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Shopping in Milan means exploring, Milan is fashion everywhere, even simply discovering the local markets where you can buy everything. Or dedicate yourself to the search for furniture, objects, jewelry, vintage, works of art among the antique dealers or in the shops of Brera, Navigli or Lambrate. Getting lost in the outlets or Temporary Shops in the Tortona area or relying on the most famous brands in the quadrilateral is just a lot of choice.
THE BRERA ANTIQUES MARKET
Every third Sunday of the month from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. – Brera.
The market is characterized by stalls between via Formentini, via Madonnina and via Fiori Chiari. There are several picturesque objects that you can find, among these glassware, porcelain, high costume jewelry and precious objects of modernity as well as jewelry and valuable watches. For example, walking sticks are characteristic, unusual in that some of them hide insidious sharp blades or corkscrews under the knobs. Being in Brera, there is no lack of street artists, working with their brushes.
“OH BEJ! OH BEJ!” FAIR
7 December – Piazza Castello.
December 7th is the day of St. Ambrose, patron saint of the city of Milan, this date also coincides with the beginning of the fair “Oh Bej, Oh Bej”, typical Christmas market. This event, which lasts until the following Sunday, brings together every year a large number of citizens, tourists or simply curious. The event, dating back to 1300, is one of the oldest traditions in Milan. The name is derived from the children’s exclamation of joy “Oh bej! Oh bej!” which means “Oh beautiful!” The real fair was once held along the streets located near the Basilica of St. Ambrose, after 120 years, since 2006 the fair has been transferred to the area of Castello Sforzesco and neighboring streets, distorting the meaning and old tradition. Today, there are stalls selling clothes, food, ethnic products and much more.
L’ARTIGIANO IN FIERA (CRAFTSMEN AT THE FAIR)
From Sant’Ambrogio for 10 days from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. – Fieramilano Rho-Pero, Via Milano, 20016 Rho MI
The Artigiano in Fiera is the international event that for over twenty years has valued the craftsman and the products of his work, is dedicated to the tradition and culture of craftsmanship worldwide with particular emphasis on stories, products and flavors that enhance the quality of man’s work.
The only event in the world that communicates the beauty and goodness of the arts and crafts, both Italian and foreign. A good alternative to the “Oh bej! Oh bej!” fair and a good opportunity to buy nice and original Christmas gifts.
Every Saturday – Porta Genova and Navigli. Alzaia Naviglio Grande, ang.Via Valenza.
The fair was founded by a group of ragmen in the 1800s who gathered at the conjunction of the Naviglio grande and the former commercial port dock, for the exchange of goods between the poor. Today the stalls have been moved to the former parking lot behind the Porta Genova station and it is the most popular flea market in Milan. For years it has been a meeting point for the “alternative” Milanese people, including emo, metallari, punk and rocker.
Wandering through the stalls you can find really everything, vintage and used clothing, old vinyls, puppets, modern antiques, tribal items, old and new books, trendy clothing, cosmetics, collectables coins and much more.
Sunday morning – Piazza Cordusio and Palazzo della Borsa
Born as a Borsino of philately and postcards, over the years it has evolved, without denying its solid origins. Today the historic and colorful market that, every Sunday morning, winds near the Central Post Office of Piazza Cordusio and the Stock Exchange, involving the Armorari streets, Cordusio with its Central Passage Gallery and Cantù. Over the years the market has grown to become one of the most important in Europe and has expanded to numismatics and postal history not only postcards, but franked envelopes and handwritten letters. Subsequently, other sectors were included and the exhibition was enriched with books, figurines, comics and period magazines, playing cards, prints, watches, photographs and posters, medals, badges, overcoats and phone cards.
THE EAST MARKET OF LAMBRATE
In the new design district, in a post-industrial location, is the East Market of Lambrate, the flea market inspired by London that is staged every second to last Sunday of the month, in a former factory of 6000 square meters in Via Ventura 14. This market was born from the passion for collecting and vintage and the need to empty the closets and find treasures among the things of grandmothers, in short, the vintage within everyone’s reach, rarities and curiosities that are not usually found around, collecting of all kinds, from manga comics to Lambrette, which also were born right here in Lambrate!
When you talk about Shopping in Milan, you immediately think of high fashion because here resides the Made in Italy, but above all from here starts the true Italian Style. Milanese fashion has always been considered luxury and innovative proposals and even outside the “quadrilateral”, a must for those who want designer clothes and accessories, everything is found from industrial or international brands to small artisan shops and many historical shops that are also a heritage for the city and a reference point for both Milanese and tourists.
In Milan there are many innovative shopping spaces where fashion, art, food, beauty, elegance and gourmets intertwine.
CITYLIFE SHOPPING DISTRICT
CityLife Shopping District in Piazza Tre Torri, 1L is the newest addition to the great shopping and design centre, the spearhead of the new concept of large shopping centers, complete with everything, a sort of autonomous citadel.
