Finding Bargains in Milan – How to find the best shopping in Milan
Milan is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. But if you like bargain hunting, there are still plenty of ways to find great deals on food, fashion, and more. Shopping is more fun when you find a bargain or a sale – here’s how to find both.
Shop during the sales
The Golden Quadrilateral and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II have the most luxurious shopping in the city and have contributed to making Milan one of the most famous shopping destinations in Italy. Albeit not the most economical shopping area, you can find bargains during the sales seasons.
Like most cities, Milan has times throughout the year when shops offer excellent discounts on their merchandise. The sales periods are known as “Saldi” and typically take place in January and July and last about 30 days.
NEXT SALES SEASON: July 2, 2022 – August 30, 2022
Local Craft and Maker Markets
Vintage cameras made into creative lamps by Coqnoir / Photo C. Abernethy
If you’re looking for a bargain in Milan, check out the local craft and maker markets. Most street markets are farmers’ markets with retail vendors, but the unique craft and maker markets are made up of selected artisans and antique vintage dealers. This is the kind of market where you will find handcrafted items and can speak directly to the maker. As these are direct transactions with the artisan, you can use your charm to haggle a reasonable price.
The event, Wundermarkt, Via Bovisasca, 59, is held monthly at Spirit de Milan, a former factory and warehouse. The Fiera di Sinigaglia is a historic flea market in Milan every Saturday along the Darsena and Naviglio in the canal district. Il Sabato di Lambrate is a market bazaar with street performers in the Lambrate neighborhood. East Market, Via Mecenate, 88/A, is an indoor/outdoor marketplace offering new & vintage clothing, furniture & more, and food.
Outlet shopping in Milan
Shopping at designer outlet boutique Cavalli Class / Scalo Milano & More
When it comes to shopping, Milan is a true paradise. Countless shops and boutiques are selling products, from clothes and accessories to home furnishings and art. However, if you’re on a budget or simply love the thrill of finding a deal, shopping at an outlet in Milan is a great way to find the best bargains.
Italy is home to some of the best designer brands. While many outlets are outside of Milan, the Scalo Milano Outlet & More is only 15 minutes from the city center. A free shuttle bus is available daily from Piazza Della Repubblica.
Located on Via Milano 5, Locate Triulzi, it is also easy to reach by the S13 train from Milan metro stations Garibaldi, Repubblica or Porta Venezia to the Locate di Triulzi station.
There is something for everyone; plan a family shopping day. Designer clothing for men, women, and children is available at Scalo Milano Outlet & More, as well as showrooms for various interior design brands. Tax-free shopping and international shipping are available for tourists.
Italian fashion brands like Liu Jo, Fratelli Rossetti, Liviana Conti, Patrizia Pepe, Enrico Coveri and Trussardi frequently restock the outlet boutiques and offer discounts on new collections for loyalty card holders. International brands like Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s and more can also be found in the shopping village of 150 mono-brand stores. Design showrooms by Poltrona Frau, Kartell, Calligaris, Alessi, and Bialetti will inspire home décor ideas.
The food court offers several options, from casual to fine dining. Enjoy a sushi meal at Shi’s or get a burger at Roadhouse, a spicy snack at Billy Tacos or a classic Italian treat at Spontini Milano 1953, Panino Giusto, Rossopomodoro or the many other restaurants in the shopping village. If you love shopping and finding bargains, Scalo Milano Outlet & More is the right place.
Il Ponte Casa D’Aste
The realm of auction houses is a world in itself. Antiques, family heirlooms and forgotten treasures are polished and rediscovered thanks to keen collectors and enthusiasts at the two most prominent auction houses in Milan; Il Ponte Casa D’Aste and Viscontea Casa d’Aste. Hold up your red pallet to make a bid!
Il Ponte Casa D’Aste was established in the early 1970s and is known for some of Italy’s most historic auctions, such as the auction of Villa I Pioppi in Sassuoloin, the inheritance of the Castaldi Pasqualini family and the auction of Milanese socialite and fashion designer muse Evelina Levi Broglio’s wardrobe of Hermès handbags, designer dresses by Christian Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferrè, Versace, and Chanel.
The Viscontea Casa d’Aste was established by Maurizio Quacquaro, an antiquarian and the owner of the Musa Antichità gallery in Milan. Viscontea Casa d’Aste is specialized in the sale and purchase of a wide range of art objects and collectibles from all periods of history and origins. This includes furniture, paintings, sculptures, carpets, silver, ceramics, porcelain, majolica, glass, chandeliers, bronzes and jewelry.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for bargains in Milan, keep an eye out for the sales, head to the local markets, take a trip to Scalo Milano Outlet & More stores and finally, go to an auction. You are sure to find the best bargains in Milan!
Article by Celia Abernethy, EasyMilano.com
Easy Milano is the online publication for the international community of Milan. We offer practical tips, key information and essential insights about living and working in Italy. Easy Milano has been assisting English speaking expats in Milan since 1999.
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