Shopping in Milan
While Rome and Florence attract visitors for their historical sights, Milan is the place to go to shop for high fashion and Italian craftsmanship. From ancient arcades and classical boulevards to modern malls and concept boutiques, follow in the footsteps of the city’s well-heeled citizens with this two-day shopping itinerary.
Start your shopping journey with a 20-minute walk, or a 10-minute taxi journey, from Hotel Principe di Savoia to the streets of the Quadrilatero d’Oro.
The Quadrilatero d’Oro is a district bounded by four main streets, where the best of high Italian fashion comes together in the heart of Milan. Discover the great Italian shoemaker Berluti on Via Sant’Andrea; explore the luxury offerings at the Via Montenapoleone Gucci flagship; or visit the Armani megastore on Via Alessandro Manzoni. Via Della Spiga is prettiest of all, with two Dolce & Gabbana boutiques.
Take a 10-minute walk towards the Duomo di Milano and discover La Rinascente on Piazza Duomo.
Standing in the shadow of the magnificent Duomo cathedral in Milan’s Piazza Duomo, La Rinascente department store is an eclectic stop on a shopping day out. The upscale fashion, home and beauty store brings together high-end designers, contemporary brands and classic Italian names in one stylish space.
Next, walk over to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, next door to La Rinascente.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
One of the world’s oldest shopping malls, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is an architectural masterpiece. Worth a visit for the experience alone, the arcade’s captivating glass ceiling draws shoppers’ gazes upward, while the rich haute couture offerings bring them back down. Prada and Versace take pride of place in the centre, while fashion, accessories and Italian goods boutiques line the arcade.
The next stop, Antonia, is located a 10-minute walk away.
Antonia brings some of the world’s leading brands together under one roof. The multi-brand boutique located in the renovated 19th century Palazzo Cagnola, presents a tasteful selection of men’s and women’s clothing, curated by eponymous founder Antonia Giacinti, a respected Italian fashion influencer. Antonia also stocks a wide range of accessories, including shoes, bags and leather goods, to enable shoppers to complete their new looks.
On your way back to the hotel, explore Brera, the district in which Antonia is located.
The bohemian neighbourhood of Brera is filled with art, antiques and one-of-a-kind trinkets. A fascinating place to explore when in Milan, it’s the place to go for independent boutiques, antiques stores and commercial art galleries. Highlights include antiques and art deco paradise Robertaebasta (Via Fiori Chiari 2), vintage store Cavalli E Nastri (Via Brera 2) and contemporary fashion haven Luisa Beccaria (Via Formentini 1).
Hail a taxi to get back to Hotel Principe di Savoia in 10 minutes, or take a leisurely 20-minute walk.
Begin the day at Excelsior Milano, located a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
Housed in a former Milanese cinema, Excelsior Milano is seven-story luxury department store combining fashion, beauty and superior quality electronics retail with gourmet dining and innovative design. To offer shoppers an alternative shopping journey, clothing is set out by style and look, rather than brand.
To get to The Brian & Barry Building, take a five-minute walk from Excelsior Milano.
The Brian & Barry Building
An innovative vertical shopping complex in the heart of Milan, The Brian & Barry Building showcases 12 levels of fashion and dining. With whole floors dedicated to contemporary jewellery, stylish accessories, luxury menswear and womenswear, traditional bespoke tailoring, footwear, and even delicatessen products, there’s something for everyone.
On the way back to the hotel, stop at 10 Corso Como, located a 15-minute taxi ride from The Brian & Barry Building.
10 Corso Como
A gallery-meets-fashion-store-meets-bookshop, 10 Corso Como is a must-visit for arts fans. Founded by Italian fashion editor and publisher Carla Sozzani, the beautifully designed complex is a prime place to shop for art, photography, literature, contemporary fashion, accessories, design and music.
The final stop of the day is Enoteca Cotti, just a five-minute walk around the corner from 10 Corso Como.
Finish your shopping trip with a visit to Enoteca Cotti, one of the city’s oldest wine shops. This beloved institutions stocks over 1,000 wines at any one time, as well as numerous other tipples, including Cognac, Champagne and Grappa. Delve further to find the gourmet bakery and delicatessen, and perhaps pick up one of their customised gift boxes to take home.
Take a 10-minute walk to get back to the hotel.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.