1. Getting around: Quality of public transportation, affordability and availability of cabs, transport time
2. Value: Bargain opportunities, such as sale seasons and average prices.
3. Variety: Number of available brands,range of shopping categories, quantity of upscale
shops, department stores,boutique and vintage retailers and market stalls.
4. Experience: City beauty, quality of window displays and shop décor, friendliness and competence of clerks and service staff, dining and accommodation options.
Getting around: 4 Value: 7 Variety: 4 Experience: 6 Total: 21
South Korea recorded more credit card transactions per person than any other country in 2011, and all merchants are required by law to accept credit cards no matter how low the price. Yes, that means the phrase "cash only,please" is technically illegal.
在首爾，政府規定不管金額多小，信用卡必須隨處可用，所以 “只收現金” 基本上是違法的喔~
Getting around: 5 Value: 5 Variety: 4 Experience: 8 Total: 22
Home to many of fashion's biggest names such as Prada, Dolce &Gabbana and Versace, it's little wonder this beautiful city is full of glamorous locals and shops that cater to them.
Getting around: 6 Value: 6 Variety: 4 Experience: 7 Total: 23
Madrid mostly gets our credit cards warm simply for being Madrid,though it's worth noting that the city ranks third for best prices on general luxury items in the Globe Shopper Index.
9. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Getting around: 6 Value: 6 Variety: 8 Experience: 4 Total: 24
A miniature kingdom unto itself, the Dubai Mall is the world's largest mall in total area,with theme parks, a waterfall, "dancing" fountains, Olympic-sized ice rink, aquarium, indoor souk and malls within the mall, such as the Galeries Lafayette from France and the
Getting around: 6 Value: 8 Variety: 3 Experience: 8 Total: 25
At the centuries-old Naschmarkt, shoppers can eat their way along 1.5 kilometers of 120 food vendors flogging local eats from kaiserschmarrn (dessert pancakes) and crepe-like palatschinke to exotic cheeses and seafood.
7. Buenos Aires
Getting around: 6 Value: 8 Variety: 6 Experience: 7 Total: 27
Calle Murillo is a street with leather shops that also offer tailoring services. Murillo 666 is perhaps the best known, but about 50 more surround it,a handy surfeit of shops come haggle time.
6. Hong Kong
Getting around: 10 Value: 5 Variety: 6 Experience: 7 Total: 28
According to Global Shopper City Index research, 87 percent of Hong Kong tourists shop, and "76 percent of shopping tourists expressed above-average satisfaction on value for money in 2011."Small wonder that Hong Kong also claims the title of best Asian shopping city in the Index
Getting around: 6 Value: 6 Variety: 8 Experience: 9 Total: 29
The best shops in Paris don't sell clothes. They sell lifestyles.
4. Kuala Lumpur
Getting around: 6 Value: 10 Variety: 8 Experience: 6 Total: 30
KL's impressive score comes from its winning combination of high quality shopping, affordable prices and reliable sales, which can stretch for several months. This year's Year-End-Sale, from November 10 to January 1, is just one doozy of an example.
Getting around: 6 Value: 6 Variety: 10 Experience: 9 Total: 31
The Globe Shopper City Index notes that London outstrips all the other European cities in both the quantity of shops and availability of international and local brands.
Getting around: 8 Value: 8 Variety: 9 Experience: 9 Total: 34
Tokyo's shopping is also surprisingly affordable, according to the Globe Shopper City Index, with Asia's fourth-cheapest shopping, and the cheapest average price for a Canon EOS 600D body.
1. New York
Getting around: 8 Value: 7 Variety: 10 Experience: 10 Total: 35
"This town has so much diversity in style and interpretations of chic," says New York-based fashion editor and stylist Stella Lee.
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