The where Guide­lines

Where Milan - - SHOPPING -

This di­rec­tory, grouped by cat­e­gory, is a list of es­tab­lish­ments rec­om­mended by the ed­i­tors of Where Mag­a­zine and in­cludes reg­u­lar ad­ver­tis­ers.

INDEX TO ABBREVIATIONS T: Tele­phone num­ber M1, M2…: Un­der­ground lines

MAP LO­CA­TIONS Note that ref­er­ences in bold at the end of each list­ing (A1, B5 etc) re­fer to the co­or­di­nates on the street maps on pages 70-71.

SHOP­PING Visi­tors should note that VAT is 22% and it is gen­er­ally in­cluded in the price of goods.

TAX-FREE SHOP­PING By law, non-EU res­i­dents are en­ti­tled to re­claim the VAT paid on items pur­chased and ex­ported from the EU: be­fore fi­nal­iz­ing a pur­chase, they should ask the shop as­sis­tant whether they are el­i­gi­ble for a tax re­fund.

Shop­ping hours are gen­er­ally from 10am to 7pm; less cen­trally lo­cated shops still take the tra­di­tional lunch break. Most shops are closed on Sun­days (ex­cept those lo­cated in cen­tral Mi­lan) and on Mon­day morn­ings. Ask your Concierge.

UnionPay Ser­vice Hot­line: 00 800 800 95516 e-mail: europe@union­pay­intl.com UnionPay is an in­ter­na­tional bankcard as­so­ci­a­tion based in China and serves the world's largest card­holder base. With more than 7 bil­lion cards is­sued world­wide, UnionPay has be­come the mayor pay­ment method of the out­bound Chi­nese. By March 2018, al­most 600,000 mer­chants in Italy ac­cept UnionPay card for pay­ment, among which 24,000 mer­chants are lo­cated in Mi­lan. This al­lows hun­dred of thou­sands of af­flu­ent Chi­nese cus­tomers to shop with their favourite cards. UnionPay also ac­tively work with fa­mous re­tail groups, such as the Ri­nascente depart­ment stores, Value Re­tail out­lets, SINA ho­tels, Aspesi fash­ion bou­tiques, Air­port du­tyfree shops, to pro­vide spe­cial dis­count or ser­vices for UnionPay card­hold­ers.

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT Sev­eral venues of­fer­ing food are in­cluded in the En­ter­tain­ment sec­tion, be­cause they are con­sid­ered as meet­ing places.

DIN­ING Reser­va­tions for most res­tau­rants are strongly ad­vised. In Italy, ser­vice is in­cluded in the price mean­ing that although tip­ping is not com­pul­sory, it is ob­vi­ously ap­pre­ci­ated as a sign of sat­is­fac­tion. Some menus in­clude the word “cop­erto”, a small sur­charge cor­re­spond­ing to the cost of the ser­vice and bread. Although no dress code ex­ists in Italy, semi­for­mal cloth­ing is usu­ally con­sid­ered de rigeur at res­tau­rants. All res­tau­rants and bars are non-smok­ing un­less a sep­a­rate smok­ers' area is specif­i­cally of­fered. Set meals: prices are per per­son and usu­ally re­fer to a 3-course meal (bev­er­ages ex­cluded). € = 30 € or less / €€ = 31-50€ / €€€ = 51-100€ / €€€€ = 101-150€ / €€€€€ = 150€ and above.

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