high-street shops dotted on every corner of the city. Thousands flock to London Fashion Week twice a year to check out the latest trends and spot some of the most influential names in the industry, including Cara Delevinge, Kate Moss and Vivienne Westwood. For designer names, Bond Street is heaven, while Portobello and Camden markets on the weekend are great for vintage finds.
Where to shop in London
• Oxford Street for high-street fashion
• Camden Market for quirky buys
• Bond Street for designer stores
Milan was the starting point for many fantastic designers such as Armani, Versace, Gucci and Prada and remains endlessly popular with fashion fans from all over the world. Fashion in the city has for a long time pioneered the trends in Europe, and eventually in international circuits. Milan’s creativity oozes through its streets and is particularly evident in its funky bars, amazing galleries and its oh-so-tempting selection of boutique stores!
Where to shop in Milan
• Via Montenapoleone
• Corso Venezia
• Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
The City of Love is often the one that comes to mind first when people think about fashion. Some of the world’s most adored designers have emerged from Paris over the years such as Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Louboutin. The chic streets are lined with effortlessly stylish boutiques and designer shops making it a fantastic city to indulge in some serious shopping!
Where to shop in Paris
• Boulevard Saint Germain
• Boulevard Haussmann
• Rue du Commerce