Milan: Shopping Guide

Milan is considered to be one of the most important fashion capitals, together with Paris, London and New York. Find out about Milano shopping in our enhanced designer fashion shopping guide. Choose the right place where to shop in Milan to buy the best designer handbags, shoes or accessories.

Where to Shop in Milan?

Explore these 8 top places and you will not miss any important designer fashion shop in Milan, including local fashion stores, which are not known worldwide.

  1. Quadrilatero della Moda
  2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  3. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
  4. Via Dante
  5. Corso Buenos Aires
  6. Piazza San Babila
  7. Brera
  8. Porta Ticinese

1.) Quadrilatero della Moda

The most important designer fashion district in Milan and actually one of the leading shop district in the world. Quadrilatero della Moda is situated in the city center, not far from the famous Duomo cathedral. You can find most of the world’s greatest designer fashion brands and shops here. The district consists of 4 main streets – Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Corso Venezia and Via Manzoni.

Transport  How to get to Quadrilatero della Moda?

The district is surrounded by 4 underground stops. These are Montenapoleone (M3, yellow line) and San Babila (M1, red line), which are the closest ones, and then Palestro (M1, red line) and Turati (M3, yellow line), the more distant ones.

You can also use a tram or bus. The best tram connection is tram number 1 with stops Cavour and Via Manzoni Via Pisoni. For bus connection, use bus number 61 with stops Via Manzoni Via Pisoni, Cavour, Via Senato or Venezia Via Senato. Or bus number 94 with stops Via Senato or Venezia Via Senato.

Map  Map of Quadrilatero della Moda

2.) Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, designed in 1861 and built between 1865 and 1877 by Giuseppe Mengoni, is one of the oldest shopping mall worldwide. Galleria, sometimes nicknamed as il salotto di Milano (The Milan’s drawing room), is situated just next to the famous Duomo Cathedral, in the heart of city of Milan. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is full of cafés, restaurants and hi-end fashion boutiques, for example Prada, Versace, Gucci or Louis Vuitton.

Transport  How to get to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II?

The best option is to take a tube and go to Duomo stop, which is a change stop for line M1 (red line) and line M3 (yellow line). Once you get off the underground, you can’t miss it.

There are also many trams going to Duomo stop, as it is the city central stop. So you can use tram number 1, 2, 3, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19. Alternatively tram number 1 stop called Teatro Alla Scala, which is situated North-West of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Map  Map of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

3.) Corso Vittorio Emanuele II

This shopping street starts not so far from Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It goes easterly towards San Babila and Quadrilatero della Moda, another places which should be the points of your interest. If you are looking for some mid-end fashion brands for reasonable prices, this is the right street for you. Shops like Max Mara, MAX&Co, Zara, Mango, O Bag, but also Furla have their boutiques there. In Italy, you can find a corso with the same name also in Roma or Torino.

Transport  How to get to Corso Vittorio Emanuele II?

With Piazza del Duomo on the one side and San Babila on the other side it’s easy. Just get an underground going to stop Duomo (M1, red line or M3, yellow line) or stop San Babila (M1, red line). The street Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is situated just between these stops.

Tip: Once you get out of the underground at Duomo stop, position yourself to face directly into the Duomo Cathedral entry. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is on your left hand leading away from you along the Duomo left side.

Map  Map of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II

4.) Via Dante

Pedestrian street full of shops, boutiques, cafés and restaurants not far from the city center. You can find mostly mid-end and low-end fashion brands here, for example Guess, Lacoste or Sephora, but also many shops offering home decoration and designer households.

Transport  How to get to Via Dante?

As a pedestrian area, there are no trams or buses going throughout the street. Fortunately there is an underground stop at both ends of the street. So you can take M1 (red line) to stop Cordusio (closer end of the street to the city center) or Cairoli Castello (more distant end from the city center).

Both stops are also accessible with trams. Use tram number 1, 16 or 19 to go to Cordusio stop or tram number 1, 4 or 19 to go to Cairoli Castello stop.

Map  Map of Via Dante

5.) Corso Buenos Aires

With more than 1,5 km of shops and boutiques, Buenos Aires is one of the longest shopping street in Europe. More than 350 shops, mostly low-end and mid-end brands for reasonable prices. For example Guess, Zara, Baťa, H&M, Desigual, Mango, Motivi or Calvin Klein.

Corso Buenos Aires used to be full of local traditional boutiques. Unfortunately, these are disappearing nowdays and being replaced by mass shops to buy ready-to-wear clothes.

Tip: Try to find Corso Buenos Aires 23 or Piazza Lima 3 for internal atrium with local traditional boutiques, which were pushed away from the main street to there.

Transport  How to get to Corso Buenos Aires?

With its length, there are many subway, tram or bus stops throughout the street. To start at the beginning of the street, we suggest to get off at underground stop Loreto, which is a change stop for lines M1 (red line) and M2 (green line). This stop is at north-east end of the street. Alternatively, you can go to P.ta Venezia, which is also M1 (red line). This stop is situated at the other side of the street, closer to the city center. Another M1 underground stop, in the middle of the Buenos Aires, is stop called Lima.

Tram numbers to get to Corso Buenos Aires are number 5 and 33 for stop P.ta Venezia V.le TunisiaBus numbers are 60, 81 and night bus N6 for stop Lima or numbers 39, 55, 56, 90 and 91 for stop Loreto.

Map  Map of Corso Buenos Aires

6.) Piazza San Babila

Piazza San Babila is situated just at the end of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, so you can take walk from Piazza del Duomo, through Galeria Vittorio Emanuele II, then along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and finish at Piazza San Babila or continue furthermore to Quadrilatero della Moda, which is just around a corner.

You can find some mid-end designer boutiqoues here, such as BOSS, Diesel or Zara and popular Lego Store for your children.

Transport  How to get to Piazza San Babila?

Getting to Piazza San Babila is pretty easy. Just take a metro line M1 (red line) and get off at the stop with the same name – San Babila. Or take a walk from Piazza del Duomo as described above. With the walk you can browse also other important shopping spots.

Map  Map of Piazza San Babila


Brands based in Milan

Armani, Bottega Veneta, Canali, Costume National, Dolce & Gabbana, Dsquared2, Etro, Fausto Puglisi, Iceberg, Les Copains, Marni, Missoni, Miu Miu, Moncler, Frankie Morello, Moschino, MSGM, N°21, Prada, Tod’s, Trussardi, Valentino, Versace, Giuseppe Zanotti, Zagliani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Luxottica

Milan Fashion Weeks

Tip: Visit Milan during Fashion Weeks to get the most from your shopping experience. The upcoming dates are:

  • 19. – 22. January 2018
  • 20. – 26. September 2017
  • 16. – 19. June 2017