As one of the world’s design capital, Milan is home to some of Italy’s most renowned designer brands as well as a wealth of independent boutiques and international stores, located in the most famous Italian shopping streets. Here, we share our pick of the best addresses for where to shop in Milan.
The Corso Venezia is one of Milan’s most prestigious shopping streets, bordered by stately buildings in a multitude of architectural styles, from Renaissance to Art Nouveau. Many luxury brands have locations here.
Corso Buenos Aires
A real shopper’s paradise, Corso Buenos Aires offers one and a half kilometres of storefronts, with shops for all tastes and all budgets: sophisticated boutiques, mixed with trendy stores offering all types of merchandise and numerous bars for a quick snack. Its side streets abound with restaurants, many of which are ethnic. A Saturday afternoon favourite with Milanese shoppers of all ages.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Stroll along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the most popular shopping street in the city, for the widest selection of high-end fashion, shoes and accessories, window shopping here is the stuff of dreams. Named after the great Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy, the boulevard is a traffic-free zone buzzing with shoppers, buskers and oh-so-trendy locals.
Corso di Porta Ticinese
Although it’s within walking distance of the city’s cathedral and Navigli neighbourhood, Corso di Porta Ticinese has been likened to Portobello Road in London and is characterized by unique clothing, record and food stores. An alternative to the bigger names of the Via Montenapoleone, it specializes in offbeat fashion brands and is a great destination for denim – Levis, Diesel, and Carhartt all have footholds here, as do Vans and Camper.
As part of the Quadrilatero d’Oro – Milan’s golden quadrilateral – Via Montenapoleone is an essential destination for luxury shopping in the city. Often considered to be the key shopping street in Milan, it is home to the biggest design brands, from Gucci to Prada to Valentino. With luxury brands including Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo and Fendi all on the same street, Via Montenapoleone is an irresistible place to indulge in some luxury leather accessories from world-class Italian designers.