Do you like shopping? Few will say no but shopping in Milan is one of the most exciting city activities. It’s a kind of a authentic journey through the world of fashion and fashion designers.
A wide variety of shops, salons, boutiques, shopping outlets and tiny shops, attribute to Milan, an appropriate title as one of the queens of the world’s fashion. I really don’t agree with opinion of some people describe shopping as the one and only point when visiting Milan.
Milan is a great place to go shopping. There’s always a good excuse to do some shopping. Whether it’s a new pair of jeans, a new line of cosmetics, or just the last book of your favorite writer, there’s always something to buy and that can make you happy.
The fact is that the city of shopping and fashion in Italy is only one, Milan. Here’s my personal shopping guide where and when to do shopping.
When to go shopping in Milan?
In this city you can go shopping all year round. Every month is good for shopping. All depends on type of shopping we want to make but much more on your budget.
If you are looking for shopping deals or special occasions than in time of shopping sales in Milan you’ll certainly find something that it’s your only opportunity to buy it under these conditions. And it will be difficult to say no!
If it is true that everything depends on the type of shopping that one decides to undertake, economic, casual or luxury than Milan has two main sale seasons:
- Winter sales from 4 January to 5 March 2019 – On of the most important rules of sales in Milan is to be there on the first days of sales if you want to take advantage of the best deals.
- July Summer Sales Collection – Milan in July has always been a synonym for shopping sales (saldi estivi in Italian). This haven for shopping lovers starts on the first Saturday of July and usually lasts until the first day of September.
Where to do shopping in Milan?
Although shopping can be done in any part of the city, there are several shopping areas and districts where you will find leading national and international luxury brands, boutiques, furniture showrooms and high-class jewelers
Here’s the list of main Milan’s areas for clothes shopping in Milan:
Fashion quadrilateral (in Italian ‘quadrilatero della moda‘) refers to several Milan’s most elegant shopping streets. This term has been used for four interconnecting streets that are home to the most expensive high fashion in the world.
This Fashion District starts from the heart of the luxury shopping area Via Monte Napoleone ,Via della Spiga, Via Sant Andrea that together with Via Manzoni, Via Borgospeso, Via GesÃ¹ and Via Santo Spirito constitute the external borderlines of the famous Fashion District. See the map below!
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
This glass-covered shopping arcade houses some of the most prestigious shops in Milan. This relatively short covered passage connects Piazza Duomo with Piazza della Scala.
This gallery hosts famous brands such as Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, as well as other high-end boutiques.
Affordable shopping streets in Milan
For more affordable shopping, there are four important streets in the city that are almost entirely dedicated to shopping in Milan:
- Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, links Piazza Duomo with Piazza San Babila, and begins with the Rinascente, the monument to Milanese shopping. Whatever direction you take you’ll find some sophisticated label shops, such as Max Mara, Moreschi, Bruno Magli and Pollini, but there are also more popular labels such as H&M, Zara and Furla.
- Corso Buenos Aires, is one of the longest streets in Europe, that connects Porta Venezia to Piazzale Loreto. With more than 350 shops, catering to all budgets, Corso Buenos Aires is one of the most important shopping streets in Milan where you’ll fine brands like Timberland, Mandarina Duck, Benetton, Kookai, Nara Camice and many more.
- Via Torino, is one of the city’s busiest commercial streets. Here you’ll find good bargains during end-of-season clearance sales.In Via Torino hosts te most popular brands like Zara, H&M, Pimkie, Calzedonia, Foot Locker and Pull and Bear. This street is convenient for ‘common mortals’ where purchases do not necessarily exceed 100 euro.
- Corso di Porta Ticinese is a street that runs all the way from Colonne di San Lorenzo until Piazza XXIV Maggio. Its one of my favorite streets to go shopping since its full of cute vintage shops where you can find the most unique items. The whole area offers alternative stores like Custo, Diesel or Miss Sixty with vintage clothing boutiques and young designers.
Corso Como street is especially popular among young people, since it is not only a shopping district with clothing stores but also a trendy street with bars, restaurants and discos. Don’t miss the shop at Corso Como number 10. Find this street on the map!
The five streets of Milan
If shopping in Milan is one of your favorite activities, 5 Vie (Five streets), won’t be so important for you. Not many know where are these 5 streets.
- 5VIE is the historic heart of Milan, a short walk from the Duomo: once inhabited only by aristocratic families, it is now full of boutiques and design galleries.
- Via Bocchetto, via Santa Maria Fulcorina, Via del Bollo, via Santa Marta and Piazza Borromeo, five streets that mark a district flourishing with initiatives.
- In via Santa Marta, don’t miss to visit Wait and See shop. This is more than a store, its a lifestyle concept and its philosophy.
See 5vie (5 streets) on map
Where to do low cost shopping in Milan?
If you are looking for shopping places for ‘common mortals’ where it doesn’t cost a fortune here are some places ideal for bargain hunters:
- Milan city markets held in various parts of the city, from Monday to Saturday, where everyone can walk to the weekly market, at least one day a week.
- Shopping outlets that sell stock designer items of all kinds from large to small, some in very center or in nearby city suburbs but both reachable by public transportation or organized shopping tours.