Bergamo houses a lot of students as well. They are usually not living on a big budget. It might be helpful to watch where they hang out or get their food from to find out where you can have a cheap snack.
I found this place in the Via B. Colleoni 1, close to the Piazza Vecchia.
My eyes were drawn towards the bakery's window.
What I saw was a plentitute of pizza's, foccacio's, breads....
really mouth watery.
Here you can buy a piece of your likes and have it warmed up in the oven (fornaio).
Once it is ready you can choose to take it with you and eat it outside on the Plazzia or stay inside and eat it at one of the little tables, standing up.
It took me till the my last day before I went inside and tried some of their merchandise. It was good!
What to buy: Els and me shared a pizza and I tried one of the breads as well.
What to pay: I paid 7,80 for a portion of pizza and a big warmed up sandwich.
Oriocenter is the biggest shopping center in Italy. You may like shopping centers or not - I am personally critical on them - but surely you can find everything you want there.
What to buy: It's not 'from a pin to an elephant' like Harrod's but quite so.
It’s not as easy as normal to find souvenirs to buy in Bergamo. In the Curva Nord you’ll find everything you want of ultras-souvenirs, but for Atalanta-stuff you’ll try to find it at the small table on the way to the stadium. There is always a man selling shirts, scarves and flags there, but the sortiment is the biggest I’ve seen…
Prices are normal though, 10 euro for a shirt, 5-6 euro for a scarve. Just remember that everything is fake, and not official Atalanta-souvenirs.
Souvenirs for Albinoleffe…? Sorry, you’ll have big problems to find that.
What to pay: 10 euro for a matchshirt. 5-6 euro for a scarve.
Fly in to Milan Bergamo on Ryanair, exit the arrivals hall and facing you on the other side of the motorway (don't worry, there's a foot tunnel) is an enormous tin box with about 150 shops in it! It's about 10 minutes walk. (20 minutes on the way back when you're loaded with shopping)
Fashion outlet chain of shops; one of the 1st opened is located 10 minutes walking from the airport.
What to buy: Everything from fashion designer strongly discounted, interesting glasses corner, shoes.
What to pay: Less than in official shops
This is the biggest shopping center for squared miles :-) ... it lays just in front of the airport and actually you can simply walk from the airport to the center.
What to buy: Let's say everything !!!!!!
Jewels, clothes, food, shoes, bags, books, music cd and all what you can imagine.
What to pay: Several price levels
But don't forget to take a closer look at these shops! There are so many shops here with cakes, biscuits and all kinds of delicious food!!!! It is mouthwatering to walk around in Bergamo. Argghh, why didn't I buy any of these??? They look so delicious!
One of the nicest bakery shop at Bergamo is located at Città Alta of Alberto Tresoldi.
It's not bread only in this shop; you find some of the best take away pizza's here.
The Colleoni, 30has some authentic shops that not seem to have changed in the last decades.
The variety of articles is amazing: from candy to toys, from tooth paste to sigartettes.
The SPAR in the lower city is a modern supermarket with some great fresh food and fruit sections. Also great for refreshing drinks.
What to buy: Groceries
The street market of Città Alta is a small one at the inner square behing the North gate.
There are stall with art, shoes, vegetables and more.
In Bergamo are several African vendors who sells from the city benches. Don't expect any warranty from them.
The rebussi Flower shop has some of the best flowers of Bergamo and this shop is at a great location.
What to buy: Flowers
The Via XX Settembre street is the main shopping street in the lower city of Bergamo. It's a pedestrian area with a small market in the middle.
If you are looking for a newspaper or magzine, just stop at one of the kiosks. There are several on the Bergamo main streets.
What to buy: Local newspaper