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Shop until you drop around the globe

Nalynn Dolan Caine |
There are places where offices, apartments and shopping are affordable only if you really don't care about money at all. Let us guide you through some of the most expensive shopping streets in the world.

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The fastest way to show that you are successful is to go to shopping in New York's Fifth Avenue. Its section between 34th and 59th Street is as a symbol of wealth and no matter is economy going up or down, the most luxurious brands in the world are always there. The American continent, although a bit more to the south, has another shopping Mecca. Rua Oscar Freire and Rua Augusta are the most well-known shopping streets in Brazil's Sao Paulo. Every famous designer has the shop in Sao Paulo which is the host of the Fashion Week, the Latin America's main fashion event for designers and buyers alike.

Across the Atlantic, Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris is among the most expensive places where you can spend your money. Stretching for two kilometres, that magnet for tourists features megastores such as the biggest Louis Vuitton store in the world and the Virgin Atlantic shops, one of the biggest in Europe. Another European fashion city, Milan, also has a street which is the dream of every shoppingholic. Via Monteapoleone is the home of the biggest fashion houses in the world, from Gucci to Prada to Salvatore Ferragamo, that found their place along the path walked by Roman emperor Maximian.

While we are in Europe, let's move a bit to the north, to Ireland. If you want to do some high-class shopping, Grafton Street is your destination. That Dublin's shopping pride gathered the best local and global brands with an emphasize on jewellery such as famous Weirs. Ok, now a little bit more to the north. Iceland is not the place you'd connect with high-end shopping experience, but you'd be surprised. Laugavegur, Reykjavik's main shopping street, offers a number of excellent stores, from clothing to cosmetics and everything in-between. Pay attention to local designers, some of them are as very expensive but they are well worth it.

On your European tour there are two more cities that you should visit. Barcelona in Spain has the unique Avinguda Diagonal (Diagonal Avenue), a five kilometres long shopping street. Together with Av. Pau Casals it is the home of the finest shops in the country known by their excellent customer service. If you are by any chance in Central Europe, in the capital of Czech Republic, Prague, you'll find old historic buildings and the latest design trends side by side. Give yourself enough time while visiting Na Prikope, Wenceslas Square, and Parizska Street because, trust us, you'll have a hard time deciding what not to buy in those luxury stores.

As you might imagine, since Moscow is one of the most expensive cities in the world, it also has one of the most expensive street around - Tverskaya Street. That street from the 12th century, in the centre of the Russian capital, is the centre of social life, and where are wealthy people there are many expensive shops. Walking down this huge street is probably one of the best ways to shop in Moscow. There you can find not only expensive brand jewellery shops but also you will find everything from Benetton to expensive lingerie boutiques. Tverskaya Street is the most diversified shopping area of Moscow, so whatever you need you can be pretty sure that you'll find here.

On the other side of the world, in Asia, Hong Kong's Causeway Bay is the place where banking millionaires are going to spend a dollar or two. That is the place where you'll have trouble finding a single tree but any top-class brand can be found in second. Causeway Bay is specific by Japanese brands that dominates that most expensive street in the whole Asia. While we are in Asia, we should not miss Khan Market in New Delhi. Located in the city centre, it is the place when diplomats come to chat, eat and shop. Following its British heritage, Khan Market is the place where you can find the best tailors in India.

And what the shopping will be if we don't visit Dubai? "If you don't have, build it", that's the motto of that Emirate city that doesn't ask how much does it cost as long as it's the best in the world. Ita Buttuta, the Wafi Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Abu Hail Shopping Centre... those are the biggest shopping centres in Dubai. The whole city is one big shopping centre with shop until you drop attitude and with the biggest selection of everything that comes to your mind. It's the perfect place to end your shopping around the world tour.

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