Brera is known as the artists’ quarter of Milan, because of its art school, historic museum-gallery, and contemporary art galleries and studios. It is lively, elegant, and quirky.
Strangely enough, it’s a place that many tourists miss on their way to see other sights like Milan’s Cathedral (Duomo), the Sforza Castle, La Scala Theatre and Opera House, or the Fashion District, but its little winding streets and medieval layout mean you’ll forget you’re in the heart of a bustling city. It’s well worth a wander.
It’s a trendy and expensive area to live in for locals, but it also attracts a young student crowd and there’s something for everyone. If you head to the Palazzo di Brera, the huge palace in the heart of the district you’ll find many of Brera’s attractions virtually under one roof.
Shopping in Brera, Milan
- Cavalli e Nastri – A great store with pre-loved, vintage fashion from 1920-1990. If you’re looking for a vintage Chanel suit, this is the place to find it!
- Massimo Alba – Seriously stylish tailoring for men and women.
- Mercante di Venezia – The Merchant of Venice perfume store. Gorgeous scents in elegant bottles for yourself or perfect as gifts.
- Rigadritto – A lovely little stationery and toy store where you can find a selection of quirky objects from all over the world.
- Fabriano Boutique – The Fabriano paper mill was founded in 1264 but this achingly hip store in Via Ponte Vetero 17 doesn’t show its age. Gorgeous stationery, pens, books, bags, and cases.
- ControBuffet – Adorable objects for the home and table. A great gift selection.