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Describe your favourite shop

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 323 with Model Answer:

Describe your favourite shop.

You should say:
  • where it is
  • what types of products/items it sells
  • what sort of people go there and shop
and explain why you like the shop so much.  

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
Thank you very much for this nice candidate task card topic. "Zara's Home" is my favourite shop where I often go and shop for various items. It is specialized in making and selling home decoration objects and furniture. Their collection is huge, and I even love to browse the beautiful items they have on display.

The shop is located in a shopping mall named Mall of Arabia in Juhayna Square in Cairo. This is a great shop for purchasing home decoration items and modern furniture. It sells a wide range of products and the range of products include - different showpieces, souvenir items, duvets, pillows, cushion pads, duvet covers, bedsheets, pillowcases, quilts, blankets, cushions, rugs, curtains; bath accessories like towels, bathmats, bathrobes, baskets, shower curtains; table accessories like tablecloths and napkins, table runners, placemats, kitchen textiles, dinnerware, plate charger, bowls, mugs, serving dishes, glassware, cutlery, trays, napkin ring; loungewear, home fragrances and more. Among the furniture items, they have wooden beds, sofa sets, dining tables, chairs, bookshelves and so on.

Many local people as well and foreign tourists flock to the shop every day. Souvenir items are famous among foreign tourists whereas local shoppers mostly go there to purchase home decor items, culinary tool and furniture. Since this is an exclusive shop that has many rare and expensive items, mostly upper-middle-class and rich people go there to shop. In terms of the gender of the customers, I believe this shop attracts more female shoppers than their male counterpart.

I like this shop due to its superior product quality and unique collection. Their after-sales service is also great, and they have a customer-friendly return policy. Since I have been visiting this shop and purchasing different products from them for more than 5 years so, the owner knows me personally and often offer me a cup of coffee whenever I go there. This makes me even more fond of the shop. In fact, this is my favourite shop. What more a customer can expect from a shop when he or she is treated well by the owner and get quality products from there! It has to be my favourite shop.

Model Answer 2:
Thank you very much for this great topic. Madrid has many different brand shops but when it comes to footwear, I prefer Coimbra. This is a special shop which is also my favourite.

The brand outlet, which happens to be my favourite shop, is located in the centre of the city and has a huge collection. Since the outlet is situated at a convenient location, it is accessible from any part of the city. It remains open from 9:00 in the morning till midnight and it is perhaps the largest shoe-selling store in the whole city. I am not sure when it was launched, but for as long as I remember, it was always there. I went there for the first time with my father, which would be at least 20 years ago.

The shop is renowned for selling various types of footwear including boots, heels, loafers, sandals, roller skates, slippers, sneakers, tennis shoes, track shoes, work boots, party shoes and many other formal and casual footwear. In fact, it has a rich collection of numerous types of shoes for children, male and female. They come in different styles and shapes. Moreover, the shop sells quality products and the price is reasonable. The shop has become specialised in footwear in the surrounding areas.

Well, everybody loves this shop because it has something to offer to everyone. If someone is looking for really expensive party shoes, hiking shoes or a cheap pair of casual sandals, this place is for them. This is why people from all walks of life and all ages rush there when it comes to buying a nice pair of shoes. It is most popular among athletes, students, executives and fashionable women.

I like this shop very much because it sells the types of shoes I like - be it a pair of sandals or a pair of boots. They have an uncanny ability to blend fashion and comfort in every pair of shoes they make or import. Their collection is rich, without a doubt, and their salespersons are very cordial. Furthermore, they have a standard return policy, ambient environment, and good customer care system which I like very much.


Idea generation for this Cue Card topic:  

"Describe your favourite shop." 

This cue card topic could also be dealt with in some other ways. A few of the hints are here to assist the IELTS test takers.

1. Shopping at 1LDK Apartments is quite fun, and this is why it is my favourite shopping place. The shop is located in Kamimeguro, Meguro-Ku in Tokyo. The shop sells various types of products and clothing is the most sold item here. People rush there to get trendy clothes and fashion items. The shop also ensures quality.

2. "American Vintage" is a large branded shop in 4teen, Qatar. I love to shop from this store because of its quality products and after-sales service. This is, in fact, my favourite shop. It is a perfect place for young people in Qatar for hanging out with friends while also doing some shopping. And they will get all the necessary fashion accessories from this shop. I like it and I often go there.

3. "Helen Lee" is a brand shop from which I like to shop often. If someone wants to have authentic Chinese products, he or she can visit the shop. I instantly loved the shop when I went there for the first time.

4. Located in Lahore, "Fashion Avenue" is the shop that I like the most. It sells women's clothing and they have a huge collection of classic, traditional and latest clothing items. If someone wants to have elegance in attires, visiting the shop would be highly recommended.

5. I love the pet shop - "Yours Truly", located in the southern corner of the residential area in Melbourne, where I live. The shop is quite popular in our area and sells different pet animals that people can buy. I have got a pair of birds, parrots to be more specific, from the shop for my daughter a couple of years ago. The shop owner even called me twice afterwards to know updates on the birds I purchased. I have visited there many times, mostly to purchase bird food, and I started liking the shop a lot.

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