Who doesn’t dream of a European shopping spree? The continent is known for its innovative fashion and its wealth of beloved designers — and you CAN do it on a budget if you know about the cheapest clothes shopping secrets in Europe.
That’s right, European wear doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. After all, not everyone in Europe is a billionaire and they love a good deal as much as anyone. So here’s how you can find royal bargains while shopping in the cities of Europe
Cheap Clothes Shopping in London
London is more than just the capital of Britain. It’s an international city, full of multicultural residents and hordes of travelers. And, of course, some of the best discount shopping in Europe.
If you’re not looking for anything in particular, head to Camden Market. This bohemian and eclectic outdoor marketplace sprawls for miles. And within its tents you can find lots of inexpensive clothes and accessories, along with all sorts trinkets. Plus, if you have the courage, Camden Market is a great place to haggle for prices. Put your negotiating skills to use to get the best deals.
Meanwhile, if you’re shopping on the high street, you can’t miss out on Primark. This discount iconoclast has opened a location in the United States in recent years, but nothing compares to the flagship Primark on London’s Oxford Street. This multi-story department store flaunts fast fashion and its frequently changing stock—all at prices you won’t believe.
Over in East London, a massive outlet district called Hackney Walk occupies a set of converted Victorian railway arches. You’ll find awesome deals on products from some of London’s most expensive retailers and designers, with savings up to 70%.
Cheap Clothes Shopping in Paris
The fashion capital of the world is not just for the wealthy. You can definitely find ways to save money while shopping in the City of Love, starting with les puces—that’s to say, the flea markets.
Puces are deeply imbedded in Parisian culture, making no trip to the French metropolis complete without a flea market spree. One great destination for hidden gems is the massive complex of fourteen markets at Clingancourt/St Ouen. Known by locals as the Marché aux puces, this marketplace offers French and imported goods, antiques, and even pre-owned clothing. Even if you don’t find what you’re looking for, walking around this immense market is a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Unfortunately, one of the most iconic discount brands in Paris, the department chain known as Tati, shuttered its doors last year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Opened just after World War II, Tati couldn’t keep up with the fast-fashion pickings of trendy competitors like H&M and Zara (both stores you can visit instead, though why go to Paris to visit these international chains?) But if you really want authentic, Parisian style, don’t overlook the many vintage clothing shops that also populate the city.
Finally, for savings on shoes, visit Andre Stock, a footwear outlet with moderate prices on designer goods. Andre Stock is constantly putting out new selections, so you never know what you’ll find on a given day.
Cheap Clothes Shopping in Barcelona
If you’re looking for deals in Barcelona, look no further than Portal del Angel. This shopping district runs 250 meters downhill and is flush with discount outlets. Such storefronts include Pull and Bear, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Springfield, Benetton, H&M, Bershka, Mango, and more.
But why go to Barcelona for stuff you can get at home? Especially when you can find even more savings at Diagonal Mar, a shopping mall adjacent to the city’s famous Mar Bella Beach. Diagonal Mar houses Barcelona’s largest Primark (the Spanish cousin to London’s discount gem), as well as other local brands.
And much like the other cities on this list, Barcelona is full of flea markets. The Encants Vells market in particular is a great place to find cheap clothing and other sundry items at reasonable prices, manned by merchants who are ready to make a deal.
Cheap Clothes Shopping in Rome
Don’t forget Italy when it comes to finding some of the cheapest clothes shopping in Europe. Even their low-end stuff is of high-quality. With their wealth of natural resources and love affair with fashion, Italians won’t settle for less. That’s not to say, however, that everything is expensive. Rather, you can get top-quality items even while hunting for bargains.
Travel down to Via del Governo Vecchio, where you’ll find a cluster of vintage and used-clothing stores. Nearby, on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, a charming boutique sells discounted merchandise with authentic Italian labels.
Another street, Via del Giubbonari, is lined with one-off stores, featuring low-cost Italian products. The block is also full of street vendors, trying to make a deal on knock-off designer items, much like New York City’s Canal Street. And over in the funky neighborhood of Trastevere you’ll find several low-profile shops with excellent everyday savings.
For Italy’s take on fast-fashion, consider visiting Gente Roma, which offers chic-but-cheap threads for men, women, and children.
Finally, take advantage of the city-wide sales in January and July, when many of Rome’s fashion boutiques offer discounts as much as 70% off.
Bon voyage, stay safe and happy savings!
Cheapest Clothes Shopping in Europe
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