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!
Photo credits: Alessandra Baldeschi Balleani
Interiors at Spazio restaurant overlooking the Duomo
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.
The garden at the Bulgari hotel
The perfect Spaghetti Pomodoro at the Bulgari hotel
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!)
Rooftop pools at Ceresio 7
- 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
View from Triennale, Milan’s Museum of Modern Art
- 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
Beautiful decor at Casa Ranieri Tenti
- Buscia – only Champagne! The atmosphere is casual and friendly. You will be able to taste the most unique Champagne etiquettes at reasonable prices
- 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
- Trattoria Bolognese da Mauro – causal family-run trattoria, known for their authentic pasta in Naviglio. Read our full review here
- Trattoria di Masuelli San Marco – authentic Milanese dishes and the best coteletta alla milanese in town! Read our full review here
- Giacomo Bistrot – chic interiors and fantastic food from Giacomo Burelli. Also greta bar for an aperitivo before dinner. You must try the spaghetti pomodoro e basilico! Read our full review here
- 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!
- Le Specialita dal 1977 – the best pizza around! Kind of pricey but definitely worth it. Read our full review here
- 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
- Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone – great for a Saturday brunch. Make sure you taste the classic burrata! Read our full review here
- Giacomo Caffe – nestled inside the Palazzo Reale, this heigh-ceiling grandiose space (also created by Giacomo) is the perfect place for a quick espresso stop. Read our full review here
- Fioraio Bianchi Caffe – best coffee in Brera, in what used to be an old flower shop. Read our full review here
- Panzerotti Luini – the famous baked or (better yet) fried panzerotti just off the Duomo. Try the classic pomodoro mozzarella al forno!
Photo Credits: Dimitris Kossyfas, Leonardo Meletopoulos