Milan Shopping Guide

North of City Center

Lucky's favorite stores in Milan's North of City Center neighborhood!

a.o.c.

The abbreviation stands for African Oriental Craft, and for the past 20 years this off-the-beaten-path, dust-filled duo of stores, located across the street from one another, has been stocking huge volumes of jewelry, home decor, and clothing from points such as Fez, Jaipur, and Jakarta. The inventory is so exhaustive you'll want to allow yourself a good two hours for browsing. And consider the prices: we found a set of six Moroccan tea glasses for a jaw-dropping $15 and thousands of glass-bead African necklaces for under $10.
23 and 34 Via Confalonieri, 39-02-68-80-21-7 and 39-02-66-82-68-9
Products: Women's Clothing, Bags, Jewelry, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

corso como

It's safe to say that this is the best-known store in Milan. The owner, Carla Sozzani, is the sister of the head of Italian Vogue, and its impressive space houses a cafe, boutique, art-and-fashion bookstore, and gallery. We admired the clothes by everyone from Balenciaga to Marc Jacobs, then snapped up an affordable canvas Corso Como tote bag created by Comme des Garcon designer Rei Kawakubo.
10 Corso Como, 39-02-29-00-26-74
Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

la vetrina di beryl

Fashionable Milanese women often cite this footwear store (with an adjacent clothing boutique) as a favorite place to pick up sexy pumps, boots, and sandals. We spotted great choices from Costume National, Marc Jacobs, L'Autre Chose, and Miu Miu.
4 Via Statuto, 39-02-65-42-78
Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Madina

This Milan-based company specializes in sleekly packaged, vibrantly colorful cosmetics. While there, pick up one of the nail lacquers (which come in more than 50 colors).
17 Via Meravigli and 23 Corso Venezia, 39-02-86-69-45 and 39-02-76-02-80-26
Products: Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

naj-oleari

With a feel that's somehow more French than Italian, this casuals and beachwear shop stocks items to create the perfect weekend-on-the-Riviera wardrobe. Good picks: Syrian leather sandals in a rainbow of colors and tons of cute tees and beachwear for $75 and under.
8 Via Brera, 39-02-80-56-79-0
Products: Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique

penelopi 3

This superorganized shop is loaded with mod necessities for home and garden, such as hefty woven baskets and a perfect polka-dot shower curtain.
1 Via Palermo, 39-02-72-00-06-52
Products: Decorative/Lighting, Furniture, Linen, Outdoor, Tabletop
Type of Store: Boutique

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When you want to load up on luxury goods but don't have time to visit each designer boutique, head to this shop. It offers an edited selection of the best European designers have to offer: handbags from Hogan, shoes by John Galliano, and tops by Pucci, to name a few. Think of it as one-stop shopping when you're on a tight schedule.
8a Via S. Andrea, 39-02-76-00-46-09
Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique

fiorucci

Buzzing with energy, this famous megacenter consists of individual boutiques selling everything from lace-trimmed tap pants ($20) to limited-edition Le Coq Sportif sneakers ($90). Bonus: Fiorucci stays open later than most shops in town—until 8 PM.
2 Galleria Passarella, 39-02-76-45-21
Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

sermoneta

This boutique sells super supple, high-quality leather gloves in every color of the rainbow-and at amazingly low prices. Choose a silk lining and the gloves cost around $30; a cashmere lining brings the price up a few extra dollars. We went home with a $28 pair of fingerless driving gloves.
46 Via della Spiaga, 39-02-76-31-83-03
Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

limoni best

Milan is loaded with "profumerio" shops that sell brand-name cosmetics and fragrances. This chain is the best, offering such items as Lolita Lempicka eau de toilette and Perlier shower gels for far less than you'd pay in the States. Don't miss the section of inexpensive Italian mass-market grooming products, like Marvis toothpaste and Labello Rose lip balm.
4 Galleria del Corso, 39-02-78-37-85
Products: Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique
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