What is Harajuku?
Harajuku is not only an area in Tokyo, but a fashion trend that has become well-known throughout the world. Learn more about this Japanese culture.
japan-harajuku_ss_003The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets, which are lined with many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, used clothes stores, crepe stands and fast-food outlets geared toward the fashion-and-trends conscious teens. 960 1280
New York CityNew York’s Fifth Avenue is synonomous with the luxe life, with “Old New York” classics like Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s, Bergdorf Goodman and FAO Schwarz. But just like New York itself, Fifth Avenue is always keeping pace with current trends and is now home to a 24-hour flagship Apple store. 960 1280
MilanWhen you think of Milan, you can’t help but think of fashion. Versace, Armani and Missoni -- all the world-famous Italian designers have flagship stores in Milan. One of the oldest shopping malls in the world, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II opened in 1877 in Milan and houses Prada, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. We didn’t say this was a city for the budgetista. 960 1280
LondonOxford Street is London's definitive shopping destination, with one and half miles of well-known brands like Selfridges and Topshop. For more unique finds, head to North London's Camden Market, where you'll find everything from emerging designers to vintage fashion and antique furnishings. 960 1280
DubaiThe Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall (based on total square feet). With over 1,200 retail outlets, 160 food and beverage outlets, and even an indoor ski resort, where does one begin? Perhaps with a visit to the world's largest candy store, Candylicious, for a well-needed sugar rush. You’ll need one to get through all this shopping. 960 1280
Los AngelesLos Angeles's Rodeo Drive is probably the most expensive 3 blocks of shopping in the world. This glamorous stretch is where the stars shop, with stores like Coco Chanel, Cartier and Yves Saint Laurent. For those without movie-star budgets, you can still spend a fun afternoon here window shopping and celeb spotting. 960 1280
MadridVariety is the essence of Spain’s shopping scene. There is something for every shopping personality here -- giant department stores, emerging designer boutiques and weekly flea markets. Don’t forget about the Spanish siesta, which keeps smaller stores closed in the afternoons, generally from 2 to 5 p.m. 960 1280
Hong KongHong Kong’s heritage stems from being a hub of international trade. So it’s no surprise you can buy virtually anything you could possibly ever dream of in this city today. But Hong Kong is best known for its great deals on street labels (it’s a knockoff heaven) and cutting-edge electronics. 960 1280
AustinAustin’s slogan “Keep Austin Weird” includes its shopping. The Texas capital prides itself on supporting independent stores, and is home to numerous thrift and vintage stores. And if you want classic Texas style? Head to Allens Boots for the city’s best selection of authentic cowboy boots. 960 1280
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