Stores, Malls or Markets in Europe

  • Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre
    Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre
    by spidermiss
  • Meadowhall Shopping Centre
    Meadowhall Shopping Centre
    by spidermiss
  • Christmas Window in Paris
    Christmas Window in Paris
    by Parisforless

Most Viewed Shopping in Europe

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo

    Ryder & Amies: U is for University of Cambridge stuff

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Important store for confidence tricksters.

    Ryder and Amies bills itself as "Tie, scraf & Robe makers. University , Clerical & legal outfitters"

    Many shops sell 'general' university merchandise with Cambridge university symbols adorning t-shirts, caps, sweatshirts and the like. These items are very popular with visitors.

    If you are looking for something a bit more exclusive, then this store sells the individual ties of each of the colleges.

    I was rather surprised to learn that these are available to everyone. So if you need to pass yourself off as a 'Cambridge Old boy' then this is your place. I don't think, however, that it cuts the ice it once did in the Boardroom and you always run the risk of running into the real thing.

    'cawse i went ter cambrid, innit ?

    Was this review helpful?

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo

    Le Carre D'Or: Renowned Shopping Streets: Strasbourg

    by Maryimelda Updated Apr 3, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is a street full of high end shops and boutiques which is an absolute pleasure to stroll through. Like me, you may not be able to afford anything you see, but there's no harm in looking, is there?
    The area is also well known for its Marche de Noel or Christmas Markets and is situated not far from the Cathedral precinct.

    Read more: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d7596/153dd/c/#ixzz1IXAy7NpX

    What to buy: Anything you may have your heart set on will probably be available here.

    What to pay: A little or a lot.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo

    Ave des Champs-Elysees: Renowned Shopping Streets: Paris

    by Maryimelda Written Apr 3, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    When we think of high end shopping in Paris, we might automatically think of the Ave des Champs-Elysees, which has long been known for its Haute Couture shops. This is where you would normally find high fashion, jewellery, accessories and more besides. This is still the case, but some of the well known stores have relocated to other high end areas and have been replaces by some wonderful restaurants, cafes, banks and fast food chains. It is still a wonderful street to wander and if you don't feel like spending a lot, you could always pop into Monoprix and pick up something more affordable and still tell your friends in all honesty, that you bought it on the Ave des Champs Elysees. A big drawcard on the avenue these days is the humongous Virgin Megastore.
    When you have shopped out the avenue why not continue on to the Blvd. Haussman, which is not too far away and spend the rest of your shopping time and cash allocation in Galleries Lafayette or Au Printemps and the like.

    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Luxury Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo

    Benediktiner Seifenmanufaktur & Salzkontor: Probably my favourite shop in Europe

    by Maryimelda Updated Feb 8, 2011

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I couldn't do an overview of shopping tips in Europe without including this one in the World Heritage town of Hallstatt, Austria. It is a particular favourite of mine mainly because I have never seen anything quite like it.

    There aren't words to describe this shop. Just enlarge the pics and see for yourself. The shop sells mainly gifts which have been made by and large from local salt. It is unbelievable.

    What to buy: There are soaps and candles and some very interesting salt blends for use in the kitchen. I bought some salad salt which was the lovely pink salt crystals mixed with various herbs and prettily wrapped in cellophone with a bow. It makes an unusual and attractive gift.

    What to pay: I paid a meagre 3.90 euro for my salad salt.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo

    Kaethe Wohlfahrt: The Queen of Christmas Presents

    by Maryimelda Updated Dec 16, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Kaethe Wohlfahrt story is delightful. It tells of the serendipitous beginnings of one of the most famous Christmas merchandising empires in Europe. Please take the time to go to the website below and read all about it. You will be fascinated, I am sure.

    The KW stores are famous first and foremost in Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, the home of the fabulous KW Christmas Mueseum, but there are many branches to be found in several European cities and they not only sell Christmas items , but also a huge and fantastic range of dolls and toys. If you're shopping for the grandchildren, you can't go past a KW store.

