Shopping in Milan

Shopping in Milan

Milan is home to one of the most prestigious catwalks in the world (Milan Fashion Week) and some of the best Fashion Schools; making it the perfect place to freshen up your wardrobe.

Although the rankings change every year, New York City, Rome, Paris, London and Milan are always considered the elite group of global fashion capitals.

The Fashion Quadrilateral

The quadrilatero della moda (fashion quadrilateral) is formed by Milan's most elegant shopping streets. This part of the city is packed with high-end boutiques and brands like Prada, Gucci, Moschino, Versace and Bulgari.

The most renowned high-end streets in Milan are Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. Between these two streets are other shopping streets that make up the famous quadrilateral, although none are as prestigious as the two previously mentioned.

All the stores in the fashion quadrilateral are high-end brands, so if you are visiting Milan on a budget, do not expect to find any low-cost shops in this area. Nevertheless, we recommend visiting the area to observe the window displays and the people walking by.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

This glass-covered shopping arcade houses some of the most prestigious shops in Milan. You can find more information about these galleries on the following link: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Affordable shopping streets in Milan

If you would like to do some shopping in Milan, the city’s most popular fashion stores are in the following streets:

  • Corso Vittorio Emanuele II: This street runs from Piazza del Duomo to San Babila and has shops like Diesel, Replay, Zara or H&M.
  • Corso di Porta Ticinese: Between the Via Edmondo de Amicis and the Piazza 24 Maggio are Milan’s most alternative stores. Custo, Diesel or Miss Sixty share the area with vintage clothing boutiques and young designers.
  • Via Torino: Part of the Piazza del Duomo, the Via Torino has the most popular brands like Zara, H&M, Pimkie, Calzedonia, Foot Locker and Pull and Bear.
  • Corso Buenos Aires: Although it is a bit far out and not very pretty, it is still an important commercial street. The shops are like the ones in Via Torino.

Milan’s department stores

There are very few department stores in Milan. That said, the Rinascente, which is a department store with luxury brands and expensive goods is in the Piazza del Duomo. The advantage is that it opens every day of the week, and the top floor plays host to a number of enticing restaurants and terraces.

Opening times

If you would like to check out Milan’s opening times, click on the following article: Opening times in Milan.