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Shopping in Milan, Best Shops and Places for Shopping

Shops and Shopping in Milan

If you like shopping and you visit Milan, shopping in Milan can be quite an experience. As one of the world’s top fashion capitals, it is no wonder that Milan abounds in shops and stores where you can buy clothes from all fashion brands – at pretty high prices for that matter – as well as such that won’t hurt your budget. And when it comes to shopping, you can expect to find stores in literally every part of the city.

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping in Milan

Definitely the most popular destination for shopping in Milan is Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the beautiful arched shopping mall, decorated with mosaics and housing shops like Versace, Prada and Louis Vuitton. Among the shops you’ll also find some restaurants and cafes for when you get exhausted from all the money-spending. But, if you cannot afford or don’t want to spend a lot, you can always window shop, and maybe even steal some ideas for your personal style.

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Via Monte Napoleone, Milan

Via Monte Napoleone, in Milan’s fashion district, is undoubtedly the best and most luxurious shopping street in this city, but also one of the most expensive. This street, which is often compared to New York’s prestigious Fifth Avenue, offers a great choice not only of men’s and women’s clothing, but jewellery and watches as well. Cartier and Bulgari are just two of the countless shops located along this 500 meter-long street.

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Via Brera, Shopping

Via Brera is also famous for its jewellery shops, especially hand-made and vintage jewelry. Antique and art shops are characteristic of this street, too. Even if you don’t buy anything, just walking along the cobbled street, past numerous charming shops is an experience on its own. Whatever you decide to do, L’Olfattorio is a must. They don’t only sell high quality perfumes, but offer you the opportunity to create your own as well.

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Via Torino, Piazza Duomo, Milan

Via Torino, near piazza Duomo, has been considered a major fashion street for years. However, when it comes to shopping in Milan, Via Torino mainly appeals to the younger generations. You’ll come across lots of shops selling shoes and bags, but at a bit more affordable prices than other shopping streets. The Muji store has everything you can imagine, plus more, from furniture to shoes and cosmetics, so don’t miss it. Going along Via Torino, toward the Ticinese district, you’ll pass by several restaurants and cafes (mainly frequented by students) as well quite a few monuments.

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Via Dante, Books Shopping in Milan

For book stores and gift shops, visit Via Dante, in the very center of Milan. Largo Cairoli is well supplied with books from different international authors. A few theatres such as the Piccolo Teatro are located on this pedestrian street. Apart from some cafes and restaurants, the French sports shop Le Coq Sportif is worth a visit.

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Other Stores for Shopping in Milan

If you are really shopping on a budget, H&M, Accessorize, Miny, Orleans and Salvagente are some of the shops that would be perfect for you, whether you are looking for clothes, leather or shoes. They are scattered around Milan, and although significantly cheaper than most of the other shop here, nonetheless sell good quality products.

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Of course, Milan has a lot more to offer in this regard, from high end fashion at the Golden Quadrilateral to less known stores and outlets for shopping in Milan, waiting to be discovered. No matter what you choose, remember that most of them don’t open before 9.30 am only to close again for a lunch break from 1 pm-3.30 pm and work until 7.30 pm.

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