The most beautiful destinations for shopping
7 June 2019
Many family activities are possible during a city trip. Museum visit, movie screening, gourmet break and even shopping. Little Guest’s mission today is to reconcile parents with family shopping trips. Browse of the greatest creators brands, with our best advice. Let the adventure begin!
walking the streets of the world’s largest capitals and international cities in search of the latest trends is good. Doing it with your family is better! But beware, after a whole day walking through the alleys of shopping streets and centers, the little ones need comfort. Thus, we have selected the best shopping destinations with luxury hotels nearby and reviewed the golden rules to follow to ensure that this trip is a joyful and cheerful one.
1 – spectacular London
Where to shop? It’s in the historic heart of Mayfair, a district prized by worldly and demanding celebrities, that rob the largest luxury boutiques. From Dolce Gabanna to Hermès, Tiffany Co and Cartier, Bond Street is undoubtedly the most chic of London’s streets. For our little ones, the famous Burberry brand offers elegant models to chew on. Just dressed in their new mini trench coat, children marvel at the Disney Store on the adjacent street.
Where to stay? After a city getaway, families seeking comfort join The Rubens at The Palace, which is exceptionally close to Buckingham Palace. It’s in this luxurious hotel that families enjoy royal services: restaurants, bars, shops, cigar cellars, fitness room and a very high-quality babysitting service
2 – Captivative Milan
Where to shop? Milan’s Fashion Week, which takes place twice a year, has strengthened the image of this ultra-chic and modern city. Fashionista families fervently stroll through the largest luxury shopping centers and high-end boutiques on Milan’s arteries. At the heart of this hectic scene: the Quadrilateral of Fashion. Via Montenapoleone and Via Della Spiga, the most prestigious of the shopping streets, are home to the most famous Italian luxury brands such as Fendi, Armani, Gucci, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana. The bambini are redesigning their wardrobes thanks to the Young Versace collection and are taking a sweet break at Vanilla Gelati Italiani (11′). We recommend to gourmands: Coppa Dolce Vita Romana ice cream, an explosion of flavours all in chocolate.
Where to stay? To rest with your little numb feet and enjoy a relaxing setting far from Milan’s wild pace, Lake Como is a prime destination. From Milano Centrale, allow a good hour by train (€5/person) before arriving in Como where the Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como waits for you. This sublime 5-star hotel surrounded by mountains offers two private villas with modern interiors, lush gardens, a chef at home and an intimate setting. The hotel staff is attentive and many activities for children are organized around the lake. Relaxation and laughs guaranteed.
3 – Charming Amsterdam
Where to shop with the family? Amsterdam is a city known and recognized for its bridges, tulips, museums and shops by the hundreds. The best place to shop luxury bags and designer clothes? Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat! This street is home to many luxury brands such as Diesel, Chanel and Hugo Boss. At Little Guest, we love Paul Smith’s chic and funky kids collection, but what we love even more are the delicious pancakes at De Vier Pilaren, only 6 minutes walk away.
Where to stay? Families love to relax at Pulitzer Amsterdam, a charming hotel surrounded by the famous canals of the Venise du Nord. Full of history and in total symbiosis with the atypical architecture of the city, this luxury cocoon offers families all the necessary comfort: interior gardens, restaurant, bar, café, fitness room, library and private boat to be privatized.
5 – Royal Madrid
Where to shop? Calle de Serrano is an absolute reference for a family shopping trip in the Spanish capital. This really long street is nestled in the heart of the city’s most chic district, Salamanca. There are many luxury brands adored by the greatest. We love Salvatore Ferragamo’s original handbags and Manolo Blahnik’s elegant shoes. For your little ones, visit Neck & Neck to discover their chic vintage collection. This leading children’s fashion brand in Spain is located in ABC Serrano, a shopping center that often organises kids-friendly events. In January and February, for example, theatre and magic sessions are organised to the delight of children aged 2 to 10 (free).
Where to stay? Enjoy Madrid’s charm without moderation by staying at Villa Magna, located in a street perpendicular to Calle de Serrano. This luxury hotel, now trendy and elegant, stands on the remains of a palace with Moorish influences. A destination full of history that makes you want to be discovered. On the program: restaurants, natural parks, communicating rooms, games area… all the ingredients for a successful family stay.
