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Street food markets

by Web Editor
Markets on the Navigli, photo credits epeverata Where Italia

Street markets, some of the best in town

by Federica Raggio

If you are strolling in the street on a saturday morning, or any other day (check exact location first), make your way to the local street market. Every neighbourhood hosts one. All lively, colourful, plenty of traditional food, vegetables and fruit, fish, meat, dairy products, but also clothes, houseware tools.
Italian street markets are like shopping malls en plain air, on one single floor, swirling around the streets or flooding entire squares. Every placement has its character and you can suppose the area by the nearby architectures, like a game of spot and guess.

 

Mercato V Alpini is one of the tiniest, smartest, dearest in town. Set in a wealthy neighbourhood once a week it offers the best fruits and vegs stalls, the best of wool and cachemere, leather bags and flowers. By tradition ladies from nearby go shopping and then move to a cafè with outdoor sitting area to have a coffee or a fresh drink, when the weather and the season allow.
Largo V Alpini is a nice square, recently renovated after major works to build an underground car park. The two 1955 residential towers are a landmark in this XIX century bourgeois neighbourhood.

Mercato Quartiere Isola Tuesday AM - Saturday AM-PM

Mercato Quartiere Isola – Metro Station Garibalbi – Tuesday AM – Saturday AM-PM

Mercato Garigliano is in the heart of Quartiere Isola. This street market is as lively as the neighbourhood that hosts it. From clothes to houseware, any kind of food and more. You could even spot nearby restaurants’ owners food hunting for their daily needs. The constrast with the new Porta Nuova skyline on the background makes this street market a ‘can’t miss’ architectural destination.

 

Mercato Papiniano is one of the biggest in town. Being in a very trendy neighbourhood gives it a plus. Best bargains on good quality wool products and on clothing in general. Fish, friut and veg, dairy products and meat, typical italian delicatessen, some southern american and indian stalls. A must if you are close by.

 

A few blocks away from Arco della Pace and Chinatown, Mercato di Via Fauchè is in the top ten of best bargain spots. You can get the best selection of brand shoes but also the “no name picks”  must be kept in great consideration for quality and variety. Cachemere and wool goods stalls are reknowned for their superlative quality, food’s stall give taste no limit.

 

The street market in Via Neera is in a very pop neighbourhood that became a melting pot when the city limits enlarged. On one side the typical milanese Council houses built at the beginng of last century but fairly well preserved, give a strong character to the area. Good quality fruit and veg’s stalls, a lot of houseware and might get bargains on cheap clothes.

 

The best picks listed day by day
MONDAY
Casariano, near Arco della Pace – Parco Sempione
Via Kramer, Corso Indipendenza and Monforte area
Via San Marco, Breara District

TUESDAY
Mercato Papiniano, Porta Genova – Sant’Ambrogio district
Via Garigliano, Isola district
Via Fauchè, China Town – Sempione district
Eustachi, corso Buenos Aires – Città Studi
Benedetto Marcello – Corso Buenos Aires – Central Station

THURSDAY
Calatafini, Sant’Eustorgio – Porta Ticinese – Navigli
Calvi, Corso Indipendenza – Monforte
Casariano, near Arco della Pace – Parco Sempione
Osoppo, San Siro – De Angeli
Via San Marco, Breara District

FRIDAY

Crema, Porta Romana
Largo V Alpini, Vincenzo Monti – Pagano

SATURDAY
Mercato Papiniano, Porta Genova – Sant’Ambrogio district
Osoppo, San Siro – De Angeli
Benedetto Marcello – Corso Buenos Aires – Central Station
Via Garigliano, Isola district
Via Fauchè, China Town – Sempione district

Full listing day by day, check here
Full listing by area, check here