Shopping in Milan
Milan has long been considered one of the centers of world fashion, and this title is well deserved. After all, there are much more stylish things sold here than in any other city, while the suburbs of Milan are full of various factories and outlets that offer good discounts all year round. Yes, and in ordinary stores in Milan, prices for products of well-known brands will be significantly lower than in Russia, let alone the sales season, when even an expensive branded item can be bought at 30-50-70% cheaper. In addition, when purchasing goods in Milan stores, you can be sure of their originality, there is no Chinese consumer goods here. Well, to make purchases among the historical monuments of the city is a double pleasure!
Opening hours of Milan stores
Most stores in Milan are open from 9-9: 30 to 19.30, lunch break from 13.00 to 15.30, but there is no clear time limit and the owner of each store decides when to open it and when to close it. Large department stores of the city, such as: Upim, Standa, La Rinascente work without days off and lunch breaks. The boutiques of famous designers try to adhere to the same graphics. However, you should be careful when planning your shopping on Monday – most Milanese stores (as well as stores throughout the country) open only at 15: 30-16: 00. In the summer, many stores change their working hours, most often during the summer sales start (mid-July), in August many stores close for two weeks, since Ferragosto is a national holiday and Italians go on vacation. Although some shops continue to work, but on Saturday – a short day, Sunday-day off, open on Monday from 15.30 to 16.00. During the Christmas holidays, the time of shops also changes often, but they all work until December 24, from December 26 to December 31, short days are possible from January 2 to 6.
Where to go for shopping
If you don’t have much time for shopping, but want to immediately feel the spirit of Italian fashion, you should go to the Vittorio Emmanuele II gallery. The gallery is one of the main attractions of the city, which is literally dotted with boutiques offering exquisite and expensive outfits from famous designers. The gallery leads to Duomo Square, which houses the famous Milan Cathedral. On both sides of the square are large fashion stores, such as Virgin Megastore and La Rinoscenete (brands represented are Max Mara, Furla, Zara, H&M).
Not far from Duomo Square is the so-called Milanese “fashion square” or “golden triangle”. In any case, a cluster of branded stores is located between the streets: Via Montenapoleone, Via Monzani, Via Della Spiga, Via Sant’Andrea. In the Fashion Square there are luxury stores of the most famous companies: Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Trussardi, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Valentino, Versace. Logically, the prices here are very high. In addition to clothing stores, in the Fashion Square there are many antique shops and exhibition halls. So in addition to shopping, it’s interesting to just walk and enjoy the architectural masterpieces.
Another popular shopping district of Milan is Brera. Since it is not located in the city center, it is cheaper to rent premises, and accordingly, prices. There are shops of famous fashion houses, as well as novice fashion designers. The streets of the Brera district are pedestrianized, allowing you to freely enjoy the windows. In addition, there are many expensive antique shops. And every third Saturday of the month, open antique fairs are held in the Brera area.
It is worth paying attention to Via Durini, which also has many trendy shops. There are only three Emporio boutiques (clothes from Armani), not to mention the stores that are more affordable, there are also fur salons, showrooms.
Young people who prefer a sporty style are recommended to go to Corso Buenos Aires Avenue – there are more than 300 clothing and shoe stores.
Near Lima metro station there are the best shopping places offering goods of the following brands: Benetton, Max & Co, Kookai, Luisa Spagnoli, Timberland, Mandarina Duck. Buenos Aires Street is home to many cozy bars, elegant restaurants, pizzerias and movie theaters.
Lovers of casual and sporty styles should visit Via Torino and Corso di Porta Ticinese, where there are a large number of Diesel, Miss Sixty, Gas brand stores. However, in the neighborhood with these stores there are also many “second-hand” stores and shops offering products by beginning designers.
If you want to yourself or loved ones to buy souvenir trinkets or paintings by local artists, you can go to Navigli. On the last Sunday of the month, an antique fair takes place on the Naviglio Grande Canal. On Tuesday and Saturday, there is also a regular market.
If the goal of the tourist is to benefit from shopping, he needs to visit discount stores and wholesale clothing stores.