The districts of Milan have their own identity, characterized by a different history and especially from different social and aesthetic evolution. Many Milanese neighborhoods are identified because the own market and the Milanese local markets are very similar to those of the main European capitals. Food, clothing, antiques; they have their own characteristics and their qualities.
By a long tradition, the market of Via Fauchè, in Corso Sempione area, is one of the most popular in the city. Organized on Tuesday and Saturday, it is mainly for clothing, where is very easy to find fashion brands on sale. Many operators come here for retail and often you can find stuff from the outlets.
Via San Marco, in the Brera district, is located at the intersection with Via Ancona and Via Montebello, exactly where once stood the San Marco dock, a small port of the Martesana canal just before the circle of Naviglio, which would have been covered in 1930. Here, one of the most beautiful corners of the center of Milan, the San Marco market takes place on Mondays and Thursdays. This market is recommended to those are interested to clothing, with also many stands of shoes and accessories.
Every last Sunday of the month the appointment is on the Naviglio Grande, with the famous Antiques Market in Ripa Ticinese. A chance to look around and maybe buy something really unique. A hundred of stands which stretched over the entire Ripa Ticinese; furniture, clocks, porcelain, jewelry, pieces of silverware, vintage dolls, antique books, radio, glasses, prints just to mention a few things you can find here. The market is organized by the Naviglio Association, which selects all exhibitors thus ensuring quality. A very pleasant way to spend a Sunday, in a corner of the old Milan strikingly beautiful.
The Floriculture Market in Milan is located in the “Mercati Generali” area, at Via Lombroso, in Lambrate district, est Milan. The market is mainly aimed to wholesalers but on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays it is open to the public. In this market you can buy beautiful cut flowers and plants of all a very advantageous price.
Particularly interesting in Milan is the fish market; it is no secret that the freshest seafood in Italy you can taste in Milan. It seems a paradox but it is not. The fish market area, which is located in the same street where the Floriculture Market is, before dawn is congested by vans and trucks came from all over Italy to place retail their catch. As the Floriculture Market, the market is mainly for wholesalers but on Saturday morning is addressed to everyone.
Every second Sunday of the month, from September to June, the event for those who love collectible books is in Piazza Diaz, just besides Piazza Duomo. Called “”Vecchi libri in piazza” (Old Books in Square) and founded in 1995, the market “invade” the Southern arcades of Piazza Armando Diaz, Piazza Duomo, Via Baracchini and Via Gonzaga. Here you can find everything; books rare and antique, used and collectible. This is not an elitist market; in fact, the prices are reasonable, sometimes you can find the book you were looking for so long a few euros.