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Top 10 Best And Biggest Shopping Malls In Europe. Photo KnowInsiders

Shopping malls are quickly becoming a common occurrence in most big cities. The idea of building large shopping malls is to bring together people’s favorite stores under one roof. Furthermore, it provides an arena where high profile persons in society can relax, shop, have fun, and eat.

Top 10 Biggest and Best Shopping Malls For Foreigner In Europe

(ranked by WorldAtlas)

Shopping Mall Location



Moscow, Russia



WESTGATE Shopping City

Zagreb, Croatia



MEGA Delaya Dacha

Moscow, Russia



Trafford Centre

Manchester, United Kingdom




Greenhithe, United Kingdom



Shopping City Sud

Vosendorg, Austria



Westend City Center

Budapest, Hungary



Avenham Centre

Preston, United Kingdom



Forum Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey



Arena Centar

Zagreb, Croatia



What Are The Biggest and Best Shopping Malls For Foreigner In Europe?

1.Aviapark, Russia

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Aviapark is one of the largest and the most famous shopping malls in Moscow, the capital of Russia. It is a large 7-floor building located in the district of Khodynski, on the outskirts of Moscow.

The total area of the mall is estimated to be about 4.2 million square feet, and the total commercial area of the facility is about 2.5 million square feet. The name of the shopping center is derived from the name of a small airport which used to be located in the very building of the mall.

There are many interesting shopping and entertainment options offered by the mall including a large hypermarket, over 7 hundred stores or retail facilities, a few great food courts, a number of restaurants and catering facilities, some entertainment areas for kids.

2. WESTGATE Shopping City, Croatia

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Looking for the biggest shopping centre in Croatia? Welcome to Westgate Shopping City with over 240 stores (3,3km of display windows!) on 100.000m2!

Westgate Shopping City is located 2,5km west of Zagreb, past Zaprešić city and it bears the title "City" with full rights. Its total surface is 226.000 m2, there are 7250 parking places, direct connection to A2 highway and even 4 direct and free bus lines!

It was built in 2009. and it immediately became a real fashion centre and a mecca for shoppingholics in the region. Its place inside Westgate have found Zara, H&M, P&C, Marks&Spencer, C&A, New Yorker, Lacoste, Humanic, Drogeriemarkt Müller, Intersport, Hervis, Technomarket, Mercator, bio&bio, Kare design and many other well known brands.

Along shopping, Westgate offers 22 caffes/restaurants, a huge children's playroom (4.000m2), free inline skating for kids and a bowling centre.

Future Trends In The Development Of Malls In Europe

The future is bright for large real estate owners regarding shopping malls. In the past, the shopping centers have been focusing on satisfying the needs of the high net-worth individuals. However, currently and into the future, the middle class is seeking fast-fashion brands in the malls. Therefore, the mall shopping centers will begin to attend to these growing needs. However, it will also keep monitoring the changing needs of their high-profile-customers. Doing so will enable them to satisfy their requirements better than they have done before. The shift in the target market for the malls is based on research that individuals plan on reducing their budgets for luxury shopping.

3. MEGA Delaya Dacha, Russia

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Located: Moscow, Russia

Opened: 2006

Area: 214,000 sq. Meter

Shops: over 330

MEGA The Family Shopping Centre is a chain of shopping centres in Russia owned and operated by IKEA.Each MEGA brings together in one place over 150 tenants offering goods and services. Its anchor tenants include the IKEA store, a hypermarket and a DIY store.

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4. Trafford Centre, UK

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Trafford Centre is a massive shopping centre and leisure complex where you'll find shops offering just about anything you can imagine in addition to restaurants and services. The sheer scale of this shopping centre permeates through the entire complex, so everything feels bigger with more potential.

The whole family can find fun at this shopping centre whether you're looking for high-street fashion, homewares or leisure activities. Most people spend about 3 or 4 hours here, but you can easily turn your visit into an all-day affair, and even then you may not have time to see everything.

Getting to Trafford Centre is easy no matter how you're travelling. If you have your own car, you can take advantage of the 12,500-space car park on-site. Alternatively, you can take the bus and get dropped off at the station at the west end of Trafford Centre. The centre even has its own Metrolink tram stop.

When you're in the area, you may want to head west a few hundred feet to reach Chill Factore, a massive indoor ski slope. Additionally, you'll find the Trafford Golf Centre next to Chill Factore if you're looking to play a game.

