Radisson Blu Hotel, Milan

Shopping in Milan - the fashion capital

One of the true style capitals of the world, Milan is home to some of the biggest names in haute couture and exclusive fashion labels. When you look at fashion magazines from all over the globe, Milan’s fashion industry features, whether it is interviews with elite designers or fashion lines from renowned stores. Many of the trends that are released each season hit the Milan catwalks long before they find their way to London or New York. The city is also home to boutique stores and high street brands so if you are on a limited budget you will still find great deals for your price range.

Exclusive fashion district

Much of the Milan fashion district centers around Quadrilatero d'Oro or the Golden Rectangle when translated. The four streets contain a high concentration of stores including the Armani superstore on Via Manzoni, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren on Via Montenapoleone, and Gucci and Versace on Via Sant' Andrea.

Prada's flagship store can be found in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Arcade, the world’s oldest shopping mall, as well as many other exclusive brands. It is worth visiting to see the mall alone. This classic Art Nouveau gallery offers incredible architecture with mosaic marble floors and ceilings. Take time out to stop for a classic Italian coffee and absorb the beautiful surroundings.

Shop for less at outlet stores

As soon as they are on the catwalk they are in the city’s high street stores, meaning there are often superb bargains to be found with 'cast-offs' for sale in label outlets shopping malls and second-hand stores. Designer and international brands can be found retailing in such places with anything up to a 70% discount.

Browsing the boutiques

Travellers who are looking for something a little different can browse the independent boutique shops. The best place to experience this is the Brera District. This area has a bohemian vibe and there is nothing better than to walk the narrow streets and take in the atmosphere. During the weekends, the charming streets are lined with antique stalls.

Everything under one roof

There are several department stores across the city offering everything under one roof. Discover several floors of fashion, beauty, jewelry, accessories and interior pieces. Some of the top department stores are la Rinascente, The Brian and Barry Building, Excelsior Milano and Coin.