Shopping in Milan, Italy
Considered one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan has a lot to offer to those who are looking for good shopping opportunities. Scattered throughout the city – well known, even, for the style of its inhabitants – there are entire streets dedicated to consumption, in addition to shopping malls and outlets that sell items of all types and for the most diverse types of pockets.
Those who do not miss a good sales season can take advantage of the months of January and July to buy with unmissable discounts. It is also good to remember that stores with the tax free sticker refund VAT (VAT, in Italian).
Shops in the capital of the Lombardy region are generally open on Mondays, from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm, and from Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. It is good to remember, however, that not all stores in the city take this “break” during lunch hours and some establishments in the center of Milan also end up opening on Sundays. Check abbreviationfinder.org for abbreviations and acronyms related to Milan, Italy.
In Milan you can find the main and most important brands in the fashion world – several of them Italian – but that does not mean that prices are so advantageous. A good option for those who wish to purchase exclusive pieces at lower prices are outlets, such as FoxTown, which is about 50km from the city. You can find all the information about the place here.
Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery
In the center of Milan, right next to the city’s cathedral, the visitor will find this beautiful building started in 1865 by the architect Giuseppe Mengoni. The magnificence of the building – inaugurated by the honoree himself, the king of Italy Vittorio Emanuele – is already evident at the entrance, which is made through a majestic Arc de Triomphe.
About 200 meters take the visitor from the beginning of the gallery to Piazza della Scala, on the other side. Inside, however, the immensity of details does not go unnoticed, such as the central octagon, where there is a vault 47 meters high. Inside the gallery, visitors will also find some luxury stores and several refined restaurants and cafés, such as Savini, which has delicious ice creams.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan
Telephone: +39 02 7740 4343
Corso Buenos Aires
The huge and super-busy street in the center of Milan is an excellent place for those who like to go shopping without spending so much. There, the visitor will find a wide variety of famous brands such as Guess, H&M, Calvin Klein, Nike, Puma, in addition to others not so well known, but that offer better prices.
How to get there: Metro line 1 (red), Lima station or Porta Venezia.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele
Zara, H&M, Diesel and several other famous brands can be found along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Milan’s bustling shopping street, just steps from the Duomo di Milano. In addition to the various stores, the visitor finds on-site options of extremely pleasant cafes and restaurants for a break between purchases.
How to get there: Metro line 1 or 3, Duomo station.
One of the addresses of luxury in Milan, Via Monte Napoleone brings together in one place several world famous brands, such as Prada, Ermenegildo Zegna, Valentino and Gucci. In addition, on the road that is part of Milan’s famous Fashion Quadrangle (composed of three more luxury addresses: Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni and Corso Venezia) you will find jewelers, shoe and accessory stores, among other establishments.
How to get there: Metro line 3 (yellow), Montenapoleone station, or tram number 1 or 2.
Via della Spiga
Via della Spiga is among the four most sophisticated shopping addresses in Milan. The place is home to renowned brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, among other stores belonging to great designers. In addition to Via della Spiga, the Montenapoleone, Manzoni and Corso Veneza routes are part of the luxury circuit in Milan (all very close to each other).
How to get there: Metro line 3 (yellow), Montenapoleone station.