Honolulu Promises an Exhilarating Shopping Experience
Usually, when people plan a visit to Honolulu, they think about volcanoes, luau, hula, sand and surf. Shopping may not come to their mind. However, this city offers a magnificent array of handicraft shops, boutiques, arcades and malls where you not only can pick local items and souvenirs, but also designer wear, gourmet chocolates and art. This Hawaiian city is easily accessible from mainland US, as several cheap domestic flights connect it to different US cities.
Cheap flights to Honolulu will put you in close proximity to Ala Moana Shopping Center. This is perhaps the most popular shopping destination of the city. It is a huge open-air mall housing more than 200 shops and numerous restaurants. While you will get major fashion brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Armani, Tiffany, Versace, Prada and Gucci, you can also get some of the lesser known brands. However, you may end up getting fascinated by the koi ponds and lush green landscaping. The shopping centre is also home Honolulu Chocolate Company where you can taste Kona coffee and titillate your taste buds with macadamia nuts dipped in chocolate. This is the perfect place to pick up delicious gourmet chocolates with Hawaiian flavors.
Cheap tickets to Honolulu does translate into a saving. And, many people may want to spend this saved money at the Aloha Tower Marketplace. This is located in Downtown Hawaii, just next to the harbor. It is a two-storied building where you can buy jewelry, local art, perfumes, sunglasses, cigars, Pacific handicraft, candles and clothing. In addition, there are numerous restaurants and even live entertainment to keep you occupied during your shopping expedition. Do not miss the opportunity of going to the observation deck in the tower to get a beautiful and awe-inspiring view of the city.
Waikiki is another popular shopping area of the city. Here you will find the DFS Galleria, which is home the largest beauty and cosmetic store in Hawaii. In addition, there is an entire floor dedicated jus to duty-free items where you can pick up high-end designer clothes, and art and craft items. This is also the place to pick up traditional gifts and souvenirs which are sold at the Waikiki Walk, and is a popular shopping spot among tourists and visitors who have taken advantage of the low fares offered by airlines to enjoy and explore the city.
The city also has a flea market known as the Aloha Flea Market. It is best to visit the market early in the morning before the sun gets too hot. This is the place to pick up vintage Hawaiian items. The market is located close to Pearl Harbor and is open three days in a week, namely Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. You can also pick up replica sunglasses, luggage and watches besides some cheap souvenirs.
A visit to Haleiwa will make it worthwhile buying cheap tickets to Honolulu. It place is an array of art galleries, restaurants, trendy boutiques and surf shops. It is a must-have experience if you are visiting the city. This is also the place to try out the shaved ice cones, which come in exotic tropical flavors, such as banana, coconut and li hing mui. If want to blend in with the locals, have the shave iced cone with vanilla ice cream and adzuki beans. There are numerous flights to Honolulu, so connectivity is never a problem.
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