Hello girls and boys! Today, this blog post is about my short Milan Shopping weekend with my lovely friend Emelie!
Our intention of this trip was mainly to see each other, eat some granita, do shopping and enjoy the sunny days!
Of course Milan did not mislead us with the expectations about the shopping there.
For sure, it is all what it is said to be:
Milan is the paradise of shopping!
Depending on what kind of shopping you are searching for in Milan; Budget shopping, luxurious shopping, couture dresses or unique handmade items – This all is possible in Milan!
Actually what we did, was more or less combining all of that. I would like to share with you some tips and other important information.
Shopping possibilities in Milan
Lets start with the budget shopping in Milan. So, more or less you can shop for a lower price and get still very nice looking clothes.
Our airbnb flat was located quite close from the biggest ( 1km long shopping street) called Corso Buenos Aires.
Here you can find basically anything for casual wear and also for a bit more classy style.
Among Italian brands you can also find the casual, worldwide brands such as Zara, H&M, promod, Gaudi, Motivi and others. Also some smaller boutiques.
We focused on our Milan shopping with Emelie more or less on the stores that we do not have in our countries and it was a right choice.
For the luxury shopping I would like to lead you guys to the Europes oldest shopping Mall – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
This Gallery was completed in 1877 and includes the most luxurious and expensive restaurants in Milan.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a connection from Duomo to La Scala. I want to mention, that in this shopping mall is also located a wonderful store Luisa Spagnoli. I recommend this store for those ladies that like feminine, classy Italian clothing.
All material of the clothes suits perfectly to its design.
Please, take a look at the homepage: http://www.luisaspagnoli.com/
A bit more luxury…
When Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is checked, I recommend you to head to the Via Brera.
This is definitely Milans heart of shopping and also nightlife. Walking along via Breda you can admire amazing shopping windows, which are just organized and designed as art.
A lot of handmade, bohemic items, antique findings and unique design.
Definitely worth a visit for those who are willing to spend a bit more than a penny.
The street includes brands such as Cavalli, Gucci, Luisa Beccaria, Massimo Alba, Nastri, as well small boutiques of furry coats, scarfs, hats. Fans of Garlando and Spelta Shoes and bags are found on via Breda too.
Next stop is Navigli district. This is a nice one.
Actually we found during our Milan shopping ourselves there pretty randomly. I just googled some spots in Milan, and found Navigli, which looked so lovely with its canals, it reminded of Venice, so it was an easy decision to make and head straight towards there.
It was surprising, once we arrived to Navigli, that it really differed a lot from other districts. It had more or less a feeling of underground place, with a lot of vintage shops. The accent on punk and rock style from beginning of 80s.
For Teens and young ones
The shopping here is certainly oriented more to teens and students rather than via Breda with its luxurious boutiques. But nevertheless I am not teen nor student anymore, I found some nice stuff there anyway, so I recommend this district with my whole open heart!
Another thing to mention about Navigli district, which is not related to shopping, but wonderful tiny bars and cafes. Friendly, easy people everywhere.
The other side of Milan for sure.
And one last thing about the Navigli district: a lot of second hand stores and also flea-market is taken its place every Saturday around the area.
Tips for Milan Shopping
But now comes the last section of my post “Milan shopping”.
What to do if you want to get luxurious clothes with budget prices? Possible ☺ Milan is the center of fashion outlet stores. Bigger center are located a bit outside from the center, but many smaller ones are also inside of the city.
We visited Matias outlet store (yelp.de/biz/matias-outlet-milano).
For our luck they had summer sales there, all the brands with a discount of 70-90%. Items from new collection are also with a discount, usually around -40-50%.
Il Salvagente Outlet store.
Very suitable name for shopaholics: Il salvagente means in English “ life saver”, so perfect place for some shopping-hunter-fanatics. It is also located in Milan city center (full address: Via Fratelli Bronzetti 16).
Brands they are selling are Armani, Burberry, Cavalli, Chloe, Pucci, Gucci, Moschino and Versace.
And more info just a click away: salvagentemilano.it
And third Fashion outlet store during our Milan shopping – recommendation would be Serravalle Designer Outlet.
This one is a bit further away from Milan, towards Genova. So a bus ride or a train there would be fine. Be prepared to spend few hours for the trip there and back, so one day shopping trip there would make it work!
And here is the link of course mcarthurglen.com
That’s it my dears! Happy shopping for all of you!
Milan shopping is not a cliché, it is how it is, and is still true –worth!
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