To all the nostalgic, curious, connoisseurs … If you are in Milan, you should remember that this is not only the city of fashionable shopping! Milan also can offer infinite surprises for those who are looking for memorabilia and relics from grandma’s attic. So here is our guide to the best antiques and vintage shops in Milano. Among the famous street markets, dusty shops and other hidden corners of junk shops, hidden treasures are just waiting to be discovered.
Antiques’ big market on Naviglio Grande
The first milestone, as suggestive as now touristic, is the antiques’ big market on Naviglio Grande, taking place every last Sunday of the month. Almost two kilometres of stands overlooking the oldest canal in Milan, between furniture, furnishings, chinaware, old design articles, toys, collectibles, radios, prints…Prices are not always cheap, but certainly the quality level is high. When the market is on, all the shops of the area are open. You should take the chance to have a look around the windows on Ripa di Porta Ticinese. Some examples? Porquoi Moi (Ripa di Porta Ticinese 27, 20143 Milan. +39 339 5792838), with an exquisite selection of Swinging London dresses, or Nipper (Ripa di Porta Ticinese 69, 20142 Milan. +39 02 8376947), the kingdom of old radios, jukebox and vintage store signs.
Brera’s Market is very famous too, with its delightful labyrinth of narrow streets. Every third Sunday of the month, from 9am to 18pm, many stands of antiques dealers and restorers are displaying refined products. From paintings and prints, blown glass, silverware, to jewellery and modern art.
Viale Col di Lana 8, 20136 Milan. +39 02 84269136
If you prefer indoor venues, easy to reach and in the city center, do not miss the five hundred square meters of 100fa, specialised in industrial furniture. Very popular even for rental service.
Via M. Melloni 6, 20129 Milan. +39 0239680588
At Mercatino Penelope you’ll find a very big selection of furniture of modern art from the fifties to the seventies, and often renewed. Goodies in every corner…It’s worth a look!
Di Mano in Mano
Viale Espinasse 99, 20156 Milan. +39 023340080
Definitely far away from the centre, but still beautiful, it’s the space of the social cooperative Di Mano in Mano. A modern art’s paradise, with interesting antiques furniture and very good prices. The cooperative’s people are also clearing out old houses: the bargain is guaranteed.
Via L. Palazzi 5, 20124 Milan. +39 02 29510690
If you are a philately lover, then Mariotti is definitely your place. Postcards, albums, typewriters, old toys, coins and stamps, tin boxes, bronzes, and many other small treasures, all to be discovered.
For fashion lovers, for those who are looking for a unique piece to add to their wardrobe, and for vintage aficionados, these boutiques are the landmarks in Milan.
Via G. Pepe 16, 20159 Milan. +39 347 7347030
Delphine Vintage boasts a very accurate selection of clothes and accessories from the early Twentieth century to the Seventies. A real step back in time among the treasures of different decades of history. The location is studied in every detail, and in every corner of the shop you will find hat boxes, antique boxes, fabric flowers, beautiful buttons, lace, veils, jewelry…Allure and charm insured. And if you can’t afford your dream dress, you can still rent it.
Cavalli e Nastri
Via Gian Giacomo Mora 3, 20123 Milan. +39 02 89409452
Cavalli e Nastri is one of the most important realities for vintage in Milan. The windows and the assortment will enchant even the more critical and expert eye. Full circle skirts, colourful necklaces, precious and delicate lace or beads dresses, elegant pumps shoes, python bags, and also hats, glasses, belts, fifties and sixties cocktail dresses, Hermès silk scarves, Chanel bags. The prices are not cheap, but all garments and accessories are real treasures.
Via Conte Rosso 22, 20134 Milan. +39 02 91533992
20134Lambrate carefully selects vintage pieces of important fashion dressmakers. From the twenties to the seventies, here you’ll find clothing, accessories and furniture at very different prices.
Via Genova Thaon di Revel 28, 20129 Milan.
Sine Modus comes from the passion of two girlfriends for “not disposable” fashion. Here they give a second chance to old dresses, adapting them to a contemporary and chic taste. Their selection is the result of a meticulous research: wonderful pieces from the seventies and eighties and original jewelry perfectly match with the turbans that these girls creates with vintage fabrics.
Via degli Arcimboldi 5, 20123 Milan. +39 02 875223
If your wallet is not that plentiful, and if you have infinite patience in searching, enter Napoleone. Dresses, coats, shirts, leather jackets and jeans can be found here at discount prices. The assortment changes often due to constant arrivals of goods from both Europe and the US, so quite a few visits are expected.
Via Cappellari 3, 20123 Milan. +39 02 7208 0606
Right near Napoleone you can also find Humana Vintage, a non-profit organization that deals with the collection of used clothing to be sent to poor countries. Modern ones are sent abroad, while the oldies are sold here and all proceeds are dedicated to solidarity projects. You will find pieces from the sixties, seventies, eighties at very reasonable prices.