Book your big city shopping break this winter with British Airways
- The UK carrier is offering customers advice on how to make the most of their next visit to some of the biggest fashion hotspots in the world including London, New York and Paris
Tis the season to shop and thanks to British Airways, new fashion capitals and old favourites are all easily accessible to fashionistas looking to book their next retail therapy city break.
Looking at some of the world’s most iconic shopping and retail destinations, the airline’s travel experts and crew have put together a few tips on where to shop on your next fashionable holiday.
The British fashion capital
Starting with London, home to British Airways and some of the world’s most iconic fashion stores, customers can indulge their shopping desires in the city.
Iconic in the world of fashion labels, Selfridges is a London institution. A huge store on Oxford Street that never disappoints. In Covent Garden, shoppers can find high street brand names and lots of smaller designers with unique creations. Look out for the street performers who will keep you entertained while you shop! Camden, is probably the biggest open-air market in the city offers a variety of fashion styles so there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes and styles.
Before you head home, Heathrow’s Terminal 5 has a wealth of stores to browse before a flight including Harrods, Tiffany & Co., Fortnum & Mason, Mulberry, Rolex, Dixons and World Duty Free, making it the ideal spot to pick up a special treat or a gift for a loved one.
Fall in love in Paris
A cosmopolitan centre famous for its fashion, art, culture and cuisine, Paris never fails to wow and charm visitors looking for a truly fashionable city break.
Beyond the iconic Eiffel Tower, there’s a plethora of cafes and boutiques to discover as you weave your way through the city’s boulevards.
For the true fashion soul, visit the original boutique of Chanel on Rue Cambon and step into the exclusive world of one of fashion’s leading legacy labels. Another Parisian institution not to miss, head to the flagship Galeries Lafayette department store and prepare to add to your closet the latest fashionable pieces of the season.
For a more bohemian shopping style and experience head to Le Marais; those on the lookout for bargains will enjoy the enormous Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen flea market.
Paris offers culinary delights for everyone whether you are looking to start your gastronomical journey sampling classic French cuisine at the Four Seasons George V’s Michelin-starred Le Cinq or if you’re looking to tuck into the famous French pastries and croissants at one of the many bistros and cafés.
Find your style in New York
New York’s vibrant art, culture and entertainment life has spurred the birth of numerous fashion trends through the decades. From hip to ultra-chic, the Big Apple is a shopper’s paradise that allows you to choose your style with its range of boutiques and departmental stores.
Going glamour shopping? Start with Bergdorf Goodman – a true New York symbol of old-school luxury and class, Bergdorf is a luxury goods department store famous for high-end signature design houses such as Chanel, Gucci and Versace and is just one among many designer flagships stores that line up the streets of Manhattan.
Hit the Bohemian quarter if your taste runs towards Bohemian-chic offerings – downtown SoHo and Nolita are home to quirky boutiques with a treasure trove of vintage gems and retro finds.
NYC is a true retail haven where you can also expect to find vintage records, artisan chocolate and handmade goods at flea markets. The Chelsea flea market is an excellent spot with its boutique food stores for those looking to indulge their taste buds. For a more hipster flea market experience, the Brooklyn weekend flea market will surprise you with its range of vintage pieces including jewellery and watches, bargains from young designers or deals on a range of bric-a-brac items.
Luxury in LA
Heading west to the golden coast is the vast city of Los Angeles, shopaholics will never be disappointed with the spread of shopping stores ranging from whole sale areas in the garment district to stand alone local boutiques and high end international fashion stores.
A city gem is Cerre, a boutique on Melrose, near Robertson, which is owned by a couple that design all of the collections capturing simple, sleek, feminine, strong styles with a little bit of a tomboy edge. La Brea is a fun street to shop on with everything from incredible vintage furniture and clothing stores, to beautiful Persian rugs and pristine vintage finds.
Rodeo Drive is indisputably the luxury shopping and dining destination and is home to flagship stores for some of the world’s leading fashion labels.
If stores on Rodeo Drive only offer you window shopping options, check out Westfield Century City for more affordable stores where you’ll find great bargains at Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Hollister & Macys to name a few.
Or head to Third Street promenade down in Santa Monica to catch some sun while you browse. A mix of high-street, high end and independent boutiques are located all outdoors in a pedestrianised area.