Must-see shopping in Milan

  • Meat section at deli Peck, Via Spadari 9.


    Duomo & San Babila

    Milan's historic deli is a bastion of the city's culinary heritage, with the huge ground floor turning out a colourful cornucopia of fabulous foods. It…

  • Fashion at Corso Como 10 (name as well as address).

    10 Corso Como

    Porta Garibaldi & Isola

    This might be the world's most hyped 'concept shop', but Carla Sozzani's selection of desirable things (Maison Margiela jewellery, Gucci bathers, Yayoi…

  • The Eataly shop front


    Porta Garibaldi & Isola

    A cult destination dedicated to Italian gastronomy, this three-level mega-emporium showcases the best locally sourced products, including artisanal gelato…

  • Six Gallery from the street

    Six Gallery


    A team of creatives have breathed new life into this formerly abandoned 16th-century monastery. Now an atmospheric design space, it's composed of a bistro…

  • NonostanteMarras building exterior.



    Brainchild of Sardinian fashion designer Antonio Marras, this eccentric concept store has an almost cinematic feel. Hidden in an ivy-draped courtyard, the…

  • Spazio Rossana Orlandi courtyard entrance

    Spazio Rossana Orlandi

    Corso Magenta & Sant'Ambrogio

    Installed in a former tie factory not far from Corso Magenta, this iconic interior-design studio is a challenge to find. Once inside, though, it's hard to…

  • F. Pettinaroli


    One of Milan’s most historic outfits (with a plaque to prove it), Pettinaroli has been furnishing the city’s best desks and purses since 1881 with luxe…

  • Brioni shop entrance



    Founded in Rome in 1945, Brioni has been synonymous with luxury since the get-go. Its name comes from the beautiful Brijuni Islands in Croatia, a favoured…

  • Taschen shop front


    Corso Magenta & Sant'Ambrogio

    Despite Taschen’s catalogue of beautiful books, it’s the interior of their Via Meravigli showroom that steals the show. Art books sit splendidly in steel…

  • The Brian & Barry Building front view

    Brian & Barry

    Duomo & San Babila

    From humble beginnings in Monza in 1924, Pietro and Maria Zaccardi built the Brian & Barry brand from scratch. Their impressive, 12-storey flagship store,…

  • The Larusmiani shop entrance



    Metrosexual men the world over make a beeline for chic menswear and lifestyle store Larusmiani, which is home to heritage grooming experts G. Lorenzi…

  • Close up of Biffi shop window



    Retailer Rosy Biffi spotted potential in the young Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace long before they became household names. More recently, Biffi got…

  • Fabriano window display



    Stationery lovers won't be the only ones going quietly ga-ga in this showroom which stocks the entire Fabriano line. Everything from plain notebooks to…

  • Wait and See shop front.

    Wait and See

    Duomo & San Babila

    With collaborations with international brands and designers such as Missoni, Etro and Anna Molinari under her belt, Uberta Zambeletti launched her own…

  • Pellini shop window detail



    For unique, one-off costume jewellery pieces, bags and hair pieces, look no further than the boutique of Donatella Pellini, granddaughter of famous…

  • Alessi shop exterior.



    Established in Omegna in 1921, Italy's most famous design factory has gone on to transform our homes with more than 22,000 crafted utensils, many of which…

  • Close-up Nilufar shop window

    Nilufar Gallery


    Started as a carpet shop in 1979, this is now one of the best collectable design galleries in town, curated under the watchful eye of inimitable Nina…

  • Pupi Solari shop window

    Pupi Solari

    Corso Magenta & Sant'Ambrogio

    Many Milanese from a certain kind of family will recall regular Pupi Solari visits for shoe fittings and picking out exquisitely decorated party dresses…

  • Al Bazar shop window

    Al Bazar

    Corso Magenta & Sant'Ambrogio

    Created by Milanese fashion icon Lino Ieluzzi, this store is a must for all sartorially inclined men. More than just showcasing the Italian look, it's…

