Are you longing for a shopping weekend? With FlixBus you can get cheap bus tickets to some of the best shopping destinations in Europe so that you have more money left for the actual shopping. We have listed some of the best shopping malls, outlets, vintage areas and flea markets at our top shopping destinations for you to plan your shopping trip.
Vienna is famous for its chocolate, pastries and wine; but it should not be overlooked as a shopping destination. There is a wide selection of shopping opportunities in Vienna for all the fashionistas out there. We have collected a summary of some of the best shopping spots in the beautiful capital of Austria.
For a successful shopping weekend in Vienna you have to visit the "Old City" where you will find many of the popular fashion chains, such as: Zara, H&M, Mango and Forever 21. You will also find more exclusive flagship stores: Gucci, Armani, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Dior, Versace and many more. Don’t forget to explore some of the local shops and brands, many of them can also be found in the "Old City."
The most popular shopping street in Vienna is Mariahilfer Straße, often called “Mahü” by the locals. As well as an extensive array of shops, you will find plenty of nice cafés and restaurants for when you need a break to refuel before continuing your shopping spree. Kärntner Straße is another popular shopping street that is well worth visiting. This is where STEFFL Department Store is located; with its nine floors filled with all the latest fashion. There is a terrace at the top of the building where you can enjoy the beautiful skyline of Vienna while having an afternoon meal or drink.
There are many opportunities, in Vienna, for you and your friends to have a guided shopping tours lead by experienced stylists. They will give you the very best insider tips and can offer exclusive discounts in some of the city’s stores. If you want to visit a shopping center with a unique design, we recommend GSE – Gasometer Shopping- and Entertainment Center. The four massive cylindrical telescopic buildings are former gas containers, with the inside of the containers being completely transformed and redesigned. Today they include apartments, a movie theatre, student halls, a music hall and many different shops.
Paris is the perfect destination for a long shopping weekend as many shops are even open on a Sunday. This romantic city offers something for shoppers with all kind of budgets. You will find all the expected luxurious boutiques and flagship stores here but also cute flea markets and second-hand shops where you can find some great deals.
If you love fashion, make sure you visit Paris during its world renowned Fashion Week. If you are lucky, you might run into your favorite designer or model on the streets of Paris on your shopping spree. Your chances might be higher if you visit the prestigious shopping street of Champs Élysées, the boulevard which leads to the Arc de Triomphe. Other famous shopping streets worth visiting are Rue Tivoli and Boulevard Hausmann. On the latter, you’ll find Galeries Lafayette’s flagship store with 10 floors filled with different brands.
Paris has many more shopping gallerias, arcades, centers and malls for you to explore such as Forum des Halles and Les Quatre Temps, which is open every day from 10:00 – 20:00, the perfect place to shop on Sundays and holidays! There are also several shopping outlets around the city and shuttle buses to take you there, some examples are La Vallée Village, L’Usine Mode & Mansion and One Nation Paris.
Paris is often a popular springtime destination, but if you want to find some great shopping deals, you should choose your bus trip just in time for the winter sales, which begin on the second Wednesday in January. The summer sales begin on the last Wednesday in June and usually last around 6 weeks. Don’t worry if you can’t make any of the seasonal sales though, you can always find some great bargains in the many vintage stores and markets around Paris. Some department stores even have their own second-hand clothes corners. Another hot tip is to visit the Dépôts-ventes; second-hand shops where fashionistas alike can buy and sell items – you never know what you might find. Paris has plenty of shopping opportunities for purses and wallets of all sizes!
The Danish capital may not be Europe´s biggest shopping capital when measured by size, this is however made up for in quality and diversity. In Copenhagen you’ll find anything from designer boutiques to alternative second hand stores – let us inspire you!
The most famous shopping street in Copenhagen is called Strøget, which also is Europe´s longest pedestrian shopping street. On this street you´ll find easy bargains at in shops such as H&M, as well as more exclusive shopping at flagship stores such as Hermès. Denmark in general is well known for its interior design, so make sure to also check out the exquisite porcelain at Royal Copenhagen and the great electronics at Bang Olufsen. Who knows, maybe all the money you saved by taking the bus leaves room for a splurge!
After Strøget you might want to try some of the other shopping streets for a great variety of clothes. In order to find what you are looking for, you need to identify the different areas of the city since every area offers different styles: The eastern area by Grønnegade is a strong competitor in the running of being the city´s fashion center, here you´ll find trendy clothes with a classical touch. If you are more into hip hop clothes and culture, then the Latin Quarter by Nørre Voldgade and Nørregade is for you. If you are more into vintage shops and like searching for unique items make sure to check out the cosy area by Amagertorv.
If you like all of your shopping to be in one place, the most known shopping centers in Copenhagen are Magasin du Nord and Illum, both located by Strøget. Magasin du Nord is Scandinavia´s largest department store and is popular for its food and wine selection, as well as its young fashion department filled with Scandinavian labels such as Samsøe & Samsøe. Illum is more exclusive with its great supplies of exclusive perfumes from Chanel and high fashion.
Amsterdam is known for being a creative and innovative city and this also applies to the city's fashion culture. The most fashionable event is Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam (AFW) and takes place in both January and July. The difference between this fashion week and others is that it is more open to the public. So after a day of shopping you can hit the clubs to mingle with the fashion elite.
