Located in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (exit to Piazza della Scala), Rizzoli is a modern book shop offering a wide range of books, album and guides.
It is actually one of the places I love in Milan because you can find all the books you want and especially tourist guides in English.
I'm a fan of Michelin Green Guides and this is the place from where I buy the guides for my next trips.
Usually you can find the guides in every book shop in Italy but those are only in Italian and even if I do speak Italian I hate the fact that they change the names of the places (e.g. Munchen is Monaco in Italian).
I have also found in this shop very good and detailed maps and interesting albums.
A paradise indeed for the beading fans like me.
What to buy: A huge shop where you can find… everything: beads, materials, findings, books, tools, packaging and even bijoux to copy.
What to pay: Fantasy Craft is offering a huge range of colors and models of beads for extremely convenient prices (from EUR 2.5 to EUR 5 per 100gr). Not to talk about the accessories and the staff ready to help and advice you.
I have always associated Armani with clothes and perfumes, but a visit to Milan proved me wrong in that regard.
I read about the Emporio Armani store in the guide books and visited it really to have lunch in the restaurant there, which has quite a trendy reputation.
I sepnt hours browsing the four floors of this establishment and was absolutely astonished to discover that Armani is about a lot more than clothes!
Apart altogether from the cost of the designer labels, my figure isn't quite right for Armani sizes (as in, I'm not a size two!) so I was delighted to find that I could still shop till I was fit to drop and indulge in Armani foods (mostly jams and sweets), sunglasses, perfumes, bed linen, furniture and a host of other items.
If you really really want to pamper yourself (or get someone to do it for you) why not indulge in a bottle of the Armani Prive scent. Four scents in this collection were introduced shortly before Christmas 2005 and I was lucky enough to possess a bottle of the scent that comes in the dark brown bottle. It's the one that Giorgio himself wears - the scents are designed to suit either males or females.
Go on, spoil yourself:-)
What to buy: Anything and everything that you can afford - but they have provided something for every taste and pocket. You can leave Milan with a genuine Armani bag hosting a genuine Armani purvchase - even if it IS just sweets:-)
What to pay: As much or as little as you desire.
Linate airport doesn't have many shops, so don't rely on here as your last-minute shop stop for your Gucci's and Prada's. There is a duty-free shop with a few designer concessions, but the choice isn't great. I'd recommend that you do as much shopping in Milan as possible.
There are 2 Gucci stores in Milan:
Via Monte Napoleone 5/7 (4 floors of Gucci, the entire collection)
Galleria Vittorio Emanule II, Corso Vittorio Emanuele (handbags, and women's and men's accessories)
An old bus station trasformed into an outlet shop leads out to a really large space where a bit of everything can be found, from womens clothes to Hawaian shirts. In particular you can find very famous brand for an alternative fashion style (for exemple G-Star, MP, Levi's, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL). Moreover the price are strongly reduced and you could often get a further discount in the cash desk .
Opening hours: 2.30pm-7.30pm Sun- Mon; 10.30am-7.30pm Tue-Sat
What to buy: Vintage: sale of new and second-hand clothing for man and woman.
I suggest you to looking clothes of famous brands with small imperfections...so you could get an very cool clothes with a very reduced price !
But don't forget to check the jeans area because you can find plenty of different jeans!
They accept VISA and Mastecard!
What to pay: A brand jeans could range from 25-60 euro.
A fashion T-shirt costs 10-20 euro.
if you buy a jeans, a T-shirt and a sweatshirt, you could spend from 90-150 euro.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a beautful shopping mall. The building is neo-classical with an iron and glass ceiling. Construction on the building started in 1865 and was completed in 1877. The building also has some very nice mosaics.
As for shopping - the world's oldest Prada store can be found here, and other stores like; Louis Vuitton, Tod's and Gucci. There are other shops as well, selling assortments of clothes, books, shoes and jewellery.
There are also some nice looking restaurants and cafes here (although they all looked a bit pricey).
What to buy: Try to find something on sale in Prada or Gucci!
What to pay: The moon!
Corso Como 10 is the name of the shop as well as its address. It's kind of an unusual place as you walk into a courtyard with people's apartments surrounding it. There is a really lovely bar to have a drink as well as a restaurant. Across from the entrance to the restaurant is a shop featuring lots of designer items - from clothes and accessories to kitchen utensils. Not just Italian brands on display either.
Upstairs (the entrance is in the courtyard on the left before you enter the bar/lounge area) is another section selling very cool and unusual books and music - all very arty-farty. There is also an exhibition hall featuring all sorts of displays, esp. photographic art.
What to buy: Chic items
What to pay: Lots
There are absolutely no shopping malls in Milan city itself obviously, you'll have to go to the outskirts for that. In fact, the whole concept of a shopping centre is fairly new to Italy - hardly more than 10 - 12 years old. But if you do want to experience what shopping in an Italian mall is like a good specimen might be the Centro Sarca in Sesto San Giovani. They have a big supermarket, about 80 shops, a few fastfood outlets (including Mexican and Tuscan), some cafes and a 10 room multiplex cinema. You'll find your usual franchise stores that you find in the city of course, but it's great to have them under one roof.
