So word around town is that Milan is one of the hottest fashion capitals on the planet (and psst here’s a little secret – it’s one of the cities that make up my blog name lonypaMIto). Having lived there for exchange I did collate a noice list of stores and shopping strips that I frequented for all sorts of goodies from apparel to leather to jewellery and cosmetics. Now if you’re not aware Milan is a fairly big city and it might take you anywhere from a 45 minute walk to a half an hour tram or train ride to get to some of these spots (depends on where you’re coming from yo). So without further ado here’s my definitive list of the best shopping in Milan, hope you’re #feelinspendy.
FAVOURITE SHOPPING STREETS
1. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II Zara, Mango and Bershak superstore galore. Perhaps one of the easiest shopping strips to access as it’s right behind the Duomo, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is lined with world flags and usually abuzz with street performers such as dance crews, musicians and some oddities (you’ll just have to go there to see what I mean). Many of the larger (and i mean LARGE) stores for brands such as Bershka, Mango, Sephora and Zara are located on this strip. My absolute favourite is Oysho, which is a beach/swimwear, intimate apparel and activewear brand with the cutest styles and good quality fabrics. You’ll need at least half an hour in here!
2. Via Torino Shoes and independent boutiques. Via Torino is about a two or three minute walk from the Duomo so another really convenient and easy to reach location! There are lots of shoe stores here as well as more independent boutiques and one of my favourite Ciocolatitalini outlets (nom nom gelato – get the happy cone!!). There’s also a Muji store and a good range of sports and sneaker places.
3. Corso di Porta Ticinese Hip stores with an abundance of cool cafes to take a shopping break. This really is the place for all the hip kids in town. From American Apparel to local store Scout you’ll be wandering in and out of unique shops until you drop. I would recommend starting from Piazza Venti Quattro Maggio (get a cream cheese bagel from the Bagel Factory for €1.50 before your shopping adventure) and working your way down Corso di Porta Ticinese. There’s also Colonnes di San Lorenzo, which is perfect for a mid-street pit stop since it’s an outdoor area where one can purchase a drink from a nearby bar and sit underneath the old columns.
4. Navigli Canals and cute stores. The Grand Canal and Via Vigevano are perfect if you want to get away from Zara and Co and move toward more niche labels and vintage boutiques. Not necessarily the cheapest shopping but a lot more unique and special! There are also a heap of great places to eat around here – have you noticed I love the whole food and shopping combo?? Haha.
5. Corso Buenos Aires All high-street brands, so you could probably give it a miss! This is Zara, Mango, Bershka, GAP, H&M etc etc. Nothing very special so unless you’re nearby I would say it’s probably not worth visiting!
6. Luxury Via Della Spiga, Via Manzoni, Via Sant’Andrea, Via Montenapoleone are all good if you have a lot of $$$$$ to spend. I would also include Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in this as well since most of the stores in there are quite expensive. But if you’ve got cash to burn and want to engage in some lux-spending then definitely hit up these streets!
1. Brandy Melville For the cutest basics and most incredible fabrics look no further than Brandy. I usually visited this place very fortnight as they has a little sale rack in which you can find a nice bargain or two on most visits!!
2. Annex La Rinascente This is truly girly paradise with labels such as Urban Outfitters, American Vintage, Nike to Melissa and Senso. There’s also a huge range of costume jewellery, backpacks and home decor accessories.
3. Scout I first encountered scout during a trip to Bologna and was delighted to learn they also have a store in Milan. For cheap sunglasses, really good basics and the sweetest espadrilles look no further than Scout.
4. 10 Corso Como For the most incredible niche perfume selection I have ever seen as well as an adjoining cafe that does some mean food.
5. Deus Motorcycles, clothing and food? Is there a better combination?
6. Oysho For all your fancy beachwear needs and more! I also love their underwear range because they are 100% cotton and come in the cutest patterns, colours and styles.