    Stores can be found in Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Bamberg, Oberammergau, Garmisch-Partinkirchen, Riquewihr FR, Bruges, Ruedesheim and Heidelberg.

    What to buy: Every shop is fairyland and some of the dolls are almost lifelike with beautiful big eyes that will take your breath away, they seem so real.

    What to pay: A little or a lot. It's up to you.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo

    Merkur, Zermatt, Switzerland: Europe's best chocolate shop

    by Maryimelda Written Jul 22, 2010

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is a chocoholics paradise. The front window is full of huge slabs of all different varieties of Swiss chocolate, it has to be seen to be believed. Inside it just gets better with hundreds of hand made chocolates and truffles to choose from. I apologise for the second photo as it was taken through glass and this doesn't always work for me., but enlarge it and you will get the general idea of what I like about this shop.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Family Travel
    • Food and Dining

    Was this review helpful?

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo

    Galleries Lafayette, France: Department Store extraordinaire.....

    by Maryimelda Written Jul 22, 2010

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The design of the main Paris store in Blvd Hausmann quite simply defies description. You have to see it to believe it. This, added to the finest stock of designer items available anywhere in the world, with a number of first class eateries, a stunning food hall and a rooftop viewing area with views all over Paris thrown in for good measure, makes Galleries Lafayette a shopaholic's dream. Even if you can't afford to buy anything, you can't not visit this store, though I dare you to walk through the food hall and not scrape together the money for a maccaroon or the like.

    What to buy: You name it, you will find it here.

    What to pay: Lots or nothing if you are strong enough to just walk through and look.

    Looking down to the main floor Domed roof View from the top And the opposite direction
    Related to:
    • Women's Travel
    • Luxury Travel
    • Food and Dining

    Was this review helpful?

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo

    Belleek Visitor's Centre: For lovers of fine china

    by Maryimelda Updated Jul 22, 2010

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Belleek Visitor's Centre is situated in Co. Fermanagh in Northern Ireland right on the border with the Republic. The centre is beautifully appointed and for lovers of fine china, it is an Alladin's Cave. The Centre comprises a Museum, Video theatre, Restaurant and Showroom.
    A tour is highly recommended to really get to know the wonderful history and the manufacturing process of what is to me, the most beautiful fine parian china available. I'm biased of course, as I am a collector of Belleeek, so suffice to say that I head up there every chance I get when I am in Ireland. I never tire of it and always leave with a bag or two under my arm.

    Tours: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 12.15pm and 1.45pm - 4.00pm. Tours every half hour. Please note that the last tour on Fridays is at 3.00pm.
    There are no tours available on Saturday or Sunday

    What to buy: The range of china available will boggle you. It is the most tastefully designed showroom, which has the WOW factor in spades. Shipping is available to all parts of the world, if you can afford it. The service is efficient and usually your parcel will beat you home.

    Do stop by the restaurant for a cup of tea/coffee and a snack before you leave. Served in Belleek china of course.

    What to pay: The sky is the limit!

    Classic Belleek
    Related to:
    • Luxury Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo

    C & A: Could you use another sweater or some more socks

    by Maryimelda Updated Jul 19, 2010

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    C & A would have to be just about the biggest department store chain in Europe. They have over 1200 stores all over the Continent from Russia to Turkey to France, Portugal and their home base Germany, as well as every place in between. This is where you go if you find you need another jacket or some more socks or undies. It is good apparel for all in all sizes and at reasonable prices.

    What to buy: Any sort of clothing and accessories.

    What to pay: All lines are at affordable prices.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel
    • Women's Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Autumn9's Profile Photo

    Ugg Boots

    by Autumn9 Updated Feb 8, 2010

    Thanks all for responses. Yes, I have done a bit of research on the fakes - when I searched for retailers in Cologne, I got side-tracked into the sites about fakes.

