Hello world !
Okay as you may already know, SHOPPING IN MILAN IS AMAZING. It’s internationally recognized as the world’s most important fashion capital! It’s also the home of MANY of the best luxury, fashion and jewelry boutiques IN THE WORLD. I said it. IN. THE. WORLD. Also, it houses workshops of many of the industry’s biggest names… Pretty cool, right? Well, NOW, let’s talk about shopping. We know how awesome the boutiques are, but where are they ?! Well, my dear Wanderlusters, let me show you.
P.s: There’s a good news: they’re (almost) all in a walking distance from the Duomo cathedral (my favorite place there because of how alive it is. But I’ll get there later)!
1-The Golden Rectangle (Quadrilatero d’Oro) :
Looking for the best Italian designers and most exclusives stores? Then welcome to heaven. This district is a MUST. It’s basically four streets Via Monte Napoleone, Via Alessandro Manzoni, Via Della Spiga, and Corso Venezia, forming the geometrical form. The area is considered the district for excellence in terms of the best creations and Italian designers since it is filled by the best and finest of haute couture. Luxurious Italian brands? Yes, please! Even if you might not be interested in the brands, at least take a look at the beautiful stores there: The decorations are outstanding mostly during new year’s eve or Christmas where the decorations are just so pretty!
Just to be sure, I’ll repeat that: THIS PLACE IS A MUST.
- Following, we have Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle :
From Prada to Ferrari. This little -BEAUTIFUL- the gallery is right beside the Duomo and holds quite a few restaurants, bars, and big brands. To be honest, the gallery itself is worth the trip since it was built in 1877 and its cross-like glass roof is decorated with four large floor mosaics #InstagramIsCallingMyName.
- Moreover, we have the streets :
The big franchising shops are running throughout Via Torino. There’s everything from Zara, Victoria’s secret to Nike… This will probably satisfy everyone. Need new shoes? You’ll find beautiful Italian and international brands. Need new clothes? Who am I kidding, of course, you’ll find literally every item there. Also, Via Torino is now “in line with the great malls of European cities”, how cool is that?
P.s: if you’re dragging your best friend, boyfriend, friend… I don’t know. As I was just saying if you’re dragging somebody with you, and that said person is NOT interested in shopping, there are many cafes and restaurants where they can kindly wait for you and keep all your bags (Best part: all while enjoying themselves as well, because Italian pastries are AMAZING).
There are also streets such as Corso di Porta Ticinese, San babila, Via Savona and Corso Venezia.
2-Fashion events :
- Milano Unica: Okay. This is a must-see event for any self-professed fashionista. It’s basically a trade fair of Italian/European clothing and accessories. It’s the best shot you have at admiring the most exclusive designs in the fashion world as well as spotting the upcoming designers.
- Milan Fashion Week: Yes, I know what you’re going to tell me: who doesn’t know about the Milan fashion week? Right. Well, the quintessential bi-annual event is an unmissable event for all fashion lovers (as well as industry professionals). I guess that it’s just good to remind everyone about how important this event is since you can see the most renowned designers presenting their new collections.
- Last but not least, if you’re planning a trip to Milan in March, you cannot miss out on The MICAM, the leading footwear exhibition where you can fix your eyes on next year’s collections.
Of course, you will find at pretty much every street one or many shops where you could end up buying real gems (Trust the beautiful shirt and the magnificent dress I bought when I was walking from A to B once).
So, ready to book your flight?