Just a few kilometres from the Italian border, indulge in a day’s shopping in Mendrisio and Lugano, where you can find several of the best Italian and international fashion and luxury brands.
FoxTown in Mendrisio, Switzerland’s best known outlet, boasting 3 kilometres of shop windows, offers 160 of the most prestigious brand names including clothing for men, women and children, sportswear, household goods and accessories. Each brand directly controls their own shops. These offer surplus goods or merchandise from the previous season with prices reduced by 30% to 70% year round. 220 labels including Armani, Burberry, Gucci, Prada, Dior, Dolce&Gabbana, Valentino, Nike, Napapijri, Guess, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Desigual, Tod’s and Fendi. 1,200 parking spots, 7 food and refreshments stations and a regional tourist office.
Via Nassa is undoubtedly one of the most important streets in the heart of Lugano. In fact, every single story told about the city involves mentioning it for one reason or another. Via Nassa is Lugano’s most important commercial street. In fact, in days gone by, not only was the street home to artisans’ workshops and fishmongers but also served as the main thoroughfare providing access to the old city. One of Via Nassa’s most distinctive architectural features are its arcades which, through the ages, have served as chic shelters for visitors. Shopping in Via Nassa is most definitely a memorable experience: highend boutiques and stunning jeweller’s shops are interspersed with stores selling tantalizing gastronomic treats and exquisite antiques that are impossible to pass up. Located just a stone’s throw from Lake Lugano, this street offers all the exclusivity and appeal of major European labels. A number of internationally renowned designer names have chosen Via Nassa to showcase their luxurious wares, a true epicenter of sophistication and style.