Those fancying a splurge should head to Zurich and its main shopping street Bahnhofstrasse. This street, known as one of the most expensive and exclusive in the world, caters to the shopping elite with an abundance of high-end brands such as Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Prada. Apart from Sundays, when the shops are closed, the street is brimming with people, from those ringing up absurd amounts on credit cards to those sipping a coffee in one of the many elegant cafes.
A great time to go is at Christmas and in particular in the evening when the dangling street lights illuminate like twinkling stars. Many of the cafes spill out onto the street and visitors are able to snuggle up underneath warm rugs, watching the shoppers go by. The street is mainly pedestrianized, apart from tram links to various parts of the street, making it easily accessible.