The largest shops in Milan, which simply cannot be passed by, arriving in the city In this article you will find out where to go for shopping in Milan itself, and what noteworthy shops deserve special attention. We only mention that we will talk about regular stores. As for outlets or markets, we will devote separate articles to them.
... The Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery can be safely considered one of the main attractions of Milan along with the Duomo Cathedral, the Brera Gallery or Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II (Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II)
The gallery was built in the years 1865-1877 and became one of the first shopping arcades in Europe. A triumphal arch leads to the gallery, beyond which a whole shopping street with a glass roof extends.
Under the glass dome, there are many boutiques of clothes and shoes (Prada, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, etc.), restaurants and cafes, as well as one of the most famous hotels in the world Town House Seven Stars Galleria.
Milan Gallery - one of the first shopping arcades in Europe
At the entrance to the gallery, guests are greeted by the Al Camparino bar, owned by the creator of the eponymous liquor. Another historical establishment is the elegant cafe Biffi, the owner of which at one time arranged for all his daughters to distribute drinks to customers in the hope of finding rich grooms for them.
Even those who are indifferent to shopping are worth a walk around the gallery. Moreover, the entrance to the gallery is not closed even at night.
- Address: Piazza del Duomo
- Opening hours: the gallery is open daily, around the clock.
- Opening hours of shops: from 9:00 to 22:00.
- Important: Some stores work with a break for a siesta (from 14:00 to 16:00).
La Rinascente is a network represented in many cities in Italy, but its history began precisely from Milan. La Rinascente in the very center of Milan is located on 8 floors, and in 2016 it was even recognized as the best department store in the world.
In addition to numerous clothing and cosmetics stores, accessories and jewelry, furniture and all kinds of household goods, there is also a cosmetic center, art gallery, restaurant, as well as Tax Free office and a currency exchange office.
La Rinascente is appreciated for the fact that, along with expensive brands, mid-range stores are represented here.
In 2016, La Rinascente was recognized as the best department store in the world.
All purchases can be made on the ground floor: at the exit from each floor you get a number, and the selected goods are sent down to the cash register, where they are waiting for you. Hotel shopping service is also available.
- Address: Piazza del Duomo, 3
- Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 9: 00-22: 00, Sun: 10.00-20.00
10 Corso Como
Success and fame for this store were promised at the opening: collections for sale were then selected by Karl Sozzani, editor of Elle magazine. Initially, the small boutique was designed exclusively for the women's assortment, but soon the men's department also appeared here.
Today, a selection of collections of famous brands and exclusive products of less popular designer brands will satisfy anyone, and many stylists generally consider 10 Corso Como the most fashionable store in Milan.
Many stylists consider this store the most fashionable in Italy.
There is even a story that the term “concept store” came from here. At 10 Corso Como you can come not only for shopping, especially since the prices here are not the most affordable. In addition to clothes, there is a bar, restaurant, bookstore, art gallery and even a small hotel.
By the way, 10 Corso Como has grown far beyond Milan. Today, chain stores also exist in Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing and New York.
- Address: Via Corso Como, 10
- Opening hours: Mon-Tue, Fri-Sun: 10: 30-19: 30, Wed-Thu: 10: 30-21: 00
Upim department stores do not shine with the choice of premium brands, focusing on more affordable brands. But low prices make them very popular among travelers and among Italians themselves.
The assortment is based on men's and women's clothing and footwear, goods for children and home, perfumes and cosmetics. A nice bonus is frequent sales from manufacturers and a longer operating time than most stores in Milan.
UPIM is one of the largest retail chains in Italy, so in Milan you can find several UPIM stores at once.
UPIM stores are popular with travelers and Italians themselves
UPIM Milano Corso Buenos Aires is the largest - not far from Milano Central
- Address: Corso Buenos Aires, 21
- Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 9: 00-20: 00, Sun: 10: 00-20: 00
UPIM Milano Farini
- Address: Via Carlo Farini, 79/81.
- Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 9.00-20.00, Sun: 10: 00-13: 00 and 15: 00-19: 30
UPIM Milano Loreto
- Address: Piazzale Loreto, 5
- Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9: 00-20: 00, Sun: 10: 00-20: 00
Antonioli does not differ in super scale, but pleasantly pleases with elegance and style. The external gloss here gives way to restraint and rigor. There is no catchy showcase here and it’s hard to imagine from the street what expects inside.
But the highest quality of goods from the collections of world-class luxury brands and very high prices are beyond doubt - before you is the most intelligent store in the city, as the Milanese themselves call it.
Antonioli a small but elegant and stylish store
Luxury and exclusivity - this is about Antonioli. Here you can find clothes, shoes and accessories from Carol Christian Poell, Kostas Murkudis, Helmut Lang, A.F. Vandevorst, Alexander McQueen and other names.
- Address: Via P. Paoli, 1
- Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 11: 00-19: 30.
The Coin chain of shopping centers is very popular in Italy, and we have repeatedly mentioned it when talking about stores in other cities. There are several chain stores in Milan, but the largest of them is located at Piazza Cinque Giornate, 1a.
Coin Shopping Center is ready to offer its visitors 7 floors of various entertainments, including many clothing, footwear, cosmetics and accessories stores, several restaurants and cafes, a beauty salon, etc. attributes of a large shopping center.
Here is a wide selection of affordable brands.
In terms of scale, this store can be compared to La Rinascente, but there is a wider selection of affordable brands.
- Address: Piazza Cinque Giornate, 1a
- Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10: 00-20: 00
Excelsior Shopping Center is located about three hundred meters from the Duomo and positions itself as an exclusive and innovative premium department store. The architects really worked on the design of the shopping center, turning the former cinema into a fashionable shopping hub.
On six floors of the mall there are many boutiques of clothes and shoes, accessories, perfumes and even a grocery supermarket. The assortment is non-trivial and more audacious than other similar stores. Prices are also above average.
Excelsior Milano - an exclusive and innovative premium department store
However, if the goal is to find something unusual, then Excelsior may be the very place. On the ground floor, a grocery store and a wine boutique deserves attention, especially since in the center of Milan a good assortment of edible souvenirs is not common.
- Address: Galleria del Corso, 4
- Opening hours: Daily: 10: 00-20: 30
In the end
There are many shops in Milan and you can talk about them endlessly. To better prepare for your trip, check out the short video BlogoItaliano made in 2017.
Since travelers usually have little time in the city, we also recommend our articles What to see in Milan on your own in 1 day and the 5 most popular excursions in Milan in Russian.
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