My 5 favourite European cities for shopping

1. Milan

If you have a bit of cash to spend and like your designer clothing then Milan is the place to be. You’ll find all the big names including Prada, Gucci and Valentino. Of course, there’s no reason why you can’t just wander into Prada wearing your backpack and pretend you can afford everything!

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2. Hamburg

Hamburg is a cool city and its shopping matches that. You’ll find many of the high street stores we all know and love as well as individual boutique shops and vintage stores. If you head to St Pauli you’ll also find a great flea market where you can pick up unique vintage and second-hand pieces at good prices.

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3. Krakow

If you love a bargain then head to Krakow. Once you’ve soaked up all the history and architecture, it’s time for a bit of shopping! But if you’re on a budget then you’ll find that Krakow is great for second-hand and thrift stores. They’re not the most well-organised of places and you’re likely to find piles just strewn on the tables. It takes some dedication to sift through everything but if you find a gem it will be worth it! Many of these stores price their clothes by weight which means you can end up paying very little for a bag full of clothes.

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4. Ljubljana

For quirky shops you might not have considered Ljubljana in Slovenia but in fact, there’s a lot to choose from. Take some time to wander through the streets and you’ll find vintage and boutique shops selling everything from clothing to decorative homeware to handmade chocolates!

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5. Leeds

It would be impossible for me to talk about shopping without mentioning Leeds. It’s recently become home to the new Trinity Shopping Centre which has all the big name brands and is architecturally impressive. Leeds is also awash with vintage shops – you’ll find one on every corner. You’ll find that the people of Leeds have a very distinctive style so shopping here is a must!

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Where are you favourite cities to shop in Europe?

 

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