Posted : August 2013Author : Julia Melko
There are a great number of awesome shopping destinations in Asia. In fact, Asia is well-known for its shopping and there is something to suit all tastes. From authentic local goods to luxury items, there are many things to see and to buy in Asia. If you are planning a trip to one of the Asian cities and you have some cash to splash, look at this list of 10 best shopping destinations in Asia.
1. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo boasts plenty of different shopping districts. You can shop for renowned international luxury brands and those offbeat and quirky offerings we have come to expect from the Japanese. Be sure to visit Akihabara for electronics, Ginza for department stores and boutiques, and Shibuya and Harajuku for trend-based clothes.
2. Hong Kong, China
Another best shopping destination in Asia is Hong Kong, which offers something for everyone, catering to a variety of budgets and tastes. From electronic to fashion goods as well as traditional market buys, you will find many interesting and pretty cheap things in Hong Kong. Lose yourself in the maze of street markets or hit the renowned shopping areas, such as Causeway Bay, the Central District, and Soho.
3. Bangkok, Thailand
Do you like hustle and bustle? If so, you should definitely go to Bangkok for shopping. If you are up for haggling, go to the Chatuchak Weekend Markets or the popular night markets in the city. Want to escape the heat and the humidity? Step into one of the great shopping malls of Bangkok, such as the Emporium, Siam Paragon, or CentralWorld Plaza.
4. Beijing, China
There are many things to see, do and buy in Beijing! The big markets of the city, like Panjiayuan and the Silk Market, are renowned tourist attractions where you can find anything from antiques to fabrics. Moreover, there are many shopping centers and pedestrian malls in the Wangfujing district.
5. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The next stop is Malaysia! Kuala Lumpur boasts some of the biggest shopping malls in the whole world. A lot of stores have sales that can stretch for several months on end, that’s why snapping up a bargain is almost always possible. The premier retail area is Bukit Bintang, but there are endless opportunities to shop throughout the city.
6. Seoul, Korea
Well, the shopping in Seoul means a mix of new boutiques and old markets. I highly recommend to visit the Apgujeongdong retail district for international luxury brands, up-and-coming designers, and department stores. The Dongdaemun Market is another famous shopping destination with wonderful local markets and stunning shopping malls situated over 10 blocks.
7. Shanghai, China
A booming commercial market, China draws shoppers from all over the world. You will find many stores of luxury goods and international brands in Shanghai, as well as a lot of local fare at bazaars and markets. Once you have finished shopping at the malls, you might want to visit the Dong Tai Lu Antiques Markets and browse through the antique and local crafts. Be ready to shop a lot since long shopping hours are norm in Shanghai!
8. Delhi, India
When shopping in Delhi, be prepared for a sensory overload. Head to one of the oldest and busiest markets in Delhi, Chadni Chowk, where you can buy anything from electronics, crafts to clothing. Also, be sure to visit the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum to combine a bit of heritage with shopping. For chain stores and boutiques you can’t go past great Khan Market.
9. Singapore, Singapore
Another shopping destination that caters for everybody is Singapore. You can shop until you drop in the huge shopping malls or find a bargain at the markets and along the side streets. Be sure to explore the local crafts in Arab Street, Chinatown, and Little India, or go to Orchard Road for awesome boutiques and great shopping.
10. Manila, Philippines
Finally, Philippines! Manila is renowned for its great handicraft stores, interesting book stores, amazing antique shops, and some specialty stores, which make lamp shades, customized shoes, furniture and many others. The most popular department stores are Landmark, Rustans, Robinsons, Shoemart. You can also go to the Ayala Centre for a designer casual wear. Manila boasts a great number of shops selling jewellery, accessories, shoes, furniture, and apparel.