The Largest Shopping Malls in Europe

Aviapark in Moscow, Russia features an aquarium home to close to 2,500 specimens of fish. Editorial credit: Gilmanshin /
Aviapark in Moscow, Russia features an aquarium home to close to 2,500 specimens of fish. Editorial credit: Gilmanshin /

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.

The Largest Shopping Malls in Europe

Among the top 15 largest malls in Europe, five malls have their locations in the United Kingdom namely Trafford Center, Bluewater, Avenham Center, Westfield Stratford City, and Liverpool One. The largest mall in the UK by square footage is Trafford Center which is 207,000 square meters. It is located in Manchester-England. Intu Properties are the owners of the mall, and its market value as at 2017 is 2,312 billion sterling pounds. Trafford Center contains 280 stores and services located on three floors. According to the Intu CEO David Fischel, people spent about 55 million pounds per minute in the mall’s shopping centers in 2015.

Besides the United Kingdom, Russia has three malls listed on the top 15 European malls list. The malls located in Russia include Aviapark, MEDA Belaya Dacha, and MEGA Khimki. All of the three malls have their location in Moscow which is Russia’s cosmopolitan capital. Aviapark is the largest mall in Russia as well as the European continent. One of the most popular sights at the mall is its aquarium which is home to close to 2,500 specimens of fish. The mall covers an area of 230,000 square miles. It has shopping centers and entertainment centers among other services.

Regarding Croatia, there are two great malls among the top 15 in Europe called Westgate Shopping City and Arena Centar. Both of them have their locations at Zagreb which is the capital city of Croatia. Westgate Shopping City is the largest in Croatia covering an area of 226,000 square meters. It is also the second largest mall in the whole of Europe. There are 260 shops and 30 bars and restaurants which visitors can utilize. The Arena Centar mall also offers the Croatians unique dining, shopping, and entertainment experiences. The mall was opened in 2010. It presents the modern fourth generation entertainment as well as shopping center to the region and the world.

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.

The Largest Shopping Malls in Europe

RankMall NameLocationSquare Footage (meters squared)
1AviaparkMoscow, Russia230,000
2WESTGATE Shopping CityZagreb, Croatia226,000
3MEGA Delaya DachaMoscow, Russia225,000
4Trafford CentreManchester, United Kingdom207,000
5BluewaterGreenhithe, United Kingdom200,000
6Shopping City SudVosendorg, Austria192,500
7Westend City CenterBudapest, Hungary186,000
8Avenham CentrePreston, United Kingdom180,000
9Forum IstanbulIstanbul, Turkey176,380
10Arena CentarZagreb, Croatia175,000
11Westfield Stratford CityLondon, United Kingdom175,000
12Paradise CenterSofia, Bulgaria175,000
13MEGA Khimki Moscow, Russia174,688
14Ocean PlazaKiev, Ukraine165,000
15Liverpool OneMerseyside, United Kingdom154,000

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