    There are a few sites that list the things to watch out for. I already own a pair of original Uggs and so was able to check out the features. A couple of things I didn't know were: Deckers, an American company and not an Australian company, own Ugg Australia; if the boots say 'made in Australia' they are fake (unless really old stock) as Deckers now manufacture them in China; there are aspects about the logo - white lettering on black when it is a black pair is correct as is the overlapping letters; the font size and where the label and 'R' for the registered trademark is placed is also something to look out for; the fakes have a smell of laquer - used in the dye for the synthetic fur lining; the blue or brown label attached with a piece of fur - looking like attention to detail but not what Deckers do.

    I suppose a fake pair at a reduced price is fine, if that is what you want but I imagine the boot doesn't have the thermal qualities of the original. I do worry about all those sheep being used for this fashion item though - I also own a fabric pair!

    Autumn9

    Was this review helpful?

  • deeper_blue's Profile Photo

    The Euro: How & where you can use the Euro

    by deeper_blue Updated Aug 2, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The following countries accept the Euro
    Andorra
    Austria
    Belgium
    Cyprus
    Eire
    Estonia
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Greece
    Italy
    Luxembourg
    Malta
    Monaco
    Montenegro
    Netherlands
    Portugal
    San Marino
    Slovenia
    Spain
    Vatican

    What to buy: Not all countries in the EU use it, the exceptions being Eastern Europe aswell as the United Kingdom, Sweden and Denmark. Montenegro (ex Yugoslavia) uses it even though it's not part of the EU, strange!

    Was this review helpful?

  • DAO's Profile Photo

    EVERY SHOP IN VENICE: CARNEVALE MASKS

    by DAO Written Mar 7, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Carnevale, or Carnival is a pre-Lent celebration. In Venice the traditional grew around paper mache masks and escalated over the centuries to some amazingly ornate decorations. The city of Venice is absolutely filled with shops selling them at every turn. Quality ones that you could use yourself can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. I recommended cheaper versions if you can 1) get them home safely and 2) they are just going to hang on a wall. You can get some great looking ones for $20-$30 if you shop around. Do not buy in the first place you look. There will be a better looking one slightly cheaper at the next shop you see right after you buy one. You can also do a simple internet search and find loads of websites selling authentic masks if you don’t want the hassle of protecting your mask(s) during your travels home.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Family Travel
    • Cruise

    Was this review helpful?

  • johnsakura's Profile Photo

    Oficina da Terra: Contemporary handicraft-Evora-Portugal

    by johnsakura Written May 28, 2005

    This shop is on of the most special places in Evora concerning you have a unique regional handicraft with a great contemporary taste. All this ceramics are made and painted by young artists Tiago Cabeca and Magda Ventura.

    Prizes these artists have won:

    National Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, 2001-2003
    Roll of honor on contemporary handicrafts FIA2003
    1.st Prize FIA 2002 Contemporary Handicrafts
    Nathional Roll of Honor contemporary crafts 2003/2005
    1.st prize St.John Crafts – Évora
    Mais Alentejo Prizes 2004
    National Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, FIA 2001
    Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, FIA 2000
    1st Place on Roll of Honour FIA 2000
    2nd Prize - Evoramonte Euro Convention

    What to buy: You can visit their atelier/shop/gallery and actually see how Tiago shapes the clay to give life to these amazing characters of many kinds.
    You can buy all sorts of clay sculptures hand painted. Great choice great price for something unique.

    What to pay: well it depends of the piece, but remember this are unique pieces so the price is a bit higher of the other local handicraft made in series thousands looking the same that you will find all over Evora. this is why i find this special and you will have somthing artisticaly made also

    Was this review helpful?

  • johnsakura's Profile Photo

    Oficina da Terra: Contemporary handicraft-Evora-Portugal

    by johnsakura Written May 28, 2005

    This shop is on of the most special places in Evora concerning you have a unique regional handicraft with a great contemporary taste. All this ceramics are made and painted by young artists Tiago Cabeca and Magda Ventura.

