Central Milan Souvenir Shopping (Self Guided), Milan

It would be a pity to leave Milan without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of shops selling unique gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Milan, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit. Take this self guided tour to find the right Milanese products to bring home.
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Central Milan Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Central Milan Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Italy » Milan (See other walking tours in Milan)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Peck
  • Pettinaroli’s
  • All Milan (AC Milan store)
  • Buccellati’s
  • Massimo Alba
  • Mercato dell’Antiquariato di Brera
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Peck

1) Peck

Peck is famous for its homemade ravioli and selection of more than 3,000 different kinds of Parmesan cheese. There is also a well-stocked wine cellar and a mind-boggling array of prosciutto. Even with all this choice, Peck still has something hidden up its sleeve - giant sweets that come in all sorts of different shapes and flavors.

No matter where you live, whenever you think of Italy, food is one of those things you may want to experiment if you come around and share with friends and relatives once home. It may take too long to try all that Italy can offer unless you come to Milan and enter Peck, one of the most ancient food halls in town where local produce are presented and served with the same care you would expect in a boutique.

Specialties at Peck's include Italian ham, pasta, olives, oil, over 100 cheeses and Piedmont white truffles. Choose those you like best or those inspiring you the most and put them in your “gift box”. Should you opt for the Milanese Risotto, be aware that Superfino Carnaroli is one of the most famous and prestigious variety of Italian rice, esteemed for its big and consistent grains, with its relevant nutritional characteristics and exceptional gastronomic qualities. When cooking, the rice grains increase to a size three times bigger, maintaining nevertheless a unique plumpness.

It can be accompanied by Peck's saffron stigmas coming from Sardinia, known for their intense taste and aroma, which is slowly but persistently released during cooking. In Peck's wine cellar you can find unique wines that tell the history of Italian wine-making. Cabanon's Bonarda is a red wine which is only produced in excellent vintage years using grapes picked at maximum ripeness, whose bouquet, together with a round velvety flavor, make it the excellent serving with first courses and hearty red meats.

What to buy here: Delicatessen in the Peck Gift Box.

Operation hours: Thursday-Saturday: 9 am- 8 pm.
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Pettinaroli’s

2) Pettinaroli’s

When you enter Pettinaroli’s shop you feel like being taken back centuries. This shop (located in Piazza S. Fedele, 2, entry from Via T. Marino) was founded in 1881 as a stationer’s and today is listed amongst the historical shops in Milan. Their fame is due to the realization of rare and sophisticated items, being them leather articles, ancient prints, squared business cards or traditional wedding invitations the Italian VIP’s especially look for to meet their standards and set their status.

But anyone can feel like a VIP with a Pettinaroli’s article. See the luxury and dressiness of their leather desk sets, or the care in their leather wastepaper baskets manufacture, for example, not to mention their leather glasses holders, magazines racks and leather colored envelopes. Each of them is unique.

Leather wastepaper baskets come in two versions: the colored plain ones (12 different colors are available) and those with ancient prints reproductions on. Other articles at Pettinaroli include leather desk sets, elegant and colored leather envelopes, glasses holders and leather creative magazine racks in addition to ancient maps.

What to buy here: Leather articles.

Operation hours: Monday 3 pm - 7 pm; Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 7 pm.
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All Milan (AC Milan store)

3) All Milan (AC Milan store)

Italians’ love for soccer is internationally known and of course every Italian city has a soccer team its citizens root for. Milan has two teams, AC Milan and Internazionale (known as Inter). We call them “football” clubs as the word has entered the Italian dictionary as a synonym for “calcio”. AC Milan football club is the team the majority of local citizens and foreigners living in Milan are likely to cheer for. Getting an official gadget from AC Milan or Inter is a must if you are a fan of the game and wish to demonstrate your connection to Milan and its spirit for football.

The Milan A.C shop, called “All Milan” is located on Galleria S. Carlo. To afford the original T-shirt of your favorite football player you’ll need between 75 and 125 euros, depending on the football star you’re looking for. The store also carries scarves (10 to 20 euros depending on fabric and patterns), mugs (~5 euros), woolen caps (16 to 25 euros depending on patterns), bathrobes (55 euros) and other articles are also available, so that you can think of different gifts for all your friends and relatives.

What to buy here: AC Milan jerseys and other memorabilia.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday 10 am - 8 pm.
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Buccellati’s

4) Buccellati’s

Milanese are most known for their perfect looks. The color of the bag they choose to take with them is most likely perfectly matching their shoes color, jewels are always perfectly combined and wristwatches are considered as valuable ornaments to be proudly worn according to one’s own personal style. This is even truer when talking about Buccellati’s wristwatches and jewels.

Milanese artisanal goldsmith tradition of the Buccellati family dates back to 1750, refreshed in 1919 and today still well established in Milanese history thanks to their ability in creating shapes as if they were decorating jewels and wristwatches with Renaissance flavored golden laces. The instruments they use for such perfect masterpieces are those of their ancients, but their talent in always inventing new models keep them at the top of the Italian goldsmith contemporary design. Some of the Buccellati’s articles were sold by auction at Christie’s, and those in their showroom located in via Montenapoleone, often have prices above 1000 euros.

What to buy here: Fashion Accessories.
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Massimo Alba

5) Massimo Alba

Fashion is what Milan is famous for. Via Montenapoleone, via Manzoni, Corso Venezia and via della Spiga hold the heart of the Fashion District, also known as Quadrilatero della Moda. Here Dolce&Gabbana, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Ermenegildo Zegna, Versace and all the fashion Italian brands have their showrooms and ateliers.

But amongst the Italian worldwide renowned brands manufacturing clothes, in Milan a couple are probably less famous, but definitely “must have” brands for top level quality clothes. One is Massimo Alba. His boutique in via Brera, 8 is especially known for its men’s cachemire sweaters, made with Italian fabrics, dyed with an eco-friendly method using a very small amount of water. All items come in different shades testifying their uniqueness and originality. Pricing starts at 320 euros.

What to buy here: Designer Clothes.

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 19:00 Monday-Saturday; 14:00-19:00 Sunday
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Mercato dell’Antiquariato di Brera

6) Mercato dell’Antiquariato di Brera

Found at the intersection of Via Brera and Via Fiori Chiari in the historic district of Brera, Milan, Mercato dell’Antiquariato di Brera is an outdoor antique market that is organized on the third Sunday of every month. Over here, you can find antique items, including porcelain, silverware and glassware, paintings, prints and antique books, dolls, mirrors, picture frames, furniture, jewelry, clocks and others. Luigi Tanzini, who is the director of the Small Association of antique dealers and restorers (PTORR), is in charge of the market.

Operation hours: 3rd Sunday of the month: 9:00 - 18:00.

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