My city is a perfect place to live! The weather is ( almost ) always pleasant, it is not too big or too crowded ( a part from Fashion Week and Design Week periods ) and it’s full of beautiful places to discover! But, if you are visiting and need some insider tips to live it at its best, here’s the ultimate guide! Places for brunch, lunch or dinner. Coolest shops, romantic views and sites you cannot miss once you are landed!
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EAT & DRINK
Pacifico, for the Ceviche (or Pisco) lovers, Milan has it’s place! This small but super cool Peruvian restaurant will make you fall in love for the delicious food, the great drinks and the stylish interiors! Truly one of my favorite places in the city! ( via della Moscova, 29 ) See:
Ta Hua, if you want to move on the other side of the globe and you’re looking for Chinese food, this has the best Chinese cuisine in town! But remember to book in advance! ( via Gustavo Fara, 15 )
Iyo, this Michelin Start asian fusion restaurant offers the greatest sushi in Europe ( people say!) . The best italian ingredients are mixed with Oriental techniques and flavors. ( via Piero della Francesca, 74 ) See:
Ravioleria Sarpi, this tiny street food restaurant gives you the best dumplings in town! Plus you can visit China Town area to get there, ideal for lunch or take away . ( via Paolo Sarpi, 27 )
Canteen, I would recommend you this Mexican restaurant if the weather is pleasant ( or even if it is not). But eating in the courtyard with trees covered walls is magical! Try it at night for a bit of party! ( Via Archimede 10 ) See:
El Porteno, (Arena) probably the best Argentinian restaurant in town! Meat lovers, this is the place! ( Viale Elvezia 4 )
VUN, my favorite michelin starred restaurant of all. Chef Andrea Aprea will make your trip to Milan memorable, try Menù Partenopeo for a dive into the best italian cuisine you can have in town! Book in advance! -Dinner only- ( Park Hyatt Hotel, via Silvio Pellico 3 )
Lievità, this place is the best for Gourmet Pizzas, plus it’s my favorite place for pizza! Do not miss it! ( via Pasquale Sottocorno, 17 )
Camillo Benso ( or Fresco e Cimmino ), if you’re walking distance from the centre and craving for a Pizza this is another great place! This restaurant will take you to Napoli for the time of your meal! Nice for both lunch or dinner. ( Piazza Cavour 2 )
L’angosteria Cafè, fresh fish for this restaurant with a fine dining cuisine, it’s a lovely place also for lunch! ( via del corso 4 )
La Vecchia Lira, a typical milanese restaurant, the food is delicious and the people are great! Try their Carpaccio! Perfect for both lunch or dinner! ( Largo La Foppa 5 )
Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone, this restaurant in the heart of the city has a fascinating atmosphere. Inside a Museum, is a beautiful place for dinner and lunch, especially when the weather allows you to stay in the courtyard! ( via Santo Spirito 10 ) See:
Al Garghet, the cosiest place for a weekend meal! It’s just outside the city and around Christmas time it’s a magical place to eat traditional Milanese food. ( via Selvanesco 36 ) see:
BRUNCH, COFFEE & MORE…
Pasticceria Marchesi, one of the city’s oldest cafes. There’re more than one in the city, but I recommend the one in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where you can have your Cappuccino with pasticcini looking an amazing view. ( Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, First Floor – on top on Prada boutique )
Luini, probably the pioneer of streetfood! The legendary Panzerotti ( a fried pastry triangle filled with tomato and mozarella) are a must eat in the city! ( via Santa Radegonda 16 ) See:
Bianco Latte, another cosy restaurant perfect for a brunch or Merenda ( mid-afternoon snack!) . ( via Filippo Turati 30 )
Cioccolati Italiani, surely one of the best place for the brunch! But don’t leave without trying their chocolate desserts or chocolate-filled coffee! ( via De Amicis 25 )
Panino Giusto, the typical italian sandwich! Have it in one the restaurants they have around town! Try the one with Prosciutto Crudo and Truffle oil! ( Via Borgogna 5 ) See:
Drogherie Milanesi, if you want to eat where locals eat, try this place! Nice for a dinner with friends! Ask the staff to bring you in the secret room! ( Via San Marco, 29 )
California Bakery, this is the place I used to have brunch almost every weekend. A dive into the american cuisine! Try their Bagels! ( My favorite is in Via Larga 19 )
APERITIVO & DRINKS
Living, the place is nice, but the view is greater! You haven’t really visit Milan if you didn’t have an Aperitivo at Arco Della Pace ( if you don’t have time at night visit this area during the day, you won’t regret it! ) See:
N’ombra de Vin, if you’re looking for me, I’m probably here! This beautiful winery is great for an Aperitivo at 7pm or a drink after dinner! ( via San Marco 2 ) See:
Terrazza Triennale, it’s on the roof of La Triennale. Visit one of the beautiful exhibitions and then have a drink with a view that will make you feel in New York! ( via Alemagna 6 )
The Doping Club, Yard Milano, antique forniture and vintage glasses, this place is like an old gentlemen’s club. ( Piazza 24 Maggio , 8 )
Nottingham forest, among the world’s best bars! It has an endless list of unique drinks! ( Viale Piave, 1 )
Ceresio 7, this place is more than just a bar. You can find a spa and a Gym, a pool and a great restaurant as well. Plus, the view of the skyline here is amazing! ( Via Ceresio 7 ) See:
Martini Bar Dolce & Gabbana, inside a small courtyard and beside their shop, this place is ideal for a drink or even a light lunch!
