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Shopping City Guide: Milan

We couldn’t run a site for Travelling Shopaholics for long without mentioning Milan. Milan is the shopaholics mecca; a place to pay pilgrimage to Prada. We took 3 days to explore the shopping opportunities in Milan from luxury department stores to designer outlets and here is the run down of our favourite picks.

Via Monte Napolean

Via Monte Napolean is the Rodeo Drive of Milan, like Bond Street is to London. First stop on any Milan shopping trip should be a strut down this street to pay your respect to the greats of designer fashion; Dior, Valentino, Etro et al.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Take time to marvel at the splendour that is Italy’s oldest and one of the world’s finest shopping malls. The domed ceiling and marble floors are a breath-taking home to the Prada flagship store, Italian boutiques and fine dining restaurants.

Top Tip: Stop for a tipple in the Campari Bar where the much loved Italian spirit was born.


Just outside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is one of Milan’s most best loved department stores. Like Harrods in London it has several floors housing everything from gadgets and gifts to the clothing range of almost any designer worth knowing.

Top Tip: Rinascente also has a secret weapon, a top floor bar and restaurant with unprecedented views of the Duomo cathedral. It serves a mean Chicken Ceaser Salad in the shadow of an icon of Milan.


Excelsior is the newest designer department store on the Milan scene. Discreetly set back from the main Corso Victorio Emanuele drag, Excelsior is a museum of fashion. Many of the clothes look too good (and far too expensive) to touch but the accessories department on the ground floor (including a Tiffany’s section) throng with a chic crowd.

Top Tip: Don’t miss the ground floor food level filled with exquisite Italian delicasies. The store also has free wifi throughout so you can get your tweet on!

10 Corso Como

We loved this boutique come gallery, café and hotel in one so much we wrote a whole post about it. But..

Top Tip: Don’t miss the 10 Corso Como Outlet just 5 minutes around the corner. It’s a bit hard to spot so ask the staff in 10 Corso Como to give you a map and don’t be perturbed if it feels like you are getting lost. Hidden behind an off street courtyard is the outlet which looks and feels very similar to the shop but without the prices that may shock. We spotted Louboutin, Alaia, Mary Katrantzou, Balenciaga and more at up to 30% off.

Fidenza Village

If you really want to make a saving on designer goods then you need to head outside of Milan to the Fidenza Village by Chic Outlet Shopping. Here you will find brands like Michael Kors, D&G, Furla, Marni and more at up to 70% off the retail price. The outlet itself is a chic as the name suggests; superb service, fancy restaurants and not a bargain bucket in sight. (Find out more by reading the full review on 40before30.com.)

Top Tip: You can book a Shopping Express luxury bus service from Milan to the Village. It costs 20 Euros and takes approximately 1hour30 each way. The service runs daily AND at the moment shoppers who book this service online are given a voucher for 10% off their purchases.


Navigli is an area that we heard a lot about but didn’t have time to visit *insert sad face*. This slightly more bohemian area running along the city’s canals holds an antique market every Sunday and is well known for it’s vintage shopping. It’s a great excuse for us to book another trip.

Have you been shopping in Milan? What are your favourite spots?


9 thoughts on “Shopping City Guide: Milan

  1. First time travelling over seas come October 2014. My husband and I will have 2 nights and 1 full day to see milan. We are going purely for the shopping. Our budget isn’t huge but I would love to snare a gorgeous pair of boots without the hefty price tag. Any suggestions on places to go to and what area is best to stay in for these attractions would be greatly appreciated. Love your article, thank you

    1. Hi Shara, How exciting – you will have a wonderful time. I stayed at a couple of hotels during my trip but the closest (and coolest) place I stayed that was within walking distance to the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio is the Chateau Monfort (you can find a review here http://www.40before30.com/2012/10/31/a-night-in-an-italian-wonderland-at-chateau-monfort-milan/). For your boots 10 Corso Como has a great range but for a real bargain I would suggest the Fidenza outlet village. You can catch a coach from central Milan – find more information here http://www.40before30.com/2012/11/10/a-chic-shopping-experience-in-milan/. And finally for a 1 day sightseeing tour of Milan try this piece here http://www.40before30.com/2012/11/21/a-one-day-walk-of-milan/.

      Enjoy 🙂

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