Shopping or Fashion District - CLOSED, Milan
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...
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.
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 .
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Milan wasn't at all what I expected. After seeing so many beautiful Italian cities, Milan seemed more like a random Eastern European city. The Duomo is certainly fancy (as they are), but even for fashion (for what Milan is so well known for) I would still prefer to visit Rome. Maybe I just didn't understand this city.
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.