Last Updated on March 28, 2021
Turin is one of the unexpected shopping destination of Europe, with alluring boutiques, tempting food stores, design studios and market stalls. Like many thriving European cities, Turin’s streets are lined with many lively shops. But rather refreshingly, their offering is brilliantly unique and varied, with each street corner presenting a host of new retail delights to peruse and enjoy.
Food in Turin
This northern Italian town, located on the banks of the River Po, has a rich cultural history too (and is so much more than a shopping destination!) – much of its impressive architecture dates back to the 16th and 18th century, and its numerous churches, art galleries, opera houses and piazzas should be explored alongside your shopping pursuits to truly experience the city in its full glory.
But, that said, when it is time to hit the shops, you certainly won’t be disappointed! Whatever your shopping style, there’s something to satisfy all tastes and budgets.
The people of Turin really do know good food – as evidenced by the city’s endless eateries. Wander into artisan bakeries and ice-cream parlors, cheese shops and traditional confectioners to see which delights take your fancy.
I Sapori del Piemonte is one of our favorite food shops to visit when in town – here, you can pick up fresh, savory ingredients for dinner and treat yourself to a range of biscuits, pastries, jams and preserves for afters.
For the arty kind
Those with an eye for style can while away the day visiting Turin’s many independent design studios and galleries. Located near the Duomo, you’ll find WEEW Smart Design – our personal favorite – an open studio owned by two young and inspired Italian designers. Here, you’ll find anything from unique fashion items to striking interior objects. It’s the perfect place to pick up original gifts for friends and family while on your travels!
A bargain hunter’s haven
Turin’s flea market Gran Balon is well known, and well attended in the region, offering a diverse range of vintage clothes, shoes, antiques, books and art on the first Sunday of every month in the Piazza della Repubblica. Remaining true to age-old market stall tradition, this is a cash-only gig, so come prepared or you might just miss out on some rather wonderful bargains.
For the fashionistas
Luxury tastes are catered for in Turin, too. If you have the cash to splash, indulge to the extreme by taking a trip to Louis Vuitton, which has a store in Turin’s primary shopping quarter. My Way Fashion Turino is another well-known women’s boutique in the area, where you’ll find all the latest designer fashions for a fraction of price (you’re welcome).