One of my favourite things about living in Milan is that the city has so many different neighbourhoods for shopping. From the ultra-chic Via Montenapoleone, to the artsy boutiques in Brera, and the high-street stores in San Babila. There are so many cool districts to explore and amazing shops to discover.
Last week I decided to head down to the south of the city and check out the cool/underground street Porta Ticinese. This is my favourite neighbourhood for shopping in Milan, so I try to head down here as often as I can. Porta Ticinese is a collection of vintage shops, cool foodie places and urban boutiques. Lots of the shops here are pop-up’s and the collections sold are limited edition, so every time you visit you never know what cool things you might find.
The street starts in a piazza lined with old Roman Columns and runs all the way down to the two long canals of Porta Genova. When visiting, I love to start at the piazza and finish up on the canals for a bite to eat – post shopping.
Last week I found so many cool clothes and new things going on here and so I have decided to share my discoveries with you. Hopefully when you visit you will love it as much as me…
(colourful bikini’s at Individuals)
Cetang. Recently opened concept store Cetang sells a cute selection of clothing and jewellery from cool, young designers. The shop is all white and decorated with pretty green plants so even just walking around is relaxing and fun.
Everyday Milano. This new store has an ‘& Other Stories’ type vibe with an on-trend, fashionable collection at really good prices. I think its great for when you want to buy something high-street but don’t want to end up wearing the same dress as everybody else.
Individuals. A little bit past Porta Ticinese street but definitely worth the walk if you love bikinis like me. The swimwear is handmade by the shop owner out of brightly coloured and patterned fabrics. They also have a really cute collection on lingerie and leotards.
Lo Specchio di Alice. This vintage shop sells an amazing selection of Levi jeans, baseball jackets, Dr Martins and has a beautiful collection of vintage bags. I almost always buy something when I pass by because they always have cool finds and the prices are really great.
Groupies. Located right at the start of Porta Ticinese, this vintage shop is amazing for finding unique and eccentric pieces without a crazy price-tag. The girls that run the store are super nice and always want to show off the newest stuff they have in.
Serendeepity. Check out the first floor for a super cool selection of magazines, books and vinyl records and then head downstairs to find a curated collection of vintages dresses, suits, coats and accessories.
(graphic street art near the canals)
Yobe. For super stylish eyewear check out the selection of frames at Yobe. Their selection of sunglasses and reading glasses are so cool and sold in amazing colours and shapes. You can even get your eyes tested on site to find your perfect pair of frames.
Stiu Shoes. Absolutely my favourite shop in the whole of Milan! Every time I go in here I have to stop myself from buying the whole store! The shoes are all locally produced from Italian leather and are made in classic styles but with a modern twist. Think summer sandals with a chunky platform or winter boots in metallic shades. So cool!
Cult. Another really cool place if you love shoes as much as me! Cult sells a cool collection of masculine style flats like lace up boots and chunky brogues. Great pieces for when you want to rock the androgynous look while being stylish and comfortable.
I Love Vegetarian. For healthy smoothies and organic snacks this place is the perfect pit-stop.
Natural Bakery. Found down a little side street this bakery sells an amazing selection or organic breads, cakes and pastries. Grab some yummy treats to take away and then have a little picnic in the nearby park. I love the spinach and ricotta rolls the most.
Darsena Harbour Food Market. At the end of the Porta Ticinese street is the newly renovated Darsena Harbour. It is really pretty to stroll around and sit by the water but also has a really amazing little food market. Find stalls selling fresh meats and fish, grab a stool and watch the stall owner’s cook up your food right in front of you. It’s really fun to share lots of small dishes and try lots of Italian food.
(cute floating cafes in the Darsena Harbour)
And there you have it my friends… My guide to shopping in Porta Ticinese. Let me know what cool places your discover there in the comments below…
For more of my european shopping guides check out my Guide to Amsterdam’s Nine Streets…