Shopping or eating? Why not both...
Written by Oryx
Welcome to the contemporary hangouts that defy convention and pigeon-holing to offer more than just shopping.
Inspired new spaces now combine retail with restaurants, cuts with coffee, and cinema with clothing to become total lifestyle experiences – places where we want to spend time, not just money. Here are three venues where multitasking is the name of the game. Greg Sunning reveals three great spots on our network that are leading the way.
Stella 34 Trattoria, New York
Department stores have long excelled at rejuvenating weary shoppers with upscale dining, and Macy’s at Herald Square is among the leaders. Overlooking the Empire State Building on the sixth floor, enjoy Neapolitan pizzas from the oven with authentic Italian ingredients and unmissable gelatti ice cream all in a modern, stylish setting.
New York, USA
Distance: 10,792 km
Flight Time: 14 hours, 10 minutes
Café & Meal Muji, Tokyo
In the heart of vibrant Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district, this world-famous design store combines its aesthetic for all things furniture to stationery and applies them to a complete lifestyle, complete with florist and optician. Immerse yourself in its minimalist, neat style and enjoy a Japanese take on bakery delights or a light lunch.
Distance: 8,279 km
Flight Time: 9 hours, 30 minutes
La Rinascente, Milan
Few cities combine two of life’s great pleasures – shopping and eating – quite like Milan, the home of style. Directly overlooking the city’s most famous landmark, the Duomo, lie seven impeccable floors of designer fashion. Atop it all is a rooftop restaurant and plethora of eateries catering for all tastes, from sushi to mozzarella.
Distance: 4,359 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 40 minutes
Frequency: 2 flights a day
Why aren’t stores just stores anymore?
Under pressure from the online retailers, stores have upped their game to offer something no website can match – immediate sustenance and a modern place to hang out. Smoothies, juices, light bites, and reviving coffees reinvigorate flagging shoppers, while multitasking stores now enable the time-pressed to do what they love best – socialise and shop.