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Heading to a fashion capital and don’t know where to start when it comes to shopping? Nice-based TPG contributor Lane Nieset spotlights some of the best places to shop in the world’s most fashionable cities, from classic streets to new neighborhoods begging to be explored. Whether it’s holiday shopping or shopping any time of year, don’t miss these amazing fashion destinations.
Most of us have heard of Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles or Fifth Avenue in New York, but these stylish cities–and many more–offer off-the-beaten path, cutting edge shopping districts that shouldn’t be missed. Here’s where to shop in eight of the most fashionable cities around the globe:
Shop: One of Paris’ most celebrated shopping streets, the designer-laden rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré is a must-visit, even if it’s just for the window shopping, which in French is faire du lèche-vitrines, which means to literally lick the windows. Set near the Jardin des Tuileries and the Place de la Concorde, you’ll find a sweeping street filled with one designer store after the next—Hermés, Miu Miu, Gucci, Chanel—cascading down side streets and into the Place Vendôme, the home of Coco Chanel’s Ritz Paris and luxurious jewelry shops like Cartier and Chopard. Adding to the cool factor exuding from areas like the Marais and Bastille, concept store Colette draws celebrities and stylists, especially during fashion week.
Stay: Head to the hip area of Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissement and stay in the 33-room boutique Hotel Fabric, an industrial-style hotel drawing design inspiration from its past life as a textile factory (rates start at 153 Euros or $191). For a hotel right next to the rue Saint-Honoré’s shops, opt for the boutique-sized Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel, located near the Place Vendôme and a short walk away from the Champs-Élysées (Marriott Category 9 requiring 45,000 hotel reward points, or rates start at 369 Euros or $458).
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Shop: If it’s designer fare and chic shops you’re after, Sloane Street in Chelsea is your place, boasting world-renowned department stores like Harvey Nichols and a number of boutiques along beautiful, tree-lined streets, such as Anya Hindmarch, Chanel, Jo Malone, Louis Vuitton and Smythson. For something more out-of-the-box, check out BOXPARK, a pop-up shopping container mall in Shoreditch in East London containing shops, galleries and cafés.
Stay: The Edwardian-style Rosewood London on High Holborn is a luxurious spot for a stay in London, located right near landmarks like Covent Garden and the West End, with a design that combines contemporary and classic touches. Rates start at £304 or $479. In the West End, Le Méridien Piccadilly features 280 modern rooms housed in a regal building located off of Piccadilly Circus (category 6 SPG hotel requiring 20,000 to 25,000 Starpoints, or rates start at £289 or $452).
Shop: One of the most glamorous spots on the French Riviera thanks to the annual film festival, Cannes draws a fashionable crowd to its main drag—the chic Boulevard de la Croisette. Running along the half-moon bay with the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès at one end (a.k.a. where the film fest is held), the stretch of high-end beach clubs, haute hotels and internationally known night clubs is highlighted by a string of designer shops like Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Dior and Fendi. Can’t swing a Gucci bag on your trip to the Riviera? Sneak to the street behind the Croisette, the rue d’Antibes, for more wallet-friendly shopping at places like Zara and Mango.
Stay: Stay like a celebrity at the 409-room, five-star Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez, which features the largest private beach on the Croisette and Cannes’ only two Michelin-starred restaurant, La Palme d’Or. Rates start at 160 Euros or $200, or 25,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points. Here are a few other places to stay on the French Riviera.
Shop: As one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan has everything from Italian designer flagship stores to outlet shops and vintage boutiques. One of the most famous streets in town is Via Montenapoleone, similar to Paris’ rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré, lined with stunning storefronts like Bottega Veneta, Emilio Pucci, Etro and Giorgio Armani. For a one-stop shop that’s part concept store, part gallery and bookstore, part hotel, and part café, stop by 10 Corso Como, owned by a former Italian Vogue editor, set in a courtyard on the charming Corso Como street.
Stay: Sleep between Milan’s boutiques in the fashion district at five-star Carlton Hotel Baglioni, located near Via Montenapoleone and just a short walk away from the Duomo. Rates start at 383 Euros or $477. Part of the Autograph Collection, the 141-room Boscolo Milano is smack dab in the center of Milan with a rooftop terrace that has prime views of the Duomo (category 6 requiring 30,000 Marriott Rewards points or rates start at 320 Euros or $398).
