If you want to go shopping in the Duomo area and not spend a fortune, it looks as if Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the best choice. Contrary to the Galleria of the same name, there are not many high fashion shops there, but more shops like Zara, footlocker, GAP and so on.
I must admit that apart from this, I found the street not really interesting. My guidebook mentions it as a beautiful street and must see of Milan, but I wonder why - or maybe I just missed some things?
A great location for everyday shopping is the Corso Buenos Aires. A wide, busy street, it's everything you need from a high street - clothes, shoes, accessories, department stores, cafes, DVD and music shops etc...
Beauty of C. Buenos Aires is that mixed in with the everyday are shops that sell those 'labels' - and chances are that you may get them a little cheaper than in the Fashion District itself.
What to buy: Lots on offer
What to pay: Wide range
Most shops... I found clothes to be more than twice as expensive as compared to the US. Branded clother such as Ralf Lauren, Hugo, Ck, Tommy etc where another third more expensive.
Also the sizes are european sizes so they are a shade smaller.
I found Italians to be very brand concious and almost every one like to wear a brand and flash brand names.... I did found many small shops that were selling branded clothes however some of them seem to be questionable as to if they were real authentic... seemed fake.
Buy something if you want to remember the trip.. however if you are a serious shopper then boost you credit limit / bank balance before you stroll into italian malls
What to buy: Mostly trinkets for friends & family...
What to pay: You will always over pay.. there are no deals in Milan.. sorry I was there for only a day and did not find any and maybe if I stayed longer I may have found something.
Three blocks of good bargains. Quite crowded but well worth it if you are looking for shoes, sweaters, purses, etc. and not inclined to pay the high prices in the boutiques.
Open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
What to pay: Cheap
Rinascente is the Italian answer to French La Fayette Department Stores. Rinascentes hosts several brands all together in one big department store, where you can find clothes, Perfumes, Bags and several sorts of stuff.
Rinascente is Located next to Vittorio Emmanuel, behind the Duomo cathedral..
If you go to Milan in the beginning of July almost all clothing stores has mayor sales on their spring and summer collections. I got some clothes at 60% off! Otherwise can Milan be quite expensive but I think they have a big sale in January as well.
What to buy: Clothes!
What to pay: You'll probably ending up spending too much like me ;)
Take a whole day to see this street and to enter to all shops! Street is great!!!!! That's the biggest shopping street in Milano! There you could buy clothes, shoes, socks, underwear, books, stuff for kids..find Italian brands like Promod (Promod has great clothes) or Extyn, eat in restaurants after hard day of shopping or drink coffee in bars..You won't regret if you visit this street (if you want to do some shopping)!
What to pay: Prices are average, depends on brand.
This is a great place to shop for the more affordable clothes. International brands like H & M and Zara for the ladies, along with smaller boutiques and quite a few outlet stores along the way. Just make sure to take some walking shoes as the street seems to go on and on and...
What to buy: Women's clothing, shoes, bags
What to pay: Less than in the rest of Milan
Located in the heart of the city, from Piazza de Duomo to Castello Sforzesco, Via Dante is inevitably attracting the tourists willing to spend some money in Milan.
Similar to other shopping areas in Milan, the street has on both sides numerous shops, but also restaurants and coffeehouses, although big names are not present here.
Unlike Corso Vittorio Emanuele and even Via Torino, Via Dante is not necessarily focused on women and men clothes, thus many types of shops can be found here (e.g. home-made cosmetics and soaps or glasses shops).
But the ones who want to buy something from here have to be prepared for "tourist" prices.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele is another downtown famous shopping area in Milan.
From Piazza del Duomo to Piazza Babila here are to be found important Italian and international brands, such as H&M, Zara or Calzedonia.
From Piazza del Duomo up to Porta Ticinese (continuing with Corso di Porta Ticinese), this is one of the shopping areas of Milan and nice and even convenient shops.
Here is the place where you can find convenient shoes, clothes, underwear and cosmetics shops, such as: Zara, Promod, Body Shop, etc.
If you're looking for a store where you can find everything from jeans, pants, t-shirts, sweaters as well as hats, belts and other accessories Terranova is the place for you. The prices are really cheap here, and during sales it's almost ridiculously cheap.
Keep in mind that it's much worse quality than some other stores of the similar type like Zara or H&M, but I'm sure that you can always dig out something you'd wear. I bought a winter jacket, couple of shirts and sweaters for less then 25 euros. And all of them are still in the same condition. Nice!
upim can be found at Piazza San Babila, opposite San Babila Metropoiltana. It is an Italian department store and, together with coin, gives some possible retail options without paying the high fashion prices (saw a Versace bag on Corso Genova for Eu2800...eek)
What to buy: Paupers like me should avoid bags........! Anyway there are 4 upim locations in Milan :
via Milanofiori, 1
20090 - Assago (MI)
Tel 02 57503100
Fax 02 57792549
SS. dei Giovi, 35/41
20030 - Bovisio Masciago (MI)
Via E. Berlinguer, 48
20040 - Cornate d?Adda (MI
Tel 039 6095386
Fax 039 6095386
MILANO - BONOLA
Via Quarenghi, 23
20051 - Milano (MI)
This street is in the very center of Milan and it is full of nice and "affordable" stores, just one close to the other
Avoid going there during Christmas time though it is so crowdy you cannot walk!
What to buy: You can find here almost every kind of women and men clothes, shoes
All along Corso Vittorio Emanuelle you will find shops for people on tighter budgets. International names like H&M, Guess and Zara mix with lesser-known Italian brands and department stores like La Rinascente and UPIM.
There are spectacular sales in July and August, as well as the end of the winter season, plus great cafes and restaurants nearby.
Check these websites:
H and M
What to buy: Clothes!
What to pay: At H&M a summer dress is about €30, at Zara the price is closer to €50.