Stroll through Brera’s cobblestone alleys, then hit up the world’s very first Prada.
Hailed as Italy’s fashion capital, indeed it is, Milan is where designers give birth to shops faster than we can say la moda. There are several neighborhoods catered to shoppers of all kinds. You’ve got Corso Vittorio Emanuele II behind the Duomo that most tourists flock to, while Quadrilatero della Moda caters to the fancy and the upscale. Around Navigli is today’s hipster central for pop-ups and Brera might simply be our favorite for its artistic yet sophisticated lines of alluring shops and exclusive brands. Here’s a list of local boutiques that will make your wandering and shopping spirit go molto wild.
1. Cavalli e Nastri – Best vintage store, period.
Cavalli e Nastri might be the best vintage store in all of Milan, if not in Italy. Tucked away in a posh Brera alley, this store is filled with vintage greats from old Chanel jewelries to beautiful Italian pillbox hats embellished with diamonds from the 1960s.
Cavalli e Nastri also has another shop on the same street for male vintage lovers. One can easily spend an entire afternoon in this beautiful boutique that quite frankly deserves hours of sifting throughs while inhaling fashion’s unlikely stories.
2. 10 Corso Como – Milan’s ultimate concept store.
Neighborhood: Porta Garibaldi
It began as an art gallery and a bookshop, today it’s the hottest address in Milan attracting millions of tourists a year. Fashion lovers, art enthusiasts, and cafe people watchers gather at 10 Corso Como for the latest inspo on style and design. In 1998, the concept store expanded to a boutique hotel with 3 rooms. In 2003, a Roof Garden opened to attract more crowds. Even with numerous Corso Comos stores opening around the world in recent years, nothing beats the OG in Milano. It’s fabu for any boo.
3. Prada Milano Galleria Uomo – First Prada store…ever!
Neighborhood: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Although there’s no shortage of designer stores in Milan, Prada would be the ultimate flagship to visit. Opened in 1913 by Mario Prada, the first Prada store sits underneath the gorgeous glass roof of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It originally sold luxury travel goods, then Prada became the official supplier for Italian Royal Household.
This store has retained its historical elements, including the elegant mahogany shelving units. It must be said that when you buy something from here, the Prada shopping bag is different than those given in other Prada stores around the world.