Milan is known to be the city of fashion, glamour and luxury. It’s where you’ll be able to find some of the most expensive luxury stores and enjoy the exquisite taste of gourmet food. However, contrary to the popular belief, you can still see the beauty of Milan and make the most out of your stay in this city of catwalk even if you’re on a budget. Don’t believe us? Check out our tips below on how to enjoy Milan on a budget!

Visit free and budget-friendly attractions

Free and low-cost attractions in Milan are hard to find, but not impossible. We’ve narrowed it down to our top 3 that will impress you the most:

Duomo cathedral. Source: Wolfgang Simm

Duomo cathedral. Duomo is the symbol of Milan and therefore it’s only fair that it’s accessible for everyone. Yep, it’s entirely free! It’s detailed architecture, breathtaking rooftop views and interior designs are going to inspire you and blow you away – definitely a must see!

The Acquario. Did you know Milan has an aquarium? And it gets even better – the building itself is absolutely amazing. You can easily admire it from the outside or pay the 5€ fee and prepare for a spectacular underwater world adventure.

Castle Museums. Brush up on your art and history. Featuring seven museums, ranging from archeology to art, we’re sure you’ll be able to learn all about Milan and its culture. Free admission every Tuesday from 2–5:30 pm; Wednesday–Friday from 4:30–5 pm.

Shop vintage in Navigli

Navigli is one of Milan’s most budget-friendly and bargain-allowed districts. With a large pallet of vintage shops it’ll satisfy every fashion lover’s dream without breaking their wallet.

Mercatone of Antiques. Source: excusemi

The picturesque market, Mercatone of Antiques, is an excellent choice for those wanting to save money. You’ll find everything – from beautiful antiques to vintage clothing to delicious food. Situated right along the Alzaia Naviglio Grande river, it brings a seaside-like atmosphere and a never-ending local buzz. Mercatone of Antiques takes place on the last Sunday of the month.

Another famous market in the area is Fiera di Senigallia, close to the Porta Genova metro station and full of second hand items. You’ll be surprised at how many bargain treasures you’ll be able to find. Fiera di Senigallia is open only on Saturdays.

Relax in Milan’s parks

As most parks tend to have a free entrance, you should definitely take advantage of this opportunity. And luckily, Milan’s parks really are astounding! From Parco Sempione to Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli – grab a picnic basket, a blanket, have a walk around and enjoy the tranquility of nature.

Silvia, a member of our Italian sales team, loves Trenno park: “It’s not as beautiful as the others, but it’s big and you can use their barbecue. Perfect for picnics!”

Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli

Where to eat cheap in Milan?

I capatosta – If you’re on a budget, finding yourself in the Navigli neighborhood and want to experience some of the best cheap pizza in Milan, you definitely need to stop by this charming place.

Address: Alzaia Naviglio Grande 56, 20144 Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 02 89415910
Hours: Mon – Thu 10:30 am – 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm – 12:00 am / Fri – Sun 10:30 am – 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 1:00 am

Il Vinaccio – Wine lover’s paradise. Along with the best pizza, you can also have the best, budget-friendly glass of wine in the same neighborhood of Navigli. And trust us, after all that shopping, a good glass of wine will be just what you’ll need.

Address: Ripa Di Porta Ticinese 49, 20143 Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 02 5812 3085
Hours: Sun – Thu 5:00 pm – 12:00 am / Fri – Sat 5:00 pm – 2:00 am

G.B. Bar – This budget-friendly sandwich bar is perfect for anyone finding their stomach rumbling while in the city centre and looking for a quick snack. With low price and great service, this unique bar shouldn’t be missed.

Address: Via Hoepli, 3, 20121 Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 02 863446
Hours: Mon – Fri 7:00 am – 6:30 pm / Sat 7:00 am – 7:30 pm

G.B. Bar

Expats on a budget: rent a bedroom instead of an apartment

People staying in Milan for long-term should consider renting a bedroom instead of a whole apartment to save money. We’ve searched through our database and chose some of the best and affordable rooms for rent with all bills included and very close to the city centre.

Check out these three bedrooms available for rent in Navigli or these rooms near Colonne di San Lorenzo. If you’re looking for rooms for females only, definitely check out these, perfect for university students.

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