Everybody likes to shop. But some people love it. They just can't get over the feeling of buying new things, of totally redecorating their apartment, or getting that new jacket they've been eyeing. Something about the act of purchasing really excites them.

If you're one of those people, then this list is for you. Indeed, the selections below are not for the faint of heart. Only the serious shopper should dare to enter. And yet, if you do, you'll be surprised at the amazing quality and quantity of shopping in the districts below, places that allow you to have everything your heart desires, if only you have the time and the money to buy it.

5. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

The undisputed capital of commercialism, it's no surprise that California makes an appearance on the list. And what an appearance it is. Indeed, Rodeo Drive is not only home to some of the glitziest shopping in the world, it's also home to some of the glitziest shoppers - movie stars like George Clooney and Julia Roberts are just some of the people you might expect to see in line. Just don't expect to find a bargain - Rodeo Drive is known for the often-prohibitive price-tags that adorn its items.

4. Bond Street, London

While this area may not be named after the famous 007 agent, something of his suave sophistication underpins the very soul of Bond Street in London. Indeed, in contrast to the more modern takes on shopping offered by the other items on the list, Bond Street's charm is in its blue-blooded gentility, a line of shops and suppliers that have provided the royal family with their wardrobe since the 1850s. It is that slightly historic advantage that has made Bond Street such a hotspot for the aristocratically-inclined for nearly two-hundred years.

3. Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris

Edging out the slightly more boutique Avenue Montaigne for Paris' hottest shopping spot, the Champs-Élysées proves just how cool the fashion capital of the world can be. Not only are the stores extensive, and the clientele star-studded, the very street itself is alive with Parisian history. From the Arc de Triomphe at the head of the boulevard, to the elite Parisian residential district at its end, everything about the Champs-Élysées screams of French history, politics, and intrigue, all of which work together to provide the Continental shopping experience you won't want to miss.

2. Ginza District, Tokyo

While this may be the only Asian item on the list, that doesn't mean that the Ginza district is just a consumerist American knock-off. On the contrary, this area boasts one of the most unique, exciting shopping experiences you can have anywhere. After all, the mix of big-name Western and Japanese department stores provides a diversity you can't get anywhere else. Add to that the sleek, almost futuristic storefronts and sidewalks of Ginza and you've got yourself a recipe for one of the best shopping districts in the world.

1. Fifth Avenue, New York

However, the number one spot is reserved for the grand daddy of them all. Indeed, nothing says luxury and decadence like New York's Fifth Avenue, home to some of the most high-end stores in the world.

And it's not hard to see why. Running right along the Eastern side of Central Park, Fifth Avenue lies at the very heart of New York City, the commercial vein that keeps its economic blood flowing. Which is why, ultimately, the area takes the cake as the best shopping area in the world, the best place to go on your high-end spree and the best place to really feel like one of the rich and famous.