Oasis has officially broken ground in Italy and we couldn’t be more excited. As we begin rounding up our newest batch of Milan short term rentals, we’re already scouring the city for insider info. Tourists looking for history and Renaissance art stick to Rome and Florence, but visitors heading to a Milan holiday rental know the city is all about one thing: shopping, and lots of it.
The capital of Italian fashion lays claim to the flagship stores of heritage brands like Prada, Versace, and Gucci, but there’s a lot more to Milan shopping than just designer labels – and a lot of ways to snag those designers without paying full price.
Suite up for a cozy stay in a Milan apartment rental and wet your appetite for fashion by strolling stylish neighborhoods like Brera and Navigli, or by exploring the glass-domed shopping center Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which happens to be one of the world’s oldest shopping malls and houses the Prada flagship store among other powerhouse labels. If you’re not worried about maxing out your credit card, then you can stop your shopping expedition here, but otherwise stick to these spots for inspiration and save your euros for Milan’s outlets, vintage stores, and markets.
Keep in mind as well that just about everything in town goes on sale during the months of January and July, with many shops then going on summer hiatus come August, so plan your shopping ventures accordingly.
| Outlets |
Trust us when we say that most if not all of the locals sporting designer labels are not paying designer prices, they’re finding drastically reduced designer goods at Milan’s outlets instead (though it should be said that even with those massive reductions, many of those designer items can still be in the triple digits). Dmagazine Outlet is a local favorite for discounted designer brands – and has the massive lines to prove it. The multi-story Salvagente is similarly popular, with women’s and men’s labels across three floors. The name, which translates to “The Lifesaver,” is not for nothing.
One of the most fun outlets to visit is the 10 Corso Como Outlet, the discount version of the Milan classic. Even if you have no plans on buying anything, it’s absolutely worth it to visit the original 10 Corso Como, a gorgeous boutique-bookstore-café-gallery. It should come as no surprise that both the original and outlet are some of Milan’s most stylish stores, considering they were founded by former Italian Vogue editor Carla Sozzani.
| Vintage and Consignment |
A classic Milan vintage store and a must-see for any fashionista is Cavalli e Nastri, which has mint-condition pieces from the likes of Chanel and Missoni. Again prices here are heavily reduced, but still not necessarily in the realm of cheap. More affordable but equally stylish pieces can be found at consignment store Bivio, where you can also sell or trade clothes that may be taking up room in your suitcase. Proving that locals really do have style to spare, Bivio just opened a second location. Even more inexpensive finds can be found at second-hand store Girotondo.
| Open-Air Markets |
After you’ve exhausted Milan’s brick and mortar shops, spend an afternoon digging for gold at one of its open-air markets. The selection varies, but if you search hard enough you may stumble upon 10-euro cashmere sweaters and stylish leather sandals. Some of Milan’s best markets include Mercato di Viale Papiano on Tuesdays and Saturdays and Mercato di Via San Marco on Mondays and Thursdays. Better yet, you can also pick up lunch at the markets’ food and drink stalls.Experiential Travel, Milan