  • Interior of shop Rigadritto



    Loads of little stickers, clips, pencils and decorated stationery fill this graphic, colourful space, so much so that it's rather hard to 'behave' as the…

  • Kitsch vintage inside Il Cirmolo

    Il Cirmolo


    Sourcing antiques and funky vintage artefacts since the 1960s, Il Cirmolo is a little treasure trove of joy. You can spend a whole morning here picking…

  • Shoppers outside Borsalino


    Duomo & San Babila

    Iconic Alessandrian milliner Giuseppe Borsalino started making his luxury hats in 1857, then grew to such fame his name became the dictionary-defined term…

  • Shoppers inside East Market

    East Market


    Once a month a big former metalworks is transformed into what is probably the hippest market in town. The place for all your vintage loves, such as…

  • Doriani shop entrance



    Established in 1930, Doriani is renowned for its ultrasoft cashmere knits, including polo shirts, cardigans and sweaters. Its quintessentially understated…

  • Danese shop exterior.



    Milan’s Danese may not be as well known as Piedmont’s Alessi, but its products possess the same sense of wit and attention to everyday detail. If Enzo…

  • Frip shop window.



    A husband-and-wife, DJ-stylist duo highlight some of Milan’s most avant-garde looks and sounds. Look for super-wearable ACNE workwear and puffball sleeve…

  • Hoepli bookstore exterior.

    Libreria Internazionale Hoepli

    Duomo & San Babila

    Italy’s largest bookshop has six floors and some 500,000 titles plus rare antiquarian books, as well as English- and German-language sections. Don’t…

  • Men’s level in Excelsior

    Excelsior Milano

    Duomo & San Babila

    Designed by star architect Jean Nouvel, this former cinema is a futuristic space halfway between a luxury department store and an innovative concept store…

  • Car Shoe shop window

    Car Shoe


    Now under the wing of Patrizio Bertelli (Mr Prada), the original '60s hybrid of sport shoe and smart casual loafer is set for a comeback in this flagship…

  • Sermoneta shop exterior



    A hole-in-the wall on chic Via della Spiga, Sermoneta's boutique store sells standards such as hand-stitched calfskin gloves alongside more unique styles…

  • 43 Cycles


    Alberto Crivellenti’s bespoke bicycle company produces the Rolls Royce of bicycles, using braze-welded steel; some have hand-sewn detailing in deerskin or…

  • Mania Vintage


    Serious handbag aficionados need look no further than this superbly curated vintage store, which specialises in bags and accessories from high-end brands…

  • Altalen


    Milan’s hottest new milliners are Antonina Nafi de Luca and Elena Todros, who artfully craft Madagascan straw golf hats, towering silk turbans and custom…

  • Libreria Galleria Demetra


    Bibliophile Andrea Oioli’s beautiful book gallery is full of antiquarian treasures, collectable 20th-century editions and graphic artworks. Here, books…

  • Camiceria Olga


    Although Milan made prêt-à-porter fashionable in the 1960s, the made-to-measure habit remained ingrained and most Milanese have a personal seamstress or…

  • Pellini

    Corso Magenta & Sant'Ambrogio

    Pellini’s original 1947 atelier and archive is a beautiful galleried space with parquet floors, granite pillars and vintage wooden cabinets. Dotted around…

  • Borsalino


    Master hatter Giuseppe Borsalino opened the first store of what would become his empire in 1857. Still Italy's most famous headgear, the iconic rabbit…

  • Aspesi


    The sheer size of this shop is a clue to just how much Italians love this label – Aspesi outerwear is de rigueur for mountain and lake weekends, while its…

  • Claudio Calestani

    Porta Garibaldi & Isola

    For the ultimate rock 'n' roll–biker look, drop into this renowned silversmith for a custom-look wallet chain, a braided leather-and-silver bracelet and…

  • Eral 55

    Porta Garibaldi & Isola

    This quintessential gentleman's clothing store has been a cornerstone of men's fashion since 1976. Owner Ermanno Lazzarin's impeccable style is reflected…

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