Huge US-style mall near Copacabana/Botafogo with trendy shops and places to eat and drink. Excellent place to while away the time (and spend all your money) if you're stuck for something to do during a rainy afternoon. Try Osklen (www.osklen.com) for super-trendy designer surf wear.
If you're interested in design you must visit one of the best home interiors shops in Europe, Illums Bolighus, on the pedestrian steet, Stroget. This is a must-see place for upmarket Scandinavian design spread over four floors. Best of all go during the twice yearly sales in January and August. The rugs are a good buy. From November, the Christmas shop has many things you will find hard to resist.
Address Central Copenhagen
Amagertorv 6-10 | DK-1160 Copenhagen K | Denmark | CVR 26 57 33 94
Metro: Kongens Nytorv
Oxford has had a market for hundreds of years, and it is still thriving. Now there are more and more coffee-shops and upmarket retailers, but still just about enough butchers and fresh produce stalls to keep it interesting. Don't miss Brown's Cafe, where they make tea in proper teapots, with leaves, not bags. The rock cakes are good, too.
Accessible from High Street, Cornmarket Street and Market Street Map and virtual tour at: www.chem.ox.ac.uk/oxfordtour/coveredmarket/
The place to go for a famously small Brazilian bikini. This shopping center in the heart of Copacabana, which is known by its address, offers eight floors of fashion, especially beach wear. Prices are often cheaper than elsewhere. Don't be deceived by its unassuming entrance, which can be easily missed, and take one of the elevators to bikini heaven.
Rua Santa Clara 33, Copacabana
One of Phnom Penh's better market complexes. Set around a run-down 1930's art-deco building, it has cheap bags, t-shirts, random souvenirs and food on sale; it's a great place to test out your bargaining skills.
Located near the Central Bus Station, you can't really miss it. Every taxi driver knows the location. Phsar Thmey is the Khmer name.
This is one of the best street markets in Hong Kong. You can find very affordable clothes and souvenirs. A beautiful and relaxed beach is part of the bargain, as are wonderful restaurants and bars. Murray House is a restored colonial building that was dismantled and moved to Stanley from its site in Centra. It houses lots of restaurants. A special mention to the Spanish Restaurant: fantastic food and service.
South side of Hong Kong Island. Bus 6, 6A, 6X or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus in Central. MTR to Chai Wan station Exit C and catch the green minibus 16M
Rio's 'Covent Garden'. A shopping mall but on an intimate scale without any chain stores. Not very far from Leblon. Also has several theatres with Sat/Sun afternoon programmes for children and a playcentre. If you have small children, you can buy excellent cheap clothes at Bebe Basico on the ground floor. The owners also have a nice educational toy shop on the 2nd floor (Enfim Enfant) which sells hand-made toys and brilliant towelling cushions shaped like elephants and hippopotamuses.
Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 52, Shopping da Gávea - 2º piso Sábado e Domingo, às 17h Mais informações: 2540-6004 Classificação: livre ...
Despite the shiny new shop fittings and a slight hike in price since its days as an Army/Navy store when you could still get a Carhart jacket here for less than $10 and a pair of 501's for not much more. Dave's is still one of the cheapest places in Manhattan to get your Levis, Lee, Dickies and Carhart.
581 Sixth Ave (between 16th and 17th streets) Subway: 1 & 9 at 28th St www.davesnewyork.com/
Spillers Records in the Hayes is the world’s oldest record shop, founded in 1894 when it sold phonographs and sheet music. It’s still going strong despite the decline of vinyl, the growth of the CD market and the HMV and Virgin Megastores which have taken over the high street. It’s the best place to get less mainstream, more independent music and worth going into the tiny shop just for a look. Staff are friendly and more than willing to help you find that rare record or obscure title. Make sure you get one of the famous red biodegradable plastic bags, which the shop has been using as long as anyone can remember.
Bring this back as a great holiday souvenir or present. The tradition of carving and giving wooden lovespoons began hundreds of years ago in Wales when young men gave them to their sweethearts as tokens of affection. Different designs and sizes convey different messages: a cross means faith, a horseshoe symbolises luck, a knot signifies everlasting love, and so on.
If you are after antiques (genuine, reproduction or curios), this has to be near the top of your list. On the second floor there are quite a few shops ( all visible from the car park). From Moghul pieces to Belgian colonial lamps ... get it all here.
Gulshan-2 (by the roundabout) going towards Gulshan 1.
Every backpacker knows Bangkok's Khao Sanh Road, but running parallel to it is a much lesser-known alley with all the cheap hostels, bars, restaurants and shops you find on the main drag. Just far less crowded and frenetic.
Find your way to the Khao Sanh road in the Banglamphu area: Trok Mayom lies just to the north. Walkable also from Phra Athit river pier.
A nice city shopping centre, with lots of shops, from habitat and Fnac (a bit like a Virgin megastore, but French!) to lesser known names.
It is south of the river,behind the cinema complex Colombier. Nearest metro station: Charles de Gaulle
A cluster of parking lots in downtown NYC are transformed on a Sunday to a giant outdoor antiques market, full of trash and treasure and people-watching opportunities.
I got an amazing silver necklace for $25 a few years ago, and there's always a few oddments that are good for people back home who hate tacky souvenirs but expect a gift.
Look for the tourist leaflets - the markets are clustered around 20-something street.
This is a great street market, held in Place Chatelain, just off Rue de Bailli, on Wednesdays. You can pick up some delicious speciality foods here, from cheeses, to fish to wine. But the atmosphere's wonderful, so even if you don't want to buy anything, it's well worth wandering around the stalls (lots of tempting goodies to snack on if you're hungry, or try the champagne/wine stall). The market goes on into the evening as well, and the busiest time is around 6 to 7pm, when people come after work. Place Chatelain has some great restaurants and lots of atmospheric little bars too but be prepared to fight for a table!
Place Chatelain, off Rue de Bailli, Ixelles.
However cheap these may appear at the prevailing exchange rate, you should be aware that UK Customs will be expecting you to declare the item on arrival: if you do so, the additional tax and duty will most likely cancel out your "bargain". On the other hand, if you try to smuggle one in, not only will you will have to pay the tax and duty but a stiff fine as well (and you won't be getting out of Arrivals any time soon, either !).
It's erm... either a back massager or a vibrator. Nothing really epitomises kitsch and the whole cult of kawaii (cute) better than the bubble-headed cat Hello Kitty. What could be a more appropriate souvenir of subverting this wholesome image? Just pray you don't get stopped at customs!
Kabukicho in Shinjuku and Shibuya have many ...ahem... shops for adult entertainment which are almost all staffed by sweet old ladies or young students making a yen or two. Hello Kitty products are easy enough to spot.
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