Istanbul named world’s most affordable shopping city

Mixing business with pleasure – new research reveals which major world cities cost the least and Turkish capital comes out on top  

If you travel to Istanbul, Prague, Berlin, Madrid or Bangkok for business then you might want to grab some retail therapy while you’re there because these cities have all been ranked among the top five for shopping.
According to credit card provider Marbles, the top five cities for shopping are:
  1. Istanbul – Turkey is renowned for its bazaars and street traders, and it’s common to haggle for all sorts of items. Along with affordable travel and only four hours of travel time, it’s the best place to satisfy your shopping needs.
  2. Prague – As well as being a picturesque, historical city, Prague proved one of the best places to go shopping. Visitors should be sure to check out Manufaktura, the combination arts centre, shopping mall, and leisure complex.
  3. Berlin – Easy to get to and cheap to stay in, the German capital’s highlight is chocolate producers Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers am Gendarmenmarkt.
  4. Madrid – Sun, Spain, and shopping, Madrid’s top retail attraction is the Mercado San Miguel, a covered food market that offers a wide variety of gourmet tapas.
  5. Bangkok – With the cheapest costs on local transport and hotels across the entire study, and low costs on food and drink, Bangkok is a very affordable place to stay – it’s pulled down to fifth on the list by its more expensive flights.
Other key shopping sites included the Carolls Irish Gifts shop in Dublin, Paciotti Salumeria in Rome, which sells meats, wines, and cheeses, and the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris.
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Hannah Hamilton, who is a former Fife College student, is a reporter and assistant content editor for Scotland B2B, specialising in B2B news and features. She can be contacted via editorial@scotlandb2b-eastcoast.co.uk