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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Wu

EuroThrifting: The Ultimate Shopping Adventure across Europe!

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

Hey there, fashionistas, shopaholics, and lovers of all things retail! Are you ready to embark on the shopping spree of a lifetime? Buckle up, because we're about to take a virtual shopping trip through Europe’s most fabulous shopping cities. Get your shopping list ready, because the EuroThrifting adventure is about to begin!


1. Paris, France

The first stop is the city of love, lights, and haute couture! The best time to visit Paris for shopping is during the semi-annual soldes (sales) in January and July. We kick off at the Triangle d’Or (Golden Triangle), home to haute couture with boutiques like Chanel, Dior, and Givenchy. But Paris isn't just for the big spenders. Check out Le Marais district for vintage clothing shops and small designer outlets. And don't miss the Saint-Ouen flea market, it's a treasure trove for antique lovers!


Paris


2. Milan, Italy

Next up, is Milan, Italy’s fashion capital. For your shopping trip, we recommend visiting in September or February, when the city hosts its famous Fashion Week. Start at Quadrilatero della Moda, home to luxury brands like Gucci, Prada, and Armani. For more affordable fashion, hit up Corso Buenos Aires, one of the most important shopping streets in Milan. Don't forget to check out Milan's concept stores like 10 Corso Como, blending fashion, food, and art in one location.


Milan




3. Madrid, Spain

Welcome to the land of Flamenco, tapas, and late-night shopping! The best time to shop in Madrid is during the summer and winter sales in July and January. Start your shopping journey at the Gran Via, Madrid’s answer to NYC’s 5th Avenue. Also, stop by Salamanca, a neighborhood known for its luxury brands. For a more laid-back shopping vibe, head to Fuencarral Market in Malasaña, a hot spot for trendy and vintage items.


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4. Berlin, Germany

Berlin, the city that combines history with hipster vibes, is our next destination. To catch the best deals, plan your visit during the summer sales in July or the winter sales in January. Start at Kurfürstendamm, Berlin's largest retail district, or take a stroll down Friedrichstraße for high-end boutiques. For the vintage lovers, the Mauerpark Flea Market is a must-visit. Remember, Berlin is a city that never sleeps, so don't worry about the shopping hours!


Berlin




5. London, England

Last but not least, we're hopping over to London, a city that needs no introduction. Visit during the Boxing Day sales in December, or the summer sales in July. Start off at Oxford Street and Regent Street for big-name brands. For high-end shopping, Bond Street and Mayfair are your go-to spots. Don't forget to check out Covent Garden for independent boutiques and vintage stores. And for something uniquely British, Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill is a must-visit.


Portobello Road Market


Final Tips:

  • Always check city-specific holidays and sales periods as they can greatly influence your shopping experience.

  • Take advantage of VAT tax refunds available to non-EU residents. It's a process, but it's definitely worth it.

  • Pack light to make space for your shopping haul. You'll thank us later!

  • Always check out our recommendations for the best hotels at OnlyTopHotels.com

  • And there you have it! Five of Europe’s top shopping cities. Whether you're looking for high-end couture, unique vintage finds, or locally-made products, you're guaranteed to find something you love. Happy shopping, you stylish globetrotters! 🌍🛍️



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