Quality shopping districts – Milan shops

    There are some fantastic shopping districts outside the top fashion district. A Friend in Milan can accompany you on a Milan walking tour to streets such as Corso Buenos Aires, the Brera district, Via Torino and Corso di Porta Ticinese, helping you to discover their unique characteristics. We can also help you save time with our expert knowledge of which shops are open, and which are closed – many shops are closed on Sundays and Monday mornings.

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    Corso Buenos Aires, Milan

    Corso Buenos Aires is a long street running between Porta Venezia and Piazza Loreto, not far from the Central Station. Its over 350 shops attract an average of 100,000 people every day, who enjoy the many fashion stores. With your Friend in Milan, you will be sure that you can take a break in the most pleasant cafés, bars and restaurants. Some Corso Buenos Aires highlights:

    • Mid-range clothes, shoes, sportswear
    • Classic hats
    • Original gift ideas
    • Discover the smallest cathedral in the world
    • Enjoy one of Milan’s favourite drinks, the Sbagliato cocktail or Negroni Sbagliato, in the bar where it was invented (by mistake)
    • Discover some splendid examples of Milan’s version of Art Nouveau architecture

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    Via Brera district, Milan


    In the Brera district, Milan, shopping is a lovely experience. Brera is like Paris’ Montmartre, a quarter brimming with memories of art and artists. The stores are equally creative, with high-quality artisanal products alongside some famous brand boutiques. Via Borgonuovo, Via Madonnina, Via Fiori Chiari, Via Fiori Oscuri, Via Marco Formentini, form a shopping itinerary full of surprises. In the evening, fortune tellers set up stall in one of the smaller cobbled streets. Brera district shopping highlights include:

    • Artisanal clothes and shoes
    • Artists’ materials
    • Modern antiques and vintage design
    • Contemporary art galleries
    • Milan’s largest classic art gallery, Pinacoteca di Brera
    • The beautiful Braidense library

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    Via Torino


    Via Torino, Milan, starts from Piazza Duomo with its Cathedral, and it offers many interesting clothes shops with a focus on fashion for young people, sportswear and more. Some of the street names in this area show that it was an important shopping district even in centuries past: Via Orefici (jewellers’ street), Via Spadari (swordmakers’ street) and Via Speronari (spur-makers’ street). The Via Torino district also offers many interesting cultural visits. Via Torino highlights:

    • Trendy and youthful fashion
    • Watches and jewellery
    • A classic Milanese delicatessen
    • Pinacoteca Ambrosiana with its collection of Leonardo da Vinci drawings
    • A Renaissance perspective illusion: Santa Maria presso San Satiro church

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    Corso di Porta Ticinese


    Running from Via Torino southwards, Corso di Porta Ticinese in Milan is a favourite amongst young people for its shopping focus on trendy, ethnic fashion and jewellery. The setting includes some of Milan’s classic sights, and the area has become one of the city’s nightlife districts. Corso di Porta Ticinese highlights include:

    • Trendy and ethnic fashion and jewellery
    • Musical instruments
    • Happy hour cocktails
    • The Ancient Roman columns at San Lorenzo, Milan
    • The Medieval gate, Porta Ticinese, Milan

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    Corso di Porta Ticinese brings you to Piazza XXIV Maggio, start of the canal district with the Navigli, Milan, now a favourite nightlife area. The Naviglio Grande canal is home to an open-air antiques market on the last Sunday of every month.

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