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Four shopping hotspots for a festive weekend break

Hunt down the best gifts in Europe

Feeling a little stumped on what to get your partner for Christmas? Escape the throngs of your local shopping centre and fly off in search of something a little different. Book a magical weekend in a tempting destination that's brimming with festive spirit.

High-fashion Milan

High-fashion Milan

The fashion capital of the world, Milan is the perfect place to spoil the fashion addict in your life. Rich in history but with a unique contemporary edge, Milan offers the best of both worlds, from chic bars to boutique stores and the extraordinary beauty of the Duomo di Milano cathedral.
During your hunt for the perfect Christmas present, impress your companion at the Quadrilatero della Moda, the heart of Milan's shopping district. If it's haute couture you're after, start at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. You may have to kiss goodbye to your end-of-year bonus, but to hell with it: it's worth it to put a smile on your favourite person's face.
And later on, in keeping with the Christmas theme, make sure you stop by the “Oh bej! Oh bej!” Christmas fair, where you can indulge in a glass of fragrant mulled wine and a slice of chestnut cake, while you admire your purchases.
Japan taste Paris

A taste of Japan... in Paris!

Do you live with an adventurer, a globetrotter, a cultural trailblazer? Well you're in luck because you won't have to go far… The French capital allows you to head off the beaten track and experience different cultures in a simple but original way.
Tucked away in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, discover Espace Cinko where you and your loved one can discover an authentic Japanese Christmas market. While sampling yuzu-flavoured macarons accompanied by a cup of Genmaicha tea, you'll find truly original Christmas gifts that only the Japanese could dream up. Browse elegantly decorated kimonos, brightly coloured porcelain, sophisticated handicrafts and the most beautiful stamps!
In keeping with the theme, continue your oriental voyage towards the Guimet Museum. Dedicated to Eastern art, it's the perfect opportunity to enjoy a peaceful and refreshing moment away from the hustle and bustle of the run-up to Christmas.
Bruges, Venice

Bruges, the Venice of the North

Famous for its beautiful canals and incredible Flemish architecture, Bruges is also a vibrant urban centre where the best of Belgian art is always on display. The locals take their beer, fries and chocolate just as seriously as their paintings, sculpture and art photography! So it's the perfect place to stock up on original and thoughtful gifts for everyone.
During your pre-Christmas couple's getaway, take your loved one to the best galleries in town and find the perfect items to place under the Christmas tree. Visit 44 Gallery to admire contemporary photography, discover graphic art at the Koen Broes Gallery, and be sure to stop by the unmissable Absolute Art Gallery.
While you're in Bruges, seize the opportunity to explore the city's museums, starting with the Groeninge Museum and its marvellous collection of Flemish art. At the Chocolate Museum, sample sumptuous Belgian pralines and learn all about how they're made. A cultural and culinary experience all rolled into one: perfect for the festive season!
Spirit of Christmas Strasbourg

The true spirit of Christmas in Strasbourg

Do you revel in the true spirit of Christmas? The scents of pine, gingerbread and mulled wine? Well, here's a destination with your name all over it: Strasbourg. From Kammerzell House to the Notre-Dame Cathedral, treat your favourite person in the world to a beautiful and romantic trip in a city where the Christmas cheer is palpable.

At the Strasbourg Christmas Market, marvel at the giant Christmas tree in Kléber Square then stroll throughout hundreds of stalls. You'll find the perfect gifts with which to shower your loved ones, from homeware and nativity scene figurines to lovingly handcrafted products. You won't find anywhere more Christmassy than this!

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