Although the age of online shopping has stoked fears that the golden age of shopping malls is over, there are some retail experiences that simply cannot be had online.
Malls are still as big as they ever were, with 197 million people visiting malls annually in America alone. While malls are a dime a dozen, there are some malls which are an out-of-this-world experience.
The best and biggest malls in the world are places where all of your shopping dreams can come true, where your every desire and fantasy is available for purchase.
If you’re looking for the best places to shop ’til you drop, here are the five shopping malls you need to visit before you die.
Luxury Shopping Malls: Water Tower Place, Chicago, IL
This soaring mall in Downtown Chicago, housed in an iconic 70-story skyscraper, must be seen to be believed.
This legendary Chicago shopping mall is popular mainly because it is home to the flagship stores for a number of classic American brands, such as American Girl and the Chicago Cubs Clubhouse.
Shop in unrivaled luxury whilst taking in stunning views of Downtown thanks to the panoramic windows that adorn this retail paradise.
Plaza Garland, Garland, TX
There is perhaps no better testament to the multicultural American dream than this sprawling Mexican mall in Garland, Texas.
Plaza Garland has hundreds of outlets specializing in Mexican, American, and, of course, Texan wares and fare.
Service is multilingual and there is a staggering variety of vendors from across the Americas. Definitely one to try before you die.
Lenox Square, Atlanta, GA
With a decades-long association with luxury and privilege, Lenox Square has been catering to the needs of Atlanta’s upper-class for over 60 years now.
This is one of the premier Atlanta shopping malls, an enclosed and rarefied space where luxury is always the word of the day.
At over 1.5 million square feet of retail space, this is one of the largest malls in America and the world.
Fashion Show Mall, Las Vegas, NV
Located in the heart of the glitzy Las Vegas Strip, the Fashion Show Mall is the hottest place in town for people looking to soothe those legendary Nevada hangovers with some retail therapy.
Out of all of the shopping malls in Las Vegas, this is truly the place to see and be seen.
If the hundreds of high-end boutiques aren’t your thing, settle in for some people watching and see which A-list celebs you spot doing some shopping.
KITTE, Tokyo, Japan
It’s not just the USA which leads the world when it comes to shopping experiences. Shopping malls in Japan have long enjoyed a reputation for total excess and KITTE in central Tokyo takes this to another level.
This gargantuan mall is the place to go for the ultimate Japanese shopping experience, with all of the most high-end Japanese fashion, food, and fun under one roof.
Good shopping malls are about more than just consumption. They’re an essential travel experience that belongs on every vacation itinerary.
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