Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, near the Duomo, is an elegant 19th century shopping arcade which is sometimes referred to as Milan’s drawing room because everyone in the city goes there to shop and drink coffee. In these four-storeys you will find everything you every dreamt of from Prada to McDonald’s. Although to truly experience Milan you should head for Biffi Café which was founded in 1867 and still does wonderful coffee and cake, or to Zucca’s Bar, an Art Nouveau classic.
Quadrilatero della Moda is one of the best shopping districts in the world. The four streets are Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Corso Venezia and Via Alessandro Manzoni. This is where you’ll find the top designers and the world’s most expensive retail space per square foot.
Corso Buenos Aires, the extension of Corso Venezia, is a long shopping street, Milan’s most important and busiest. It has three metro stations along it, on Line 1. Here you’ll find more affordable ready-to-wear fashions.
For more alternative or bohemian shopping head to Brera in the historic center of town, where the Brera Art Gallery and Brera Academy of Fine Arts are located. This lively artists’ quarter has interesting shops and street markets plus good cafes and bars. Similarly the Porta Ticinese quarter has interesting fashion stores dotted throughout.
10 Corso Como is a store opened by a former Italian Vogue editor and it has the cutting edge fashion plus homewares, shoes, accessories etc which makes Milan famous. If the prices scare you head to the outlet store nearby (10 Corso Como Outlet at Via Tazzoli 3) which has last season’s clothes at reduced prices.
Fidenza Village is one of those Chic Outlet Shopping experiences with over a hundred stores selling designer brands at huge discounts, up to 70% reductions. All the big names are here but it’s a bit out of town between Milan and Bologna. Fidenza has a twice-daily shuttle service from Milan.
Another is Serravalle, on the road towards Genoa. This too has many brands at great discounts, but it does take about an hour and half to get there from Milan. There is a daily shuttle bus service which gives you a full day there to shop.
If you want to get the best out of your Milan shopping experience consider booking a shopping tour in Milan.
Contributed by Philippa B.
Tours & Tickets
Explore Milan’s Quadrilatero della Moda, the city’s glitzy fashion district, on a 3-hour walking tour! Often called Milan’s fashion quadrangle, the glamorous ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)