For some reason, holidays bring out the shopping bug in most of us and whether you want to or not, you always end up…shopping. So apart from the souvenirs, there are plenty of bargains to be had and we have been waiting to spring this blog piece on our readers for a while. By popular demand, here are the team’s top five halal friendly shopping experiencesChatuchak weekend market – Bangkok
Shop ’til you drop at Chatuchak – simple as that. Bargain hard and you’ll find yourself there for hours haggling and buying things you didn’t even want, like the 7th handbag in four hours. You can buy everything from a vintage lamp to a python here, but be careful as there are a lot of items that are ‘not quite genuine’ so avoid them like the plague. A further word of warning, stay to the main market stalls and avoid wandering to the alleyways. Afterwards head to some of Bangkok’s brilliant halal restaurants.Manhattan – New York
Soon to be featured on the Serendipity site (we’re very excited) is New York, and rightly so as one of the top shopping mega streets in the world. From the nostalgic and awesome FAO Schwarz toy store on 5th and 58th, to the famous Macy’s, one of the largest department stores in the world, New York is London super-sized. It’s not all about Saks, Bloomingdales and Fifth Avenue though; head to Soho or the Lower East Side for an alternative shopping experience.Bang Bang Market – Singapore
Ok, so it has a downright silly name, but we love Bang Bang Market located at Bugis Junction. Here you will find everything from clothes to shoes to iPhone covers. It’s now spread over three floors, with the ground floor a covered marketplace dotted with $1 fruit juice stalls. Bugis is a must-do on a trip to Singapore and at the end of the shopping spree, stop at the Albert Centre for some halal hawker food. Oh and if you’re into cameras, then the Sim Lim Centre is the place to go just round the corner!Marrakech or Fez Medina – Morocco
For the ultimate market experience, head to a Moroccan medina for everything to kit our your home with that Middle Eastern feel. From hand made lamps to large comfy seating, you can spend hours wandering the alleyways looking for a bargain. A note of caution, some items you might want to buy may be a little large to send through checked luggage, so arrange a courier service through a reputable vendor where you’re purchasing your items.
Dubai Shopping Festival – Dubai
The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) takes place every winter where outlets go a little crazy with discounts, incentives and offers to tempt shoppers. The month-long festival is part of Dubai’s longest running campaign, and attracts tourists by the plane load. With plenty of entertainment throughout the period, DSF provides not only an opportunity to grab a bargain, but also to enjoy a family holiday in the Emirati winter (a cool 22 degrees…nice)