I confess: I hate shopping. The crowds. The large confusing selections. Just about everything concerning shopping -- I dread. But during the Christmas season, I drag myself out of my ba-humbug attitude so as to cultivate a little bit of generosity al materialismo. And Naples certainly provides a bevy of shopping opportunities. Most of the locals tell me that the open markets are the best way to shop.
So here I'm listing some of the top places to shop as suggested by my favorite guide to the city, Lonely Planet's: Naples & the Amalfi Coast
Via Mezzocannone: A great street for Catholic kitsch. You'll find the Virgin Mary with a blinking crown as well as a glow-in-the-dark Jesus here.
Mercato di Poggioreale (Via Nuova Poggioreale; Fri-Mon 8am-1pm): Set in the city's old slaughterhouse, there are over 40 shoe stalls as well as casual wear, suits, and kitchenware.
OK-KO Research (Via Cavalerizza a Chiaia 63): Funky housewares include Andy Warhol light boxes, plastic chairs, clocks, CDs and handbags in the shape of watering cans. (The draw: Aperitivi are served upstairs in the winter.)
Bowinkel (Via Santa Lucia 25): Vintage prints, photographs, watercolor paintings and classic frames.
Whew! I'm already tired. Does anybody have other recommendations and comments about shopping in Naples?