I really think that Vicenza is a very elegant town: not too obvious, sober, maybe even too moderate. I would say that it has a classic and quiet style. Not for hipsters, I guess, but charming and tasteful anyway. Just like its shops.
Along the Corso Andrea Palladio you can find the most amazing shoe shops and you will see Prada, Tods and Fendi in every window.
One of my favourite shops is placed in this street. It’s called Etiquette (Corso Andrea Palladio 54). If you love French style, this is for you. Monochromatic cashmere sweaters, little dresses with flower prints, brown, black and navy… I always think that Ines de la Fressange would love this place!
Heaven on Earth. That is Bedin (Corso Antonio Fogazzaro, 6). It’s the place for high fashion. Last week they have four Celine bags in their window. Do I need to say more?
Finally I would like to recommend a sweet shop, great for those who love retro style. Lazzari is a lovely Italian brand that makes beautiful and delicate pieces. You will find it in Piazzetta Palladio 19.
After a nice walk and some shopping, the perfect way to finish your afternoon is a nice cocktail in Cafe Opera, just next to the Teatro Olimpico, or in any bar around the wonderful Piazza dei Signori.