From markets to luxury boutiques, visitors will find that Milan shopping is a cornucopia of terrific buying opportunities. Find something unique and original to bring home and impress your friends.
The Old Shopping District
Galleria Vitorio Emanuelle was built in 1870 and aside from the magnificent architecture, travelers enjoy its array of shops. Along this beautiful pedestrian plaza you’ll find Max Mara, Prada as well as larger venues such as H & M and Zara. And when you’re in need of a break, there are trendy cafes, old book shops and restaurants serving divine risottos.
Via Montenapoleone is lined with exquisite icons such as Gucci, Versace, Ferragamo and Valentino among others. And crossing this heaven of fashion is Via Sant’Andrea with names like Chanel, Fendi, Armani and Hermes. Footwear fashionistas will find superb boutiques along Via della Spiga and at Via Manzoni, Armani reigns supreme with Armani couture, Emporio, Casa and more. This is definitely the best in Milan shopping.
But Milan shopping is not just about buying expensive items. At Fiera di Senigallia, locals as well as visitors enjoy browsing through hundreds of stalls filled with everything under the sun. You’ll find Indian, South American and African crafts, Italian souvenirs, nouveau style lamps, scented candles, books and more.
Tip: The market opens Saturdays early in the morning. You’ll want to get here early as locals begin to pour in by noon time. It’s an ideal place to spend the day.
Mercatone del Naviglio Grande is only open on the last weekend of the month. However, it’s ideal for buying antiques, furnishings and decorative pieces. It usually features more than 400 vendors and it’s an impressive place for Milan shopping.
Outlets and Department Stores
La Rinascente is one of the most visited and largest department stores in the city. It offers eight floors of everything from clothing to toys. The first floor is home to major cosmetic lines from around the world and ladies can enjoy make-up demonstrations.
Another excellent establishment for Milan shopping is the Coin in the Piazza Cinque Giorante Department store. It stocks fine quality merchandise at reasonable prices.
Milan is a shopper’s paradise and throughout the city tourists will find outlets selling clothing and accessories at 30 to 70% discount. Among the most popular is Diffusione Tessile for women’s wear, Bruno Magli for dreamy footwear, Valextra for fancy luggage and Bassetti for sensational linens. If you’re on a budget, you’ll enjoy Milan shopping at any of these locales.
If you want to bring home some of the flavors of the Lombard region, you’ll want to visit Peck for your Milan shopping. It’s said to be a palace of gastronomy. It stocks a fine selection of extra special olive oils, salamis, unique teas and spices and of course the well-known Gorgonzola and Mascarpone cheeses.
And if you want to splurge and feel like a king or a queen, Pratesi’s is the place for Milan shopping. Following in the traditions of European royalty this lovely boutique offers linens in the finest satins, silks and cottons ever made.