Retail Therapy

“Asians love to shop.” This is an often used phrase to describe the continent’s seeming obsession with all things retail. Many think the current form of retail therapy is new but it actually isn’t. There is a long and storied history of markets and the merchant class all across Asia.

The research from the World Cities Forum  on global cities with the most markets shows how important shopping has always been to Asia and Asian cultures. It’s no surprise that Istanbul, the city of the Grand Bazaar tops the list. However there are many cities in Asia where you can indulge in retail therapy.

Notable Asian hotspots for markets include Shanghai, Seoul and Singapore.

Cities With The Most Markets

City Figure
Istanbul 601
Paris 550
London 280
Los Angeles 263
Shanghai 262
Seoul 198
New York 144
Melbourne 133
Milan 130
Rome 127
Moscow 125
Shenzhen 124
Sydney 118
Singapore 107
Buenos Aires 104
Hong Kong 101
Amsterdam 95
Tokyo 87
Cape Town 58