Speed Shopping: how to get the most out of Milan in only 4 hours
One night in Milan for business? Naturally, you will queue up to see Leonardo da Vinci’s fabulous Last supper in your free time, right? At least, this is the official story.
Here is what you are really going to do: Shop. Do you only have four hours? Don’t worry; we got you. To make the most of your precious time, don’t waste any of it in taxis or subways to get from one great shop in the Navigli area to the other wonderful one in Via Montenapoleone. We have the perfect strolling plan for you in and near the chic Brera area (a very fashionable lunch place included).
Via Manzoni 44
A fashion secret from the Italian woman is her love for a bargain. Yes, it is fun to get the perfect shoe full-price, but if you can get them for less, it is pure joy! A beloved designer outlet in the city is DMag, where you can get last season’s collections from the most coveted brands for much less. And who cares if it’s last season if it’s bellissimo?
You need: 60 minutes
Cavalli e Nastri
Via Brera 2
Stroll: 8 minutes, 650 meters
Where do stylists and Italian fashion icons get their inspiration? At this famous vintage store. It is one of the best in the world, and the selection is really Italian: colourful and quirky. You can find amazing Pucci dresses here, but also fabulous costume jewellery from iconic (and no longer in business) brand Correani, who also made jewellery for Gianni Versace in his heyday. But you will also find real unbranded gems from the 20th century at much lower prices.
You need: 60 min.
Corso Garibaldi 71
Stroll: 12 minutes, 950 m (via beautiful Brera Design district)
What makes La Milanese's look a little bit nobler than others’? She knows that summer accessories from big labels can be tacky and always knows about young, artisanal brands that focus on craftsmanship, not status. A very young accessories label that sells mainly via Instagram is Mi Alma Milano: It specialises in what we love most: uncomplicated summer sandals. Already a classic is the flat velvet sandal with spiritual adornment like little buddhas. Get ready for summer; life is not all about perfect business suits!
You need: 25 min.
Corso Garibaldi 105
Stroll: 5 minutes, 400 m
Time for a break! A Milanese classic, bar Radetzky is the place where all the fashion people living in Brera go for everything: breakfast, brunch, lunch and aperitivo. It is not particularly fancy, but the food is delicious, and if you are lucky you will bump into fashion icon Anna dello Russo - not dressed up, but in her gym look (she looks amazing when she is normal). Who is never seen here: foreign fashion journalists, thank god.
You need: 45 minutes
Corso Como 10
Corso Como 10
Stroll: 6 minutes, 450 m
Yes, this is the most famous fashion address in Milan, but for a reason: it definitely is the most inspiring. You should do this as your last stop when all your fashion cravings are already satisfied - the selection from the most sought-after new brands and classics like Alaia are just too tempting. I recommend concentrating on the avant-garde jewellery selection.
You need: 60 minutes
There are still 19 minutes left! Head to Porta Garibaldi, only a few steps away and grab a taxi to head back to business - or some delicious chocolates from famed Torinese Guido Gobbino at Eataly on your left. They will be especially helpful later at home, as a gift, in case the credit card that made it all happen hasn’t been yours.