Indeed, Milan’s Fashion District can offer some of the best shopping opportunities in Europe, especially for those with distinguished tastes who seek the best that money can buy. It attracts not only tourists but also Milan’s “beautiful people”, so shopping there is a great opportunity to hobnob with the affluent locals.
Cheap short breaks Milan is not just the key to cherish shopping in the world’s fashion capital but also to pick up some original souvenirs of your holiday in Italy.
Check out those price tags
Milan is an haute couture power house where fashions jump more frequently than sensex. Most first-time visitors are simply awed and overwhelmed by the large concentration of haute couture labels. While not everyone can afford a Versace and Armani and those price tags are larger than your budget, you can spend many a happy hour admiring the window displays.
Where to shop for big names
- Via Della Spiga – for D&G, Armani, Prada, Roberto Cavali, Fendi, Marni, Just Cavali and many more
- Via Manzoni – for Armani Suprstore, Armani Casa, Paul Smith and others
- Via Sant’Andrea – for Kenzo, Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Moschino, Gianni Versace, Miu Miu, Prada Sport and what not
- Via Montenapoleone – for La Perla, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Prada Women, Armani Junior, Alberta Ferretti, Christian Dior and much more
- Gallerie Vittorio Emanuele II – for its glass roofed arcade and mosaic floors apart from Louis Vuitton and Gucci signature stores
Rummage around flea markets
There are many ways to grab a bargain throughout the city, if you know where to hunt such as shops selling end-of-season returns, catwalk cast-offs and second-hand and vintage clothes boutiques. You’ll also find heart-pumping deals on Gucci shoes to cashmere jumpers in the markets.
The Milanese often joke that the only people who shop at the Gucci flagship store in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are the tourists while locals on the other hand, prefer to elbow their way through rack after rack of cut –price stores at the city’s flea markets to get the best bargains.
So choose a bright sunny day, leave your stilettos at home and hunt on the city’s best markets. For long, Fiera di Senigallia has been Milan’s top flea market because of its 70’s vintage disco gear, Peruvian baby clothes and nostalgic comic books. Spot Papiniano over a canal or two, that stores a mix of goodies including plants, shoes, home wares and linens.
Up north you’ll find an underrated Isola, which is indeed a bargain hunter’s delight storing ceramics, end of season clothing by various brands and an ultra cheap place for a-la mode fashions. Need some shoes, show up at Fauche, favorite spot for cut-price designer shoes. Running for 2 kms alongside the city’s oldest canal, the market draws in close to 1.5 lac people, and is a good source of design classics, ranging from furniture to vintage watches.
Other places to check out for steal deals:
- Armani Megastore
- II Salvagente
- Calzaturifico di Parabiago
Historically, Milan has always been one of the wealthiest cities that you will find anywhere in Europe and it has a global reputation for being the capital of design and fashion. Some of the world’s most affluent fashion designers have labeled Milan their home and for the evident reasons.
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