I popped down to the new Ferrari Store in Piazza dei Liberty the day after its grand opening on 1 Sept 2005. They were still unloading tonnes of stuff into the store, but I must say the whole place is most impressive!
Talk about merchandising! You can get everything from Ferrari soaps, to Puma shoes with the Ferrari emblem, a kids' Ferrari rocking-horse and not to mention clothes, clothes, clothes.
There are bits of engines (that I couldn't identify of course), a F1 simulator (seated in a real car) on the basement floor for kids (and also grown-ups, I suspect) and what might be a real F1 car in the shop window.
What to buy: Ferrari memoribilia.
What to pay: Everything's overpriced for what it really is of course, but you're paying for the brand aren't you?
For more affordable purchases, there are four important streets in the city that are almost entirely dedicated to shopping: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Corso Buenos Aires, Via Torino and Corso di Porta Ticinese. Corso Vittorio Emanuele links Piazza Duomo with Piazza San Babila, and begins with the Rinascente, the monument to Milanese shopping that owes its name to Gabriele d'Annunzio. In Corso Vittorio Emanuele there are 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, that is one of the longest streets in Europe, connects Porta Venezia to Piazzale Loreto, and is even more commercial: here you can find Timberland, Mandarina Duck, Benetton, Kookai and Nara Camice.
In Via Torino that stretches between the Duomo and Corso di Porta Ticinese, the average shopper’s age is much lower and the casual style is sportier, with Foot Looker, Camper and Energy shops all here.
The nearer you get to the Navigli area, which is the temple of street-style, the more the shop scenario changes. Corso di Porta Ticinese, a continuation of Via Torino that takes you right up to Piazza XXIV Maggio, is the right place for those “alternative” purchases: Custo-Barcellona, Diesel, Miss Sixteen, Gas and Fornarina stand alongside second-hand clothes shops, shops with bizarre objects for the home, handmade clothes and accessory stores made from silk and other precious materials.
Let’s start from the most famous of all the streets of fashion: Via Montenapoleone. This is where you can find, amongst others, the atelier-showrooms of: Gucci, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Fratelli Rossetti, Etro, Loro Piana, Luis Vuitton, Prada, Valentino, Cartier and Tanino Crisci.
In Via Sant'Andrea, a street that crosses Via Montenapoleone you can find: Chanel, Fendi, Armani, Moschino, Kenzo, Cesare Paciotti, Hermés, Prada and Trussardi.
Via Sant'Andrea crosses the famous Via della Spiga, where you can enjoy the shop windows at: D&G, Krizia, Sergio Rossi, Gianfranco Ferré, Bottega Veneta, Tod's, Genny, Prada, Bulgari and Chopard.
The equally elegant Via Manzoni is home to Spazio Armani at no. 31. This is the Giorgio Armani multi-concept store where you can admire the Emporio Armani showrooms, Armani casa, and Armani fiori. You can also sip an aperitif at the Emporio Armani Cafè, or spend an evening at the restaurant Nobu, with a dinner by the best Japanese chef to emerge in the last 10 years: Nobuyuki Matsuhisa who opened this chain of restaurants together with Robert de Niro.
When people shop, in Milan, they usually think of clothes for themselves, but often do not know that this region has a long tradition in manufacturing the highest quality textiles in general.
What to buy: This shops sells textiles for the home, curtains, armchair covers. There is a great variety of styles, from the very modern to the traditional. An idea for an Italian touch for your home could be covering a couple of cushions with a Renaissance-style velvet.
What to pay: Quality does not come cheap, so you can pay 70 euro for a piece of cloth of 1 metre by 3.
The "Fashion Quadrilateral" which is delimited by Via Montenapoleane, Via Manzoni, Via Sant'Andrea and Via Della Spiga is lined with all manner of fashion boutiques and designer clothes stores. No respite was to be had from shopping and consumerist spese even on a Sunday (in this most Sabbath-observing of Catholic countries no less!). The Milanese and wannabe fashionistas packed out the main shopping drags and we joined the fray in a frenzy of frantic shoe shopping in the January sales. In the end we left empty-handed because of my aversion to a particular kind of pixie-like pointy, high heel shoes that adorn most of the shop fronts and heel the dainty feet of fashion-conscious young women.
I exasperate at the number of VTs posting msgs on this website warning of how hiked up the prices are in Galleria and around the centre. Of course it is expensive it's MILAN!!! Mind you, 3 Euros for un caffe in the Prada store is not too bad going considering the exclusiveness of the location location location.
I wonder if anybody out there does not know this guy (I mean armani of course); anyhow please be informed a nice building fully dedicated to his activities is placed in via Manzoni, downtown Milan.
You find furnitures, sweets, clothes, parfums, books, flowers and a nice cafe´.
What to buy: Sweets and chocolate are interesting, the rest can be also purchased somewhere else.
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