Cue Card # 55: Describe a popular shopping centre

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 55

Describe a popular shopping centre in your city.

You should say:

  • where it is
  • what it looks like
  • what products and facilities are available there

and explain why this shopping centre is so popular.

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


Model Answer:

Located at the heart of the city, ‘Shopping GM’ is a busy, popular and large shopping complex that offers a great variety of merchandise to shoppers. The shopping centre is itself located at a very convenient place, only a few minute’s walks from the central bus station, and perhaps the busiest shopping centre in the whole city.

From the outside, it looks like a giant butterfly and this splendid outlook is bound to attract someone’s attention. One can see the top of the eleven floors of the building from literally miles away. Just inside the ground floor, it has a huge open space and many small stalls. It also has an area for exhibitions, information and other activities. From the first floor onwards, each floor has hundreds of shops for a variety of merchandise and products, and each of these floors consists of shops and vendors of similar products and services. Once inside, a visitor can look at the ceiling of the building which has a renaissance architect style and numerous modern shops and stalls.

You can find small ice-cream parlours to super shops, a bank, gaming zone, cineplex, gym, food court, money changer and literally any other shop and service a shopping complex should have. It sells mobile phones, household appliances, books, jewellery, clothes and fashion items, eyeglasses, shoes, computers, gift items and just about anything someone might require. The top two floors are dedicated to food lovers and offer a variety of dishes. On the eighth floor is a Cineplex that shows the latest movies.

The main reason this shopping complex is so popular is its strategic location. People from every part of the city like to go there, do the shopping and enjoy the entertainment facility this shopping centre offers. Moreover, the shopping experience it offers is remarkable. I have been to this shopping centre several times and I can say that they have plenty of amenities and service that I found exciting. Ample parking space for cars and motorcycles is another great feature of this shopping centre that makes it popular. Finally and most importantly, this shopping complex is a complete package of shopping and entertainment which people love so much.

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