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Summer is a time for travelling and enjoying the sun, and you’ll need a new wardrobe to go with your next adventure. Why not choose a destination that combines both? Read Culture Trip’s guide to the cheapest and best places to go shopping in Europe.
Arguably the hottest destination in Europe at the moment, Americans interested in filling up their suitcases with authentic and beautiful clothes should head over to Portugal. Currently offering around 88 cents for a dollar, shopping in Lisbon is a great place to start. Pick up bespoke footwear to cherish forever at Sapataria do Carmo or try Lanidor for statement pieces. Read our guide to shopping in Lisbon here.
Say a prayer for the poor UK, who haven’t seen such a weak pound in years. But British despair makes for American opportunity, and visitors should pick up a fashionable steal during their visit. London is an obvious choice, but savvy shoppers will get out of the capital and visit cities such as Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh.
Though not famed for being a cheap getaway in the UK, Americans should make use of the great exchange to pick up a whole new ‘Scandi Chic’ wardrobe. Whether you covet dreamy minimalist culottes from Acne or want to hunt down a new and exciting bargain in Weekday, there’s an endless array of shops to choose from. Head to the trendy Södermalm area for the best places, and make sure to try a signature cardamon bun while you’re in the city. Read our guide to shopping in Stockholm here.
Latvia’s capital is a sure bet for savvy UK-based shoppers, with cheap yet achingly hip stores aplenty. Head to Miera iela (known as one of the most hipster places in the world) to find great vintage stores such as Uzvalks un Kleita. For designer pieces, try SKALA boutique in the city centre.
Whether you’re looking for bespoke perfume or designer clothing in cool concept stores, the great exchange rate means that Warsaw is a perfect place for British holidaymakers to go shopping. Browse vintage stores such as Safripsti or pick up designer pieces at Likus Concept Store.
Famous for being a dreamy summer holiday destination, Dubrovnik is a also a surprisingly good place to go shopping. For designer goods head to Maria Concept Store, while if you’re looking for something more unique to Croatia then pick up a pair of cult shoes from the brand Startas.
The Euro is cheaper than the pound, which means that if you’re flying from China then a jaunt to Paris is a must. Pick up as many designer items as you can carry home: Dior, Chanel, Fendi, Louis Vuitton… A visit to famous concept store Colette before it closes is also essential – just don’t forget to see some of the sights while you’re there! Read our fashion guide to Paris.
Estonia’s capital makes for a great and unusual place to go shopping this summer. While all the mainstream brands can be found in Tallinn’s largest department store, Kaubamaja, checking out local designers is also a must. Visit the Estonian Design House to find them all under one roof.
While it’s always been trendy, Ibiza is having a major moment. Visitors should head to Loewe’s pop-up at the Museum of Contemporary Art where the brand is selling its capsule collection, inspired by Ibiza’s legendary Paula’s Boutique.