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Shop ‘Til You Drop!

Whether you’re looking for the local must haves, or a one-of-a kind outfit that will have all of your friends at home envious of your travels, we’ve got all the shopping tips for you here!

Check out the city specific tips below.

MADRID
Local souvenirs

  • Food items – Jamon, manchego cheese
  • Knick Knacks – anything with a bull on it (bullfighting is a grand tradition in Madrid), decadent fans (a relic from Madrid’s decadent past), Real Madrid football items

Shopping Locales

The capitol city boasts everything from high end shopping (on Calle Serrano) to fab faves from the high street (think Zara, Mango, Sfera, Pull & Bear, the list goes on…) all on one street – Gran Via! What’s more, the shops are open from 10am to 10pm and tapas bars are sprinkled amidst everything, so you can stop for a quick bite and carry on.  It really doesn’t get any better! 

Looking for a one-stop shop for everything? El Corte Inglés on Paseo de la Castellana is where it’s at!

LISBON

Local souvenirs

  • Food items – olive oil, anchovies, port wine
  • Knick Knacks – tiles, lace, anything cork (postcards, wine bottle stoppers, etc), anything with a rooster on it (the legend of the rooster tells the story of a dead rooster’s miraculous intervention in proving the innocence of a man who had been falsely accused and sentenced to death)

Shopping Locales

Lisbon is quite possibly one of the best European cities to shop in… you can stroll from one shop to the next in a warm outdoor climate, admiring the elaborate tile designs along the way, and indulging in everything from high end luxury shops (Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, etc) to mid range (Massimo Dutti, Zara, Mango, etc) to all of the European staples (H&M, Pull & Bear, etc within the old town).

Avenida da Liberdade is leisurely shopping at its finest. Enjoy!

NICE

Local souvenirs

  • Food items – local olive oil and spices from the Cours Saleya market, and of course, French wines, specifically the rosé (the region’s specialty!)
  • Knick Knacks – lavender satchels, ceramic olive bowls or dishes, soap

Shopping Locales

Nice has nailed glitz & glam, though some would argue it doesn’t hold a candle to its luxurious neighbors Monte Carlo and Cannes… And we’d argue most are entirely right. But that’s what we love about Nice – it has a little bit of everything, and it’s accessible to all budgets! 

For unique boutiques, peruse the quaint shops in Old Nice.

For Euro high street shops, they’re all conveniently located on the Avenue Jean Médecin – get ready to shop ‘til you drop!

For luxury shopping, stick to Cannes. It doesn’t get much better than that. It’s like LA’s Rodeo Drive, NYC’s Fifth Ave, and Paris’ Champs Elysée all combined onto Boulevard de la Croisette!

DUBLIN

Local souvenirs

  • Food items – Guinness (maybe just a poster) and Irish whiskey
  • Knick Knacks – anything with a shamrock on it, pint glasses, Celtic jewelry, Irish folk music

Shopping Locales

One stop shopping along Grafton Street makes it easy to check out all of the European high street faves, while hearing live music along the way (the streets are full of young artists). But if you want unique, signature, or even vintage pieces, walk the back streets of Grafton St. There are tons of boutiques to whet your appetite!

Some of our faves? Avoca and Carousel! Both are located in the heart of Dublin city centre.

LIVERPOOL

Local souvenirs

  • Food items – Hobnobs, Smarties, anything Cadbury
  • Knick Knacks – Liverpool or Everton football items, Beatles paraphernalia, Union Jack items   

Shopping Locales

Liverpool One. We really don’t need to say anything more…