As part of the Quadrilatero d’Oro – Milan’s golden quadrilateral – Via Montenapoleone is an essential destination for luxury shopping in the city. Often considered to be the key shopping street in Milan, it is home to many big designer brands, from Gucci to Prada to Valentino. As well offering the latest ready-to-wear trends and designer clothes, it is also a top location to shop for some of the best Italian leather goods. With brands including Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo and Fendi all on the same street, Via Montenapoleone is an irresistible place to indulge in some luxury leather accessories from world-class Italian designers.
As one of Milan’s most exclusive and elegant avenues, Corso Venezia is a place to see and be seen. Alongside beautiful palaces, gardens and parks, the street is also home to Italian fashion heavyweights and international brands, making it a busy yet scenic thoroughfare. With menswear brands such as Henry Cotton’s, Brooksfield, Burberry and Stone Island, the street is a must-visit for any discerning gentleman wishing to invest in practical yet stylish clothing.
Corso di Porta Ticinese
Although it’s within walking distance of the city’s cathedral and Navigli neighbourhood, Corso di Porta Ticinese has been likened to Portobello Road in London and is characterised by unique clothing, record and food stores. An alternative to the designer labels of the Via Montenapoleone, it specialises in offbeat fashion brands and is a great destination for denim – Levis, Diesel and Carhartt all have footholds here, as do Vans and Camper.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Located near to the Piazza del Duomo city square at the heart of the city, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II offers many high-street and mid-range brands, making it one of the best places in Milan to shop for young fashion and international labels. Zara, H&M, Mango and Bershka all have stores here offering innovative and upcoming trends at extremely accessible price points. The street is also home to La Rinascente, one of the city’s biggest department stores. With eight floors featuring everything from luxury womenswear to fine perfume and accessories, it is the ultimate place to shop for the perfect souvenir of Milan.
Corso Buenos Aires
Corso Buenos Aires is reputed to be Europe’s longest shopping street and is comparable to London’s Oxford Street or Paris’s avenue des Champs-Élysées. With over 350 international ready-to-wear brands, the 1km-long street offers one of the highest concentrations of clothing stores in Europe and is a great place to pick up some bargains. The bustling road features some of the city’s more affordable shops including H&M, Swatch, Desigual. United Colors of Benetton and Boggi.