Why not go around Corso Porta Ticinese to window shop and to treat yourself?
The area is a lively one, with plenty of young people during day and night and it´s just a stone´s throw from Via Torino (a bit closer to the city centre) where you can find high-street shops such as H&M and Zara. Or, you could even go to a nice bar and enjoy a delicious Milanese aperitivo.
The shops are aimed at a young crowd, with a fresh mix of brands like Lee, Quiksilver and Energie. However, if shoes are your weakness, there´s no better place to find the ones you want than Italy. You can find unique designs, even better ones than those you can find on the main shopping streets, and they are mostly at good prices. What better souvenir to take home than a nice pair of Italian shoes!
The closer you get to the area of Navigli, the temple of stylish streets, the more the shopping scenario changes. Corso di Porta Ticinese, which continues Via Torino, is the ideal place for those who wish to shop in unusual shops: Custo-Barcelona, Diesel, Miss Sixteen, Gas and Fornarina are just some of the shops that you can find there, alongside second-hand shops, eccentric fashion shops, shops that sell rare crafts and shops where you can buy silk clothes and accessories as well as some wonderful fabrics. Check out FRIP on Corso di Porta Ticinese, 16, where you can find magazines, CDs and the latest trends from British and Scandinavian designers.
Porta Ticinese is one of the most alternative commercial streets in Milan and it´s a reaction to the exotic world. Skaters, graffiti artists and even punks and goths come here to shop and walk the pedestrian cobbled street.
With Levi´s, Diesel, Gas, Energie and Carhartt, Ticinese is the temple of denim. Picturesque just like Portobello and unique like Camden, it´s a pleasant place to walk around, with there also being many places where to stop and have a bite to eat and put down all the shopping bags. Some of these places are UME, for some nice sushi, Coquetel on Via Vetere for fruit cocktails, Gelateria Le Colonne for homemade ice creams and Trattoria Toscana and Exploit for drinks and dinner. Most of these shops are also open on Sundays, but are closed on Monday mornings.
At adidas you can find zip jackets, tracksuits, accessories and footwear.
Antonioli is a small but important boutique, with selected items from AF Vandevorst, Martin Margiela, Dries van Noten and DSquared, as well as jeans and t-shirts.
Armani Jeans has an impressive presence here with its brand of red and blue colours and a cafe in the basement.
B-Fly is the boutique for limited edition Levi Jeans, vintage and one-offs, unique in Italy.
Biffi is the multi-brand boutique in Milan, on Corso Genova, 6. Here you can buy Luella, Stella McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto, Viktor & Rolf, etc.
Carhartt has American-style skater baggy jeans and hoodies. Diesel has a denim gallery (including limited editions and Superskinny jeans by Karl Lagerfeld) and its Diesel Laboratory is of haute couture.
Fornarina has young, colourful and peculiar streetwear for girls, Gas has streetwear and denim for boys and girls and Marithé François Girbaud is the French brand of urban wear, daring and of sporting inspiration.
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