Milan is known as one of the fashion capitals of the world, but the city also has a thriving artisanal market scene. Milan’s markets showcase the work of local artists, designers, and craftspeople, offering visitors a chance to discover unique handmade products. From jewelry to ceramics to fashion, these markets are the perfect place to find a special souvenir or gift to bring home.

East Market

One of the most popular artisanal markets is the East Market, located in the creative Lambrate district. Housed in a converted warehouse, this flea market has a young, hip vibe. Browse through over 200 stands selling vintage fashion, retro furnishings, handmade accessories, artworks, and more. East Market is only open a few weekends per month, so check their website for upcoming dates.

Navigli Antiques Market

In the historic Navigli district, don’t miss the Navigli Antiques Market along the picturesque Naviglio Grande canal. Over 400 vendors set up shop, specializing in antiques, books, jewelry, artwork, and fine porcelain. Wander the 2 kilometer route while soaking up the charm of the neighborhood. The market takes place on the last Sunday of the month.

Oh Bej Oh Bej Christmas Market

For artisanal food items, visit the stalls at the Oh Bej Oh Bej Christmas Market in front of the Sforza Castle. Running from December 7-10 each year, you’ll find traditional winter treats like roasted chestnuts, panettone, and mulled wine. But the market also sells handcrafted decorations, wreaths, candles, and ornaments for holiday shopping.

Via San Marco Market

In the Brera district, the chic Via San Marco Market has numerous stands selling artisanal goods. Look for deals on cashmere items, leather goods, antiques, ceramics, and more. It’s open on Mondays and Thursdays.

Valvassori Peroni Market

The Valvassori Peroni Market in the Citt√† Studi university area has a little bit of everything. Shop for artisanal pasta, cheese, cured meats, baked goods, clothing, accessories, housewares and more from local vendors. Open on Saturdays, it’s popular with both locals and visitors.

Milan’s markets offer the chance to chat with creators, learn about their craft, and find unique Italian gifts and souvenirs. They encapsulate the city’s stylish spirit mixed with traditional techniques and timeless creativity.