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Factory outlet shopping in Europe

July 2, 2011 (Last Updated: May 18, 2020)
by Carolyn
Lady with shopping bags

Most of us love a bargain and when it comes to fashion, particularly ‘brand name’ items, who can resist?

Whilst your European holiday is probably going to include visits to plenty of churches, museums and monuments, why not take some time out for a bit of retail therapy and head to one of Europe’s many outlet shopping villages?

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Europe offers a number of different outlet shopping centres with stock and discounts varying, but if you’re nearby, they might just be worth a visit to see if you can bag a bargain.

Ladies, you might need to be a bit persuasive to convince your male travelling companions to partake, but with the promise of designer labels at reduced prices, it’s definitely worth the effort.

And if hubby or boyfriend aren’t convinced, the outlet villages are home to plenty of coffee shops where they can sit and watch the beautiful people whilst you shop till you drop!

Just remember you have to get everything you buy home and airlines are very strict with their luggage limits. Forking out for excess baggage charges could easily negate any savings you make on your purchases.

Many of Europe’s outlet villages feature stores by the big-name European brands like Armani, Prada, Gucci, Bally, Dolce & Gabbana and Adidas. Here’s a few outlet shopping villages to consider visiting:

Milan, the fashion capital of Italy, and perhaps even the world, offers plenty of shopping choices, and when in Florence, you can visit the Prada factory store or the Barberino Designer Outlet.

Just over the Italian border into Switzerland, Foxtown Outlet Shopping Village has over 130 stores to browse, with discounts of 30 – 70% available.

Paris is home to La Vallee Village where more than 100 prestigious brands offer their previous seasons’ collections at reduced prices.

Visitors to Germany can choose from a number of outlet shopping options including Wertheim Village near Wurzburg; Ingolstadt Village (between Nuremburg and Munich); and Metzingen, located south of Stuttgart.

Bicester Village, just an hour from London, is one of the world’s premier luxury shopping destinations. A daily coach service takes shoppers from London directly to the Village.