You won’t believe just how big the biggest malls in the world are. It can take a full day to quickly walk through some of these malls even without buying anything.
This is why it can take some time to get fully accustomed to their style of shopping, especially when coming from smaller mall shopping experiences.
Table of Contents
- 10. New South China Mall – Dongguan, China
- 9. Utama – Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
- 8. The Dubai Mall – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- 7. Berjaya Times Square – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 6. Istanbul Cevahir – Istanbul, Turkey
- 5. Westfield Stratford, London, England
- 4. Westfield White City – London, England
- 3. West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton – Canada
- 2. Iran Mall – Iran
- 1. Central Mall – Bangkok, Thailand
10. New South China Mall – Dongguan, China
Situated in Dongguan China, this mall is also called the ‘Ghost Mall’ given its vast empty spaces. Situated too far out of Beijing, it simply doesn’t have sufficient customers for retailers to be interested in investments here.
There are a few shops here and a few activities for the kids to have fun at. But they don’t cover even a 10th of the mall’s surface. By leasable space, this is the largest mall in the world. However, judging by its current occupancy rate, it’s the biggest flop in retail history.
9. Utama – Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Situated in Malaysia, Utama is another giant mall but this time its one that is packed with shops and sporting activities. Multiple sporting grounds can be found here.
If you want to take a day to go shopping, it can offer an interesting destination for all tastes. It even comes with some of the largest green spaces we’ve seen on shopping mall roofs.
8. The Dubai Mall – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is known as an international shopping destination. Dubai Mall is already outdated in terms of design, but it still covers more landmass than any other mall in the world. More than 1.000 stores can be found here. There are even more than one hundred places to eat here. But you come here for the goods you can only buy in Dubai such as expensive perfumes and high-end clothing.
7. Berjaya Times Square – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This Malaysian mall impresses with its large size. It even includes 2 luxurious hotels. Its main attraction is the central area with an open view of its 6 floors that look impressive from the ground from or from the highest level. There are more than 1.000 stores here offering all types of affordable goods which makes it a tourist hotspot.
6. Istanbul Cevahir – Istanbul, Turkey
Cevahir is the largest mall in Europe. It has an outdated design that lacks a luxurious feel or even an inviting feel. However, this mall has hundreds of stores to choose from and it’s the modern-day interpretation of a Turkish bazaar. Men’s and women’s formal outfits tend to be the best deal here.
Food options aren’t great as there are only 10 restaurants on its premises. Others might also be interested in affordable local food which is found in a wide selection here.
5. Westfield Stratford, London, England
Westfield Stratford is one of the biggest shopping malls in the world by customer numbers. Located in East London, this shopping mall is increasingly popular and almost impossible to navigate in the evening. Every evening sees thousands of people come here. On Saturdays and Sundays, it becomes chaotic and one of the busiest shopping places in the world.
There’s a large cinema, a nearby hotel, and a nearby stadium next to this shopping mall. The underground station also stops right underneath the mall so that shoppers can easily reach it by public transport. What’s most impressive is that this area was rundown and it went through considerable redevelopment under the preparation of the London Olympic Games. It also was one of the few areas that hosted the Olympics that uses all of the buildings made for the event. Its nearby stadium is now leased to West Ham United, a local London soccer team.
4. Westfield White City – London, England
On the other side of London, you find Westfield White City. This shopping mall used to be the largest in Europe and it’s generally the destination for those who’d like to beat the crowds in Westfield Stratford. Some of the most luxurious shops in the world are found here. Companies such as Breitling have stores in this affluent region of the UK’s capital city.
If you’re shopping at White City, you can also visit the nearby BBC World headquarters just across the world. Some of the best TV shows in history have been planned here. However, things are changing in this area as the broadcaster is moving offices to Northern England as a result of the increasing rent costs.
3. West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton – Canada
West Edmonton Mall is the biggest indoor shopping destination in North America. At one point, it was the biggest in the world. However, it still holds a few unique records such as offering the largest indoor activities selections in the world.
It’s believed its indoor aquarium is not rivaled in size by any other international shopping destination. Before Covid-19, it also enjoyed an impressive amusement park which is also believed to be unmatched in size compared to the malls in North and South America
2. Iran Mall – Iran
This mall is yet to be officially launched. If West Edmonton Mall has a surface of 4.8 million square feet, Iran Mall features a whopping 4 million square feet of indoor shopping. Iran Mall comes with all types of expanded buildings and even a nearby stadium. It even has a wide region of Tehran with 4 potential customers to cater to. But in terms of architecture, it doesn’t impress those used to high-end shopping.
1. Central Mall – Bangkok, Thailand
Central World in Bangkok Thailand is the largest shopping mall in the world judging by its current surface and until the day Iran Mall opens its doors officially. Covering more than 4 million square feet just as Iran Mall, it has 8 levels of shopping, large billboards, and plenty of flashing lights.
If you’re already packing for Thailand, you need to know this place is not what you might expect. It’s also made for those with lower incomes which means you won’t find the typical upscale unattainable shops you see in the West here. However, if you’re shopping on a budget, it might still be the best option for you today.