Seoul's trendiest late-night shopping mall: It can get worse in the holiday season where Christmas dominates many people's calendars. The interwoven pedestrian streets are lined with jewelers, boutiques and lifestyle showrooms that make for great window shopping. Whip out the plastic at: Why buy something in one city when a trip to a better shopping city is coming up?
To pinpoint which cities around the world deliver the most gratifying, enjoyable shopping experiences, we consulted global experts, such as fashion merchandising firm Donegar Creative Services and Marie Bergfelt, senior spokesperson for Global Blue, which publishes the Globe Shopper City Index. Dubai, United Arab Emirates Getting around: Total buzz kill, right? Number of available brands, range of shopping categories, quantity of upscale shops, department stores, boutique and vintage retailers and market stalls. This translates to a capital city bursting with shops of a dizzying array of types and sizes, from LED-fish-scale-studded luxury department stores to towering all-nighter shopping malls to trendy street carts , which all reflect the ever-changing hottest item of the moment. At the centuries-old Naschmarkt, shoppers can eat their way along 1. That's good for an extra "Experience" point and an eighth-place finish. South Korea recorded more credit card transactions per person than any other country in , and all merchants are required by law to accept credit cards no matter how low the price. But we can't wow our friends with statistics not our shopping friends, anyway , so what about the goods? Why buy something in one city when a trip to a better shopping city is coming up? The clientele includes Pierce Brosnan and Hillary Clinton. Picasso was reportedly buried in his cape from the store. While foreign luxury goods tend to get a hefty mark-up except at the airport, which boasts the first Louis Vuitton airport duty free store , as well as cheap prices for most foreign brands , local boutiques tend to be cheap and chic. If that isn't enough cash registers, there's also the Mall of the Emirates, with the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Casa de Diego stocks souvenir-worthy fans, mantillas, ornamental combs and even castanets. No one back home needs to know it was bought at an outlet mall -- Milan fashions are always months ahead of the trends elsewhere. Then we judged cities in four areas, using a 1-to scoring scale for each category: Quality of public transportation, affordability and availability of cabs, transport time 2. But it also has some of the best values in Europe, coming in second on the Index for total cost of luxury items. Seoul's trendiest late-night shopping mall: The city also has a good mix of the old and new, according to the Globe Shopper Index, which recommends the Seoul Folk Flea Market , Namdaemun Market and Gyeongdong Market for a shopping spree of more traditional goods. Rathausplatz, Vienna; Sunday-Thursday 10 a. Whip out the plastic at: It can get worse in the holiday season where Christmas dominates many people's calendars. South Korea has a serious addiction to shopping.
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