Fashion is pretty serious stuff in Italy as it has always been a fundamental part of this country’s culture. Italians are famous for the attention they put on the way they look and what they wear. Therefore, if you are a fashion lover, what city would be better than Milan to go shopping?
Shopping in Milan is a great hobby and the city centre is full of new brands and trendy opportunities. Here’s our luxury travel guide to shopping in Milan.
Shopping in Milan
Where, exactly should you start? Well, the central areas that are very famous include Via Montenapoleone, Corso Venezia and San Babila. These streets encompass what is known in Italian as “Quadrilatero della moda”. The quadrilateral of Fashion is easy to spot due to the swanky shops and top Brands in the Windows.
Via Montepoleone is definitely one of the most popular shopping street in the whole world and it has turned over the time into a symbol of the most sophisticated shopping experience you can have in the Italian fashion capital.
On Via Montenapoleone’s website, there is a directory of the different brands you can find in via Montenapoleone shopping district including all the most celebrated Italian designers, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Prada, or Gucci as well as all the international ones such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Alexander McQueen, Paul Smith and many more.
A must-do for all high-end fashion’s lovers is Armani Megastore in Via Manzoni, 31. The flagship store of the famous Italian brand consists of different departments including Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, and Armani Casa.
Armani, in fact, is an essential element of Milan’s culture with stores, restaurants, and even a luxury 5-star hotel which is located in the fashion district’s core and only a few minutes from Duomo Cathedral.
The hotel, designed by Giorgio Armani, has 95 luxury guest rooms, to include suites, and it is the perfect combination of sophisticated design and comfortable simplicity.
A specialized team of Lifestyle Managers will assist you before, during and even after your stay to make you live an unforgettable experience in line with the “Stay with Armani” philosophy.
If you wish to dine in style without leaving the hotel, you won’t be disappointed as you have the option to try Armani ristorante or Armani Bamboo Bar.
Looking for a relaxing break? No problem. Armani SPA is the perfect space to treat yourself as, in its 1000 sqm, it offers services dedicated to wellness, beauty and relaxation.
Near the Duomo Church, you will also find a luxury mall – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
Galleria Commerciale Milano is the best place to find big brands in the fashion industry such as Boggi Milano, Gucci, and Chanel.
Last but not least, you don’t want to miss La Rinascente of Milan that in 2016 won the award for “THE BEST DEPARTMENT STORE IN THE WORLD” at the official awards ceremony of the Global Department Store Summit 2016. The event was organised by the Intercontinental Group of Department Stores (IGDS) which is the most important association of department stores in the world.
La Rinascente was established 152 years ago as a little shop in a side street of Piazza Duomo in Milan. Although today 1,500 brands are displayed on 10 floors and a total of 20,000 sqm.
The department store includes sections for men, women, children, home & design, jewellery, beauty and food. Don’t miss the luxury accessories section as it has been recently revamped to feature a new style and brands more prestigious than ever!
Restaurants in Milan
After shopping and for a pre-dinner aperitif, a variety of restaurants and bars are on offer. The Chinese Box. should be your top choice if you want to meet football players and sports protagonist in Milan and from overseas! 🙂 For an elegant and high-end dinner head to the unforgettable CRACCO.
If you are looking for a more relaxed and informal dinner definitely check out Trippa near Porta Romana (no far from Brera and Milano Duomo) with an authentic menu and original Italian Food!
Walking around all central area is nice and romantic to visit Milan after dinner. Many shops are open until late so discovering Italian ingredients and also an alternative place to have a quick lunch or a very informal dinner is EATALY, a nice place where the atmosphere is informal with the right elegant approach. You will find typical and authentic foods from different parts of Italy. Here you can book a table to have dinner or lunch or simply buy vegetables, fruit or food to go. There is also a nice library of Italian cuisine books and sometimes they organize cooking classes.
So what are you waiting for? Enjoy Milan to taste a few Italian differences! If you are making the most of Italy, you might want to check out our posts about: some of the most beautiful Sardinia Beaches, The Best Places to Stay in Sicily, and Things to do in Positano – 7 Amazing Experiences.
To make your life easier, we prepared the below Packing Checklist for your Europe’s travels of some essential items, you should include in your luggage.
- Suitcase/travel backpack
- 1 lightweight jacket
- 1 pair of tennis shoes
- 1 pair of sandals
- 1 pair of flip flops
- 1 theft-proof backpack
- 1 crossbody bag
- 1 scarf
- 1 pair of sunglasses
- 1 e-Reader
- 1 plug converter
- Money bag
- Hanging toiletry bag
- Stain remover liquid pen
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