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5. Bluewater, UK

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Occupying 154,000m2, the Bluewater Shopping Centre is the largest in England. Before plunging into this shopping Utopia, relax and refresh in the Welcome Halls and visit one of the Concierge Desks where all the information needed for an exciting and successful day is available.

The triangular site houses over 330 stores distributed through three individually styled malls. The Guildhall offers classic high fashion retail, with lifestyle stores and, in The Village, gourmet restaurants and cafés.

The Rose Gallery is family focused, with major high street retailers and, for a bit of fun and food, the Wintergarden.

The Thames Walk has high street fashion along with themed cafés, American style diners and a sports bar.

The site itself provides a setting of great contrast. Surrounded by towering 50 metre high chalk cliffs, the buildings stand amidst tranquil lakes, trees and parkland. Here cycles can be hired, as can rowing boats, or there is fishing, putting and rock-climbing to occupy an hour or two. For younger visitors there is an adventure playground; it is an apt description for the Timberland Discovery Trail, and the All Stars active one.

6. Shopping City Sud, Austria

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Located: Wien, Austria

Opened: 1976

Area: 190,000 sq. Meter

Shops: 330

The Shopping City Süd (SCS) is a shopping centre located in Vösendorf and Wiener Neudorf, south of Vienna, Austria.

With a leasable area of 173,000 square metres, it is the biggest shopping mall in Austria. It contains over 330 shops and has around 4,500 employees.

In December 2007, the SCS was sold for €607 million to French real estate company Unibail-Rodamco, which also owns the Donauzentrum.

7.Westend City Centre, Hungary

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The WestEnd City Center is located next to the Western Railway Station, in Budapest, Hungary. It is close to the "World's most beautiful McDonald's" and a Budapest dance club: Bank Dance Hall.

It used to be Central and Eastern Europe's largest shopping mall, though now there exist larger ones, e.g. Centrum Manufaktura in Lodz, Poland.

The mall was opened on 12 November 1999.

8. Avenham Park and Fishergate Shopping Centre, UK

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The shopping centre opened in the 1980s as part of a development to revive the western end of Preston's main street, Fishergate. Its northern side is on Fishergate, and its southern side is built on the site of Butler Street Goods Yard, adjacent to the railway station. The site car park, along with the station car park, occupy the remainder of the former goods yard and the site of the East Lancashire platforms of the station, which were demolished in the early 1970s.

It is the second largest shopping centre in Preston city centre, the first being St George's Shopping Centre (formerly The Mall).

The shopping centre was sold to Benson Elliot in August 2013, after former owner Agora Shopping Centres Fund was placed into administration.

9. Forum Istanbul, Turkey

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Forum Istanbul is the largest shopping centre in Turkey. The centre is located between two main highways in the Bayrampaşa district in Istanbul, just 35 km from Istanbul Airport and 10 km from the Old town. It has direct access from Kocatepe metro station. Forum Istanbul offers a varied range of national and international brands, such as IKEA, MediaMarkt, Decathlon, Zara, Carrefour, Vakko and H&M. More than 50 food and beverage outlets serve Turkish and World cuisines in a delightful atmosphere.

Forum Istanbul hosts Sea Life Istanbul, and Turkey’s first LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. It also boasts entertainment areas, including a Cinemaximum cinema complex, a Funlab Entertainment World and Atlantis Bowling. The shopping centre’s mix of shops, restaurants, leisure and public spaces provides a contemporary city experience, with boulevards, large buildings, piazzas, and avenues with different spatial qualities. Forum Istanbul offers a vibrant shopping destination for the very cosmopolitan city of Istanbul.

10. Arena Centar, Croatia

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Over the last decade, Arena Centar has been a mandatory shopping and entertainment destination for the whole family. With more than 200 stores, Arena Centar is the dominant fashion and beauty center in Zagreb and beyond, as well as the best entertainment center. Top brands, cafes with outdoor terraces and restaurants with a wide selection of fast, local and exotic cuisine are the reasons why visitors repeatedly choose Arena Centar. Arena Park, a retail park with 10 shops and a cafe, is located at the western entrance to the Arena Centar.

The impressive list of shops and services is growing annually, so it is no surprise that Arena Centar is always the top-rated shopping center in customer satisfaction research. Arena Centar holds the Superbrands status, synonym for quality and reliability, 9 Qudal quality medals, including the one for highest quality shopping mall, as well as many other equally important awards.

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