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Corso di Porta Ticinese is a street that runs all the way from Colonne di San Lorenzo until Piazza XXIV Maggio. It’s one of my favourite streets to go shopping since it’s full of cute vintage shops where you can find the most unique items. It’s a pretty alternative area. In the afternoon at Colonne there’s always a punk/skater group of teens hanging out and blasting rock music from a stereo. And in the summer at night the hippies hang out here playing on their guitars and smoking weed.

Next to the jeans stores like Diesel, 55DSL, Gas, Carhartt and Armani Jeans, there are lots of skate-, piercing/tattoo- and vintage shops set here. One of the most original stores in this street is Tokidoki: a Japanese-cult store by the Italian designer Simone Legno. If you want to find original street wear, Japanese toys or designer skates, Tokidoki is the place to be. Corso di Porta Ticinese is also the home of the only official Vans Store of Milan, where they don’t only sell their famous shoes but also skates and skate-accessories. The American Apparel store set at the beginning, on Colonne, is also the only one of its kind in the city.

At the end of the shopping street there is a store called Serendeepity. When you start hearing good techno music (that’s always blasting out of the shop) you’re almost there! They sell awesome vinyl records of all kinds of music and random collectors items, of which some are vintage and some are new. It varies every time I’m there: from jewellery and art to action figures and books.

Melissa - Born and raised in my beautiful hometown of Amsterdam, I studied in Milan for one semester during my Mediastudies degree and fell in love with the city! So when I graduated I decided to move back and here I am writing about my favourite places in Milan!