As world-class cities go, things don’t get much more glamorous than Milan. It’s where you can find high-fashion runways, dine in classy restaurants, and shop at the most exquisite designer stores. Sounds like an expensive fantasy? Don’t worry; there are many amazing and affordable ways to enjoy Milan to its fullest, even on a modest budget.
Where to go
Duomo cathedral lies at the heart of any Milan experience, and the best part is that it’s completely free! Let its stunning architecture take your breath away, marvel at the artistry and details of its antique interior, and dream away as you overlook the city from the cathedral rooftop. (A visit to the rooftop comes with a fee, but it’s well worth it for the unbelievable views of Milan from above.)
Italy exudes an air of art and culture, no matter where you go. In Milan, you’ll find all that and more at the Castle Museums, or Castello Sforzesco Museums. The group of seven museums highlights everything from antique art to musical instruments and fascinating archaeology. Keep an eye out for days with free admission!
A €5 bill will get you into Milan’s famous aquarium, the Acquario Civico Milano. Not only does it display some of the world’s most unimaginable underwater species, but the building itself is spectacular. The last hour of every day offers free admission, and Tuesday afternoons are free as well.
Affordable meals in Milan
You can’t possibly visit Milan without experiencing the best (and cheapest!) pizza in the city. Fall in love with the local atmosphere and the irresistible food at I Capatosta in the Navigli neighborhood. We recommend the Pizza Boscaiola.
Of course, you can’t have authentic Italian pizza without a glass of amazing budget-friendly wine. Discover your new favorite vino at Il Vinaccio and pick up a bottle or two to enjoy once you’re back home.
With so much to see and so little time to see it in, sometimes you need a bite of food on the go. G.B. Bar offers affordable sandwiches that will squash any hungry lunchtime feelings. You’ll be back to exploring Milan with a full stomach and a smile on your face.
Where to shop
Make the most of a modest budget in the Navigli district of Milan. The neighborhood’s vintage shops are full of bargains, waiting to be discovered. Become a fashionista with some creativity, a mind for affordable style, and some authentic Italian inspiration!
Get thrifty at the famous Fiera di Senigallia market, open on Saturdays. Hop off the metro at Porta Genova station and enter a treasure trove of second-hand items and flea market finds. It’s a surefire way to uncover some one-of-a-kind Italian souvenirs to take home with you.
For even more budget-friendly discoveries, spend the last Sunday of the month at the Mercatone of Antiques. Eat delicious local food as you browse stylish vintage fashion and antique pieces. The best part? The market is located along the river, and we all know the beautiful views are for free…
Chill out at the park
We don’t have to tell you that Italian food is incredible and people-watching is free of charge. Pack yourself a picnic and head into the green urban parks of Milan for a tasty and affordable meal with plenty of entertainment all around you. Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli is a great place to start or check out Parco Sempione.
Budget hotels in Milan
If you’re in need of a budget hotel in Milan, look no further than the MOXY boutique hotel at Milan Malpensa Airport. MOXY hotel at Terminal 2 offers compact rooms in sleek Milanese style at affordable prices. And remember, any money you save on accommodations is more money you can spend on pizza. You’re welcome.