To find the best shops in Amsterdam one should start on 'The Nine Streets' located right by the city´s iconic canal district. Here you´ll find plenty of cafés and art galleries to enjoy while shopping in vintage stores and boutiques. The area has a great variety of both trends and prices, so if you only have a short amount of time in Amsterdam this place is for you. If you are more into upscale designers and brands or if you just want do some people-watching, you should stroll down the P.C. Hooftstraat. Here you'll find three blocks of exclusive brands such as Louis Vuitton and trendy Dutch designers. The two main shopping streets in Amsterdam are Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat. However they will each give you a completely different shopping experience! Kalverstraat has the more commercial stores and brands, such as H&M and Esprit. Leidestraat, on the other hand, is slightly more upscale, with stores from popular designers such as Karen Millen and Filippa K.
Amsterdam's department stores and shopping centers can be found around Dam Square, Magna Plaza and Vroom & Dreesman. One of the city's most famous department stores De Bijenkorf is located in a historical building just across from Dam Square. This is a more exclusive mall where you can purchase both Céline and Jimmy Choo. A more wide ranged shopping mall is Magna Plaza, located behind the Royal Palace. Here you can find over 45 shops containing designer clothing, souvenirs, cheese and wine. The largest shopping center 'Vroom & Dreesman' at Kvalerstraat has the greatest variety with a variety of clothes, furniture and even a travel agency!
Milan is Europe’s fashion capital. The entire city is full of shopping inspiration - a typical Milanese local looks like they just stepped out of Vogue magazine. In fact the city offers everything from top-class designer stores to cheap outlets that won’t damage your wallet - famous Italian quality guaranteed of course! So if you want to be first with the latest fashion, hop on the bus to Milan.
The most exclusive shops in Milan can be found at the Quadrilatero d'Oro (Rectangle of gold). This rectangle is made up of the four streets Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni and Via Sant’Andrea. Here you'll find haute couture brands such as Missoni, Christinan Dior and Míu Míu. Even if you can´t afford it, the area provides great inspiration and gives you a sense of the true Milanese lifestyle. If a combination of affordable fashion and desirable luxury is more your thing, grab an espresso and walk towards Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. This beautiful and historical gallery is a passage located between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Scala and is full of exquisite architectural delights, offering great clothing brands and upmarket food.
You will find the best vintage fashion in the Navigli district, right next to the river. Here is where all of the young, urban people shop by day and drink wine by night! Start walking down the South of Corso di Porta Ticinese and enjoy the mix of antique, young and unique fashion. The markets in the Brera district, 'Via San Marco' (open Monday and Tuesday mornings) and 'Via Fauché market' (open Tuesday and Saturday mornings) also offer plenty of vintage items. Here you can discover even more bohemian fashion and antique shops.
For those of you who are still looking for a bargain, the streets of Via Torino offer the most budget-friendly fashion in Milan. Here you'll find small shops and creative fashion. Start at Piazza Duomo and be sure to have your purse ready!
Berlin is a shopping city with a great mixture of traditional and modern influences. The German capital offers unique shopping on both flea markets and exclusive boutiques. This creative city is full of both history, great art, interior and fashion. Want to be inspired? Plan your bus trip to Berlin today!
The best shopping center in Berlin is 'Alexa,' located on Alexanderplatz this mall is the biggest in Berlin with over 180 different stores. Here you'll find brands such as Mango, Billabong and Tommy Hillfiger. The 'Mall of Berlin' is 200,000 square meters of shopping fun, located in the newest area of Berlin. Here you'll find a great mixture of stores such as Hugo Boss, Guess, Peak Performance and Zara. In western Berlin the shopping center 'Kaufhaus des Westens' (KaDeWe) located on Kurfürstendamm offers over 100 shops from cosmetics and clothing to furniture and music. Make sure to check out the sixth floor of the mall when you are there as it is filled with world-wide delicacies.
If you want to find more luxurious fashion, you should go to Kurfürstendamm, one of Berlin's high-end fashion streets. This street has all the top brands such as Valentino and Cartier, and is famous for its shopping, cafés and extravaganza. The shopping area also includes Tauentzien Straße, and together the streets add up to five divine kilometers of shopping. Make sure that you don't miss the side streets too, where chic stores and bars are located. If you want to multitask, you should go to Friedrichstrasse where you can see some of Berlin's most popular tourist attractions from the famous shopping street. Friedrichstrasse is full of history and here you can stop at Checkpoint Charlie and see pieces of the Berlin Wall, while admiring your latest purchases.
Some of the most popular flea markets in Berlin are 'Straße des 17 Juni,' 'Flohmarkt am Maurerpark' and 'Hallentrödelmarkt Treptow.' 'Straße des 17 Juni' is Berlin's most famous market and offers second-hand clothing, furniture, jewelry and more. 'Flohmarkt am Maurerpark' is a newcomer in comparison to the rest of the markets, and is located next to the Wall Park (Mauerpark) in Prenzlauer Berg. This market is still up and coming, which means there is still a lot to choose from with a local feel to it. If it starts to rain, head over to the 'Hallentrödelmarkt Treptow,' which is an indoor flea market that offers something for everyone. You know what they say; another man's trash is another man's treasure.