Shopping is certainly one of a handful of travelers' favorite pastimes. Every Christmas--or every day of the year--tourists flutter about cities around the world looking to shop 'til they drop.
There are stores so identified with certain locations that they become required stops fro travelers looking to get a taste of a city's culture. Fred Segal has been synonymous with Los Angeles for over 40 years, while New York's Saks Fifth Avenue is an institution in its own right.
Take this as your guide to stores around the globe that any traveler (who is interested in shopping) should hit up on their journeys.
Have a favorite store that's easily identifiable with a city? Send us your photos.
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