Everyone would like to shop at markets more frequently. Open air markets are nice opportunities to walk around the streets of Milano - which become open-air boutiques - look for the best Italian tomatoes, make sure that there is a very short bridge from the producer to the consumer. In addition, it would be a pleasure to hear traders’ voices saying - mandarins for 1 euro per kg - and then buy them. 

 

With markets, Milano is not backing down and offers its citizens, but not just them, the possibility to make of street urban shopping a regular event in the neighborhood, where the community gets together to fill in the pantry. Going to the market today is a collective moment among funny people, elderly couples who walk hand by hand or Erasmus students who prefer outdoor shopping at reasonable prices - in order to respect the environment since the use of plastic is much more limited than in big commercial chains. Every neighborhood has its weekly market. Let's have a look at these five that we selected for you.

Fauché street market

Every Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

This is one of the largest city markets. It is very well attended and it gathers people living in via Fauché and those who cross the city from southern Milano to look for the right tent among the wonderful fabrics for sale. In fact the Fauché market is not only fruit, there are also stalls of designer clothes, fabrics, plants, three or four stands selling flowers that fill the street with colors. Prices may vary, but this market is generally considered one of the most expensive around the city.

Darsena Market

Mondays, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

From Tuesday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Closed on Sunday

 

Among city markets there are the municipal ones:  they are small covered squares with shops (mostly gastronomic) gently stuck inside yellow huts. There are 21 local markets around the city. These spaces are open every day. They are very popular, especially because of their favourable prices. Some of them have been useful to redevelop a large part of the city’s suburbs. This group includes the well-known Mercato Comunale della Darsena. Opened in 2015, it consists of approximately 23 shops. This market is certainly a spending point of the city, but also a meeting place for moments of social gathering - like the aperitivo - with an offer that ranges from glasses of wine to sandwiches, the simplest snacks or fruit juices, ideal for healthy and inexpensive snacks.

Crema and Piacenza streets market

Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

This market notoriously brings together all the urban shoppers in / and around Porta Romana (such as Piazzale Lodi and part of the outer ring road that overlooks Viale Toscana). Fruits and vegetables have excellent prices. It is possible to find meat and cheese for all wallets. The quality is high and the goods comes from local producers.

Osoppo street Market

Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

 

The De Angeli area also has its market. The Osoppo market has very favorable prices for fruit and vegetable products. Gastronomy is very expensive. But the market is also known for its good fresh fish. The atmosphere is relaxed, it is possible to breathe the pleasant melting pot between cultures and customs of different ethnic groups. The merchants are positively available, with some of them it is also easy to stop and chat to collect new recipes and culinary tips. Here, it is possible to admire and buy beautiful flowers.

Volturno / Sebenico streets Market

Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

"On market days, Tuesdays and Saturdays, you can't marry or die." The popular tradition does not easily end, so the historical memory of  the Isola district tells and recalls how the day of the neighborhood market was an important moment for the whole community. Even today, via Volturno and via Sebenico are attended by people who go from Garibaldi to Isola districts to buy fruits. The prices vary a lot, you can buy everything: shoes, fabrics and objects, fruit and vegetables. The market is always very crowded, but on a sunny day, time flies as fast as the queues at the desks.