Radetzky, have a drink after dinner in this place where the crowd meet at night! From Wednesday to the Weekend is crowded of local people drinking outside the bar.
Cinc, if you’re looking for a small and familiar place where to have a drink this is a nice place. Ask the bar tender to prepare something special, drinks are great here!
Via Della Spiga & Quadrilaterodella moda, the must-visit area for all the fashion addicts! Find here all your favorite designers boutiques! ( Via della Spiga, Via Montenapoleone ) See:
La Rinascente, the Mecca of shopping, where you can find everything you’re looking for! Don’t forget to visit the new Rinascente Annex, just beside the Main Building, it has the coolest brand selection and a long list of beautiful accessories! ( Piazza del Duomo )
Biffi & Banner, this two cool and historical boutiques has (in advance) all the trend you will love the next season! A Must visit in the city! ( Banner via Sant Andrea 8, Biffi Corso Genova 6 ) See:
Dmagazine Outlet, surely the ideal place where to find the best designer pieces at a reasonable price! ( But don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret locals tempt to hide!) ( Via Bigli 4 )
Arabesque, the concept store everyone would love! Discover amazing design pieces and cool dresses all in one place! ( Largo Augusto, 10 )
Via Soferino is a street where to find the finest jewellery boutiques! Merù is surely the one you need to stop at!
Porselli, is just behing La Scala theatre and it’s the most famous and historical boutique for ballerinas! ( Piazza Ferrari, 6)
Corso di Porta Ticinese instead, is the street where to find vintage shops or new conteporary brands! A nice area for a morning walk too!
Pinacoteca di Brera, where you can find the best classical art collection of the city, from Rembrandt to Caravaggio. Take an hour to visit this beautiful area and take some pictures! ( via Brera 28 ) See:
Navigli, an area where you can have a romantic walk at sunset or a brunch at mornings. If you’re lucky enough the third Sunday of the month there’s the best Antiques and Vintage market of the city. ( Alzaia Naviglio Grande ) See:
Fondazione Prada, the project of Miuccia Prada and Rem Koolhaas gave birth to this innovative museum. A former brandy factory transformed in 19,000 sq meters of multilevel exhibition space. ( It includes a Haunted House tower covered by gold leaf!) ( Largo Isarco 2 ) See:
MUDEC, Museo delle Culture, this museum close to Navigli area has some of the best exhibitions! ( I saw here Basquiat and Frida Kahlo exhibitions!) Check online! (Via Tortona 56 )
Villa Reale Di Milano, it’s one my favorite photo-spot of the city! Ideal for a picnic on weekends or a nice walk in its garden. ( Via Palestro 16 ) See:
The Duomo, the magnificent white Gothic cathedral, heart of the city, has more statues than any other in the world. You can also take in the view from its roof ( on a fine day, the view stretches far beyond the city to the snow-covered Alps!)
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II , built in 1867 it’s quintessential Milan and a must see. It bring you from the Duomo to the beautiful Teatro alla Scala.
Piazza Gae Aulenti, this new area of the city is one of the coolest! You can loose yourself under the skyscrapers enjoying all the nice shops and bars of the area (and it’s also close to Corso Como!)
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Masterpiece The Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie.
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