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5 Ravishing Indoor Markets in Milan

Stalls full of delicacies. An atmopshere that can’t be found at a supermarket. Sellers screaming to get your attention. The indoor markets have always fascinated me: my favourite ones are in Istanbul and Budapest, but here are 5 beautiful municipal markets (mercati comunali) you can find in Milan!


Wagner Area A Place in Milan Indoor Market

Municipal Market in Piazza Wagner |© Caterina Zanzi

You know that Wagner is one of my favourite areas in Milan. A lively district, full of things to do and restaurants to check out. Right in the Wagner square you will find the municipal market, first open in 1929 and still one of the most important ones in Milan. Flowers, bread, meat and any kind of fresh produce. Don’t miss Pedol’s fish – that also has a sushi corner – and once you have finished your tour do some shopping in the close-by Corso Vercelli!

Opening hours: every day (8:30am-1pm and 3:30pm-7:30pm) except on Sundays and Monday afternoons.


Indoor Markets A Place in Milan

Municipal Market in Piazza Wagner| © Chiara Dainese

The municipal market in Piazza XXIV Maggio has been recently renovated, improving both the cleaniliness and the ‘practicability’ factors. Some people like it, other don’t: fact is that it faces the beautiful new Darsena and it has some of the historical shops such as Polleria Mangili, selling chicken, and new names as Macelleria Popolare, the more central department of Mangiari di Strada. Every counter of the market is a discovery: try some snacks right there or buy the ingredients for a dinner at home!

Opening hours: every day (8:30am-1pm and 4pm-7:30pm) except on Sundays and Monday afternoons.


A Place in Milan Indoor Market

Municipal Market in Piazzale Lagosta| © Rossana Cuoccio

If you find yourself in Isola, another of my favourite districts in Milan, you can check out the market in Piazzale Lagosta: there are 13 stalls, all of them with great quality products, especially the butchers (the historical one is the one with horse meat). It is not very appealing from the outside, but once you are in it will be like a visit to the olden Italian times!

Opening hours: every day (8:30am-1pm and 4pm-7:30pm) except on Sundays and Monday afternoons.


A Place in Milan Indoor Market

Scallops at the Fish Market| © Mercato Ittico Milano

It is the biggest fish market in Italy and when you get there – in Via Lombroso, towards Forlanini – you understand why. The space is huge and although it is the place where chefs, restaurant men and traders buy fish during the whole week, on early Saturday mornings you can have the chance to take a peek and buy some fish during the opening hours for privates. Prices are super affordable – for example a kilo of mussels is 2 euros, two kilos of squids 20 euros – fish is very fresh and the atmosphere, despite of being ‘industrial’, is very fascinating and typical. Close by there is the Ortomercato: fruit and vegetables are very very cheap here!

Opening hours for privates: Saturday morning (9:30-11:30am).


Indoor Markets A Place in Milan

Mercato del Suffragio| © Caterina Zanzi

Another recently renovated market: the one in Piazza Santa Maria del Suffragio, in the Porta Vittoria area. It includes the Davide Longoni bakery, fruit, vegetables, gelato, wine and fish: you can taste everything right there, the market comes ‘with a kitchen’! 

Opening hours: every day from 7am to 11pm.

Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. All English versions are translated by Tamara Ilic.

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