But I can say that my favourite place is NOT Holt Renfrew (one of the two department stores in Canada with premier designer goods - the other one being the Room) - the prices are exponential compared to U.S. pricing, while the selection is very limited.
Ikea (love going in there to check out all the furniture displays!! too much fun!! :P)
Duty Free Shops in European Airports (so much cosmetics too choose from; I die!)
Mango (particularly the large on in Prague; has the best selection to any I have been to in the world.)
Hermes and Louis Vuitton boutiques (Hermes is just so classy and never crowded and LV always has amazing bags to look at!!)
And when shopping in the US I love to go to Bloomies. SO MUCH STUFF!!!!!!! You will never find half of it in Canada at that kind of price!
If i could live out of two stores..
Club Monaco- simple and great quality (lots of silks :))
The Bay- started carrying some amazing designers hard to find at other places, and great sales for people with HBC cards...
Technically they are supposed to be, since you pay no tax. I am from Canada and it has been a pretty good deal for the past year and a half to shop in the European duty free stores if you are looking to buy European brands. I purchase L occitane products; alcohol (WAY BETTER PRICED THAN IN CANADA DUTY FREE) and any other European brands. I find l'oreal, clinique, OPI nail polish and other imported brands to Europe to actually be more expensive than in non-duty free stores in Canada. Sounds a bit confusing but I hope you understand lol!
I was thinking about this while shopping the other day. Definitely Anthropologie, I just love the atmosphere that they create while shopping, it feels home-like. Then probably Ulta and Sephora because I just love makeup, Nordstrom for my higher end goodies, Urban Outfitters, Century 21 when I'm in NYC, and also thrift stores like Goodwill.
I shop a lot, and my mother thinks I am crazy but I don't buy something every time I go out, I just like the browsing and the atmosphere.