It’s a well-known fact that Europe is the epicentre of world fashion. The continent’s most glamorous cities play host to some of the world’s best designer boutiques and high-street stores.
You’ll enjoy a cultural experience whilst shopping in Barcelona than you would perhaps anywhere else. A strong architectural identity can be linked to Barcelona, and a vast array of local brands and craftsmen mirror that and reflect the city’s Spanish flair.
All the usual high street and international designers can be found down one vast shopping street called Avinguda Diagonal. This 50 metre wide street is one of the city’s most important avenues, and is lined with various shopping centres, as well as a number of impressive buildings including the Torre Agbar.
Head to Placa de Sant Josep Oriol for a more local atmosphere. Bustling with street buskers and artists, this is a small but attractive plaza, home to a number of quaint shops and traditional cafes and restaurants, with a few designer boutiques thrown in.
Venice is home to a maze of charming canals, but it also boasts many shopping districts to rival those in more modern European cities. Mercerie, meaning haberdashery, is a chain of historic shopping streets that extend from the Rialto Bridge to Piazza San Marco. It’s not surprising that down this narrow shopping street, you’ll find plenty of quirky stores selling everything from kitsch souvenirs to premium leather goods to carnival masks.
Venice is best known for its local crafts that have been produced in the area for centuries, including delicate lace from Burano, glassware from Murano and the cartapesta (papier-mache) Carnevale masks. However, because of the popularity of these goods, cheap knock-offs are often mistaken for the real thing. To get your hands on the originals, it is worth watching out for the Mercatino dell’Antiquariato (antiques fair) in Campo San Maurizio where the market takes place three times a year.