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Shopping in Bologna

Gastronomic Bologna specialises in food shopping. Pick up souvenir olive oils and balsamic vinegars and drool at displays of pastas, cheeses and speciality meats. Bologna's stylish Galleria Cavour shopping arcade features cashmere clothing in Brunello Cucinelli, while intact old shops pepper the key shopping streets surrounding Piazza Maggiore square. Most shops open 9am-1pm and 4pm-7.30pm, and are closed on Sundays and Thursday afternoons.

Roccati, Bologna. Courtesy of Roccati

Shops

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  1. 1. Brunello Cucinelli - Shops

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    Bruno Magli is synonymous with classic shoes and accessories, and has been a Bolognese fashion icon since 1936. This boutique in Bologna's most sophisticated shopping arcade, south of Piazza Maggiore square, is a suitably glamorous setting to browse the collection.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-1pm, 3.30pm-7.30pm

    Address

    9, Galleria Cavour, Bologna 40124

    Telephone

    +39 051 266 915

    Transport

    Bus 20 to Via Farini

    Website

    Brunello Cucinelli Website

  2. 2. OVS - Shops

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    Upim is an Italian chain of department stores specialising in fashion, perfumes, cosmetics and homewares. In Bologna's shopping hub on Via Ugo Bassi, it's great for day-to-day essentials, rather than luxury goods, providing all the basics under one roof.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-7.30pm

    Address

    6, Via Ugo Bassi, Bologna 40121

    Telephone

    +39 051 223 809

    Transport

    Bus 20 to Via Ugo Bassi

    Website

    OVS Website

Markets

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  1. 3. La Piazzola Market - Markets

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    Bologna's popular La Piazzola Market specialises in vintage, discounted and second-hand clothing, and dates back to 1219. Join the throngs scanning the 400 covered stalls for bargains on Fridays and Saturdays at Piazza VIII Agosto near the train station.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Fri and Sat 6.30am-8pm

    Address

    Piazza VIII Agosto, Bologna 40126

    Telephone

    +39 335 496 292

    Transport

    Bus 11 or 20 to Piazza VIII Agosto

    Website

    La Piazzola Market Website

  2. 4. Mercato delle Erbe - Markets

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    Mercato dell'Erbe, Bologna. Photo by Helen Yuet Ling Pang, worldfoodieguide.wordpress.com

    Bologna's food-loving locals shop at the indoor Mercato dell'Erbe, west of Piazza Maggiore square. It's crammed with stalls selling fruit, vegetables, cheese and seafood. Pick up chocolates, fruit spreads and aged balsamic vinegar as souvenirs.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Wed & Fri 7am-1.15pm & 5pm-7.30pm (from 4.30pm in winter); Thu & Sat 7am-1.15pm

    Address

    25, Via Ugo Bassi, Bologna 40121

    Telephone

    +39 051 230 186

    Transport

    Bus 20 to Via Ugo Bassi

    Website

    Mercato delle Erbe Website

Specialists

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  1. 5. Roccati - Specialists

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    Roccati, Bologna. Courtesy of Roccati

    Run by a husband-and-wife team that is still celebrated for the gianduja chocolate their ancestors made for the princes of Savoy, Roccati is Bologna's cocoa paradise. Visit the open-air laboratory to see heavenly delights like the Cognac-filled chocolates take shape.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-1pm & 3.30pm-8.30pm (from 10am Sun)

    Address

    17A, Via Clavature, Bologna 40124

    Telephone

    +39 051 261 964

    Transport

    Bus to Rizzoli stop

    Website

    Roccati Websit

  2. 6. F. Veronesi & Figli - Specialists

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    Dating back to 1893, F. Veronesi & Figli specialises in quality gold jewellery and watches, and is one of the city's finest jewellers. The lovely old shop is in the heart of Bologna's ritzy shopping hub on Piazza Maggiore square.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 9.30am-1pm & 3.30pm-7.30pm (until 1pm Thu)

    Address

    4, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna 40124

    Telephone

    +39 051 224 835

    Transport

    Bus 11, 20 or 30 to Piazza Maggiore

    Website

    F. Veronesi & Figli Website

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