CORSO VITTORIO EMANUELE II
A classic stroll through the centre, you’ll find clothing shops and department stores here. The real temple of fashion and shopping for the Milanese is the historic “Rinascente”, whose name was created by Gabriele D’Annunzio, offers everything, even the possibility to have lunch looking at the spires of the Duomo.
Via Monte Napoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia are the four streets that make up the quadrilateral, within which, among the small and characteristic streets are concentrated all the most important brands of international fashion. A walk through these streets means diving into beauty, richness and worldliness, but with an all Milanese style.
During the Risorgimento, this area was a den of revolutionaries, at number 17 of Via della Spiga lived Francesco Restelli, then Senator of the Kingdom of Italy, in Palazzo Guzzanti in Via della Spiga 30 Cesare Correnti dictated in 1848 the manifesto that gave the green light to the 5 days of Milan. Many seventeenth-century palaces in the area housed convents, as the names of the present streets remind us: via Gesù, via Sant’Andrea, via Santo Spirito.
CORSO BUENOS AIRES
Corso Buenos Aires, 2 km long, connects Piazza Oberdan to Piazzale Loreto and is one of the most dynamic and important commercial and transit streets in Milan. In addition to being one of the shopping destinations for various genres of products, it also offers other reasons to spend an afternoon or an evening, from the Teatro Elfo Puccini, one of the places of Milanese culture, to the Boschi-Di Stefano house museum, which was born from the passion of the couple Antonio Boschi and Marieda Di Stefano, who have assembled one of the most important collections of Milanese artistic heritage of the twentieth century, to the Spazio Oberdan which hosts exhibitions, shows and a screening room of the Fondazione Cineteca italiana. In addition, Corso Buenos Aires and the network of neighboring streets are animated by a myriad of bars and restaurants that constitute one of the main LGBT friendly areas of the city.
One of the oldest streets in Milan is the connection axis between Piazza del Duomo, Corso di Porta Ticinese and the Navigli. Once it was the street of Milanese shops and craft workshops, today it offers shopping for all tastes and availability, but paying more attention, you can do culture while having fun and inside a small recess in Via Torino 17, you can admire a wonderful perspective artifice of the false apse in the church of Santa Maria near San Satiro, by Donato Bramante. Between the altar and the wall behind there are only 97 cm. But instead they look 9.70 m. A hidden jewel, Milan is also this! Continuing exactly in front of the church you will find another historic Milanese street, full of charming Art Nouveau buildings is Spadari Street and at number 7 is the delicatessen Peck, which was opened in 1883 initially in goldsmiths’ street by a merchant in Prague: Francesco Peck. At the inauguration the Milanese were suspicious, then the Savoys and Gabriele D’Annunzio were unable to resist the rare culinary proposals of the delicatessen that is still considered a must in Milan.
CORSO PORTA TICINESE
The Corso di Porta Ticinese is another of the most important shopping streets in Milan, if you are in the centre doing the classic tour of the city, you can not miss Via Torino, a few steps from the Duomo, to get to Corso di Porta Ticinese. In the midst of works from Milan’s history that are part of the treasures of the city of Milan such as the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore Corso di Porta Ticinese 39, one of the most important testimonies of Roman and early Christian Milan, the Basilica offers a truly exceptional view. The street has dozens of unmissable and unique shops, a favorite destination for the most thirsty shoppers. Known for its homonymous Gate, one of the six main ones, which in the past identified one of the six historical districts in which the city was divided, today it allows its visitors to stroll through the shops among the splendid columns of San Lorenzo from the imperial age, up to the Carrobbio, a meeting place of the Milanese nightlife, especially for an apericena.
Today where teenagers meet in the cheerful nightlife of Porta Ticinese, in the nearby Park of the Basilicas which includes Piazza Sant’Eustorgio, Via Molino delle Armi and Piazza Vetra, in this place once the nightlife was made up of witches and wizards, difficult not to be influenced by the past. Today, after sunset, the square becomes the refuge of a different humanity, anarchic, hostile to the rules as in the Middle Ages were considered emancipated women, preachers, heretics and all liberal spirits, but the belief says that the devil still goes around at night!
VIA SAVONA, VIA TORTONA AND VIA BORGOGNONE
The area is between the Naviglio Grande and Via Solari and is bounded by the area of Sant’Agostino and the beginning of Porta Genova, the streets between Via Savona, Via Tortona and Via Stendhal form a well-blended district between Milan’s most “à la page”, that of fashion, design and happy hours and is also the most enjoyable. This area is ideal for trendy shopping between designer shops and multi-brand spaces because it is under the banner of “Temporay Shops” shops that are opened for a limited period.
VIA PAOLO SARPI – BASTIONI DI PORTA VOLTA
The Chinatown in Milan with good quality products, at low prices, for all tastes, where some shops have bilingual writing and where the food and wine offer is very interesting.
Corso Vercelli has always been one of the favourite shopping areas of the Milanese. It offers good shopping opportunities. In the area there are branches of some shops in the centre and some department stores. Many Milanese consider this avenue an excellent alternative to the main shops of the full and crowded centre of Milan.
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