There are many ways to lift one’s mood, but retail therapy is undoubtedly a popular choice among many Indonesians, especially when they travel.
Shopping overseas can be a way to get to know a place and bring back something tangible from your travel experience and that’s why Agoda, one of the fastest growing digital travel platforms, shares six destinations around the world to unleash the shopaholic in you! So whether you are a window shopper, bargain hunter or limited edition collector, Agoda has you covered.
For the bargain hunter
If you’re unafraid of ploughing through a dizzying array of items to find the best deal, here are two Asian destinations to consider to get your money’s worth.
- Bangkok, Thailand
Shopaholics can rejoice as retail therapy is available all day long in Thailand’s capital, a city that never sleeps! The real bargains can be found in Bangkok’s markets where you can not only find everything from fashion to home décor items to souvenirs, but also satisfy the inner bargain-hunter by negotiating prices you’re comfortable paying.
The Chatuchak weekend market is one of the biggest markets in the world, with more than 15,000 booths and over 200,000 visitors on a typical weekend. For the night owls, Bangkok is also teeming with lively night markets such as Talad Rod Fai, Khao San Night Market, and Patpong Night Market.
Set in the heart of Ladprao area in Bangkok, Apartelle Jatujak Hotel is only 10 minutes’ drive from Chatuchak market. When you’re tired of jostling through the crowd, continue your shopping spree in the comfort of air-conditioning at the nearby malls – Union Mall and Central Plaza Ladprao.
- Seoul, South Korea
Ranked the seventh most popular destination in Asia in 2018, Seoul is not just a haven for the K-Pop fans, but also a shopaholic’s paradise. With malls and markets that are open till wee hours of the morning, be prepared to shop till you drop.
If you are traveling with a few friends, check out the wholesale malls at the Dongdaemun shopping district where you get the best prices if you purchase three or more items. Or for more value-shopping, head to the Ewha Woman’s University shopping street, which caters to the nearby university students with pocket-friendly prices.
Rest up at the cozy House Sarah Brooklyn in Seoul, a modern and spacious apartment just 1.3km from the Dongdaemun market. With four bedrooms, there is plenty space to accommodate you and your friends, and your shopping bags!
For those with a passion for fashion
Whether you’re up to date with the latest styles or a trendsetter, here are three destinations that will inspire you to refresh your wardrobe.
- Milan, Italy
Fashionistas will be familiar with Milan, where some of the most renowned luxury designer brands were born. Before hitting the streets, get inspired by the hundreds of exclusive apparel and accessories on display at the stunning Armani/Silos, a museum conceptualized and launched by renowned designer, Giorgio Armani. Then make your way to Fidenza Village Factory Outlet, just under an hour’s drive from Milan, for over 100 international boutiques retailing at reduced prices all year long.
When in Milan, you might want to do some sightseeing in between your shopping sprees. TH Street Duomo offers contemporary-style rooms in the heart of Milan, within walking distance to many famous sights.
- New York City, United States of America
Arguably the fashion capital of the United States, shopaholics won’t be disappointed with the Big Apple’s renowned department stores, high-fashion brands and quirky boutique shops. Despite being one of the most expensive cities in America, you can still shop in NYC if you’re on a budget. Here’s a tip – if you’re not fussed about wearing the latest season’s fad, then grab your designer clothes at discount stores like Nordstrom Rack or Century 21, which has several outlets around the city.
For those who don’t mind indulging, book a luxurious stay at a suite inspired by the iconic fashion designer Christian Dior at The St. Regis New York. Exuding high-class Parisian elegance, the expansive Dior Suite comes with first-rate amenities and premium services including a Butler upon arrival, and even packing and unpacking services!
For the collectors
If you enjoy procuring items that are one-of-a-kind or are someone who collects knick-knacks from every country you’ve been to, then these two destinations will tickle your fancy.
Most people know Osaka for its savory pancake, Okonomiyaki, or the famous tourist site, Osaka Castle, but you might not be so familiar with the vintage treasures Osaka hides in its streets.
Antique lovers will have a field day at Oimatsu-Dori Street’s eclectic antiques enclave. With around 90 shops and art galleries, the area used to be a town for academics to gather and has now become home to antique dealers after the World War II.
If you’re a collector of experience, check in to the adults-only Hotel Public Jam for a unique themed stay. Don’t be surprised to see a lamppost or a vintage Volkswagen Beetle in the middle of your room!
A visit to Istanbul is not complete without making a trip to the famed Spice Bazaar, a colorful market where you can not only buy local spices, but also Turkish coffee and dried fruits, as well as lovely souvenir items like the Nazar, an eye-shaped amulet, or beautiful Iznik ceramics in the form of tiles, plates and bowls! Remember to be bold when bargaining prices with the vendors.
See and be seen at Istanbul’s up-and-coming district Karakoy, where you can explore galleries to have a taste of Turkey’s burgeoning art scene and shop local designs at the Souq Karakoy, a pop-up bazaar. Recharge at 10 Karaköy İstanbul, a hotel with Ottoman-influenced contemporary design and conveniently located near popular malls like the Cevahir Center.