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Shopping Guide for Bologna

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What I find very special about Bologna is its harmonious city center mix of small shops, luxury stores and international chains. Whether you are a nostalgic old-style shop fan, a street market lover, or a luxury brand addict, my recommendations will guide you to the best Bologna has to offer.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Quadrilatero

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Galleria Cavour

Shopping Malls

Piazza Otto Agosto

Gift & Speciality Shops

Tamburini

Gift & Speciality Shops

Mercato di Mezzo

Flea & Street Markets

Mercato delle Erbe

Gift & Speciality Shops

Mercato Antiquario Citta di Bologna

Gift & Speciality Shops

Mercato della Terra

Gift & Speciality Shops

Elisa Z's City Tips

  • Haggling is only common and accepted in antique shops or second-hand markets.
  • Enjoy your shopping in the city center on Saturdays and Sundays when the streets are turned into pedestrian areas.
  • Keep a close eye on your belongings when shopping in the crowded street markets.
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    Quadrilatero
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Elisa Z Says:

    This quadrilateral area bordered by Piazza Maggiore, Via Rizzoli, Via Castiglione and Via Farini is made up of tiny and charming cobblestone streets. Once the site of the local market during Roman times, it is now brimming with delicatessens, antique shops and designer clothing boutiques — all with a decidedly local vibe.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Try Eataly for refined food in a book shop. The “tagliatelle al ragù” is my favourite dish here.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 364 things to do in Bologna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The top experience in Bologna 22/04/2018
    • Great for locals, perfect for tourists, bad for the waistline! 21/04/2018
    • Quadrilatero
    Address:
    via Clavature & via Pescherie Vecchie
    40124 Bologna
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 051 263411
    Other:
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    Galleria Cavour
    Shopping Malls
    Elisa Z Says:

    If you are looking for luxury Italian and international designers such as Prada, Armani or Bulgari, you can't miss this arcade. It is located in the city center, a short walk from Piazza Maggiore.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Have a break at Bar & Winery, a lovely wine bar inside the arcade.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #125 of 696 things to do in Province of Bologna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Upmarket Designer Mall! 09/04/2017
    • Excelent 20/01/2015
    • Galleria Cavour
    Address:
    Galleria Cavour 1/V
    40124
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 335 496 016
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 19:30
    Other:
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    Piazza Otto Agosto
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Elisa Z Says:

    On Fridays and Saturdays, the Montagnola Park and Piazza VIII Agosto area comes to life with a big local market: La Piazzola. More than 400 stalls pop up here, selling everything from vintage clothing to handmade jewelry to ethnic handicrafts. It is an excellent spot for shoppers and a colorful and lively place to experience in general.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The market is open from 6:30am to 8pm.
    • You can easily get to the market from the train station. Follow Via Indipendenza, then turn right onto Via Irnerio.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 84 Shopping in Bologna
    • Cramped and rather depressing 05/11/2017
    • Busy (mostly) clothing market 16/06/2017
    • Piazza Otto Agosto
    Address:
    P. za Otto Agosto
    40100 Bologna
    Italy
    Other:
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    Tamburini
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Elisa Z Says:

    This is a great delicatessen offering a wide range of local products and wines. You can't leave Bologna without a tortellini bag in your luggage, and this is the place to buy it! Besides amazing home-made pasta, balsamic vinegar, olives and Parmesan cheese, you will find a very special atmosphere here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Excellent choice for an alfresco lunch or aperitif!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 84 Shopping in Bologna
    • Quick lunch 25/02/2018
    • A nice delicatessen in the heart of the historic shopping area of Bologna 01/02/2018
    • Tamburini
    Address:
    Via Caprarie 1
    40124 Bologna
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 051 234726
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 22:30
    Mon - Thu
    08:30 - 23:30
    Fri - Sat
    08:30 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Mercato di Mezzo
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Elisa Z Says:

    Though the weekend crowds may deter some, this charming artisan food market is well worth an off-peak visit to wander among stalls packed with fresh sea food, quality salami and delicious pastries. In the Middle Ages it was a meeting space for merchants, and has been refurbished in recent years to resume its old function.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Try the great selection of ice creams and coffees on offer here.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 364 things to do in Bologna
    • Relaxing Italian experience 23/04/2018
    • I went 19/04/2018
    • Mercato di Mezzo
    Address:
    Via Rizzoli 9
    Quadrilatero area
    40125 Bologna
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 051 296 0801
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 23:45
    Other:
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    Mercato delle Erbe
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Elisa Z Says:

    Located in the heart of the city, this historic market is a feast of colors, aromas and flavors. The sellers are very friendly and willing to chat away about their produce, too, making this a great opportunity to get to know some locals and understand more about the food culture that pervades the city.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The market was destroyed during the war and rebuilt in 1949.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 84 Shopping in Bologna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Superb fruit, veg, cheese... 21/04/2018
    • What a gem! 18/04/2018
    • Mercato delle Erbe
    Address:
    Via Ugo Bassi 25
    40121 Bologna
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 051 230186
    Other:
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    Mercato Antiquario Citta di Bologna
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Elisa Z Says:

    In the fascinating Santo Stefano Square, this flea market offers antique items, collectibles, vintage clothes, books, old prints and toys. You simply can't leave this place without bagging a bargain!

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Haggling is almost mandatory here.
    • If antique markets are your cup of tea, go on Thursday morning to the one in VIII Agosto Square or on the first Tuesday of the month to Via Matteotti.
    • The flea market takes place every second weekend of the month.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 84 Shopping in Bologna
    • Real nice 17/11/2017
    • Always wanted to go 29/12/2015
    • Mercato Antiquario Citta di Bologna
    Address:
    Via Santo Stefano 24
    40125 Bologna
    Italy
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    Mercato della Terra
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Elisa Z Says:

    This market is organized by Slow Food and features 40 local producers that sell seasonal food and drinks. Honey, fruit, veggies, cheese, aromatic plants, home-made pasta and refined wines are just some of the typical products you will find here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • It takes place every Sunday throughout the year, and also on Wednesdays from May through September.
    • The market also features great street food for a quick lunch.
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 84 Shopping in Bologna
    • very small 18/11/2015
    • Great!! Local, Fresh, & Fun 17/05/2015
    • Mercato della Terra
    Address:
    Via Azzo Gardino
    Piazzetta Pasolini
    40122 Bologna
    Italy
    Other:
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