Friday, November 29, 2002
For those times when the need to unleash your spending power strikes, here's our guide to the world's best streets for indulging in some seriously sybaritic shopping.
1. Fifth Avenue New York
Despite losing some ground to Madison Avenue in recent years, Fifth Avenue is still the Big Apple's epicentre for luxury goods. Cementing its status is a long list of names including Cartier, Gucci and Jimmy Choo.
2. Bond Street London
Bond Street is actually Old Bond Street and New Bond Street rolled into one. Together they play home to a string of ultraluxe boutiques where well-heeled Brits snatch up everything from Mont Blanc pens to expertly crafted bespoke suits.
3. Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré Paris
For pure urbane sophistication you can forget the Champs Élysées--these days it's one long tourist trap. Instead, head here for the louche designs of Roberto Cavalli or the Parisian elegance of Christian Dior.
4. Tretyakovsky Proyezd Moscow
It already has an Armani lifestyle store and a Prada spa, but business is so brisk on Moscow's "boutique street" that high-end hucksters are reportedly scrambling to get in on the action.
5. Omotesando Tokyo
When money is no object, this is the place to go. Foreign luxury heavyweights such as Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton have been setting up superstores left and right.
6. Via Montenapoleone Milan
Luring a constant parade of fashionistas, the main drag of Milan's famed Golden Triangle is lined with famous design houses including Italian darlings Gianni Versace and Salvatore Ferragamo.
7. Rodeo Drive Los Angeles
This nexus for stars looking to indulge in retail therapy is littered with ultraexclusive boutiques including Bijan, the most expensive menswear store in the world. How expensive? The average customer spends a rumoured $100,000 (U.S.) a visit.
8. Str¤get Copenhagen
Running 3.2 kilometres through the heart of Copenhagen, Str¤get is the world's longest pedestrian street and a consumer's dream. For a heady dose of the latest in Danish design, don't miss Illum Bolighus.
9. Bahnhofstrasse Zurich
Big spenders from around the globe flock to Switzerland's premier shopping avenue. Lined with linden trees and more than 120 world-class shops, watch lovers favour Beyer Chronometrie for the latest designs as well as vintage rarities.
10. North Michigan Avenue Chicago
Attracting 22 million visitors a year, Chicago's tree-lined Magnificent Mile is awash with tony stores and lays claim to the world's largest Polo Ralph Lauren.