In Milan most shops close on Sundays and those which are not selling food are also closed on Monday mornings.
If you are interested in buying traditional food and wine from the Milan region, then don't miss out on visiting Peck, a legendary gastronomy temple. In Via Spadari, you will find many shops selling original cheese from all around Italy and any kind of salami, extra virgin oil, balsamic vinegar, rare tea selections, herbs and a huge cellar with authentic, italian wines.
Fashion Quadrilatero (Quadrialtero d' Oro)
Milan is the world's most famous fashion capital. This is the hometown and headquarters of many haute couture designers and each year during the Milan fashion week trends are set here. This is not only for fashion in clothing but also in interior design. The Fashion Quadrialtero is the area formed by the streets Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Sant' Andera and Via Manzoni.
- In Via Montenapoleone, boutiques by Gucci, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Fratelli Rossetti, Etro, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier and Tanino Crisci. The showcases are equally impressive as the garments they create and are worth observing.
- In Via Sant' Andrea there are the boutiques of Chanel. Fendi, Bottega Vente, Tod's, Genny, Prada, Bulgari and Chopard.
- In Via Manzoni you will find the Spazio Armani in number 31. This is actually a multistore that Giorgio Armani created where you can find the showroom of Emporio Armani, Armani casa and Armani fiori. Moreover, there is the Emporio Armani cafe as well as the Nobu restaurant in the same building, whose chef, Matsuhisa, is the best Japanese chef of the last 10 years.
More affordable, stylish buys
Four are the main shopping streets where you can stroll and buy very interesting fashion garments and not only.
- Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which connects the Duomo square with the San Babila square, hosts unique fashion shops with fantastic clothes from the Max Mara, Moreschi, Bruno Magli, Pollini fashion houses. You will also find big international chains such as Zara, H&M and Furla.
- In Corso Buenos Aires, is one of the longest shopping streets in Europe where you will find shops like Timberland, Mandarina Duck, Kokaii and Nara Camice.
- In Via Torino, every-day clothing in even more reasonable prices is sold. Footlocker,Camper and many more are gatheres here. In the Navigli district and specifically in Corso di Porta Ticinese you will be able to shop street style clothing. Corso di Porta Ticinese you will find the Custo Barcelona, Diesel, Miss Sixty, Gas, Fornarina stores and many accessories shops.
- Fiera di Senigallia: Every Saturday morning, Viale d' Annunzio, fills with colours, smells, sounds due to the flea market. You can buy anything indian, south american and african handcrafts, new and used clothes, old furniture, art nouveau lamps, even candles, books, video tapes and LP's. The music accompanying this sight is from Senegal.
- Mercatone del Naviglio Grande: every last Sunday of the month, there is big exhibition held that displays antiques, furniture, old books, jewelery and much more.
Milan has many fashion outlets where you can buy precious designer pieces in very reasonable prices. These outlets are mainly in the city center in contrast to the rest of the european capital, where outlets are located in the outskirts of the city. Some of them are:
- Diffusione Tessile, which is the Max Mara outlet
- Bruno Magli and Etro outlet
- Basetti outlet with linen
- Valextra with travel accessories
- Kokaii and Luciano Soprani outlets
If you are interested in finding the best shops for interior design and furniture, then visit the Corso Matteoti, Via Durini and Via Manzoni near the Fashion Quadrilatero. Otherwise, you can also visit the Brera district where all the artists of the city gather. The pedestrian street Via Fiori Chiari is full of cafes and art galleries.