Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Start Checking Off Your Gift Lists at These Extreme Shopping Spots Around the World

TORONTO, ON -- (Marketwired) -- Wilma Flintstone may have coined the term "Charge it!" but never could she have imagined endless aisles of designer shops, underground malls bigger than Bedrock and football fields of discount retail shops to feed her need to spend. Fortunately, we don't have to imagine. As shoppers gear up to check off their holiday gift lists, the travel experts at Cheapflights.ca, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, are here to help with their Top 10 Extreme Shopping Spots around the World. From the historic Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris to modern malls that entertain even non-shoppers with golf courses and roller coaster rides, we have the compiled a list of shopping hot spots that would have made Wilma, and even Fred, smile!

Take your holiday shopping to the extreme with these five over-the-top retail destinations:

  • The Dubai Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Named the world's largest shopping mall, The Dubai Mall opened its doors in 2008 and attracts more than 50 million visitors each year. But visitors aren't just going for the 1,200 different shops, they're also going for the world-renowned aquarium and underwater zoo for a walk through the shark tunnel, or the Olympic-sized ice rink for a cool break from Dubai's desert heat.
  • PATH, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Looking to break into Toronto's underground scene? Centrally-located in downtown Toronto, PATH is the ultimate underground shopping experience. What started out in 1900 as a pedestrian pathway has transformed into a tunnel network a little less than 30 kilometres long with more than 1,200 retailers. If you're not in the mood for shopping and just want a warm way to get between Toronto's popular destinations, PATH is a convenient way to navigate the streets of the city.
  • Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States - Who wants to spend all their time shopping indoors in a tropical paradise? Luckily, Ala Moana in Honolulu is the world's largest outdoor shopping centre, so visitors can get the best of both worlds. Home to more than 300 stores and restaurants, Ala Moana is top-ranked among the most profitable shopping centres in the United States and the world, attracting more than 40 million people each year.
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, Italy - One of the world's oldest shopping malls, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II opened in Milan in 1877. Because of its age, the galleria is also home to some unique mall architecture, with colourful glass ceilings and a bright glass dome connecting the two wings. It's also home to some of Milan's oldest restaurants and connects two famous landmarks, The Duomo and Teatro Alla Scala.
  • Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris, France - More than just a shopping district, the Champs Elysées is one of Paris's most historically significant streets, stretching from Place de la Concorde and Place Charles de Gaulle to the Arc de Triomphe. Because of its popularity among visitors, this retail hot spot also one of the most expensive streets to shop along, covered in high-end international brand stores. As a result, it's also one of the most expensive streets for stores to rent retail space. Feel free to window shop and take in the sights on the cheap from one of the many cafés.

And, if you still have room on your credit cards, check out these exciting shopping malls that round out our list: Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota, United States; Madrid Xanadu, Madrid, Spain; West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; GPO, Melbourne, Australia; and Stroget, Copenhagen, Denmark. For the full list of the Top 10 Extreme Shopping Spots around the World visit: www.cheapflights.ca/news/top-10-extreme-shopping-spots-around-world.

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