I spent my honeymoon in Milan and I was surprised of the amount of flea markets that this beautiful Italian city has.
Milan characterizes itself for being one of the most influential cities when it comes to fashion. It has a variety of boutiques that sell fashion items at high prices, but it´s also true that the Milanese love a good flea market, something that I wasn´t aware of.
Here´s a list of Milan´s most famous flea and food markets.
Via Fauch Market
This market is dedicated to all fashion lovers. You can find quality clothes and shoes here from the best Italian designers at excellent prices. It´s the most popular one amongst tourists. It´s located on the homonymous street, one of the most commercial areas of Milan and it opens every day.
Market Dell’ Antiquariato
It´s the biggest in Milan! 400 stalls along the Naviglio Grande, the most oldest, most charming and popular market in Milan. It sells furniture, antiques, jewellery, toys, old books, home items, general junk and clothes. It opens every last Sunday of the month, from 8.30am to 6pm in the historical district of Milan, surrounded by canals and a romantic environment.
Market dell’Antiguariato di Brera
Located between Via Fiori Chiari and Via Madonnina, it´s the same antiques market as the one in Naviglio Grande but set up on the third Saturday of every month. It´s more commercial and smaller.
It´s a fair along the small Darsena Lake that´s organized every Saturday morning, selling crafts from Africa, India and South America. Located on Via D´Anunzio, it opens from 8am until 5pm, not only offering art but also music, comic books, candles, second-hand clothes, military items, old furniture, perfumes and books. All in all, a proper flea market.
Via Papiniano Market
It gets the name from the street where it takes place, every Tuesday morning and the whole of Saturday. It´s the busiest market so I recommend to go there early in the morning or at midday, since the crowd of people dies down. There are also homemade Italian cuisine stalls, the best places to buy gifts for the family. There is also well-priced clothes, plants, shoes and even fabrics.
Obej Obej Market
Known as the classic Milan Christmas Fair, it´s an open-air market that I wasn´t able to go to. It takes place from the 7th to the 10th of December from 8.30am until 9pm at the Piazza del Castello Sforzesco. It sells decoration items and Christmas decorations as well as toys and crafts made out of metal, glass and wood, as well as comic books and jewellery. It´s a tradition that Milanese people eat bread with baked chestnuts, sweet mulled wine, corn on the cob, sweet doughnuts, nougats and aniseed Brigidini, a typical Milanese dessert.
Dedicated especially for collectors of coins, stamps, tin toys, postcards, etc. Open every Sunday mornings close to Piazza Cordusio, on Via Armorari.
Market delle Piante or Flower Market
From mid-March to December the Flower and Plant Market takes place, set up in the open air next to the Duomo.
Via Lorenzini Market
Open-air bazar where you can find old costumes, books and old furniture. Open Sundays from 9am until 1pm.
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