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TOP 7 Tips for Shopping in Milan

Most tourists are eager to visit Milan not to admire grandiose La Scala Theatre or majestic Cathedral of Milan. In fact, the main reason of such popularity of the city is its great opportunities for fantastic, exciting and just gorgeous shopping!

Have you noticed how many positive reviews praising shopping in Milan are on the Internet? Have they already encouraged you to pack your bags and buy ticket to Milan? But take a moment to think properly if Milan shopping actually suits your needs and expectation.

La Scala Theatre (Teatro alla Scala)

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Do you actually need to buy clothes in Milan?

The main reason of such huge popularity of shopping in Milan is an unbelievably huge range of the latest models of accessories and clothes of world-famous brands for rather low prices especially during the sales seasons. Pay attention to the phrases “latest models” and “famous brands”.  It means you should go for shopping in Milan if:

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What is the best time for buying clothes in Milan?

The hottest prices are usually in January – February and July – September. During that time you could be lucky to find some excellent jeans, boots, dresses and jackets with the discount of up to 50%! In case of outlets, here you can get even more discount of up to 70% during the whole year.

You should remember that August is the worst time for making purchases. Most stores and boutiques closed, because of the national holiday of Ferragosto.

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What are operating hours of stores in Milan?

Although, each owner decides by himself when to open and close his store, most shops in Milan operate from 9:00 till 19:30 (13:00 – 15:30 is usually lunch break).
Notice that most stores in Milan and Italy in general closed till 15:30-16:00 on Mondays!

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Where to buy clothes in Milan?

Not all connoisseurs of fashion can afford purchasing clothes in shops and boutiques located right in the heart of Milan. Most people prefer shopping in relatively cheap outlets in the city suburbs. The clothes and accessories are cheaper mainly due to the fact that they are from previous collections or only one size or color is available.

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Here is the list of most popular of outlets of Milan:

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It should be also mentioned that most popular outlets are located quite far from Milan (about 60 – 100 km) and the best way to reach them is to rent a car.

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By the way, your own car rental vehicle is your irreplaceable assistant during shopping weekend in Milan. Have you ever rented a car in Milan?  Then use special booking websites for making cheap car rental deals! Book the car you like online and it will be waited for you right at the Malpensa Airport!

Some unusual stores you might haven’t known about:

Don’t get hung up only on the shopping itself!

Remember Milan isn’t just a world’s fashion capital! It’s also fantastically beautiful city with a large number of attractions that may even make you forget about your shopping intentions!  So try to combine your endless exploring of Milan boutiques with at least a few excursions to the most popular attractions of the city.

Duomo di Milano (Cathedral of Milan)

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Author Bio

Lily Berns is a real adventurer, who travels all over the world. Lily likes to share her experience and recommendations.

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