Here at House of Coco we are always traveling and this ultimately means we are always shopping too. There’s nothing like indulging in some retail therapy abroad, but if you’re looking for top quality and hidden gems, it pays to be in the know.
That’s why to help inspire future trips; Expedia.co.uk has gathered insider tips to put together an online shopping hub, offering up the hottest shopping districts, boutiques and markets around the globe as inspiration for your next journey.
So whether you’re into bagging the best jewellery in Marrekesh, checking out vintage clothes in Berlin or just staying in the official shopping capital of the world London*, get online, get inspired and start planning your next trip.
Five insider shopping tips from around the globe
- London – Lamb’s Conduit Street (above)
Forget Oxford Street, instead head to Bloomsbury, an area originally made famous by a group of writers including Virginia Woolf and EM Forster. As well as being home to the British Museum, the British Library and several universities – it’s an excellent shopping area, especially Lamb’s Conduit Street. This partially pedestrianised street has a great selection of independent shops, fashion boutiques, cafes and home-ware shops. Places not to miss include Pentreath & Hall, which sells new and old furniture, prints, lighting and ceramics; Folk where you can buy beautiful contemporary casual-wear, Oliver Spencer for menswear, and J.Crew for high quality clothes. The men among you could also go for some grooming at the trendy Huckle the Barber.
2.New York – Brooklyn Flea/Soho
New York is a city synonymous with shopping – home all the biggest names in fashion. However, if you are after an alternative experience head to Brooklyn Flea for antiques, furniture, vintage clothing and handmade goods. Starting the first weekend in April through November, the market takes place in Fort Greene on Saturdays and Sundays in DUMBO. It also operates Smorgasburg, a giant collection of food stalls that offer a delicious array of tasty grub – perfect to help fill you up after a long day bargain hunting. Soho is another great shopping area for clothes, shoes and home goods – there are outposts of CB2, Dwell and Room & Board. If you need a bit of sugar sustenance: stop in Balthazar for a hazelnut hot chocolate to-go, you wont regret it.
- Marrakesh – Souk Siyyaghin
Marrakesh is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful markets or souks of the World. But whilst jewellery is sold throughout many of the souks, one of the best places to find piles of colourful jewellery is Souk Siyyaghin. Whether you’re looking for traditional Berber pieces or replicas, you can find an array of beautiful rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more, including real silver and gold.
- Copenhagen – Gammel Kongevej
Stretching almost two kilometres from the calm yet trendy district of Frederiksberg towards the city center, Gammel Kongevej is named the unofficial main street of Frederiksberg. There are lots of fashion stores, cafés, fresh food and grocery stores and tailors along the way, hence its huge popularity amongst both young and older people. The street is usually quite busy (there are cars and bicycles running through), but the atmosphere is still somewhat calmer than that in the city center. And the surrounding neighbourhood is green, spacious and family-friendly! J Gammel Kongevej is full of small, quirky shops – most of them independent. If you stroll down the street, you’ll find anything from fashion related items (both vintage and modern) as well as bookshops, shoe shops, beauty therapists and interior stores.
- Berlin – Mulackstraße und Alte Schönhauser
For something trendy, vintage and a little offbeat, there’s no beating the Mulackstraße und Alte Schönhauser streets in Kreuzberg. Offering both vintage fashion and off-the-wall trends from Berlin’s young designers, this area is fantastic for retro pieces, antiques and second-hand rummage stores. Don’t forget to head down to Prinzessinnengärten on the other side of Moritzplaz for more vintage treasures at the Flowmarkt, admiring the graffiti as you walk.
For more shopping inspiration, visit: expediablog.co.uk/shopping