Lake Como Shopping
As you will no doubt know, Italy is famed for its design. From fashion to furniture, if you love to shop or are looking for a special gift you will not be disappointed.
No Lake Como holiday would be complete without a splashing out on some serious Lake Como shopping.
Around Como there are many small shops and boutiques, and in the larger towns you will find a great range of boutiques, designer stores and department stores. Wherever you are you are never far from great shopping.
Then of course there is Milan. Need we say more!
Below is a selection of shopping highlights - be warned your credit card may well take a beating!
Butti - Como
With such a wide choice their stock is limited, however there is something for everyone. The shop is well designed, reflecting its designer profile.
Via V. Emanuele, 1
Max Mara - Como
The ranges and the store are always well laid out with collections that both reflect the latest trends for the more adventurous, but also for those looking for classics that are well tailored and accessible, yet affordable.
You can go into any Max Mara for great service, but this store in particular has service that is second to none. The staff in Como will give you a personal shopping experience and get you in colours and styles that you would never choose yourself, and will help you, without obligation, to purchase the season's wardrobe in one shop.
They will make a fuss of you no matter how much you are going to spend.
Thankfully, they also have seating for bored partners and children!
Via Vittorio Emanuele, 87.
Aldo Savorani - Menaggio
Aldo Savorani is very season focussed so expect to find the latest pieces, but also some amazing end of season bargains!
So for those times when you need a little local retail therapy for either a tee-shirt and jeans for something special or for a night out, this little gem hits the spot.
Via delle Rose, 28
Decio - Menaggio
The shop display is very cosy with individual themes showing the very best of Italian interior style. With an abundance of bed linen (large stockists of Bossi), glassware, soft furnishings, candles, tableware, bathroom and kitchenware, plus and a multitude of curios for your home.
Via Lusardi 22
Tessabit - Como
Designers include Dolce and Gabbana, Prada, Gucci, Cavalli, John Richmond, Burberry - they really do represent the very best of regional Italian fashion retailing in beautiful cool contemporary surroundings.
With prices from around £50 to £5,000 there is definitely an extensive choice regardless of age, budget or gender.
The best strategy for navigating the stores is to visit the website below or to visit one of the stores and pick up a map which shows the location of each store. The centre of Como is pedestrianised and quite compact so you can easily visit them all!
www.tessabit.it (At the time of writing the site was under construction.)
Foxtown - Mendrisio
We have shopped here many times and some of the deals are incredible. Although some of the stock is typical of designer outlets elsewhere, the difference is you can find popular lines in the sizes you require.
Highlights include Armani, Burberry, Cerruti, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Missoni, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, YSL, Valentino, Versace, plus many more.
For full details check out www.foxtown.ch
Lugano - Swiss/Italian Border
It's great all year round and is particularly attractive pre-Christmas as it is decorated in a Dickensian style.
It is easy to spend a day wandering the streets and passages of Lugano, such as the lovely Via Nassa, where you will find fashion (we particularly like the small independent boutiques), jewellery (Cartier have a large store here), antiques and some gorgeous pastry and chocolate shops that are truly mouth watering.
The old market too is a culinary delight.
After a hard morning's retail, you can enjoy great food in many of the town's restaurants and cafes or get something wonderful to take away and sit on the stunning lakeside. Then if you want to amuse the children you can take a small road train around the Lugano shoreline or a ride on the traditional merry-go-round.
Bella Como, 2011