Milan is without a doubt one of the cities where shopping is at its best in Italy. Fashion victims know Milan is a sort of Mecca of the European high fashion, but the range of shopping opportunities does not confine to fashion products and accessories. Also look for the overpowering range of antiques shops, interior design and, why not, shops selling culinary delights typical of the local cuisine.
Don’t miss out the bustling scenic markets of Milan. Search out the uncountable stalls of the open air markets and delight in purchasing the fresh produces or, why not, just enjoy the colorful view: cascades of flower stalls, vegetables, meat produces and antiques, while keeping an eye on the bargains you might get at the rich flea markets of the city.
If fashion is your thing, there’s no better destination in Italy than Milan in case you do have the necessary budget to indulge in wild shopping sprees and sample the latest design clothes concepts. The epicenter of fashion shopping in Milan is the exquisite Golden Quadrilateral (Quadrilatero d’Oro) or the Fashion Quadrilateral (Quadrilatero della Moda). The area is delineated by four streets stretching north of the Milan Cathedral: Via Sant’Andrea, Via della Spiga, Via Via Borgospesso and the glitzy Via Montenapoleone, the backbone of fashion shopping in Milan. The latter is lined with stylish boutiques and exquisite outlets one can easily get lost in, fascinated by the abundant offer of elegant and groundbreaking concepts shining from the windows of the shops here. If your budget doesn’t allow it, you can always go window shopping, even if the thrill of this pursuit is, evidently, not complete: you will at least get the satisfaction of admiring the latest creations of Italy’s flagship designers in their very homeland of fashion.
Don’t confine your pursuit to the Golden Quadrilateral. Also browse through the offers on sale on Corso Buenos Aires and on Corso Venezia. There’s a wide choice of products on sale here you can indulge in shopping, since the merchandise, while not very accessible, ranges from reasonably priced to upscale. But you can not overlook the immense possibilities in the Fashion Quadrilateral: from Armani to Trussardi, Versace to Laura Biagiotti, not to mention brands like Missoni, Valentino and Gucci, Quadrilatero della Moda has everything to offer to please both the whims and the rigors of an inflamed appetite for fashion shopping.
If keen on fashion, you can not conceive a stay in Milan without visiting Armani’s flagship store on Via Alessandro Manzoni, close to the Golden Quadrilateral. Alta moda and the jeans collection aside, this megastore, which is the dreamland of all fashion aficionados, is large enough (some 8,000 square meters) to also sell a miscellaneous range of products: artworks, books, furnishings and interior design proudly sold under the Armani label. The only thing you might regret about the Milanese Armani Megastore is if you miss out visiting it.
The Golden Quadrilateral is the hub of Prada in Milan. Prada shops can, however, be spotted in the vicinity of this area, more exactly, on Corso Venezia and in the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery. Everything from menswear and women’s wear to shoes and purses and all sorts of stylish accessories and, of course, jewelry can be purchased from Prada. Don’t be shy: if your pocket is deep enough, the satisfaction is guaranteed.
The first Versace shop opened, in the late 1970s, right in the vicinity of Via Montenapoleone of Milan where the Versace shop can be spotted at present (in 1978, on Via della Spiga). Go explore the seemingly ageless world of menswear and women’s wear elegance and glamour, and keep in mind Milan was, not long ago, the launching platform of the legendary Versace label. Explore a page of history of fashion and shop for Milan’s top of the range alta moda.
Trussardi also maintains several boutiques in Milan, selling both menswear and women’s wear. Accessories are also plentiful. Look for one of Trussardi shops in the Fashion Quadrilateral, on Via Sant’Andrea, but don’t miss out the chance to browse through the offers of the shops in Piazza della Scalla or on Via Umberto Visconti di Modrone.
As an alternative to the chic upscale fashion boutiques Milan rightfully boasts of, you can also search out the scenic open air markets and flea markets of the city and make a complete idea about the city’s shopping scene. Shop for fresh produces, antiques and, why not, clothing and jewels while strolling around the uncountable stalls dripping with eye catching items. Milan’s markets are a world of colors and scents in which, if lucky and experienced enough in the art of negotiation, you can get out with a satisfactory bargain. Bustling and full of life, the markets of Milan are also an excellent opportunity for you to study the Milanese people in their simple and unaffected daily preoccupations.
If you head for Alzaia Naviglio Grande, which is located some two kilometers west of Porta Ticinese, don’t miss out the fairs organized by Assoziazione del Naviglio Grande. This is where the largest antiques fairs of Milan are organized once or twice a month. Other selling events are also held here under the patronage of the association, occasioning visitors to buy or at least look through a wide range of products: clothing, flowers, furniture, books, toys and jewelry even. In order to see the full program of markets and fairs held here, follow the indications below:
Fiera di Senigallia is one of the oldest flea markets of Milan. It was first held in the 1920s, and since then it has changed it location (from Bastione di Porta Ticinese to Via Calatafini, then back on the Darsena, now on a car park near Porta Genova).
There’s a wide choice of products on sale you can find here: from clothing (including military equipments) to jewelry and all sorts of accessories deemed fashionable by the communities of rockers and punks of Milan. If these are your preferences too, make sure you don’t miss out the fair (it is held each Saturday): sellers are opened to all sorts of bargains, the likelihood of you purchasing something nice to bring back home being considerable. But the merchandise is much more diverse than that: you can also browse through vinyl records, vintage clothing, old books, cosmetics, coin collections and all sorts of other collections and, eventually, take your pick something in particular catches your attention.