    Prizes these artists have won:

    National Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, 2001-2003
    Roll of honor on contemporary handicrafts FIA2003
    1.st Prize FIA 2002 Contemporary Handicrafts
    Nathional Roll of Honor contemporary crafts 2003/2005
    1.st prize St.John Crafts – Évora
    Mais Alentejo Prizes 2004
    National Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, FIA 2001
    Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, FIA 2000
    1st Place on Roll of Honour FIA 2000
    2nd Prize - Evoramonte Euro Convention

    What to buy: You can visit their atelier/shop/gallery and actually see how Tiago shapes the clay to give life to these amazing characters of many kinds.
    You can buy all sorts of clay sculptures hand painted. Great choice great price for something unique.

    What to pay: well it depends of the piece, but remember this are unique pieces so the price is a bit higher of the other local handicraft made in series thousands looking the same that you will find all over Evora. this is why i find this special and you will have somthing artisticaly made also

    Was this review helpful?

  • johnsakura's Profile Photo

    any shop: Pajaritas artesanas

    by johnsakura Written May 24, 2005

    these are a great sweet from Spain. they are made only from flour vegetable margarine salt almond and sugar.
    They are called Pajaritas Artesanas milagritos from Astorga city. they are not very sweet.

    What to buy: you can buy them in all shops and cas stations with mini-market all around madrid region.

    What to pay: 1 box 380grams 4€

    Pajaritas artesanas spain

    Was this review helpful?

Europe Hotels

See all 132156 Hotels in Europe

Top Europe Hotels

Sorrento Hotels
653 Reviews - 1464 Photos
Albufeira Hotels
363 Reviews - 685 Photos
Palma de Mallorca Hotels
741 Reviews - 1930 Photos
Salou Hotels
170 Reviews - 301 Photos
Benidorm Hotels
445 Reviews - 773 Photos
Torremolinos Hotels
442 Reviews - 1616 Photos
Rome Hotels
12283 Reviews - 27562 Photos
Malgrat de Mar Hotels
40 Reviews - 56 Photos
Montecatini Terme Hotels
46 Reviews - 109 Photos
Florence Hotels
5247 Reviews - 11830 Photos
Nice Hotels
1853 Reviews - 3980 Photos
Amsterdam Hotels
10428 Reviews - 21944 Photos
Paris Hotels
22920 Reviews - 56871 Photos
Sunny Beach Hotels
157 Reviews - 286 Photos
Lloret de Mar Hotels
145 Reviews - 316 Photos

Instant Answers: Europe

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

34 travelers online now

Comments

Europe Shopping

Reviews and photos of Europe shopping posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Europe sightseeing.
Map of Europe

Popular Countries in Europe

United Kingdom Shopping  Italy Shopping  France Shopping  Spain Shopping  Germany Shopping  Greece Shopping  Netherlands Shopping  Portugal Shopping  Ireland Shopping  Belgium Shopping  Croatia Shopping  Switzerland Shopping  Sweden Shopping  Austria Shopping  Poland Shopping  Norway Shopping  Russia Shopping  Denmark Shopping  Czech Republic Shopping  Hungary Shopping  Bulgaria Shopping  Finland Shopping  Slovenia Shopping  Romania Shopping  Cyprus Shopping  Iceland Shopping  Malta Shopping  Ukraine Shopping  Estonia Shopping  Bosnia and Herzegovina Shopping  Republic of Montenegro Shopping  Lithuania Shopping  FYR of Macedonia Shopping  Slovakia Shopping  Latvia Shopping  Albania Shopping  Republic of Serbia Shopping  Luxembourg Shopping  Gibraltar Shopping  Monaco Shopping  Belarus Shopping  Moldova Shopping  Faroe Islands Shopping  Andorra Shopping  Vatican City Shopping  Svalbard Shopping  Liechtenstein Shopping  San Marino Shopping 

More Countries in Europe

Europe Members Meetings

Jul 31, 2015 
Weekend with Wabat!
Jul 31, 2015 
Let's start the weekend
Aug 01, 2015 
Part of a London weekend
Aug 01, 2015 
A Saturday in town

see all Europe member meetings