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10 Amazing Malls in the World
These consumer havens feature everything from an in-door water park to floor upon floor of designer stores, making them the biggest, most amazing malls in the world.
The Amazing Malls in the World
Shopaholics and casual browsers alike will be in awe of these temples of consumer goods, which feature attractions such as indoor zoos, gondola rides – even an indoor ski resort. Whether you live to shop, love stunning architecture or enjoy unusual theme parks, these amazing malls in the world are sure to wow you.
1. Amazing Malls in the World: Mall of America – Bloomington, Minnesota
First on our list of amazing malls in the world, is in Minnesota. Built on the site of the famed Metropolitan Stadium where the Minnesota Vikings and Twins used to play, the Mall of America draws roughly 40 million visitors each year. At 390,000 square metres (4.2 million square feet), the MOA boasts more than 520 stores, a Nickelodeon theme park complete with eight thrill rides, an aquarium and giant Lego store, which is home to a 13-metre-tall (34-foot-tall) Lego robot. The mall also houses 14 movie theatres, including one that features D-Box Motion Seats that jolt and move along with the film on screen.
2. Amazing Malls in the World: Dubai Mall – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
With more than 1,000 stores, the Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping centres in the world and most amazing mall in the world. Housing top-end retailers such as Tiffany & Co., Emilio Pucci and Oscar de la Renta, this place is the luxury shopper’s dream come true. It also features a zoo, 275-metre-long (90-foot-long) water fountains that “perform” to lights and music, and a theme park called KidZania, where kids can dress up and act out real-world professions like surgeon, firefighter and house painter. There’s even a mini airport where kids can fly make-believe planes!
3. Amazing Malls in the World: Mall of Asia – Manila, Philippines
At 407,000 square metres (4.4 million square feet), the Mall of Asia claims it’s the world’s third largest shopping centre. We think it’s one of the most amazing malls in the world. Beyond browsing international mall staples like Guess and Forever 21, shoppers can learn how to bowl at the 76-lane bowling alley, design their own city at the Science Discovery Centre or go for a skate on the Olympic-size rink. There’s also fun for four-legged visitors – pets can roam free in certain areas where litter bags are provided.
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4. Amazing Malls in the World: West Edmonton Mall – Edmonton, Alberta
The West Edmonton Mall is Canada’s answer to the outrageous super mall. So, it’s no wonder it made it on our list of the most amazing malls in the world. This 500,000-square-metre (5.3 million-square foot) centre houses 800 stores and 10 attractions, including a waterpark, a replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship the Santa Maria and an indoor lake with bumper boats. As home to an underground aquarium, the mall is also an accredited zoo. Tourists can continue the fun at the Fantasyland Hotel, which features kitschy rooms with themes such as “Polynesian,” “Hollywood and “Truck Stop,” to name a few.
5. Amazing Malls in the World: Ala Moana Shopping Center – Honolulu, Hawaii
It makes sense that beautiful, sunny Hawaii would be home to the world’s largest outdoor shopping centre. The Ala Moana Center’s idyllic location beside the Pacific Ocean is the most popular tourist attraction in the state. Visitors get an authentic taste of Hawaiian culture at the many restaurants and kiosks that serve traditional fare such as the Ala Moana Poi Bowl, which serves “loco moco” a mixed plate with cabbage, barbeque chicken and spaghetti. There’s also a weekly farmer’s market, which offers a selection of local produce and meats. And shoppers won’t want to miss the daily hula show on the mall’s open-air stage. Check this amazing mall if you get a chance.
6. Amazing Malls in the World: Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai really is the place to see outrageous shopping centres. It’s sixth on our list of most amazing malls around the world. Billed as a “leisure, entertainment and shopping resort,” the 223,000-square-metre (2.4 million-square-foot) Mall of the Emirates is home to 520 stores, an indoor amusement park, an arts centre complete with a 550-seat theatre and two five-star hotels. But the most amazing feature is Ski Dubai, a ski and snow park located right inside the mall. Imagine taking a break from your shopping to try one of five indoor ski runs, including the world’s first indoor black diamond run. The park also offers toboggan hills, tubing and a bobsled ride.
7. Amazing Malls in the World: Melbourne’s GPO
A big-box mall this is not. One of the most amazing malls in the world, this is. Melbourne’s GPO is home to a unique mix of Australian and international designers, but the real draw is the stunning, neo-Renaissance-style building that houses the shopping centre. First used as the city’s post office, the building was constructed in 1867. The space was converted into a luxury shopping centre in 2004, and the designers retained much of the heritage building’s original features. The beautiful arches, soaring ceilings and ornate columns make it seem as though you’re shopping in a palace.
8. Amazing Malls in the World: Berjaya Times Square – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Three floors of this 700,000 square-meter (7.5 million square-foot) complex are dedicated to technology products, but that’s not all you’ll find at Berjaya Times Square. The mall also offers two amusement parks, a bowling alley and a food court dedicated exclusively to Asian cuisine. The new 1st Avenue shopping feature is designed to look like a New York’s Fifth Avenue, complete with a replica subway station. Travel to this amazing mall if you get a chance.
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9. Amazing Malls in the World: Villagio – Doha, Qatar
Shopping in the Villagio is meant to make you feel like you’re strolling in Venice, Italy. Retail stores and restaurants line the banks of man-made canals that run through the centre of this amazing mall. Visitors can ride in the gondolas that float along the water and admire the ceiling painted to resemble a blue sky. Each area of the mall is designed to resemble Venice at a different time of day (daytime, sunset and night). There’s also an amusement park and an area with luxury retailers that is designed to resemble Milan’s Piazza del Duomo.
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