International Shopping: A Guide to Milan

by - Thursday, April 16, 2020

In addition to the friendly culture, incredible food, and gorgeous landscapes, Italy is known for fashion. For any fashion lover, Milan is the place of dreams. Milan is the fashion capital of Italy, and there is no better place to go shopping- it is even ranked as number one in the list of World’s best cities for luxury shopping. While the city is most well-known for its high-end fashion, you can shop well here at any price point!

Here is your guide to shopping in Milan:

The Golden Rectangle

The Golden Rectangle, or Quadrilatero d’Oro, is a popular shopping area bordered by Via della Spiga, Via Monte Napoleone, Via Manzoni, and Via Sant’Andrea. It is home to luxury stores such as Gucci, Armani, Versace, Moschino, Bulgari, Valentino, and Dolce and Gabbana. The most renowned high-end streets are Via Monte Napoleone where you can find Pisa Orologeria, Milan’s boutique Rolex store and many more; also Via della Spiga, where you’ll find Prada’s flagship store and many other high-end boutiques. 

Even if you aren’t prepared to buy anything at these shops, it is an incredible place for some window-shopping. The shops and the environment are both beautiful.

Department stores

La Rinascente is where you can find Italian and international fashion, home furnishings, books, electronics, and a food hall. Located in Piazza del Duomo, it is a 7-story building with the Food Hall and best views over the piazza from the 7th floor.

There aren’t many department stores in Milan, but La Rinascente and the Excelsior are two you can stop at for a mix of all shopping needs (or wants).

Corso Buenos Aires

Corso Buenos Aires is where you go for the most stores on one road. The road is 1.5 kilometers long, and you can find shops here at every price point as well as restaurants close by that makes for a convenient afternoon. While it is not the prettiest street in Milan, it is still a popular street for shopping.

It most notably has High Street brands and sporting good stores, so if you want to check out those chain stores, this is where you go in Milan.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the world’s oldest shopping mall and the most popular shopping area in Milan. Aside from the incredible shops you’ll find here, it is an experience to just be here and take in the Art Nuoveau gallery.

Stop for a coffee, take in the marble floors, glass top and stunning architecture, and explore the family-owned boutiques and designer shops.

This place is constantly buzzing, so come here if you want to shop well and be part of the action!

Brera District 

The Brera District is where you go if you want to shop at small boutiques and find those ‘Made In Italy’ gems. You’ll also find open-air markets here, as well.

Boutique shopping is arguably the way to go in Milan to really experience Italian and particularly Milanese fashion, so Brera District is definitely a place to spend some time!

Have you ever been to Milan? Or do you intend to go once the pandemic is over and travel bans are lifted?

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