7 Amsterdam Holland Struggling to find presents

first_img7. Amsterdam, HollandStruggling to find presents for your nearest and dearest? We suggest heading to Holland’s capital, our new favourite shopping mecca. It’s just a short flight away, although you can also hop on the overnight ferry which will whisk you from Harwich to the Hook of Holland. From there it’s just a short train ride to Amsterdam, where you’ll find beautiful fairy light-adorned bridges spanning its famous canals. For the best of both worlds, head to the beautiful The Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes) area where you’ll find gorgeous architecture and fantastic shops. For designer labels, it’s got to be P.C. Hooftstraat, Amsterdam’s most exclusive street, while De Bijenkorf, the huge department store on Dam Square in the city centre, is a one-stop shop for present hunters. 5. Edinburgh, ScotlandHead north to Scotland’s capital for a double shot of Christmas spirit. Start on Princes Street, which has all the high street names we know and love (along with the historic Jenners department store) then nip over to the Old Town for independent boutiques and all things Scottish – this is where to find the best whisky and the finest Scottish wool. The Grassmarket and Cockburn Street are some of our favourite Old Town spots. When it comes to friends and family who like the finer things in life, you can’t go wrong with a stroll down George Street in the New Town, which is where you’ll find the highest density of designer brands. 6. Manchester, United KingdomManchester’s easy to get to and has some of the best restaurants and bars to check out once you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped. The best shopping areas in Manchester include Spinningfields for independent, quirky boutiques, the Northern Quarter for its vintage stores and of course the legendary Trafford Centre with its endless shopping opportunities. The best bit? The latter is now even easier to get to, thanks to the recently-launched Manchester Water Taxi service. 1. Orlando, U.S.ABear with us here. Orlando might not be famous for its Christmas markets but you can certainly shop until you drop here, and you’ll be scorching, not shivering – if you go in November or December you’ll enjoy temperatures of around 25°C. Our favourite shopping destinations? Orlando International Premium Outlets, where you’ll find the world’s top brands offering discounts of up to 25 to 65 per cent. Then there’s Universal’s CityWalk, where you’ll discover plenty of places to pick up quirkier gifts, along with some fantastic restaurants to check out when energy levels dip. Another essential spot is the East End Market, home to a fantastic selection of local artisans. For awkward uncles and fussy fathers, pick up some fragrant grooming products from Freehand Goods, and for some truly unique homewear, head to Porch Therapy, one of the market’s most popular concessions.2. Cologne, GermanyCologne, just a short flight from the UK, has some of the best Christmas markets in Germany, all set against the backdrop of a frosty Rhine, making it one of the best places for a Christmas shopping trip. Start with the market in the shadow of Cologne’s cathedral (known as the Kölner Dom). If you fancy a few laps around an ice rink, head to the one at Heumarkt. For families, it’s got to be “Nikolausdorf” (St. Nick’s Village) on Rudolfplatz. Traditional Christmas tree ornaments should be at the top of your list, followed by wooden nutcracker figures and carved ornaments. And when you’re all shopped out, head to the Früh am Dom, a beautiful, traditional beer house in the shadow of Cologne’s cathedral. Check out 12 more of the best Christmas Markets in Europe.3. New York, U.S.ANew York is regarded as one of the world’s best shopping cities – what can possibly beat splashing the cash on Fifth Avenue followed by a few laps of the ice rink at the Rockefeller Center? And then there are New York’s best shopping department stores: Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Although there aren’t any outlet centres in New York City itself, there are plenty nearby, including Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, which has the largest collection of designer outlets in the world, and Tanger Outlet on Long Island, which is great for those on a budget, due to the large selection of high street brands like Forever 21 and H&M. If you’re ready to come up for air, these museums and art galleries in New York provide a little cultural relief.4. MoroccoLet’s face it, the pound’s having a bit of a rough ride at the moment. So where is the pound strong? Argentina, South Africa and