Shopping in Naples is generally much cheaper than in northern Italy, or even in Rome. Of course there are parts of the city where you have to pay more, but even here the prices are not as high as in the Via Condotti in the capital.
Luxury shopping districts
The most exclusive area for shopping is the Santa Lucia district.
Also in the Chiaia district there are a number of more exclusive and prestigious stores. The Via Filangieri, the Via Chiaia and the Via dei Mille are the main streets of the latter district. It is here that high end jewellery and fashion brands such as Bulgari, Tramontana, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Hogan have their branches. The Via Chiaia is completely pedestrian.
Shopping streets in Naples
The most famous shopping streets are Via Calabritto, Via Carlo Poerio, Via Chiaia and Via dei Mille.
The Via Toledo is the longest shopping street in Naples and it is here that many chain stores have their branches. Some examples are Foot Locker, Swatch, H&M and, for the kids, Disney.
Likewise, on the Sant’Elmo hill there are some well-known shopping streets, in the form of Via Luca Giordano and Via Alessandro Scarlatti. The Via Giordano is completely pedestrian. The shops here are mostly medium to high end. Examples are Spatarella and Cisalfa and more expensive warehouses such as Coin.
The streets in the historical center are more tourist-oriented. Examples are the Via Benedetto Croce, the Via San Biagio dei Librai and the Via Mezzocannone. Many of these stores sell trinkets, such as fridge magnets, the typical local Pulcinella dolls and the peperoncino keyrings that are supposed to bring you luck. Others specialize in Neapolitan delicatessen.
The Via Epomeo is a long street outside the city center. It is lined with shops of all kinds and it is here that locals in search of a bargain do their shopping.
There are approximately 60 markets held every day in Naples. A large portion of these markets are located near the Piazza Garibaldi, in any case a neighborhood where many inexpensive stores can be found.
One of the most famous markets is the clothes market in the Posillipo district, held every Thursday morning from 07:00 till 14:00.
The Antignano Market in the Vomero district is held every day (except Sunday) between 08:00 and 14:00. Here you can find a bit of everything, from clothing to household articles to used goods.
The Poggioreale Market specializes in footwear and is held from Friday to Monday from 06:00 till 14:00.
Nativity scenes and brideswear
A special shopping street is the Via San Gregorio Armeno, a street flanked by several stores selling nativity scenes and everything related to it. Before the Christmas period, about half a million people visit this street.
Another street that specializes in one specific product is the Via del Duomo, where you will find multiple shops selling bridal wear. The most famous one of these is called “La Venere di Berenice”.
The most famous shopping center of Naples is the Galleria Umberto I in the Via Toledo. It is located next to the Royal Palace, the grandeur of which is mirrored in the architecture of this beautiful mall.
The second most famous mall in the center is the Galleria del Mare, 50 shops inside the Stazione Marittima at the Porto di Napoli pier.