The Weekly Getaway: forget fashion, it's now all about food in Milan
Many people avoid coming to Milan, because they imagine a grey smoggy busy city. Milan is indeed a business oriented town, but a lot has changed since the Expo that took place in 2015. Bike friendly, pedestrian and lively, these are some of the adjectives that come to my mind after strolling around the city.
When walking through the city remember to always look in the big entrance doors, as some of the most beautiful spots, are inside the courtyards and entrances of elegant buildings. Forget the shopping, focus on the arts and on the multiple culinary attractions the city has to offer!
Just few steps from the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and the renowned Scala di Milano, there is Brera, a district that has the aura of a small village. Its pedestrian streets will allow you to discover beautiful little stores and eventually end up in front of the Pinacoteca di Brera. Here you will find master pieces from the XX century part of its Collection and temporary exhibitions.
It's botanical garden will bring you right at the doorsteps of the Bulgari Hotel. An oasis in the city, there aren't many places where one can find such a peaceful atmosphere and garden in the city. Enjoy the apperitivo (after work drinks) or a light lunch with the unforgettable Spaghetti al Pomodoro.
Another area that not a lot of people explore is that of Corso Magenta. The home of the first Pasticceria Marchesi, recently acquired by Prada, in this magical sweetshop you will enjoy true Italian mini patisserie and the most creamy cappuccino. Walking through this street you will discover elegant and bohemian stores, you will feel richer by looking at the beautifully decorated windows.
Walking up Corso Magenta and with your back towards the center, you will arrive in front of the most famous church, after the Duomo: Santa Maria delle Grazie. In here the unique painting by Leonardo Da Vinci: The Last Supper. (remember to book in advance!)
- Mudec - the Cultural Museum, opened in 2014 this museum is focused in bringing artist from allover the world
- Fondazione Prada - just a couple of metro stops from the center, it hosts different artists, its worth seeing for its architecture. Don't miss its Bar Luce! Check out our own review from Leo here
- Pinacoteca di Brera - classic stop for those that love paintings
- Triennale - home to modern art and design located in the Parco Sempione, great for a short stop away from the urban scene
- Bulgari Hotels & Resorts - luxurious and contemporary with a magical garden and a friendly relaxed atmosphere
- Mandrarin Oriental - masters in hospitality, it just opened in the heart of the city. The rooms are comfortable and modern. The SPA is unique!
- Casa Ranieri Tenti - for a more homy yet luxurious experience, Alvise Ranieri has refurbished five beautiful apartments in his family house, just few steps from Via Monte Napoleone
- Secondo Pensiero - a b&b in the elegant Corso Magenta
- Buscia - only Champagne! The atmosphere is casual and friendly. You will be able to taste the most unique Champagne etiquettes at reasonable prices
- Hoppy Fish - street food with a twist. Frequent change of menu and great tastes of fish. You must try the salads and the ciabatta with baccalà! A great bear selection awaits
- Spazio Niko Romito - a breathtaking view and great cuisine. The atmosphere is minimal, the service is excellent and the dishes are unforgettable. Must try the parmiggiano soup with croutons and cherry tomatoes
- Ceresio 7 - this is the hot spot of the city! So hot that it is located on a terrace with two spectacular pools. Stylish, luxurious and fun. You can go for a drink or enjoy a great meal by Chef Elio Sironi. The service is impeccable and the food is to die for!
- Al Fresco Milano - for a light lunch in the heart of the design district Tortona. A nice atmosphere with a great courtyard, and good cuisine