In a country that’s world famous for its  uncanny sense of  style, Milan in northern Italy reigns as the queen of designer cool. After all, this is the home of Milan Fashion Week, and the stomping ground of couture labels including Prada, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and more. It’s also an elegant city of swish concept stores and trendy arcades. Here are the most striking emporiums to visit in Milan.

10 Corso Como 

This  nifty  shopping complex has the distinction of being the first-ever concept shop (well, allegedly), bringing together designer threads, home decor, art books and a café under one unimpeachably chic roof.   

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Colour flushes the racks at Wait And See

Wait  and  See

Housed in a former convent, this quirky shop is  rammed  with amazing designs, cheeky accessories, one of-a-kind jewellery and eclectic home décor, all shot through with youthful spirit and unapologetically bright colours.  

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Amanita stocks its own line of stylish kids shoes

Amanita

Bag some killer wares for the kiddos here – and a little something special for you, too. Owner Francesca stocks her own line of  children’s  shoes, while the rest of the designs come from the minds of her two business partners.

L’Arabesque 

This cult shop has a cool '70s vibe with easily one of the best furniture collections in the city – and in Milan that’s really saying something. It carries clothes designed by its outlandishly cool owner, Chi  Chi  Meroni, as well as vintage pieces and rare books. And the airy on-site café is   ideal for a quick mid-browse  refuel.  

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