New research from online travel agent Expedia.co.uk reveals that a third of our total holiday expenditure now goes on shopping1. But no shopping trip would be complete without a coffee break, with options becoming as bespoke and trendy as the clothes we shop for.
In the lead up to International Coffee Day (October 1st), Expedia has worked with local insiders around the globe to pull together some of the finest coffee hotspots within some of the hottest shopping destinations.
SoHo: New York
The world famous district of SoHo has it all. Big brands rub shoulders with thrift stores and antique shops, mixing classic and new like few other districts can. Broadway may get all the limelight, but this small neighbourhood shouldn’t be overlooked as a seriously good shopping destination.
The coffee joints dotted around the area also shouldn’t be ignored, none more so than Balthazar. This traditional French establishment covers both traditional dining along with take-out pastries and coffee – the perfect way to perk yourself up before hitting the sales.
With over 60 independent stands selling everything from fresh fish to luxury chocolates, strolling around Torvehallerne is a great way to while away an afternoon. Described as a ‘super market not a supermarket’, this busy building will give you a taste of the lively Danish culture and keep you on your toes.
Nestled somewhere in the throng is the independent coffee shop Coffee Collective. Not content with just making a coffee, it is also hosts a micro roastery with two coffee shops and a coffee school – a must for those with a true passion for the strong stuff.
Shoreditch is envied for its cutting-edge fashion and cool vibe by hipsters far and wide. If you fancy getting in on the act then there is no end to the boutique stores and coffee joints on show.
Redchurch Street and Calvert Avenue in particular offer some luxury garbs not available anywhere else, but if you’re looking for something other than clothes, there are plenty of teaware, fancy chocolate and skincare products to be found – all independent of course. Similarly independent is the not for profit social enterprise Paper + Cup, which offers a relaxing environment to drink some great coffee and get stuck into the specially chosen books that are on offer as well.
Rahba Kedima Square: Marrakesh
The bustling metropolis that is Marrakesh never ceases to surprise. The narrow, bustling streets are full of treasures ranging from intricate carpets and jewellery through to spices and olives.
Once you have exhausted yourself from exploring all the markets, why not stop by the (relatively!) relaxing Rahba Kadima square and watch the world go by while sitting on the floor at one of the numerous coffee souks – Le Jardin has a fantastic courtyard where you can take stock before hitting the shops.
Tokyo has long been heralded as the place to go to for the latest trends and gadgets, and nowhere showcases this as well as Shibuya. To get to this famous district you will first need to navigate the world’s busiest crossing, before you find yourself surrounded by sky-high buildings selling the latest Japanese youth fashion.
Like the city as a whole, Shibuya is also experiencing a coffee revolution as people the world over start to take note of its roasting pedigree. Streamer Coffee in particular, owned by ‘celebrity latte artist’ Hiroshi Sawada, will not disappoint with it’s intricate designs and, minimalist décor and delicious coffee.
For more inspiration on shopping or finding the perfect cup of coffee in the cities mentioned, head to http://expediablog.co.uk/passions/shopping/
1Results taken from Expedia’s shopping survey by One Poll in September 2016
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