Updated August 22, 2022

Shopping XXL!

By Shana Devleschoudere
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While we in Knokke-le-Zoute can boast our own "Avenue Lippens", packed with prestigious names, elsewhere in the world, exuberance rivals for the title of "most luxurious shopping center". Here's a brief overview of the opulence, excess and abundance...

DUBAI MALL, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

In pole position for excess, welcome to Dubai! With a surface area of 800,000 m² and no fewer than 1,200 stores, this mall is located at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, of which it is an integral part. Here, in addition to the biggest luxury brands, you'll find one of the world's largest aquariums, an Olympic skating rink and even... waterfalls!


GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II, ITALY

No gigantism here, but rather breathtaking Baroque architecture. Located right in the heart of Milan, this prestigious shopping arcade is home to numerous luxury boutiques, antique shops and prestigious bookstores.

GRAND CANAL SHOPPES, UNITED STATES

Venice? Uh, no... Las Vegas. Adjacent to The Venetian hotel, the Grand Canal Shoppes takes its inspiration from the Italian city to make a splash: the Grand Canal with the river, its bridges and stores decorated like Venetian palaces, who can beat that!


ISTANBUL CEVAHIR, TURKEY

Cevahir, inaugurated in 2005, is Europe's largest shopping center, characterized by its shimmering colors, sumptuous design and undeniable luxury.


GALERIES LAFAYETTE HAUSSMANN, FRANCE

Located on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris's ninth arrondissement, this imposing luxury store is decorated in Art Nouveau style, with spectacular staircases and finely crafted balconies. A must-see in the City of Light.


SIAM PARAGON, THAILAND

This 500,000 sq. m. shopping mall in Bangkok boasts 300 luxury stores, including prestigious car dealerships such as Ferrari and Lamborghini.


HARRODS, ENGLAND

This luxury London department store, located in the Knightsbridge district, once held the title of "royal supplier" for porcelain, glassware and royal trinkets. Today, Harrods is a brand that conveys an image of luxury and quality.


MALL OF THE EMIRATES, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

In addition to its 800 stores spread over 223,000 m², this mall boasts an artificial ski resort with air-conditioned slopes rising above the shopping center.