Milan is one of the fashion centers of europe and shopping here is like heaven for the many fashionista's. The stores are really fabulous. And if you're lucky enuff to come here during the sales there will be some unique bargains to be found here.
But to be honest for most people...shopping here tends to be limited to the window variety.
If you are not here during the sale you can head out to the local Outlets with Il Salvagente being the best. But these shops are relatively small.
If you are serious about your shopping and looking for some real bargains...head out to the Outletmalls.
There are 2 near Milan. One is across the border in Switserland at Mendrissio and there are bus trips that arrange the shoppingtrips here.(http://www.foxtown.ch/mendrisio/it/welcome.html)
And there is another one on the road to Genoa at Serravella Scrivia.(http://www.mcarthurglen.com/centres/home_europe.cfm?centre=serravalle)
Here an update: 6 feb 2012
Just back rom a visit to Milan. A lightning visit.just shopping and food.
We drove thru Switzerland so fox town came first. Wow this place is still huge, has all the brands. But the collection they had was disappointing and the discounts quite poor. And worse of all...food was very expensive. McDonald's meal medium..13€.
So we decided the next day to visit serravalle. Since my last visit this place according to its website is the biggest outlet center in Europe. Well here we weren't disappointed great shops with great collections. And discounts were incredible. Up to 70%.
What we missed here was an Armani outlet.
Logical because their factory store is in vertemate just north of Milan. Not been there yet. Will report it next time.
These are all quite far. At least an hour drive from Milan. But IMO these places are worth it. And frankly when you're in Italy it's a crime NOT to shop for clothes and if you really want to buy something and take shopping seriously these malls are must-visits.
Even if you don't like shopping these places are worth the visit. I think fashion from italy are the perfect gifts/souvenir. Haven't heard anyone complained yet.
Have fun and happy hunting.
If you like Ferrari then do not miss their shop in the Montenapoleone elite shopping area on Piazza Liberty. The store is in a five storey building whose interiors contain sales area and an exhibition illustrating the famous automobile maker's history.
I looked around in the store and I have to say it is very impressive. It is definitely not a two-dollar shop, it is rather a candy shop … it is difficult to walk out without buying something. The shop is designed to appeal largely to people who can’t afford a Ferrari but like the brand.
The cheapest item is a €6 ($10) sticker, but a realistic professionally assembled 1/12 scale model of the Ferrari Enzo Street 2002 is already €300 ($500).
The most expensive was a Ferrari road car with a top speed of 350kph +, 0-100kph in 3.65 seconds, 0-200kph in 9.5 seconds!!... and the price, €700,000.
It is the best place for a windows-shopping, or if you are really brave you might even buy something. I myself bought nothing, and would recommend you to take a look without buying what you do not need and do not want, simply enjoy .
It is useless to say that world's fashion is designed here and now (2011) is a right time to make a good use of price reductions. Due to the global crisis, many of the shops offer great deals on "crisis" prices. You can find all this in Via Monte Napoleone and around.
Milan is a well known fashion city and it is associated with some of the most famous Italian designers. Walking along Via Napoleone and the surrounding streets you will pass many expensive stores like Gucci, Versace, Valentino, dolce & Gabana etc. Well, you may not just pass them, but enter them, But I didn’t. I had a small hot chocolate at Cova though. It was 10 Euros and that says something about the prices in this district.
Via Napoleone runs parallel to where the old Roman walls used to stand.
Walk, walk and more walk...
It's the only way to see things in Italia. When you come to a store and your eyes turn to the beautiful things to buy.....give in to the feelings and wander wherever your heart or your nose takes you.
Don't fight it! It may never happen again!
Everyone knows that Milan is a fashion capital of Europe and sure enough it must have it's fashion district with top brand flagship stores and. It's between Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga, great to window shopping too.
Milan is known as the fashion capital of Italy, so it is the centre of the industry. This is reflected in its glitzy shopping district located in the "Golden Quad" or Quadrilatero d'Oro where many of the original signature shops of top-end Italian designers are found. Gucci, Prada, Versace, and Armani to name a few. Other world-famous designers have a presence here too making the area quite a scene. A stroll down Via Spiga or Via Monte Napoleone, which define the Quad, is essential whether or not one has the extra cash to spend! All those Ferrari owners probably do...
Only a few meters away from the Central Station you can find a lot of boutiques to get fun buying italian fashion ( and I am not very enthusiastic with "going shopping"). I recommend it if you stop a day in Milan.
If you've come to Milan for clothes shopping, then head to via Montenapoleone, the location of the flagship stores of numerous Italian designers, including Armani, Versace and Prada. Bring your credit card!
If your credit card is in good status, then Milano is the place to use it and use it untill you get crazy. I can say WOW about fashion shops for men and women in many streets of Milano. I have been there just for this, to rent a car and start cruising around the town to find these elegant fashionable clothes for me and gifts for my loved ones.
Located in the heart of the city, from Piazza Cordusio to Castello Sforzesco, Via Dante is a lively commercial street of Milan.
Numerous shops (not fashion), but also restaurants and coffeehouses are attracting both tourists and natives.
Being close to the heart of Milan’s financial life (Piazza degli Affari - Piazza Cordusio), during lunch time many Milanese business men and banker can be seen taking the lunch or just a walk in this area.
The core of the fashion district in Milan is definitely Via Montenapoleone.
Luxurious boutiques of top Italian and international designers, antique shops, and tearooms are the physical proofs of Milan’s status of Europe's fashion capital.
Via Montenapoleone is the most important street of the Milan's Fashion District, called in Italian "Quadrilatero della moda" made of Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, Via Sant'Andrea and Via Montenapoleone.
All major Italian fashion designers have their main ateliers and shops here: Giorgio Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Kenzo, Krizia, Prada, Valentino, Versace, Vuitton or Zegna.
Starting on the right side of the Dome and ending in Piazza San Babila, Corso Vittorio Emanuele is a famous shopping area in Milan.
Important Italian and international brands, such as H&M, Zara, Calzedonia, own stores on Corso Vittorio Emanuele and although is a rather crowded area many visitors came here for feeling the city vibration.
Fashion : Via Montenapoleone and surrounding streets (via della Spiga,via Manzoni)
The cathedral : Il Duomo
Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle
Sant Ambrogio (Church and Golden altar)
The Central station
Via Montenapoleone : If you are lucky you could walk into the arms of the catwalk stars.
Interesting street for shopping and or seightseeing are :
- Corso Buenos Aires
- Corso Garibaldi
- Corso Porta Ticinese
- Corso Vercelli
- Corso XXII Marzo
- Corso Como
note that it's necessary travel by your own feet along this streets.
Streets are long approximately 1 km