Top 10 Shopping Destinations for Christmas in America

It's no wonder that the United States is home to many fantastic shopping places, as it is the origin of the mega-mall and many of the world's most well-known brands and merchants.
December 23, 2021 | 15:06

Minnesota's bustling malls, Orlando's, and Houston's, for example, offer a fun-filled day of shopping and leisure activities like ice skating and amusement park rides, while thriving cities like New York, Chicago, and Boston have lively streets and chic neighborhoods to wander around and shop until your feet hurt.

Whether you're seeking for bargains at flea markets or the latest luxury items, practically every city or town in the United States will have some intriguing places to shop, so get out and about. Here's a sample of some of our favorite shopping spots in the US.

Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois

Top 10 Best Shopping Destinations in America
Nightlife in Chicago. Photo: House of Wend

The Magnificent Mile, which runs for eight blocks along Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, is a real shopper's paradise. Burberry and Chanel, for example, are two designer labels that can be found in abundance. Shoppers are drawn in by elaborate window displays at upscale department stores like Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom, while those shopping for designer brands will find plenty of options, like Burberry and Chanel. For the kids, there's a LEGO store and an American Girl Place doll store.

Non-shoppers will enjoy a trip down the Magnificent Mile, which includes museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, cafés, and theaters, in addition to the 450 shops.

The Galleria in Houston, Texas

Top 10 Best Shopping Destinations in America
The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77056, USA. Photo: Roy Luck

The Galleria, located in Houston's Uptown Park district, is Texas' largest retail mall, with over 400 stores. Shoppers might easily spend several days browsing this colorful and bustling mall, which features designer retailers such as Jimmy Choo and Louis Vuitton, as well as department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Macy's. Boutique shops such as David Yurman for jewelry and M. Penner for menswear offer one-of-a-kind goods.

After a day of shopping, the busy pubs and restaurants that line the surrounding streets are a great place to unwind with a delicious dinner and drink.

Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota

Top 10 Best Shopping Destinations in America
Mall of America at 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425, USA. Photo: Hotels.com

The Mall of America is the largest shopping mall in the United States, with over 500 stores and 60 restaurants, as well as attractions including the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park and the SEA LIFE Aquarium. Everything is indoors, so consumers can wander in comfort year-round, whether it's a chilly winter day or a scorching summer afternoon.

Many leading companies including Apple, Michael Kors, and Abercrombie & Fitch, as well as major department shops like Macy's and Nordstrom, are located here. The Mall of America is located near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, roughly 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis.

Manhattan streets & markets in New York City, New York

Top 10 Best Shopping Destinations in America
Manhattan in New York - New York City’s Commercial, Financial and Cultural Hub. Photo: Hotels.com

The streets of Manhattan, as anyone who has seen a Woody Allen film or a Sex in the City episode knows, are frantic and lined with a plethora of shopping temptations. Walk down Fifth Avenue to observe the elegant window displays of prominent stores like Tiffany's and Bergdorf Goodman if you're looking for high-end goods.

In the Meatpacking District's Chelsea Market, you may find a fantastic choice of inexpensive goods, local art, and interesting New York characters, while the cheesy souvenir stores amid the brilliant lights of Broadway are entertaining to explore. Macy's department store is located in Herald Square, while Hell's Kitchen has street clothes, odd gift shops, and a Sunday flea market.

Town Square in Las Vegas, Nevada

Top 10 Best Shopping Destinations in America
Visit Town Square at6605 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119, USA Photo: 10best

With a 100-acre area to explore, Town Square Las Vegas may even tempt the most ardent casino goers to do some shopping and dining. Its architecture is reminiscent of a cozy village, with palm-tree-lined roads and plazas with fountains flanking shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

Town Square, located on the far south end of the Strip, is a kid-friendly destination with an 18-screen movie theater, a children's park, and the Gameworks indoor entertainment complex, which includes arcade games, bowling lanes, and an e-sports gaming zone.

The Grove in Los Angeles, California

Top 10 Best Shopping Destinations in America
Visit The Grove at 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles 90036, USA

According to recent celebrity sightings, The Grove may be on par with Rodeo Drive as the most exciting spot to shop, see, and be seen in Los Angeles. The Grove, located in West Hollywood, is an open-air shopping center that takes advantage of the warm weather. Top brands like Diane von Furstenberg and Sephora can be found here, as well as an eclectic mix of pop-up stores run by local artists, designers, or whichever Kardashian is trending at the time.

With its classic architecture, dancing fountains, and vintage trolley carriages, The Grove is a terrific place to just relax and immerse yourself in some Hollywood glamour.

Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida

Top 10 Best Shopping Destinations in America
Visit Disney Springs at 1486 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830, USA. Photo: 10best

Because Disney's magical world has such a strong presence in and around Orlando, it's no surprise that one of the top retail centers in the area is also a Disney creation. Disney Springs is a massive shopping and entertainment area located at Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, roughly 30 minutes outside of Orlando.

The event is free to attend, and among the 150 stores are Star Wars and Marvel stores where you can geek out over the fantastic merchandise on offer. There's plenty of entertainment to be had here as well, with live music at the House of Blues and free performances at the Marketplace Stage.

Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts

Top 10 Best Shopping Destinations in America
Known as the “Rodeo Drive of the East”. Photo: Hotels.com

The neighborhood was founded in the mid-1800s when parts of Boston Harbor were filled in, and it is located in the Back Bay district of Boston, which was originally underwater. The magnificent red brick houses that line Newbury Street, which was formerly high-society residences, have been transformed into boutique boutiques, cafes, and galleries that run over eight blocks.

Trident Booksellers & Café, with thousands of books to explore and all-day breakfasts, and Crush Boutique, offering local designer clothing, are two of the most popular Newbury Street establishments. Even those who aren't in the mood to buy will enjoy a stroll through the beautiful Boston Public Gardens, which are only a 5-minute walk away.

Charleston City Market in Charleston, South Carolina

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Visit Charleston City Market at73 North Market Street, Suite A, Charleston, South Carolina 29401, USA. Photo: Hotels.com

This 2-century-old market, which spans four blocks in the historic downtown neighborhood, is a fascinating location to explore and soak up some Charleston city charm. From April through December, there is a day market that is open every day, as well as night markets on Fridays and Saturdays.

Around 300 sellers set up shop in the market's open-air areas and Great Hall, with a smattering of pubs and eateries. Sweetgrass basketry done by local Gullah people is among the local arts and crafts available for purchase.

Mission District in San Francisco, California

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Mission District - An old neighborhood with hipster edges. Photo: Hotels.com

The old San Francisco Mission District region has a fresh and dynamic vibe with its streets lined with trendy cafes and fashionable businesses. Much of the action takes place on Valencia Street, which is lined with hip, independent stores like Dandelion Chocolate Factory, which offers delicious homemade chocolates, and Betabrand, which sells crowdsourced fashion designs like "dress pant yoga pants" and "disco sweatshirts."

Take a break from shopping to check out the eye-catching and edgy street murals done by local artists on Clarion Alley, then stop by Four Barrel Cafe for a cup of fair-trade coffee.

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