Whether you’re looking for high street chains, exquisite designer boutiques, or quirky vintage finds, shopping in Europe is a fashionista’s dream come true, but also a challenge for the uninitiated.
Unless you shop like a pro or have a smart plan that will enable you to save lots of time, money, and energy, the Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages that dot the outskirts of the Old Continent’s most fashionable cities are your best bet for finding great high-end pieces at affordable prices.
An excellent alternative to the big, bland malls, outrageously expensive fashion houses, and crowded flea markets, these clusters of outlet designer stores, restaurants, and cafes make for the perfect destinations for your European shopping break. Plus, they offer incredible discounts, a stylish and relaxed ambience, and unmatched facilities such as luxury coach service or personal style consultant.
Bicester Village, London
An easy day trip from London, Bicester Village combines designer outlet shopping with the laid-back atmosphere of the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside. With its unparalleled guest services, excellent collection of stylish cafes and restaurants, and more than 130 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, it’s no wonder this Chic Outlet Shopping® Village near Bicester is one of England’s premiere luxury retail destinations.
Attractions range from prestigious brands such as Burberry, Diane von Fürstenberg, and Ralph Lauren to up-and-coming British designers, all of them offering amazing discounts (up to 60 percent off).
To get there, visitors can take advantage of the facility’s exclusive chauffeur service or their convenient Shopping Express, which takes shoppers daily from central London to Bicester Village.
Kildare Village, Dublin
Situated about one hour’s drive from Dublin, just off the M7 motorway, Kildare Village is the largest outlet shopping mall in Ireland.
Designed to resemble the region’s stables and stud farms, this outdoor shopping heaven offers a unique selection of Irish and international brands along with a Starbucks café, an organic creperie, and a modish Italian restaurant.
Savings of up to 60% are available year-round and so are services such as free parking, tax-free shopping for visitors from outside the EU, complimentary shuttle bus, or their signature Shopping Express.
La Vallée Village, Paris
Ideally located within Disneyland Paris, La Vallée Village has a distinctive rural French feel, adding to the already charming and relaxed atmosphere that characterizes all Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages by Value Retail.
This pretty hamlet is brimming with upscale designer boutiques, luxury home décor stores, esteemed jewelry shops, and gourmet chocolate. Featured brands include Armani, Burberry, Celine, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, and much more, all offering huge discounts and deals.
La Roca Village, Barcelona
An outdoor shopping heaven only 35 km away from colorful Barcelona, La Roca Village plays host to over 100 luxury boutiques and stores selling everything, from clothes and accessories to cosmetics and home essentials.
The outlet’s beautiful Catalan-inspired architecture and its world-class boutiques showcasing collections from prestigious local and international designers make for a truly memorable shopping experience. Add to all these a relaxed, cosmopolitan vibe, unbeatable prices, and a handful of trendy cafes and restaurants, and what you’ll get is one of the best shopping destinations in and around the City of Gaudi.
Wertheim Village, Frankfurt
Nestled in the quaint wine-growing region of Tauber Valley, at the junction of Germany’s Castle Route and the Romantic Road, Wertheim Village is an outdoor Franconian-style shopping center with handsome half-timbered buildings that house over 110 designer outlet boutiques. Needless to say, you’ll enjoy significant discounts on everything, from fashion to beauty to homeware.
Ingolstadt Village, Munich
Perfectly positioned in the heart of Bavaria, between Munich and Nuremberg, Ingolstadt Village attracts shoppers from far and wide with its distinctive 19th-century industrial architecture and curated portfolio of high-end fashion brands at discounted prices.
This classy outlet shopping mall has around 130 boutiques selling everything, from Versace, Roberto Cavalli, and Tom Tailor to jewelry, watches, and stylish home accessories. Eating options range from authentic Thai cuisine to hearty Bavarian fare to delectable Lindt chocolate specialties.
Maasmechelen Village, Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne
Strategically located at the intersection of Belgium, Germany, and The Netherlands, Maasmechelen Village is equally easily accessible from Brussels, Antwerp, Düsseldorf, Cologne, and Maastricht. Moreover, the high-end designer discount outlet is home to more than 100 luxurious boutiques offering top local and international brands at bargain prices all year round.
Retail items on offer range from upmarket designer clothing to top-of-the-line home décor (Ralph Lauren Home), state-of-the-art electronics (Bang & Olufsen), and luxury Belgian chocolate (Neuhaus, Leonidas).
Maasmechelen Village is a short drive from both Liège (Belgium) and Maastricht (The Netherlands). Additionally, the Shopping Express coach provides transportation from downtown Brussels every day.
Fidenza Village, Milan
Although it follows the same European village-style layout of all 9 Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages, Fidenza Village in Emilia Romagna is quintessentially Italian and stands out for its inspiring architecture that pays tribute to the region’s rich artistic and musical heritage.
The delightful outdoor shopping mall is a cluster of quaint piazzas, Verdi theatrical stage sets, and elegant pedestrian lanes lined with the best fashion labels and promising young designers. As expected, the food and drink is decidedly Italian, and the experience is enhanced by luxury travel services such as chauffeur transport or bespoke shopping packages that include food tastings, spa pampering, and admission to various museums.
Fidenza Village is within a one-hour drive of both Milan and Bologna.
Las Rozas Village, Madrid
Designed for the smart, discerning shopper, Las Rozas Village near Madrid boasts a tremendous selection of stores and designer outlet boutiques with savings of up to 60% off the recommended retail price.
Its architectural style is a mix of various Spanish and international building traditions, with lots of Neo-Classical features, charming plazas, and elegant pedestrian boulevards lined with fashionable cafes, gourmet restaurants, and high-end shops.
All in all, this is the perfect place to indulge in a day of retail therapy while out and about in Spain’s vibrant capital.