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.
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.
Lizard Concept Store
This powder-pink emporium stocks hard-to-find independent brands and stylishly curated, impossibly beautiful items. Every single piece is a work of art, from bead-encrusted purses to richly embossed must-have leather boots.
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.
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.