Milan is every shopper’s paradise, you will literally drop till you shop! Of course the downside can your wallet bear the cost? Well, don’t worry there something for everyone in Milano. From every possible luxury brand to the best high street fashion, Milan has something to offer for everyone. So, not to worry you will go back home with your bag full of goodies.
First lets talk about luxury, high-end fashion in Milan, as we all are aware of Milan being a fashion capital. You will find literally every brand here, and what’s even better is these brands have their biggest outlets in Milan, which will give you a more affordable price for that’s probably been on your wish list for a while.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The first stop you need to hit is – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II located right by the Duomo. This is the oldest shopping mall in the world opened in 1867. Here, you will find all your Italian designers have their stores, the Galleria is a must to visit even if you may not be shopping here. The intricate marble flooring and long glass panels along with gothic architecture is a beauty.
My advice, window shop here, get a feel about what’s buzzing in the fashion world, decide what you would be interested in investing, sip on caffé (Italian espresso) at a cute little café and enjoy the beauty. There after hit the outlet stores to find what you have your mind on, and get it for a better price. Bingo!
Sounds like a deal, doesn’t it?
Quadrilatero d’Oro della moda
Then there is Milan’s golden shopping triangle, Quadrilatero d’Oro della moda also known as the fashion quadrilateral. The district is cornered by four streets – Via Monte Napoleone, Via Alessandro Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia, hence called Quadrilatero.
Walking pass these streets is a mere eye candy as the visual merchandising and the store displays are probably one of best I have seen by far. As you walk, you smell and fee luxury, pampering and haute couture of the classic designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Versace, Prada, Chanel, Valentino, Cartier, Gianfranco Ferré, Alberta Ferretti, Louis Vuitton and every other brand and designer that crosses your mind.
Obviously shopping here does not fit every pocket, but just seeing the displays and probably going to Armani’s coffee shop is a small luxury you could treat yourself with.
Enough of window shopping, now you want to go splurge, and here are the perfect places where you will be able to get yourself something to take back home.
Outlet Stores in Milan
The quest in finding the wish-list handbag was still on, but lucky for you while you are in Milan there are ample of outlet stores having designer goodies at affordable prices, with discounts anywhere between 30 % to 70%. I myself managed to get three bags and couple of polo t-shirts at steal deal prices from these outlet stores, I highly recommend you go there and find yourself something. The best outlets in Milan are:
- Il Salvagente
- 10 Corso Como Outlet (my personal favourite)
- Dmagazine Outlet
- Le Sac Outlet
- Outlet Matia’s
These outlets are located close to each other, about 20 minutes away from the Duomo. If you have an extra day in Milan, you could also drive an hour away from the city and discover outlet villages to shop at such as Serravalle Designer Outlet, Vicolungo Style Outlet, Franciacorta Outlet Village and Fidenza Village. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have enough time to visit any of these, but a few of my local friends recommend going to at least one of them if you’re on a super shopping spree.
Corso Bueno Aires
Corso Bueno Aires is the biggest high street shopping street in the city and in Europe as well, here there are about 350 international brands having their flagship stores lined up one after another. You better put your sneakers on while shopping here, its quite a walk to complete the entire stretch.
Here, you’ll find all your Zara’s, H&M, Top Shop, Nike, Puma and local Italian high street brands and boutiques.It’s quite reasonable to shop here at the same time there is SO much variety cause of the number of stores that are there.
This is summing up Milan shopping, I hope there is something for everyone here and this little shopping guide is helpful for all my fellow shopaholics out there.
P.S Happy Shopping xx
*comment below if there is anything more you’d like to know about shopping in Milan*