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Saturday, 3 May 2014

8 Spellbinding Budget Shopping Destinations Around The World

These are destinations that are on your bucket list already but you didn't know there's one more reason why it is mandatory for you to visit these places at least once in your lifetime - you can travel light and come back with a whole new wardrobe because you can totally afford it.

Florence, Italy

Florence, the European capital for shoes and handbags, can be very cheap when it comes to shopping, be it in a market or small stand-alone stores. It's unbelievable but it's true. You can find amazing deals on clothes, perfume, jewelry, and accessories. Via del Corso, Via Borgo San Lorenzo, Piazza del Duomo and many such streets located in the centre of the old city, are great places to shop. You can find a pair of Italian leather shoes for as little as Rs. 1800 in Florence.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Previously an expensive shopping destination, Buenos Aires has now become affordable. It is know for it's housewares and clothing (leather and cashmere) in beautiful latin american designs. Calle Florida is your answer for chain stores and boutiques and Palermo Soho area for local fashion designers and housewares. Did you know you can claim your VAT (Value added tax) if you shop for more than Rs. 500 at stores displaying Duty Free logos?

Shanghai, China

Shanghai is the perfect place to buy non-branded fashion accessories, shoes, art, and trinkets at very cheap prices. The best part is that you can bargain with the vendors. However, there's no harm in checking out all the famous designer stores in the city while you're there anyway. The Hong Kong Famous Shops Street and Dimei Shopping Center are both underground and perfect places to shop in Shanghai. You find silk scarves for as little as Rs. 30 in the city.

Bali, Indonesia
Bali has turned out to be a major shopping destination in Southeast Asia. It is know for its inexpensive yet stylish clothing, shoes, furniture, jewelry, housewares, and works of art. You will find bikinis starting as cheap as Rs. 420 and leather sandals for Rs. 500 in the city. For quality shopping in small boutiques, Seminyak is the place to be.

New York
New York is a fairly expensive city but if you're looking for cameras and electronics, this is the place to be. B&H on Ninth Avenue at 34th Street or J&R across from City Hall Park are places where you'll find best bargains for electronics. The prices are competitive along largest sections of the county so you never know, you might get extremely lucky.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is THE city for clothes shopping. Although it's not as cheap as it used to be pre-euros time, it is definitely cheaper than most other European cities. Its La Rambla street will take your breath away with its street fashion, talented young designers, and chain stores. If you're going to shop in Barcelona, walking across central Pla ├ža Catalunya is what you need to do. Summer sales see upto 70% dicount in many stores so, that may be the best time to shop for clothes in Barcelona.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo is the city to shop for latest western trends and pay a fraction of western prices. It is best known for brazilian shoes and clothing. SP Market offers best prices in the city - 50% or more off on regular retail prices. A sun dress in Sao Paula can be as cheap as Rs. 900 and leather stilettoes Rs. 1200.
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, famous for its 1,000-plus tailor shops and markets, is the shopping capital of Vietnam. These shops offer highest quality silks and cashmere less than half of what you pay for these in western countries. You can take designs or photographs of shoes and clothes that you want to get made and you'll be returning with a whole new wardrobe of those clothes. Nha Trung Street, Tran Quy Cap Street, Le Loi Street, Cha Dai Street, the Central (Riverside) Market and the Japanese Bridge - you'll find tailors everywhere. A silk dress costs as cheap as Rs. 1200 in Hoi An.

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