When it comes to luxury shopping in Milan, Via Montenapoleone is the street to be. This elegant street is lined with high-fashion stores, jewelry shops and great cafes. Montenapoleone proves that Milan is not Italy's fashion capital for nothing. Along with Via della Spiga, Via Sant'Andrea, Via Manzoni, Via Santo Spirito, and Via Borgospesso, Montenapoleone forms a crucial part of what is called the Fashion Quadrilatero, which is, quite literally, the Fashion District in Milan. Montenapoleone is equivalent to rue Saint Honore in Paris.

The latest fashion in clothes, shoes, and jewelry is here since the big designers have a presence at Montenapoleone. Name it, they are here – Prada, Ferragamo, Gucci, Versace and so many more! The most prestigious brands and boutiques offer the ultimate in fashion luxury. After all, most of the renowned designers in the world hail from Italy, and it is in Milan that they first gained acclaim and honed their craft.  There is Giorgio Armani, who started his career as a buyer for Rinascente in Milan. Another example is Miuccia Prada, who became an exceptional member of the fashion world. She founded her Fondazione Prada in Milan. Meanwhile, Dolce & Gabbana, the famous Italian duo, made their debut in the same city.

Tourists, especially the well-heeled ones, flock to this area to shop to their hearts' content.

Be prepared to open your wallet and fish out your credit card as you embark on the shopping expedition of your life. Mind you, the service provided by the shops is impeccable. However, if you are not prepared to spend or can't afford to, window shopping is still enjoyable. Gawk at the rich and beautiful people doing their shopping and ooh and ahh at the superb window displays. After your shopping, you can stop for a cup of coffee at the many little cafes in the area.

A chic courtyard by Via Montenapoleone in Milan.
A chic courtyard by Via Montenapoleone in Milan. [CC] credit.
Here is a rundown of the boutiques and stores you can find in Montenapoleone: Alberta Ferretti, Bally, A. Testoni, Alviero Martini, Armani Collezioni and Armani Junior, Aspesi, Ars Rosa, Fratelli Rossetti, Frette, Fabi, Etro, Gucci, La Perla, Louis Vuitton, Miss Sixty, Mariella Burani, Fedeli Red and Blue, G. Lorenzi, Geox, Miss Sixty, Montblanc, Marano, Prada Men and Prada Women, Pucci, Ralph Lauren, Hogan, Salvatore Ferragamo Men and Women, Sergio Rossi, Sarli Couture, Valentino, Versace, Yves San Laurent and so much more.

What's more, the finest jewelers in the world also have a presence there – Omega, Tiffany's, Cartier, Bulgari and Pomelatto. Of course, the prices are not what everyone can afford, but the window displays are something to behold. So enjoy the eye candy while sighing and wishing… 'If only I won the lottery…'