Shopping in MilanEdit This
Milan has joined the ranks of Paris and Tokyo as a fashion capital of the world, and with very good reason. Here you can find whatever your heart desires, from fine Italian leather to second-hand clothing to precious gems and more. Naturally, some places are more renowned for shopping than others. Here are the top places to hit for travelers' with all budgets.
Corso Buenos Aires
Beginning at Milan Central Station it's a short walk to the southeast to reach the Corso Buenos Aires, one of the longest streets in Europe that is packed with locals and foreigners searching for fabulous buys. On this street you can find shops such as Timberland, Nara Camice and Mandarina Duck alongside fabulous Gelateria's that are perfect for a quick refreshment while you're window shopping. As you continue southwest along this street, it becomes Corso Venezia and then Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Vittorio Emanuele is lined with shops such as Max Mara, Pollini, H&M, Zara, and Bruno Magli. As you continue down you will see the Milan Cathedral, and, reaching the Piazza, will see the world famous Rinascente. The Rinascente is the oldest 'department store' in the world, and certainly the most tasteful. Filled with top end stores and containing a seven star hotel above the shops, this enclosed area is fabulously decorated with Italian art, and all shops are tastefully done in browns and beiges (even McDonald's, though how they got a spot in the Rinascente is a mystery).
You can then head up to the Montenapoleone area, just a few minutes walk northeast. Here you will find the most famous shopping area in Milan. On the Via Montenapoleone you can find Gucci, Versace, Prada, Valentino, Luis Vuitton, Cartier and more. High-end shoppers will be in their element. Crossing the Montenapoleone is the Via Sant'Andrea, containing the likes of Chanel, Armani, Hermés and Trussard. And crossing the Andrea is the Via della Spiga where you can find Dolce & Gabbana, Sergio Rossi, Tod's, Bulgari, and Gianfranco Ferré. Finally, the Via Manzoni contains the Spazio Armani where you can browse the showrooms, Armani house, and have a coffee at the Armani cafe. (Construction was ongoing in July 2009.)
Corso di Porta Ticinese
For those whose tastes run a bit more casual, you can instead head southwest from the Duomo, traveling down Via Torino to browse through stores like Footlocker, Levi's and Camper. The Torino then becomes the Corso di Porta Ticinese, an alternative street filled with younger shoppers looking for fabulous finds in places like Custo-Barcellona, Diesel, Gas and Miss Sixty. Interspersed among these are second-hand shops, silk shops and handmade clothing stores.
Regardless of where your budget and tastes lie, be sure to enter each shop with a friendly 'buongiorno' and take your leave with a 'grazie' and 'ciao.'
August 01, 2009 change by tiffanymparker
Milan is a fashion and design 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, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, more..
Via Montenapoleone has a dedicated site: http://www.viamontenapoleone .org