Milano is the city of fashion and shopping: here is a small guide around the city that will allow for a dive in Italian Style, following your taste.

NORTH OF PIAZZA DUOMO

CORSO VITTORIO EMANUELE II

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the classic choice for the start of a city centre stroll, a large pedestrian zone linking the central Piazza del Duomo with Piazza San Babila, giving you the choice of either shopping or exploring monuments and museums.

Along the Corso, many clothing shops cater for all tastes including those of the young. In this street low-cost stores have joined forces with designers in creating collections to suit all needs, including collections both trendy and affordable.

The architectural layout of the area, with its wide porticoes, enhances the street's shopping experience. Visitors to the city, as well as locals, love to sit down at the tables of the bars under the arcades to chill out in the shadow of the Madonnina.

CORSO VENEZIA

Corso Venezia is the street that joins the two most important hubs of Milanese shopping: San Babila, entrance to the fashion Quadrilatero and Corso Buenos Aires, the popular reference point for city shopping.

In the first part of the street, starting from the city centre, countless shop windows boast a vast array of fashion names, but heading north the lovely green atmosphere of the district takes over.

This is due to the presence of the Indro Montanelli public gardens, around which Art Nouveau flourished in the last part of the nineteenth century over the many sumptuous palazzi, much admired by the elegant Milanese bourgeoisie of that time.

CORSO BUENOS AIRES

A commercial stretch over a kilometre long with a multitude of shops offering articles of all genres. Corso Buenos Aires is always busy at any time of the day and meets the most varied needs of many: whether you want to buy a shirt or a pair of pants, eyeglasses or a good book, jewellery, shoes or sporting goods, you are bound to find what you are looking for.

 

The Corso, which starts from Piazza Oberdan (Porta Venezia), is a continuation of Corso Venezia and goes straight on all the way to Piazzale Loreto. It is served by three Metro stops at the two ends and halfway on the M1 red line (Porta Venezia, Loreto and Lima).

If you have some available free time pause a while on this street, where the bars and pizzerias will invite you to extend your busy shopping schedule.

 

Moving north in the direction of Piazzale Loreto find Corti di Baires, with various attractive shop windows and an outdoor seating area inviting shoppers to relax between purchases, as the snatch a few quiet moments from the enjoyable frenzy of impulse buying.

SOUTH OF PIAZZA DUOMO

VIA TORINO

One of the most important shopping streets, it connects Piazza del Duomo with the Navigli area. It was once packed with artisans and workshops, but has now become one of the most important areas of Milanese shopping, catering for every taste and style but with a specific focus on the younger market.

 

Its central position has always favoured this particular vocation. Admire all the eclectic shop windows as you stroll between monuments, and do not miss a veritable artistic jewel: the Church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro, with its stunning trompe-l’oeil apse.

PORTA TICINESE

This is where you will find alternative shops and boutiques: designer labels are found alongside hand-crafted items, the fruit of expert artisan skills.

 

Ideal for those looking for original one-off shops, cult places for clothing or niche footgear. It is the place to be for vintage clothes, tailor-made garments or natural and ethnic products, funky fashion accessories. Footwear, clothes, jeans and sporty-chic stuff: a vast assortment to be discovered.

VIA SAVONA

Lofts, design and photographic studios, showrooms, workshops and fashion studios - this is one of the new and characteristic faces of the city. Restored sites and buildings constructed from basic materials such as iron or brick and furbished with large lofty windows and skylights characterise this area.

 

Via Tortona, Via Savona, Via Bergognone add up not only to one of the most interesting design areas but also to a new place on the map for browsing or quality shopping. In addition to the big brands, temporary shops have become the trendy new phenomenon: some spaces just open for a limited time, usually for a few weeks. Their success is due to different reasons: the novelty of the venue and the focus of consumer attention on a brand or a product that tempts temporary visitors to take advantage of the opening while it lasts.

QUADRILATERO DELLA MODA or FASHION DISTRICT

VIA MONTENAPOLEONE

Sports cars parked at the curb, celebrity spotting and a tad of designer frenzy. Plus, the shop windows. These are just some of the ingredients that characterise via Montenapoleone. The name itself serves as an international calling card, immediately conjuring up the attractive lure of the big brands.

 

No doubt, Via Montenapoleone spectacularly stands for Made in Italy and is one of the reputational assets of an important city that attracts visitors from all over the world. This is where you will find all the high fashion garments, the jewellery, the watches and any other item that embodies excellence on the market.

 

However, the street can also reveal unexpected and sophisticated surprises like the Bottega del Gusto or boutique of taste, where you can savour holistic new emotions.

 

During the main fashion shows, models flock here from all over the world and VIPs mingle with the merely curious who want to experience for themselves this unique shopping district of the world’s fashion capital.

VIA SANT'ANDREA

Do you want to find out at last which are the most exclusive and sophisticated products of luxury and elegance? Do you have a special wish? Would you like to give in to a whim and buy that gift you have been thinking about for a long time?

This is the right place in the city. Via Sant'Andrea crosses via della Spiga and is parallel to via Gesù: we are at the heart of the famous fashion Quadrilatero, where the ancient courtyards are filled with workshops and designer showrooms.

 

The street is home to Palazzo Morando, a space dedicated to creativity, which also shows films on the history of costume.

VIA DELLA SPIGA

Enter into via della Spiga and you're immediately struck by the beauty of the window displays and the profusion of the most famous brands in fashion. The politeness and elegance of the in-store staff contribute to this special feel.

 

The cosy, secluded atmosphere of the street, an oasis closed to vehicle traffic, invites you to calmly enjoy window shopping. The cobblestone flooring merging with the luxurious facades of the buildings provides a particular degree of pampered sophistication to the setting.

 

However, what you are about to embark upon is a walk that is anything but “quiet” as an extensive range of expensive proposals is on display, matching creativity with superb taste.

VIA DEL GESU'

More intimate than other streets of the Quadrilatero, via del Gesù is home to renowned international designer shops and gems of Italian craftsmanship, fruit of the masterful national manufacturing tradition. You will not find this rare stuff in most other cities.

The classy Four Seasons Hotel, a temple of hospitality that offers a characteristically refined and intimate atmosphere, opens its doors here.

 

Also have a look at the captivating Bagatti Valsecchi house museum, which boasts a large and exclusive art collection.

VIA MANZONI

Via Manzoni starts from Piazza della Scala and is one of the most sought after shopping destinations in the city for its variety of shops and the elegance of its purely Milanese flavour. Even a simple stroll here is exhilarating, as you reach the Roman Porta Nuova passing by exclusive showrooms and boutiques.

 

Admire the elegant neo-classical buildings and stop at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, that houses important collections and works of art. Along the route are buildings that have witnessed the history of Milano, such as the Hotel Et De Milan where Giuseppe Verdi was a regular guest.