Mongolia are three of the destinations where you’ll get most bang for your buck – not destinations known for their fantastic shopping opportunities. But don’t panic – the pound’s also doing pretty well in Morocco, and the country’s labyrinth-like souks are the ideal places to pick up presents for loved ones. Although most head to Marrakesh, some of the best souks in Morocco can be found in Fes – just don’t forget to haggle! There’s plenty to see and do in Fes and Marrakesh once you’ve given the credit card a hammering, too. The best bit? According to Lonely Planet 200 dirhams (£15) will be more than enough to cover the cost of a meal for two. More mince pies for us then. 8. Paris, FranceParis’s capital isn’t just the city of love – we like to think of it as the city of shopping, too. Getting to Paris couldn’t be easier – simply hop on a flight or jump on the Eurostar. Its close proximity means it’s possible to get there and back within the space of a day, although there are plenty of cheap hotels in Paris if you’re taking a little longer – we’ve got a particular soft spot for Hotel Le Relais Montmatre, which can be found in one of the city’s leafier neighbourhoods. It’s also a great base from which to explore the city, whether you’re splashing the cash on the chic Champs-Élysées – home to some of the best shops in Paris – or making a beeline for the quirky boutiques on Canal St-Martin and the 10th Arrondissement. Related11 of the best Christmas market city breaks for under £80There’s nothing like a Christmas market to nurture that festive feeling. And the following cities aren’t just famous for their fantastic festive-themed extravaganzas; travel to any one of these gems and you’ll have plenty of Christmas cash left over, because it’s possible to get to every single one for under…5 of the world’s craziest Christmas eventsFrom jet-skiing Santas to parading turkeys and pooing celebs, we present five of the world’s funniest festive events.11 best Christmas markets in the UKYou no longer have to head to Germany or Austria to browse the stalls of a traditional Christmas market – some of the best are closer to home. So throw on those extra layers, finish writing that Christmas present list and head to one of the following for some Glühwein-fuelled…center_img 10. Vienna, AustriaVienna comes alive in winter. Head to the beautiful ice rink which appears in the centre and you’ll also find a gorgeous ski chalet-style bar where you can enjoy a glass of mulled wine. But back to the business in hand: shopping. The Museum Quarter has some wonderful gift shops for discerning friends. Equally upmarket is the Goldenes Quartier between Tuchlauben, Bognergasse and Am Hof. Head here for luxury stores such as Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Miu Miu and Alexander McQueen. For something more affordable, make a beeline for Kärntner Straße, a shopping street packed with the biggest brands. And when all those bags start to weigh you down, hop in one of the city’s famous horse-drawn carriages. Are you a retail therapy addict? Feed your addiction with the following guides:The world’s most beautiful bookshopsBuying for bookworms? These beautiful shops tick all the boxes.Six best budget sleeps in LondonHeading to London to shop for a festive shopping foray? Here’s where to to crash!The best places to shop in New YorkNothing beats the Big Apple when it comes to retail therapy.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 9. Lisbon, PortugalLisbon might not sound like an obvious choice but that’s exactly why we rate Portugal’s crowd-free capital as a fantastic shopping destination. It’s close enough to nip over there for a long weekend, and in November and December you’ll still enjoy wonderfully warm weather, with daytime averages of around 18°C. Two of the main shopping streets are Chiado or Avenida da Liberdade. You’ll find all the big brands here (but much cheaper prices) and plenty of cute cafés for that all-important caffeine fix (and Lisbon’s famous custard tarts). For hard-to-please relatives, head off the beaten path, down the winding side streets in neighbourhoods like Bairro Alto, famous for its independent clothing and jewelry stores. We also love Lisbon’s markets. Feira da Ladra (Campo de Santa Clara is 1,000 years old and it’s a great place to pick up vintage knick knacks. We recommend staying in the Alfama, which is the city’s oldest neighbourhood. It’s quiet and colourful, and the perfect place to relax after a hard day pounding Lisbon’s streets. This is where you’ll find Santiago de Alfama, one of Lisbon’s best boutique hotels.last_img

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