London and Paris are classic destinations for a trips with the girls. The both offer culture as well as plenty of shopping.
I have listed some other cities to try out, if you have already been to London and Paris, or if the budget doesn’t allow these quite expensive destinations.
Amsterdam: Amsterdam is a nice city for a girls’ trip with the canals and street cafes. Most of the museums are by the stop Museumsplein. When you have seen the museums, you can go shopping, as P.C. Hooftstraat, the shopping street with the luxury brands, are nearby. You find Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada and the like side by side. The highstreet shops are by Dam Square. Here is also the luxury department store De Bijenkorf. Magna Plaza, near Dam, is a department store housed in the old post office. De Kalvertoren is a modern shopping centre in several of the old houses in Kalverstraat.
Barcelona: Barcelona IS shopping. There are lots and lots of shops! Besides La Rambla take a look at Passeig de Gracia, where La Pedrera and Casa Batlló by Gaudi are. You will find international fashion like Diesel, Miss Sixty, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and MaxMara here. On Avinguda Diagonal you will also find international brands, among others Gucci, Versace og Armani, and six shopping mall. On Plaça de Catalunya you will find the luxury department store El Corte Ingles. Read more about Barcelona here.
Berlin: Berlin is one of my favourite cities in Europe. I love the atmosphere, the culture and the shopping. The big museums are all situated on Museum Island, which is very easy for tourists. Spend some time here to visit some of the museums or look at the architecture.
There are of course shops all over the city, but the two main areas are Charlottenburg and Mitte. The Luxury shopping mall KaDeWe, the mall EuropaCenter Berlin and Kurfürstendamm shopping street are all in Charlottenburg. In Mitte you find Leipizigerplatz and Alexanderplatz, both with lots of shops. On Alexanderplatz you also find Alexa Shopping Mall. Galleries Lafayette with designer clothing and a French feel are situated on Friedrichstrasse. Trendy and upcoming designers are mostly in Hackesher Markt also in Mitte. Remember that credit cards are not always accepted in smaller shops in Germany, so you have to carry cash.
Budapest: Another one of my favourite cities! Shopping on Vaci utca, the main shopping street, is a mixed experience. You can find regular stores, but it is mostly tourist traps. Fashion street, also in the city center, has high end stores like La Coste and Ray Ban, while you find Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and the like on Andressey. Locals shop in malls like Westend City Center. It has 400 shops, and you get there by the blue metro line. Walk from either Nyugati or Lehel tér. You can find a smaller mall by Batthyany tér on the red metro line. On most shops the price is written in both euro and forints, and you can pay with credit card. Read more about Budapest here.
Hamburg: If you want something smaller than Berlin, but still in Germany, try Hamburg. It has all the highstreet brands, the luxury items and upcoming designers. Find upcoming designers in Karolinenviertel. Highstreet brands are on Mönckebergstrasse, Spitalerstrasse and the surounding streets. Luxury brands are on Jungfernstieg, Grosse Bleihe and Hohe Bleihen. The department store is called Alsterhaus. You find it on Jungfernstieg. Remember that credit cards are not always accepted in smaller shops in Germany, so you have to carry cash. Read more about Hamburg here.
Zegreb: Stay here for a long weekend. Everything is in the city center, and shopping is mostly done in Donji Grad, the lower town. There are a lot of shops, restaurants and cafes side by side. Go from the central square between Kaptol, Gornji Grad and Donji Grad, Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica. From this square is the main shopping street, Ilica. In the city center is also the shopping mall CVJetni, and at the end of Tkalčićeva you find another shopping mall, Centar Kaptol. Read more about Zagreb here.
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