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Under-The-Radar Shopping Spots in Asia Pacific

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Shopping in major cities can be a pain, especially when you have to battle crowds, long lines at the cashier and worst, everything beautiful but nothing in your size. Keep reading to find out where you can browse at your leisure and walk out with some truly lovely pieces that are sure to turn heads when you’re out and about.

Tokyo

When one thinks about shopping in Japan, thoughts immediately turn to the higher end Shibuya or the buzzing Harajuku, but there’s one hidden gem just outside of the city — Shimokitazawa. This trendy neighbourhood is a vintage haven. The shops offer unique items and there’s magic everywhere if you spare the time to look a little closer.

Shanghai

If you find yourself on the streets of Shanghai looking for a great buy minus the crowds, make your way to Nanjing Xi Lu. The area offers three malls standing shoulder-to-shoulder, competing for dominance while they spoil you with their selection of high-end brands where you might find your newest love.

Manila

If what drives you is retail therapy, you wouldn’t have pegged UP Village in Quezon City as the place to be, but the fresh ideas that flow within this university district allows for youthful creativity to flourish. Stocked with local fashion boutiques, second-hand bookstores, and vinyl shops, you might find yourself going home with things you never knew you even needed.

Kuala Lumpur

Located near the city centre, Bangsar is filled with trendy labels, mingled with major local designers, offering the latest in this season’s fashion. This part of town is a little better known to locals but offers a great array of shopping options, especially to those who prefer browsing independent boutiques rather than make beelines for department stores.

Seoul

Everyone’s flexing their styles these days but such a habit can break your wallet. Munjeong-dong Rodeo Street features major Korean labels as well as a variety of international brands with discounts as high as 70 per cent. With over 200 brand name outlets to choose from, you definitely won’t be leaving empty-handed.

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