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City Shopping Guides

City Shopping Guides: Milan

Hedvig Sagfjord Opshaug is a banker turned content creator and a Norwegian style icon based in Milan.

Her seriously chic yet functional style is one to be envied and her knowledge of the city’s shopping hot spots is unrivalled. Here, Hedvig shares where to find vintage treasures, breathtaking architecture and the best pizza in the city.

Best place for shopping…

Via Sant’Andrea, where you’ll find all the luxury brands lined up, plus every little side street and corner around Via Monte Napoleone. Also MODES Milano in Piazza Risorgimento and Antonia Milano on Via Cusani are worth the visit.

Where are the best vintage shops?

Cavalli e Nastri in Brera has some real gems, both vintage and archive pieces. Here you can find everything from vintage Gucci scarves and accessories to iconic archive dresses by Jean Paul Gaultier. If you like eclectic home and interior designs I would highly recommend visiting Penelope A Casa on Via Giuseppe Ripamonti, it’s always inspiring to visit.


One place only locals know about…

Terroir Milano. It’s located near where I live, Corso Indipendenza, and has an amazing range of bio products. You can find everything from pasta, grains, yoghurts, cheese, bread, fruits, veggies, wines and oils carefully selected from small artisanal producers. They serve delicious coffee and cakes, too. Sit on the few stools outside and enjoy the aperitivo nibbles you find in the store.

Your favourite local brands and boutiques…

Antonia Milano has a great edit of designers from Bottega Veneta to Jacquemus and Loewe, and their two stores are both a visual treat.

Souvenir to take home?

Head to Fornasetti to buy some treasures and swing by Sant Ambreous for one-of-a-kind Panettone.



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The best place to treat yourself…

I love the massages at the Armani Hotel Milano; the settings are beautiful and you can relax poolside afterwards, with views over Milan. Have a coffee at COVA and visit the beautiful Villa Necchi Campiglio. I’ve been there so many times and never stopped being amazed by the architecture and story behind it. If you have time, a beauty treatment at Sotherga is highly recommended (but book well in advance). When in Milan you can’t skip aperitivo: Bar Basso on Via Plinio is my personal favourite. Treat yourself to a fine dining experience at Immorale Bistrot or Langosteria, to the best pizza in town at Le Specialità, or try something innovative at Nebbia.


Best store design?

10 Corso Como and newly open Antonia in the Sant’Andrea area. First-time visitors to Milan can’t miss Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which is Italy’s oldest active shopping gallery and a major landmark.

Best pit stop for lunch or coffee?

Lovely places for lunch are BeefBar in Corso Venezia, Ralph Lauren Bar or Lu Bar next to the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC) contemporary art museum. It’s difficult to go wrong with coffee in Milan. For the old traditional experience Marchesi 1824 is a must. There are a few different locations but the original on Via Santa Maria is my favourite.



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