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Sure, it might be cliche, but come on ladies, we know many of us love to shop! So planning a getaway with your girlfriends that's focused around retail therapy is a pretty obvious theme. But where to go? It depends on what you're looking for. If you want to hit up the same stores you have at home, just in a more exotic locale, head to Singapore or Shanghai. For a more one-of-a-kind focus try Santa Fe for exclusive art, Paris for shoes, or Cape Town for up-and-coming young designers.
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181 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238896
There are nearly 100 malls in Singapore, the majority of which have become gleaming symbols of the city’s modernity. But what Singapore lacks in knock-off outlets, it makes up for in quality and convenience. Every year between May and July,...
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Rodeo Dr, California, USA
The four-block stretch that's collectively known as Rodeo Drive is one of the most expensive and luxurious shopping streets in the world. This is a mecca for well-heeled, brand-conscious shoppers. Celebrity sightings, gorgeous European-inspired...
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V & A Waterfront, 17 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
For years, the large warehouse next to the Two Oceans Aquarium was a dimly lit place where local craftsmen hawked traditional African curios. Many of these items were duplicates of items already found in Greenmarket Square, or worse, were made in...
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27 Bruton St, Mayfair, London W1J 6QN, UK
I've always been a fan of British designer Alice Temperley's whimsical style. Her pieces always have that special attention to detail—gorgeous fabrics, hand finishes. And her style straight out of a bohemian fairytale. Ms. Temperley launched her...
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622 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Everyone who visits Santa Fe walks along the famed Canyon Road. Originating as an old footpath that once accessed water, it now primarily showcases an expansive range of shops and galleries with Native American art and landscape paintings. A...
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New York City’s Studio Gaia looked to Colombia’s leg- end of El Dorado to inspire the design for this brand-new hotel. The result: a lot of gold. Reflections of gold glimmer in the indoor pool, and golden strings dangle from the ceiling in the...
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176 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013, USA
SoHo has changed a lot from its days as a haven for small art galleries back in the late 70s. Spring Street is now home to some of New York City’s most fashion-forward shopping, but you can still find art lovers wandering SoHo's cobblestoned...
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Whatever your tastes, we bet you won’t head home empty-handed from Nanjing Road, one of the world’s busiest shopping promenades. Stores along the tree-lined, pedestrian-only section stock everything from state-of-the-art electronics to...
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Rue de Grenelle, Paris, France
The famous Golden Triangle of Paris is on the Right Bank, just off the Champs Elysées, but the lesser known, much more important golden triangle of shoes is on the Left Bank, beginning as the corner of the rue d'Assas and the rue du Cherche Midi....
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Financial Center Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
You may have already seen photos of Dubai Mall on social media, but to visit is more of an experience than just a trip to a mall. While the mall has a lot to offer avid shoppers, other visitors may instead choose...
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1519 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
This hip North Beach boutique is the spot to shop to if you're looking to dress like a San Franciscan. Started by Howard Gee more than two decades ago with a mission to "bring people better denim and do so with a personal touch," the shop has...