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SEASONAL SPLURGE? 3 LUXURY SHOPPING EXPERIENCES

Christmas is a time for splurging. If you're planning to seek out your stocking fillers a little further from home, feast your eyes on these ultra luxurious shopping destinations for the ultimate retail therapy...

The Big Apple | A New York Shopping Tour

New York is a shopper’s paradise, but it can be a little daunting knowing where to start. Luckily, Karen Parker O’Brien of The Style Room has created a series of shopping tours to help solve the problem, offering a VIP private shopping experience with the lady herself, who has over 20 years’ experience working as a NYC fashion professional.

Her VIP experiences allow exclusive access to designers’ showrooms and studios, and you can even buy directly from the designers themselves, thus benefiting from discounts. Karen’s tours are perfect if you are looking for something special, and are a great way to celebrate a birthday or a day with the girls.

The Cheshire Mag Loves... The Ultimate Experience tour, which includes a chauffeured limousine to take your party (up to four) to a selection of designers’ studios with champagne and nibbles along the way. Tours for larger groups can be made, by arrangement.

styleroom.com 

Gifts & Gluvine | Magical Christmas Markets, Germany

Who doesn't love a hristmas market? Divine seasonal scents, hot toddies and indulgent sugar-laden treats. The Christmas shopping experience is not complete without a trip to a Christmas market, and the very best Christmas markets are to be found in Germany.

These historic markets are the perfect place to enjoy traditional shopping, purchase artisan products and browse true craftsmanship. If shopping leaves you peckish, follow the aromas from the delicious Gluhwein, baked apples, hot chestnuts and grilled sausage. Take your pick from the markets in Cologne, Nurenberg, Berlin and Dresden, or opt for a smaller town, such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Always ask about seasonal, regional specialities and, for a small fee, purchase your own Gluhwein mug to keep and refill as you shop. 

The Cheshire Mag Loves... The free local concerts held in churches and palaces while the markets are on. 

www.germany.travel 

The Fashion Capital | Department Store Grand Dames, Paris

If ‘one stop’ shopping is your thing and you are also in love with the finer things in life, then you need to take a trip down Boulevard Haussmann in Paris and head to the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. These two department stores will transport you back to the time of 19th-century Parisian chic. The buildings are full of architectural opulence, from the Belle Epoque Galeries Lafayette to the Art Nouveau design of Printemps.

Lafayette has been featured in many books and films, while Printemps was registered as a historic monument by the French Government in 1975. Both stores are full of the latest designer collections, jewellery, home furnishings and must-have cosmetics. These stunning ‘Grand Magasins’ are of course a mecca of luxury consumer delights but, during the festive season, they are also adorned with lights and elaborate decorations, making for a spectacular shopping experience. 

The Cheshire Mag Loves.. The Lafayette Gourmet located within the Galeries. This most exquisite of food markets houses the very best French specialities to tempt you. When you need to take a break from shopping, Printemps’ panoramic terrace and café is the perfect spot to rest weary legs.

galerieslafayette.com | departmentstoreparis.printemps.com