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Wikitravel:Shopping listings

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Lighten up guys, shopping is fun


Please use the templates described at Wikitravel:Listings with the <buy> tag, which makes it easy to ensure that formatting is perfect.

* <buy name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">description</buy>
The name of the shop.
If the place has a significantly different name in the local language, add it here. Non-Latin scripts like Japanese, Devanagari, Cyrillic etc can be used.
Street and number of the place, plus district if applicable. No postcode, and don't repeat the city name.
Additional directions for how to find the place (only if necessary).
Direct telephone number of the shop.
E-mail address of the shop.
Fax number of the shop.
Link to the shop's official website. Include the http://.
opening hours of the shop, when applicable.
Usually best to omit, unless the goods sold are all a very similar price.
Decimal latitude (GPS coordinates) for map output. Not yet displayed.
Decimal longitude (GPS coordinates) for map output. Not yet displayed.
Text describing the attraction.

All fields above are optional. If you don't know some information, just leave in the empty field, so somebody else can fill it up later.


This listing:

* <buy name="Shake Your Booty" alt="" address="2439 18th St NW" directions="" phone="+1 202 518-8205" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-F noon-8PM, Sa noon-9PM, Su noon-6PM" price="">An affordable boutique womens' fashion store with lots of cute, funky, and original dresses, bags, etc. Regular selections from Rage, MIA, and Hype. Look for the Big Ass Sale in July.</buy>

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  • Shake Your Booty, 2439 18th St NW, +1 202 518-8205, [1]. M-F noon-8PM, Sa noon-9PM, Su noon-6PM. An affordable boutique womens' fashion store with lots of cute, funky, and original dresses, bags, etc. Regular selections from Rage, MIA, and Hype. Look for the Big Ass Sale in July.  edit

Listing subdivisions and order[edit]

For long lists, creating subdivisions by shop type (books, clothing, antiques, music, etc.) or location can make listings more manageable for users. Within each subdivision, when no other standard of ordering listings is used, alphabetical order should be the norm.

Boring stores[edit]

Why write about boring stores?

On Wikitravel, we prefer to list stores that are unique to the destination—why write about a Gap, when you could go to a Gap in any city? It's often useful to briefly mention what major popular chain stores are in the area, and to note where they are, but avoid spending too much time on them. See Washington, D.C./Georgetown#Clothes for a good example of how to quickly handle popular chain shops next to more detailed descriptions of local boutiques.

While not every Wikitraveller's cup of tea, shopping malls are hugely important travel destinations, often outdrawing major tourist attractions by huge margins. It's a good idea to note particularly important malls that a traveler would want to visit, but don't list every store inside. Instead, give a quick overview of some highlights, and try to also mention a thing or two that does make the mall unique!

Example shopping mall listing[edit]

The Shops at Georgetown Park, 3222 M St NW, +1 202 342-8190, [2]. M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su noon-6PM. An enclosed upscale shopping mall at the very center of Georgetown. It's an oddly quiet place to walk through, having been outshined by the outdoor competitors. Stores include various upscale mall fare, like Express, H&M, J Crew, Ann Taylor, Sisley, Itermix, White House/Black Market, etc., but also a host of small boutiques and unique import/export stores. The mall has its own parking garage ($18 daily).  edit

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