If you travel to Milan you may like fashion, and if not, you will start to like it as soon as you walk its streets. There is no culture in Europe with such good taste in clothing as the Italian, and the Milanese are clear proof of this. It is difficult to walk through the streets of Milan and meet people who do not dress elegantly or with a special style. This is not only related to the fact that in this city clothes are of great importance, but there are also spectacular sales, so it is enough to know where to go to get good clothes at an unthinkable price.
So, in this section, we are going to review the most outstanding commercial areas where you can go shopping in Milan. You will also find a list of the best shopping centers and outlets in the city (places to buy cheaper clothes). At the bottom of the page there is a list of different stores with alternative fashion.
Best Markets in Milan
Milan is the ideal city for luxury shopping: the world’s biggest fashion brands are based here and they have stores of impressive brilliance. Something that, even if you don’t like fashion, will catch your attention to the point of attracting you like chocolate to a child. However, there are also second-hand shops and good-quality clothing stores here, but with a more sober, sporty and casual style.
There are several places where fashion is the protagonist, here we tell you which are the most important streets in Milan where you can find models of all kinds.
The Ring of Fashion
In the center of Milan is the so-called “fashion quadrilateral” which, as its name suggests, is a square area full of clothing stores and places to buy fashion items. The quadrilateral is bounded by the streets Via Montenapoleone, Via Alessandro Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Via Sant’Andrea, and to get there you only have to walk a few meters from the Duomo.
In these streets you will find the most famous stores in Italy and the world, among which Versace, Giorgio Armani and Roberto Cavalli stand out with spectacular stores, full of brilliance and elegance. You may not be able to buy anything; the prices are overwhelming, only accessible to people with a very high purchasing power. In fact, in this neighborhood it is normal to see luxury cars like Ferraris or Porsches. In any case, there are also sales here, and although many of these stores do not usually advertise it in their windows (in order not to lose elegance, perhaps), we recommend that you pay attention.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
This street starts at Piazza del Duomo and ends at San Babila. Throughout its extension you can find stores of various brands, such as Zara, H&M, Diesel or Replay. Prices vary by store, but you may find what you’re looking for if you’re patient.
Corso Di Porta Ticinese
There you will see both second-hand clothing stores and brands that offer alternative designs, such as Miss Sixty, Diesel or Custo. This street adjoins Via Edmondo de Amicis and Piazza 24 Maggio.
Piazza Del Duomo
Here is not only one of the most imposing cathedrals in the world, there are multifaceted product stores: clothing stores of large and small brands, music stores, accessories, books. It’s hard to walk two steps without finding a store that catches your eye. Brand stores also have an appointment in this area, and many of them offer products at exorbitant prices; however, if you are looking for something in particular, we recommend that you do not lose hope, because in the least expected corner, you will find what you need.
It starts at Piazza Duomo and is home to major and popular European brands, including Calzedonia, Pull and Bear and Foot Locker. It is ideal to buy clothes for a teenage audience, since most of the stores offer a sporty and casual style.
Corso Buenos Aires
It is not a street that stands out for its beauty, in fact it could even seem un-Italian. However, it also has a certain relevance in the commercial world. In it you will find all kinds of stores, among which we could mention several of the Upim chain, of good quality and affordable prices. On this street, the clothing stores are of the same style as those on Via Torino, casual and sporty.