With Christmas just around the corner, what better time to start thinking about buying those all important presents? Europe is a hub for luxury department stores ,exclusive boutiques and Christmas markets and with this in mind, we have put together a list of the greatest places to do your Christmas shopping from London to Paris and beyond.
If it’s personal and thoughtful gifts you are looking for, Amsterdam has a unique gift offering. The streets of the city are illuminated with fairy lights and the city has a magical feel to it. The best concept stores are Cottoncake and Hutspot, so make these destinations your first port of call.
When it comes to stunning window displays and gifts galore, look no further than London’s most iconic department store, Harrods. Here you will find gifts to suit every preference from traditional British festive treats to high end jewellery, beauty products and designer clothing. Oxford Street is worth a visit for a trip to Selfridges and Hamleys among many other designer and high street stores.
This romantic city has a wonderful offering when it comes to Christmas gifts and if you are looking for bespoke fragrances, artwork, books or luxurious chocolates, Paris is the place to be. The Paris Marais district is a hotspot for luxury shopping and here you will find designer delights such as Chanel for fabulous fragrances and grooming products and La Belle Hortense for rare literature. Paris is brimming with magical shopping streets, the most popular being Avenue des Champs Elysees and Rue De Passy for smaller boutiques.
Berlin gives Christmas shoppers a plethora of superb gifting options from tasteful and tempting to cute and quirky. Whether you are shopping for jewellery lovers or foodies, you are bound to find something for everyone on your list. Berlin is home to some of the most impressive Christmas markets in the world, so be sure to drop by to pick up a few traditional handmade stocking fillers during your trip. From leather goods at MCM, vintage menswear at Burg & Schild and creative and unique gifts at Bikini Berlin, the city centre has all of this and more.
Milan is a must see city at any time of year when it comes to retail therapy, but it really has something extra special to offer during the festive season. As Milan is the fashion capital, there is no shortage of luxury boutiques not forgetting the annual Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Christmas market that has over 400 stalls. Panettone originates from Milan, so don’t forget to pick up this traditional Italian Christmas cake while you can. Start your Christmas shopping at La Rinascente, Milan’s best known department store and from here explore the city’s world famous Golden Quadrilateral that consists of four exceptional shopping streets. Here you will find hundreds of Italian designer stores.
Use this handy guide to seek out the best Christmas shopping opportunities.