Lazy Sunday in Milan, shopping and markets

image above: View from top floor restaurant at Hotel dei Cavaliere – open for aperitifs,  Photo by: Celia Abernethy

Lazy Sunday, what to do on a lazy Sunday in Milan, Italy

With the trend of American style brunch (which the Nescafè company has so diligently marketed), there is an entire new population of young Sunday shoppers roaming around. Find out what you can do on a lazy Sunday morning in Milan.

Milan capuccinio

Lazy Sunday, what to do on a lazy sunday in Milan

Yes it’s true, Milan closes down in August, meaning the shops and most business are closed or low staffed. For the most part, the same is true for Sundays. However, in the past few years there has been a slow but steady increase in the number of businesses that remain open for August as well as on Sundays. With the trend of American style brunch (which the Nescafè company has so diligently marketed), there is an entire new population of young Sunday shoppers roaming around. Where are they going?            Photo left, by: Celia Abernethy

A perfect Sunday agenda would be something like:

A cappuccino at your  local bar- meet friends for Brunch in Brera or all’Isola – go window-shopping in local boutiques or visit some art galleries – head down to Piazza Duomo and cut through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and go to via Torino for more window shopping and to Fnac Milano Via della Palla, 2,  for some glossy fashion magazines. Later on you can hang out in the center and catch a movie, or why not walk down to the Naviglio to check out second-hand and vintage shops or the monthly antique market and find a cute outdoor cafè and end your day with a refreshing appertivo.


Corso Sempione 8, Milano

Nordest Caffè
Via Pietro Borsieri, 35, 20159 Milano, Italy ‎
+39 02 6900 1910 ‎ ·

Corso Sempione, 1, 20145 Milano, Italy ‎
+39 02 3493 4469 ‎ ·

California Bakery
Via Larga, 19, 20122 Milano, Italy ‎
+39 02 3981 1750 ‎ ·

Via Ancona, 20121 Milano, Italy ‎
+39 02 657 2059 ‎ ·

Hotel dei Cavaliere Piazza Giuseppe Missori 1, Milano tel. 02 72021683(photo above) top floor restaurant open for aperitifs (kosher food is available on request)

Sarla Indian Restaurant 
Via G. Stampa, 4
Tel. 02 89095538 / 80509276 
Open everyday 



To find some of the greatest buys, the last Sunday every month, antique market at the Naviglio Grande is one of the best ways to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. You’ll find everything from antique furniture to collector items such as costume jewelry, records, books and stamps.

Last Sunday of the month
Il Naviglio Grande Mercatone dell’Antiquariato
The last Sunday of each month except for July and August, the canal turns into one massive shopping area. It’s called the“Mercatone dell’Antiquariato” and is packed with antiques, great finds… » Read more

Every 2nd Sunday of the month
Antiquari al Lido
piazzale Lorenzo Lotto
at the Infostrada Sport Village (ex Lido). Free entrance

Every 3rd Sunday of the month
Antiquariato a Brera 

via Fiori Chiari 20121 Milano


The Golden Quadrilateral – il Quadrilatero d’Oro -the infamous rectangle of Milan’s luxury shopping district via Montenapoleone, via Borgospesso, via Della Spiga, and via Sant’ Andrea,  most, (not all) shops are open on Sunday. Even if you are not a luxury shopper, it is fabulous looking at the creative window displays!

Rinascente Department store, Piazza Duomo, Milano


Coin Department store Piazza V Giornate, Milano

La Feltrinelli International – International Bookstore wholly dedicated to books in foreign languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Russia and so on) and they have a decent section on travel (with lots of books and maps on MILAN).
3 locations: Piazza Duomo, or Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II  or Corso Buenos Aires, 33

Fnac Milano – audio, photography, music and technology
Via della Palla, 2, 20123 Milano, Italy

HIGH-TECH – Design and home furnishings-
Piazza XXV Aprile 12
Tel. +39 02 6241101 – Fax +39 02 6597039
Open Tuesdays – Sundays 10:30 ’til 19:30

High Tech’s warehouse
Via Meucci 39
Tel. +39 02 27221301 – Fax +39 02 27221320
Open Tuesdays – Sundays 10:30 ’til 19:30



Buy tickets to all Serie A footbal matches, home and awayMost Sundays there is a UEFA or Champions League football match at San Siro Stadium .




Milan has beautiful parks for a Sunday picnic. Go to Parco Sempione, Sforzesco Castle or I Giardini Pubblici. Parco Forlanini is a bit outside the center (on the way to the Linate airport) perfect for frisbee, friendly football or park games. Parco Nord is the largest park in Milan with a park, forest area, and sports facilities.

Parco Sempione – piazza  Arco della Pace, Corso Sempione, Milano

Sforzesco Castle – piazza Castello, Milano

Giardini Pubblici – Bastioni di Porta Venezia

Parco Nord Milano -Via Clerici, 150 20161 Sesto San Giovanni


Milan has a wonderful selection of art museums, fashion museums, archaeological and historical museums  – read more about Milan museums and exhibits going on

Day Trip from Milan to Milan Lake District, Lake Como 


Visit Como, Lecco, Varenna and Bellagio. The quiet shore of Lake Como has beautiful, sunny locations and hidden treasures. Lake Como is only a 40 minute drive from Italy’s fashion capital of Milan and is the top location for weekend getaways. Photo by: Celia Abernethy – Visit’s sister site:


No matter what your perfect Sunday is like, Milan has a variety of places and things to do on Sunday.

Photo by: Celia Abernethy


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