The world's best shopping malls offer hundreds of stores, restaurants to please any palate, and family-friendly entertainment options.
1. Mall of America
Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
The Mall of America isn't just a shopping center; it's a destination. By the numbers, there are more than 520 stores, 50 restaurants, more than 30 specialty food stores, 14 movie screens, a park, an aquarium, and other unique attractions like the LEGO Imagination Center. In a Travel Channel list of "Top Ten Shopping Heavens," the mall earned honors for "Best 'All-in-One' Shopping." The Travel Channel also offers a bit of trivia to emphasize the size of the shopping center, stating, "If you spent just 10 minutes at every store, your visit would last 86 hours." It kind of gives new meaning to the idea of "shop 'til you drop."
2. West Edmonton Mall
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
The West Edmonton Mall bills itself as "the greatest indoor show on earth", and it's easy to see why it's among the world's best shopping malls. With over 800 stores, over 100 restaurants, an amusement park with roller coasters, a water park, a skating rink, themed attractions, and hotels, you can spend your entire vacation within its walls. While a calendar of events for most malls includes the occasional boat show or holiday display, shoppers at the West Edmonton Mall can enjoy everything from educational displays to dance parties. The Travel Channel dubbed it the "Most Entertaining Place to Shop."
3. Forum Shops at Caesar's
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Travelers come to Las Vegas to be entertained, and the Forum Shops deliver by creating a world of marble floors, statues, columns, and starry skies. Inside this elegant setting, shoppers can indulge in high-end products and designer goods from names like Versace and Louis Vuitton.
Shibuya district, Tokyo, Japan
In an MSNBC feature on the world's top shopping districts, Parco was mentioned as a favored destination in the hot Shibuya district. There are too many shops for a single mall; Parco includes Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Quattro, and Zero Gate. Noted for its emphasis on clothing, the mall features small stores focusing on individual designers. Shoppers can enjoy a boutique experience while taking advantage of the variety a full mall has to offer.
5. King of Prussia Mall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
The King of Prussia Mall is an East Coast shopping mecca, drawing visitors from New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. Its size earned it a place on a Forbes.com list of the world's largest malls, but size isn't everything. The mall is also notable for an emphasis on high-end shopping opportunities from names like Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus. However, with over 400 stores and restaurants, there's something sure to please any taste or budget.
6. Dubai Mall
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
One of the world's best shopping malls is still under construction. At its completion, it promises to become the largest mall in the world. Plans call for a mega-mall made of numerous smaller malls, including over 1000 stores and attractions like an aquarium and skating rink. While it remains to be seen if the Dubai Mall will live up to expectations, it's certainly a mall to keep an eye on.
7. Coralridge Mall
While Coralridge Mall may not compare to some of the big city shopping competition, this Midwest regional mall located in Southeastern Iowa draws visitors from all over Iowa, Missouri and the Dakotas. Anchor stores include Target, Dillards, Barnes & Noble, Sears, J.C. Penney, and Younkers. The mall also boasts an indoor ice skating rink and a fabulous Children's Museum.
8. South Coast Plaza
Costa Mesa, CA
The upscale South Coast Plaza is located in the heart of Orange County, CA. This gigantic shopping center has more than 280 stores in 2.8 million square feet including Macy's, Nordstroms, Bloomingdale's, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel and Saks Fifth Avenue. The "Crystal Court" wing of the mall is located across the street from the main building, but is accessible via pedestrian bridge. The Metro Pointe shopping center adjacent to South Coast is not part of the complex, but boasts additional shopping and movie theaters.