4 – Timeless Paris
Where to shop? From Coco Chanel to Yves Saint Laurent, many of France’s leading fashion designers have fallen under the spell of the fashion capital. Our favorite shopping destination: Le Marais. Families can easily stroll through its wide and pedestrian streets to discover with joy the ready-to-wear collections of Sandro, The Kooples and the chic Guerlain perfumery brand. To dress your toddlers in the Parisian style, the Bonton concept store dedicates its high-end creations to children up to 12 years old. After the effort, you will be comforted: a delicious hot chocolate awaits you at Carette, a luxury pastry shop nestled in the heart of the Marais.
Where to stay? After traveling for miles in the streets of Paname, It’s better to choose the hotel that will make all the difference. The Hôtel de Sers, its impressive Haussmann architecture and its decoration by Thomas Vidalenc seduce families. This “Baby Palace” cajoles young and old with its many services and family-friendly facilities: babysitting, communicating rooms, welcome gifts and family offers on demand.
6 – Indefatigable Dubai
Where to shop? A true temple of shopping, The Dubai Mall has the delusions of grandeur. Its commercial surface area covers 830,000 m², including 80,000 m² of haute couture brands. Record figures that continue to surprise families who stop over in Dubai. Visit Chanel, Louboutin or Van Cleef & Arpels to find timeless pieces. Children are not to be outdone in this extravagant shopping center. Olympic skating rink, theme parks, movie theaters, or even an aquarium where 33,000 marine animals swim, including rays and sharks… the Mall is undoubtedly the largest and most sumptuous shopping center in the world.
Where to stay? To extend this day with the theme of luxury and excesses, families stay at One&Only Royal Mirage. Located in the heart of a lush oasis, this intimate and confidential hotel offers high-end services and dreamlike facilities. Private beach, tropical gardens, restaurants, tea room, spa, billiard room, babysitting and kids-club free (from 2 to 11 years old), everything is planned to satisfy the desires of young and old.
7 – Passionate Rome
Where to shop? The Via Dei Condotti, Via Borgognona and Via Frattina are the gathering point of the serial shoppers tribes. The cradle of Italian fashion, these historic streets saw the birth and growth of the famous Bulgari and Gucci brands in the early 1900s. The greatest figures of Italian haute couture are now present in the heart of these fashionable alleys, such as Laura Biagiotti, La Perla and Armani. The toddlers make a jump to the Bonpoint house, a rural and luxurious universe, then fill their little bellies with the delicious pastries of Pompi Tiramisù (7′).
Where to stay? Located near the city center and nestled in the heart of an 80-hectare green setting, Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is the perfect place for a well-deserved break. This former convent, now a 5-star hotel, has 2 restaurants, 2 bars, 1 spa, 1 fitness room, 1 heated outdoor pool and 1 small indoor pool. In short, a perfect place to relax and unwind with the family.
8 – Tips for shopping with your children
- Chooose an appropriate outfit. To survive this day, children (and adults) need comfort. Dress them comfortably, with soft materials and loose clothing so as not to interfere with their movement and avoid inconvenience due to tight trousers or an itchy label. For the little ones, good quality shoes are required: the more comfortable your children feel, the more they will enjoy this family outing!
- Feed them before you leave. A hungry child can be prone to insurmountable tantrums. To avoid this problem, it’s necessary to bottle feed or breastfeed the baby and to give healthy food to the older ones before leaving. Don’t forget to bring small snacks and water!
- Prefer scarves and baby carriers to strollers. This day can be stressful for a toddler. For this reason, we recommend that you forget the stroller and choose a sling or baby carrier. This creates more proximity and complicity with your little one. Reassuring and practical, the baby carrier is also much less cumbersome and gives you more freedom.
- Take breaks. Children have limits not to cross, especially during a shopping trip. To best avoid fatigue, thirst, hunger and excitement, take frequent breaks of 20-30 minutes to eat, drink, get some fresh air and rest their little feet.
- Avoid crowded areas. Our little ones are not always reassured when a crowd of people shake before their eyes. Crowded shops should be avoided.
- Give affection and listen. This can be a challenging day for children. It’s essential to listen to them and give them affection. One hug, one kiss, and here we go again!
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Pernell, 23 years old, lover of wine and travel, from Angers, France