Milan is one of the most important cities in the world for all things related to fashion or luxury, and whenever Milan comes to mind, it’s impossible not to think about its fabulous shops and boutiques. This enchanting Italian city has many attractions to offer, but one of the things you absolutely can not skip is a shopping tour of the most fashionable stores in Italy, if not in the world.
1. Quadrilatero della Moda
All the most famous Italian and foreign designers have a store in Milan, and the great thing is that you will be able to schedule some upper-class shopping time without having to bother with too much moving around the city. As a matter of fact, all the most exclusive shops are situated in a well circumscribed area, the famous Quadrilatero della Moda. The Quadrilatero della Moda is literally a big block formed by four streets that are known all over the world for their beautiful fashion boutiques: Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni and Corso Venezia. Get your credit cards ready and prepare for the most luxurious shopping experience of your life! In case your shopaholic appetite and your checking account haven’t been maxed out when you’ve covered these four streets, you may also decide to head to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. This charming Liberty-style structure boasts shops of famous Italian designers like Prada, Gucci, Armani and many more.
2. Personal Shoppers
If you really want to make the most of your shopping time while in Milan, the best thing to do is pick up the phone and reserve your own personal shopper! Almost everybody in this city has a natural inclination towards fashion, but these professionals are true experts in the sector and they will help you discover the best shops and the latest trends. If you are looking for a guide to Milan’s fashion jungle, you will find a personal shopper to be a goldmine.
3. Fashion Week
To enjoy the best of Milan fashion without having to traipse through all the shops, you can try (if you know the right people, of course) to get an exclusive invitation to some of the runway shows during Milan Fashion Week. MFW is held twice a year, in February for the Spring/Summer collections and in September for the Fall/Winter collections. This is the perfect occasion to admire true haute couture masterpieces, as well as to seek out celebrities and famous designers.
4. Not only clothes
After all that shopping, you’re going to need some fine food and relaxation, and we have just the right addresses! Try the Ristorante la Veranda of the Four Season Hotel for a five-star lunch in one of Milan’s most exclusive restaurants, or go to Pasticceria Freni for some of the best pastries and cakes in the city. Need a restful break from shopping? Then stop by one one of the many luxury spas you’ll find in the city center for the ultimate in beauty treatments. You can complete your luxury and fashion tour of Milan with a massage and a glass of spumante.