These Are the World's Cheapest Shopping Destinations

Amsterdam | © Kavalenkava / Shutterstock
Amsterdam | © Kavalenkava / Shutterstock

Sightseeing, food, local culture… all fantastic reasons to travel. But what about shopping? There’s no better way to relax than with some retail therapy. So escape your ordinary existence, if only for a weekend, and book a flight to these top destinations.

Luxury shopping has its perks, but there are deals to be had all over the globe and you don’t want to miss out. You might have to haggle, but that’s part of the fun, isn’t it? And besides, you’re on vacation. Channel your inner shopaholic, grab your passport, your credit cards, and get ready to expand your wardrobe when shopping in the following 11 cheapest shopping cities around the globe.

1. Istanbul

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Outdoor bazaars make Istanbul a choice and cheap shopping destination, earning the coveted number one spot on this list. Everyone loves a bargain, and the bazaars are the perfect place to haggle over your purchases.
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2. Prague

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The famed Manufaktura gift shop finds its home in Prague, but there are tons of other affordable shopping locales to rummage through, like the PALLADIUM Shopping Center, Perfume Lab, and flea markets galore.

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3. Berlin

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Known for its youthful vibe, Berlin offers cheap places to stay when you’re not out on the town. As for shopping, local boutiques are fab for finding deals.

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4. Madrid

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Filled with countless outdoor markets, including the famous Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid is a surprisingly affordable shopping destination.
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5. Bangkok

© Central Plaza Grand Rama 9 | © Settawat Udom / Shutterstock

Where else can you find a floating shopping mall than Bangkok? Indeed, the “mallscape” culture is huge in this city, with Terminal 21 and Central Plaza Rama 9 being two of the most cutting edge mall experiences you’ll ever have.
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6. Barcelona

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Bershka and Stradivarius are some of Barcelona’s shopping destinations that can’t be beat when it comes to finding a good deal. But the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria is a market you really don’t want to miss.
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7. Vienna

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Although Vienna is known for its luxury shopping, there are also deals to be had at the local boutiques and antique shops. Still, you don’t want to miss out on the delectable chocolatiers.
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8. Amsterdam

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The Jordaan in Amsterdam is a hipster’s paradise, as the neighborhood is filled with all kinds of quirky and cheap shopping.
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9. Dublin

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The Jervis Shopping Centre is only one of Dublin’s treasured malls, especially for finding deals. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and the Blanchardstown Centre are also worth a visit.
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10. Toronto

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Outdoor flea markets as well as charming vintage shops earn Toronto a spot on this list. If you’re looking for a department store experience, check out Saks Fifth Avenue, where there are always deals to be had.
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11. Los Angeles

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Head over to Downtown Los Angeles for emerging designers or check out the West Side’s swap meets. Can you find cheap buys in Beverly Hills? You bet. Saks Off Fifth in the coveted 90210 zip code is a destination department store where you get the same quality designers, but at slashed prices. And there’s always Forever 21 at the Third Street Promenade and Westside Pavilion where you can pick up the latest designer looks for less.
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