Construction of the "Galleria", a typically 19th-century public building that is now one of the oldest shopping malls in the city, began in 1865 following a series of competitions for the design won by Giuseppe Mengoni. Large plaster eagles support its dome, 47-meter high and made of iron and glass. Note the designs on the interiors and the Neo-Renaissance-style stucco work and graffiti. The floor of the building was completely restored in 1966 in a rare mosaic showing the emblems of Italian cities.
This top class shoe shop stocks every style of shoe imaginable and you really will be spoilt for choice. Sandals, even winter ones (in keeping with the latest trends) but also man-made fibres, embroidery, leopardskin, all the best makes in Italian leather. They have two separate shops according to the target audience. There is one for younger shoppers and another one for more classic styles. The leather bags are also worth a look with large handbags and embroidered evening bags, in coordinated materials. Prices are average; it is hard however, to get a discount.
One of the oldest delis in the city, Peck offers a slew of local specialties and gourmet products. Finest cheeses, top quality meat cuts, dairy products, seafood, and fresh local produce can be picked up at Peck. Culinary enthusiasts and foodies are frequently seen taking trips to this store for their high quality ingredients. The attractively laid out store has a variety of oils, sauces, and premium wines as well. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and is quite friendly as well.
Taglio with its quaint storefront and charming decor will appeal you in every way. It is a cafe, restaurant, bar and retail shop for local specialties all rolled under into one. The brainchild of Gianluca Biscalchin, Raffaele Sangiovanni, Mark Tamaro and Andrea De Michelis, it opened its doors in 2013 and since then has become popular local haunt. Caffeine lovers will enjoy their caffeinated drinks made from a selection of rotating beans from all over the globe. Their farm-to-table cuisine has all the goodness and comfort of home-style cooking. There is not a single spot in the place which does not carry some or the other merchandise. These include wines, pastas, local products, Italian oils, meats and breads. Don't miss their craft concoctions from their bar.
Dating from the late 1940s, Nano Bleu has captivated its customers for decades, delighting them with an extensive collection of toys pertaining to a number of different brands. Step into the brightly lit store which spans three floors decked with all the toys and games you could imagine. An immersive space for children to frolic as they choose from the enticing assortment on display and for adults to watch in amusement as they take a trip down memory lane, Nano Bleu is renowned for its selection and is touted as one of the best of its kind in the world; truly a store for all ages!
This shop has been so successful it has recently had to move to a larger site. The fascination of the Far East attracts the Milanese and tourists who wish to buy a gift, furnish their house or give their wardrobe something extra. Here you will find Indian, Afghan and African jewellery, soft but very expensive pashminas, and a variety of original objects including handwritten Japanese and Chinese symbols (not printed!), lacquer trays, handpainted bowls and chopsticks. The clothes are very chic: Chinese and Indian silks, and shantung and velvets for jackets and suits that are very popular with the well-heeled of Milan. Gera and tatami-zori are Japanese slippers, while the evening bags decorated with small pieces of mirror are great fun. If you don't want to spend much, there are fortune bracelets, teapots and Indonesian baskets in all sizes. A real treat are the Nepalese wrapping papers and elegant writing books.
Since its inception in 1911, Giovanni Galli is known for offering some of the finest quality of chocolates, made from high quality ingredients. Pralines, bars, boers, you name it and they have it! Rich textures, decadent flavors, and absolutely heavenly taste can be expected out of these boxes. Perfect for special occasions or gifting, these chocolates have achieved a cult following in the city.
Treesse Sport is a shoe and sports goods shop that has been in business since 1956. You get footwear, apparel and accessories such as wallets, belts, buckles, glasses, backpacks and head wear. They also sell all sorts of gear for skating — accessories, skate complete, long boards and cruisers, trucks, wheels and sports shoes. You will get products like watches, headphones, DVDs, books and frisbees and even Handboard Memorabilia at this outlet. The store has products of all the major brands. It often gives out deals and offers on various products. Treesse has other retail outlets in Milan, too.
Anaconda can be found next to the State University, in a small street that is full of fashion boutiques. This is an alternative jewellery shop that sells crafted, original and tasteful pieces. Monica Rossi, the craftswoman of these small pieces of art, skillfully combines gold and silver sandblasted into different colours with stones, quartzes, porcelain, glass and silk.
Alviero Martini has distinctive and sophisticated taste. His first leather collections were distinguished by the print that made every piece, whether it was a suitcase, bag or wallet, similar to an old-fashioned geographical map. There is now a whole collection that can be admired and bought in this elegant shop . There are elegant clothes for men and women which are mostly sporty chic clothes for a luxurious leisure time. High prices, but high quality clothes with a combination of classic and modern taste. Martini also uses his boutique for photo and art exhibitions.