Milan is a big-grey-business-city meets sunny-sidestreets full of elegant people, cafes and restaurants, colourful shops and lots of life. Here a small selection of my local favourites. For convenient address retrieval, pictures and reviews, you can check out my Milan Foursquare list.
FOOD & DRINKS
Japanese-Brazilian fusion. Sushi meets exotic flavors and oh so fresh Caipirinhas. Main locations in Milan are Brera (featuring the great tropical wallpaper that was all the rage the past months) and the smaller but charming spot in Navigli. Love Salmao Gostoso, Mango Caipirinha and the Maracuja cheesecake. Currently available in Milan, Rome and Ibiza. Waiting for it to open somplace else!
A touch of countryside in the middle of the city. Perfect for wine and aperitivo, a relaxed and alternative break spot.
A cool spot for drinks, but also very good pizza!
Such an amazing spot, full of charm and coolness. The cuisine is very special and refined, the cocktails on point, the interior and atmosphere is a design masterpiece.
I love the big city vibe of this restaurant, its American Bar, its Navigli location and their Pizza Albachiara is my favourite.
Country, shabby-chic, white interiors that just call for a picture and a lunch, breakfast, snack menu so inviting! Can only imagine spending here hours and hours chatting with friends or indulging in pure Italian pleasures.
THE Milan bakery. The best focaccias, and all things bread and pastry. Now also available abroad, really enjoyed the spot in London.
Cool industrial interior vibes, healthy food options and a tasty and convenient lunch menus. Absolutely love their branding, and their visit card is a must-have!
For those who want to try Milanese cuisine in a very traditional yet stylish setting. In the Tortona area.
One of the best views of the Duomo cathedral and square, sipping the iconic orange drink lying in an Acapulco chair in the sunrays. Priceless.
Iconic “pasticceria”, all in Prada green. It’s the Ladurée of Milan, situated in Via Montenapoleone and buzzing with the cool and fancy Milan crowd. The second location is in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and is indeed part of the Prada store, with a beautiful view over the Galleria.
Other: Cioccolatitaliani, California Bakery, Otto, L’Ov.
Want To Try: Pavè, Café Radetzky, Di Viole Di Liquirizia, Pandenus, Fancytoast, The Botanical Club, Soul Green, Ravioleria Sarpi.
10 Corso Como
One of the most wonderful shopping spaces in Milan. It combines an urban jungle outside area, café, an art gallery featuring beautiful exhibitions, a bookstore, and a fashion and design space characterised by a unique style and set-up.
Via Montenapoleone & Via della Spiga
The luxury streets of Milan. Seems kind of obvious and uninteresting, but these streets are just so charming with the glossy windows of the high end shops. Worthy also for a stop at the historical Pasticceria Cova, their windows alone are so inviting! They also have the best Panettone (traditional Christmas cake).
Great collection of all sorts of designers. Grab a coffee or aperitivo on the 5th floor of La Rinascente, for a premium view of the Duomo spires. The Obika restaurant is a good choice for a meal, but the open air cafe, even better on sunny days.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Love walking around here. The floors, the shop windows of iconic brands such as Prada, Gucci, Borsalino. The beautiful light reflecting all over.
SEE & DO
Duomo is an attraction in and of itself, but the best part of the cathedral is its top! You can get lost through the spires, discover amazing corners, angles, architectural details and take stunning pictures of the city, the neighbourhood and why not, strike a pose for some enviable pictures of you and your friends. Priceless. Get inspired by the amazing pictures of Chiara Ferragni and other bloggers who have crossed that path before.
Brera is the most authentic and historical Milan neighbourhood. The little street host the Design District during Salone del Mobile, lovely cafes, artisanal shops, and just the real Milan elegant-yet-cool vibe.
Ticinese & Colonne di San Lorenzo
This area is hip and cool, with lots of bars, aperitivo choices and interesting clothes shops. Take a break at the Colonne, meaning, literally stop at the columns in front of the San Lorenzo church and enjoy the ‘hood.
Teatro La Scala
Worth it if you make it inside for a show. Stunning theatre, with so much glorious history.
Navigli are Milan’s charming canals, full of bars and restaurants, full of local charm and nightlife.
Parco Sempione & Castello Sforzesco
Very nice to walk around the castle and there are nice bars and restaurants around “Arco della Pace” behind the castle.
Pinacoteca di Brera
Pinacoteca di Brera hosts Leonardo da Vinci’s “Ultima Cena”, but more importantly, it features a beautiful courtyard that lets you feel truly immersed in art and history.
Museo del Novecento
This new museums in Piazza del Duomo is just beautiful. Admire it from outside or venture in its futuristic interiors.
Also in Piazza del Duomo, features great temporary exhibitions, check the current one at the time of your visit!
Design and big name exhibitions.
Other: Cimitero Monumentale.
Want To Try: MUDEC, Fondazione Prada.
Getaway: Lago di Como
Approximately 1 hour, super cheap train ride from Cadorna, you can get to escape to one of the most elegant and charming Lake areas in Italy. Lago di Como has attracted various celebrities such as George Clooney, and the area does not lack wonderful villas to admire from the shore, like Villa del Balbianello, or during a ride across the lake. A boat tour is the perfect way to enjoy the view on a sunny day.
My iPhone 6S shots