Shop: One of the largest shopping malls in the world, The Dubai Mall in downtown Dubai is home to over 1,200 stores with everything from luxury brands to chains, as well as an aquarium, a souk, the entrance to At the Top at the Burj Khalifa, and an original dinosaur skeleton dating back 155 million years. While shopping malls aren’t a usual draw to a city, this one is quite impressive, and worth a visit if you’re in the area, as Dubai is becoming more of a fashion capital every day. We recommend taking a map and planning on spending quite a bit of time, as this isn’t a place you can quickly run in and out of.
Stay: A spot with another designer name, the 160-room minimalist Armani Hotel Dubai is set in the lower levels of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and a short walk around the corner to the mall. Plus, the hotel has three shops inside where you can snag Armani sweets, floral arrangements and fashion accessories. Rates start around 1,890 AED or $515. For a beach stay, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah sits on a private stretch of sand overlooking the Arabian Gulf and has everything from a three Michelin-starred restaurant to the signature Waldorf Astoria spa with internationally inspired treatments. Rates start at 1,700 AED or $463, or 80,000 HHonors points.
Shop: Miami has plenty of well-known shopping areas, from the famous Lincoln Road on South Beach to the exclusive Bal Harbour Shops, but the newer Design District neighborhood brings together luxury boutiques and design stores in an open-air shopping area with a bit of edge. Check out the design showrooms like Jonathan Adler or Versace Home Miami and then stroll by boutiques like Cartier, Christian Louboutin, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela and Lanvin, stopping for lunch at one of Miami’s finest bistros—Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.
Stay: Thompson Miami Beach opens its doors Nov. 21 in a 1940s Art Deco skyscraper on Miami Beach near favorites like the Broken Shaker bar and LIV nightclub, with an eatery helmed by award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein. Rates start at $250 per night. Oceanfront W South Beach has everything you need for a fashionable stay in Miami, from the sexy pool scene to WALL lounge, the Bliss Spa, and the much-loved The Dutch restaurant. Plus, it’s near the chic boutiques on Collins Avenue (SPG Category 7 requiring 30,000 to 35,000 Starpoints, or rates start at $575 during season).
7. New York City
Shop: While luxury shops line Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, the West Village, particularly Bleecker Street, is the perfect place to stroll through well-known and one-off boutiques like Diptyque, Rag & Bone, Steven Alan and Intermix, as well as the indoor Market NYC, New York, which features items by local artists and designers.
Stay: With a lobby scene rivaling most of Brooklyn’s cool bars, the Ace Hotel New York in Midtown not only has stand-out dining options and an in-house Opening Ceremony shop, but also rooms for all sorts of travelers, from bunk beds to loft suites (rates start at $429). Near Herald Square and the famous Macy’s, the 122-room Hyatt Herald Square in Midtown is close to other landmarks like Madison Square Garden and Times Square, and has views of the Empire State Building and NYC skyline from the rooftop bar. Rates from $225 or 25,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points.
8. Los Angeles
Shop: Rodeo Drive resonates with luxury shopping, but The Grove is another al fresco shopping area that has more affordable spots like J.Crew, Anthropologie and Forever 21, as well as the trendier faves like Barneys New York CO-OP and Topshop. Just next door to the farmer’s market, visitors can easily take a tram to go between the two spots. If you’re looking for more celebrity-oriented shopping and dining, visit Roberston Boulevard, known for shops like Kitson and Intermix, as well as restaurants like The Ivy and Newsroom Cafe.
Stay: The Standard, Downtown LA exudes urban chic with its sex appeal, rooftop pool and bar, and views of downtown from waterbed pods; plus, there’s a professional ping-pong club (rates start at $265). The sleek SLS Hotel Beverly Hills is a luxurious spot to call home while staying in L.A., with its Philippe Starck-designed rooms, Chef José Andrés-directed restaurants, and “shop without walls” concept shop Regalo with goodies from Kiki de Montparnasse, Assouline and Monica Castiglioni (SPG Category 6 requiring 20,000 to 25,000 Starpoints, or rates start at $367).
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With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.