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On the perfect market day you might sample new types of local cheese and enjoy the scent of freshly picked tomatoes. Perhaps you pick up a beautiful antique at a bargain price, or maybe you finally find that retro jacket you’ve been hunting down for months. But how many times have you visited the local market only to be disappointed? You were promised stalls selling vintage clothes and rare vinyl records, but instead you find granny slippers, amateur handicrafts and some vegetables. Here are the only markets you need to know in Milan.
In addition to the more specialist markets listed above, most neighbourhoods in the city have a standard grocery market where locals go to do their weekly food shop. If you are self-catering during your stay in Milan these markets are a lovely way to buy your cooking ingredients. It’s a typical Italian market set-up with vendors selling delicious fruit and veg, meats, seafood, cheeses and bread, alongside flowers, cheap kitchenware and even cheaper lingerie. Most will also have clothes and shoes on offer but they are nearly always poor in quality and taste. Second-hand cashmere also makes a regular appearance. Three major markets are: Mercarto Viale Papiniano (every Tuesday and Saturday, metro Saint Agostino), Mercato Rionale Fauché (every Tuesday and Saturday, metro Gerusalemme), Mercato Via Crema/Via Piacenza (every Saturday, metro Porta Romana).