Shopping or Fashion District, Milan
Between the Duomo and the Castello/Parco Sempione you’ll find yourself walking on the Via Dante. A big street famous for all the banks that’s situated there, but also for all the shops and restaurants. All the way down from the cathedral is crowded with nice shops, for both men and women, fine restaurants, wine shops and then in the middle, at Piazza Cordusio, you’ll find all the banks.
Keep in mind though, that the restaurants here are quite expensive and touristy. The same goes for the shops, although they might be a bit specialized. I have hardly ever bought anything on Via Dante, but there are for sure some good shops there.
The Corso Buenos Aires is a long wide boulevard stretching from the north of Milan to Porta Venezia. It is reputed to have the most shops per square metre than any other street on the planet, making it the densest shopping street in the world. Certainly if you walk along it you will see shop after shop after shop, with barely a restaurant, bar, or museum in between.
Milan is a fashion capital, and so no visit to the city would be complete without a walk through its fashion district. While there are actually streets with more expensive and exclusive fashion shops in Milan, the Via Montenapoleone is world famous for the place to be seen in the fashion world. This is the street all the best shops, and the best dressed shoppers, want to be and be seen by the world. Here, and in many of the streets branching off it, you can find the most expensive items of clothing from Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Versace and others. The street even has its own website.
Milan is, at least according to me, the most famous fashion-city in the whole world. You can see that from all the designers who lives and works there, from all the famous shops in Milan, but also from the two huge Fashion Weeks that every year happens in the Italian town.
The first is the last week in February, while the second one is during the first week of October.
I would be lying if you’ll see the fashion-theme all over town, as you might even miss it if you don’t know what you should be looking for. But on the other side, try to get a hotel in Milan during these two weeks… Book loooong time in advance, won’t say more… People from the whole world invades Milan for these weeks, and there are fashion shows about everywhere. Even at the central trainstation…
Last year I had forgotten about the fashion week, and it took me 3-4 days before I could understand where all these extra beautiful women came from… :D
Take a short stroll along the street Via Dante connecting the Piazza del Duomo to the Castello Sforzesco.
Via Dante is lined with shops and restuarants. You can see at the far end the Castello Sforzesco.
When I was there in Oct 04, Via Dante was lined with huge photos of various people and places around the world (right side on the picture)
Walk along the street Vittorio Emanuele II behind the Duomo cathedral. It is lined with shops and restaurants on both sides. You will also see a church at Paizza Carlo along the street.
This is me with a gelato. Behind me at the end of the street is the Duomo.
Milan is the fashion capital of Italy and a very wealthy town. Most of the stores around the Quadrifoglio d'Oro (bounded by Via Montenapoleone, Via Spiga, Via Sant'Andrea, and Via Manzoni) are super chi chi--Prada, Armani, etc. For more mid-range and/or unique stuff, head to the Porta Ticinese area, or Corso Garibaldi.
There are some nice shopping oppurtunities near the castle along a pedestrian-only street between the castle and the Duomo. You can buy everything like clothing, shoes, books, etc. There are also some nice but expensive restaurants here too.
I guess this was the shopping district/area because I could see the lines of shops on this area.
It was early morning, the shops were not opened yet, just saw people rushing to work.
It's good being in Milan watching the world goes by in front of our eyes !
Yes, I'm referring to 10 Corso Como.
If there is a mecca for the Milanese shopper and foreigner, 10 Corso Como is it. This is definitely the hippest department store in the whole of Milan and Italy. No, make that the entire Planet Earth. Don't believe me? C'mon in here and see it for yourself.
This whole mall (if you can call it as that) consists of a collection of open-air souks, laid out a la bazaar-style - perhaps best described as what you might do if you were to sell everything you owned at an elegant garage sale.
After browsing through the many eclectic departments within 10 Corso Como, you'll soon want to pop in to the 10 Corso Como Cafe and unwind over a refreshing glass of... perhaps...fruit juice or smoothies.
Hungry? No problem.
May I humbly recommend their equally delicious hummus and couscous. Yes, you'll be spoilt for choices here... and to think you don't even need to fly over to Morocco to taste delicious couscous!
Although there is lots of history in Milan, many museums and churches, it is also a very modern city. The fashion district in Milan is world famous and has become literally 'The' fashion capitol of the world. Altough I am not rich by any stretch of the imagination, I did enjoy window shopping in the fashion district. I could have bought some wonderful shoes for just 2,000.00 euros!
Don't be discouraged by the prices in the fashion district. There are many other shopping areas in Milan. And if you really want to take home some Italian clothing you will be able to find something in your price range. Me, I found some unmentionables (Italian men's underwear). Oops now I've gone and mentioned it. LOL.
My wife says SHOPPING. I would rather go and visit the museums, Doumo, and of course the Galleria.
Some of the most famous works are housed at several museums located in Milan. Maybe the most famous work is 'The Last Supper' by Leonardo da Vinci.
I loved the Via Montenapoleone area, although I left empty-handed. But that's ok I still did my fair share of shopping elsewhere. I love handbags so you can just imagine how my collection grew during my stay in Italy !
When you are in Milan, you can't leave without watching some shops!! I didn't had mutch time to shop, so I only did some window shopping. And I was glad that I didn't had so mutch time, otherwise I think that I had cost me a lot of money:-))
Shopping: Milan is the city of the fashion and it's full of style stored and shops.There are some streets where are concentrated a big number of shops:
-Corso Buenos Aires
-Corso Vittorio Emanuele
-Via Montenapoleone and Via Della Spiga (Valentino, Armani, Gucci and all the Italian stylists have here their stores).