Shopping, whether we admit it or not, has a large part to play in any city break, and many other types of holiday as well. Moreover tourists, and city-break visitors, don't necessarily have the time to seek out all the small, unique shopping experiences only the locals know - or at least they can't do more than skim the surface.
Our list is unashamedly populist - here are the classic shopping areas and great markets, where visitors on a mission can get the best fix with the minimum amount of hassle. If you have more time in a place, it's worth to consulting the local city guides for more in-depth shopping intelligence. But the shopping highlights and markets we recommend here should be more than enough to satisfy the most insistent shopaholic.