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It’s no secret Italian folk know a thing or two about style. And nowhere is their instinct for couture more evident than at Porta di Roma. The largest and most popular shopping centre in Italy has all the premium fashion brands you’d expect to see – Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors and local favourite Pellizzari – alongside diverse stores from Apple to Decathlon to Ikea. Obviously, the dining is first class too, and Porta di Roma’s unique event spaces schedule everything from book launches and live gigs to exciting demos from Italy’s armed forces. For a true taste of la dolce vita, set course for the Porta di Roma.
The one for... immersive retail therapy
Let the stresses and strains of the real world ebb away in a premium, purpose-built open-air retail village situated on Portugal’s gorgeous south coast. Designer Outlet Algarve offers hefty savings on premium makes from Tommy Hilfiger to Calvin Klein, Adidas to Puma, with cute kidswear and beauty alongside a delicious food and beverage offering. With 60 brands offering discounts of as much as 70 percent, a VIP shuttle service with multiple pick-ups that you can book online, plus a pet-friendly philosophy, isn’t it time you stopped by the village?
The one for... exquisite taste
Probably the most attractive indoor market in the world, Markthal in Rotterdam’s historic heart just begs to be photographed from every angle. Its spectacular 40m-high horseshoe-shaped arch, lined with colossal artwork by modern Dutch masters Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam, is home to an expanse of shops and dozens of high-end gourmet food stalls and restaurants. Think everything from Spanish delicacies to Indian street food via frozen yoghurt and (local favourite) stroopwafels. When finished scoffing, visitors are encouraged to peruse the shops in the surrounding area of this vibrant city-centre precinct, where a number of cultural experiences can also be found, like the brilliantly bizarre architecture at the Cube House village and the fascinating wartime ships at the Maritime Museum.
The one for... contemporary comforts
If you’ve ever felt your temper flare at confusing mall layouts or wish you had a way to keep the little ones entertained while you browsed your favourite designer outlets, clearly you’ve never shopped at Ülemiste. Located just a short walk from Tallinn airport, Ülemiste has been crowned the best shopping centre in the Estonian capital for five years running thanks to a few game-changing innovations. For starters, its stores are organised into their own specific zones, so whether you’re searching for Italian footwear or sustainable skin treatments, you’ll find them in a flash, while an app feeds special offers straight to your device. There's even a selection of large play areas for the little ones to roam around in. After all, they don’t call it retail therapy for nothing.
The one for... supersized savings
Great news, style-conscious travellers – Kraków’s best-kept fashion secret is situated only seven minutes from the airport. Sprawled over 21,000m², FACTORY Kraków boasts more than a hundred outlets offering deep discounts on high fashion and everyday style staples. Savings of 30 percent and even 70 percent on footwear, children’s clothes, leatherwear and more are yours for the taking. Household goods, jewellery and menswear are also regularly on sale with unbelievable price tags – keep an eye out at your hotel, trip operator or tourist information centre for leaflets offering even bigger discounts and save your pennies for your next adventure.
The one for... Scandi chic at a snip
Danish folk are famously stylish – their fashion sense is characterised by upscale, finely judged eclecticism. So where better than Denmark’s number-one international Outlet Village to stock up on top-notch garms from a plethora of local and global brands? Just a brief 40-minute hop from Copenhagen, Ringsted Outlet has more than 50 stores from brands like Guess, Wolford, Nike and Lego Wear (that’s totally a thing btw) with savings of up to 70 percent – meaning you can bring that world-famous Denmark dazzle home to your own humble wardrobe.
The one for... the whole family
Most of us are tragically familiar with the scenario – one family member wants to shop, another wants to… drop. Well, at Citypark in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s largest shopping centre, there’s more than enough going on to keep everybody on mission. More than 120 shops include international fashion brands, such as Primark, H&M, Mac Cosmetic and New Yorker, all of which are on hand to keep the retail obsessive amused. A giant supervised kids’ play zone keeps children busy, and everybody else can slope off for a nice long lunch with an impressive culinary offering that’s richly diverse. For a bumper day out that’s within easy reach of central Ljubljana, just head to Citypark.
The one for... meeting the locals
When Coresi shopping mall first swung open its doors in Brasov, Romania, five years ago it promised to be an active member of the community. Since then it’s done just that – opening not only dozens of local and international retailers under one stylish, modern roof, but also providing a hub for the community. Fancy a flick? Swing by the modern multiplex cinema. Want to live on the edge? Get on a roll at Coresi’s on-site skatepark. With fun for the kids and craft workshops for all, this is one retail development that local people genuinely seem to buy into.