best things to do in Milano this Spring

22 May 2023
Written by Lucrezia Worthington

Milan in Springtime truly comes to life. The neutral coloured façades reflect the warm sunlight and locals enjoy the outdoors every chance they get. The city is engaging, with frequent new additions, openings and exhibitions and here we have rounded up 10 things to do in the city this season.


Ceramic experiences at mani milano lab

Mani Milano Lab is a ceramics lab opened by Daria Dazzan and Alfredo Giardina, who both have a creative flair and passion for artisanship. Daria, who recently worked in fashion, began working with clay in an atelier in Montmartre until moving back to Milan and creating collections of pottery that she sells both online and in her workshop. Here, is also home to Mani Milano Lab, a place where everyone can unleash their creativity and create objects from scratch through a series of courses and workshops. WEBSITE

Mani Milano Lab


Hygge Milano opens in the evenings

Delicate wood, soft lights and plants make the environment even more intimate at the Hygge. The Bistrot with a northern European heart gets elegant to inaugurate the new evening service every Wednesday to Friday from 7.30pm. Each plate has a main ingredient that is enhanced in all its properties through various preparations – the aim of the chef is that of bringing to life old recipes from different territories, using poor ingredients and re-interpreting them, to give them a new look and feel. WEBSITE

Inside Hygge


Cocktail with a view

Every Sunday until 4 June, Terrazza Martini in the heart of Milan will host Pop Up Sundays, a weekly event organised by Taste of Milano. Every Sunday will welcome an exceptional bartenders around Italy who will mix up their signature cocktails accompanied by a selection of curated bites. The 28th May will host Fabio Spinelli of Deus Milano and on the 4th June, expect Matteo Zed from The Court in Rome. WEBSITE


trust the chef

The young chef Luca Natalini opens the restaurant Autem with one particular intent: “At Autem it is not the Chef to choose the menu, it’s the ingredients”, meaning that every day the menu varies according to the availability and seasonality of the ingredients. There are four tasting menus: the Carta Bianca, a sort of white canvas of eight courses in which you can expect anything and everything – whereas the other three are strictly meat based, fish based and vegetable based. WEBSITE

The kitchen team at Autem


MO garden opens in a punch

Mandarin Oriental opens up the garden this Spring, with two exciting proposals drawn up by Chef Antonio Guida and Guglielmo Miriello, the director of Mandarin Garden: the Spring Menu, which features five dishes that recall the scents and flavours of the Mediterranean and the Spring Punch, a fresh gin and grapefruit based cocktail served in a Swarovski x Rosenthal set and accompanied by a sweet and savoury selection. WEBSITE

Spring Punch at the Mandarin Garden


A blend of art, culture and architecture

The Fondazione Prada, in the up and coming industrial area of Ripamonti, is one of the places you must visit in the city for several reasons: the permanent contemporary art collection of Signora Miuccia, the exhibitions, always of the highest level (at the moment there’s Cere anatomiche, in collaboration with La Specola, until 17 July 2023), cinema with designer reviews, the Bar Luce designed by director Wes Anderson, and the complex as a whole that saw an early twentieth century distillery become a daring center of cultural production based on a project by the studio of Rem Koolhaas, one of the most creative architects today. WEBSITE

Cere Anatomiche exhibition


Not your traditional cornetto

Pan is the new restaurant of chef Yoji Tokuhyoshi in collaboration with Alice Yamada. A pastry shop located in the Risorgimento district of Milano with a brunch proposal and wine bar that brings a slice of Japan to the city. Here you can taste the iconic shokupan as well as sweet and savoury options and freshly baked croissants. WEBSITE

Inside Pan Bakery. Ph. Credits Valentina Sommariva


Home Cooking

The idea of home cooking is notably increasing and Alfredo Chirizzi brings the concept to Milan where he welcomes guests into his home in Via Padova. Sunday Service is a Sunday lunch that inspires to bring people together once a month, sharing conversation and embarking on a home-cooked meal accompanied by natural wines in the convivial setting of a home. You can book via Instagram. WEBSITE

Sunday Service. Ph. Credits Stefania Zanetti, Matteo Bellomo


A garden of flavours

Horteria is a convivial bistrot in Moscova that radiates energy through the passion of Giorgia and Mauro and the entire staff who demonstrate savoir faire as well as meticulous research and care for the ingredients. In the kitchen there are young chefs with an excellent resumé and experience in Michelin starred restaurants which is expressed through their fine cuisine. Yet the atmosphere is informal, a place to simply share the love of food and above all, appreciate the beautifully presented dishes that are brought to your table. Chose between a four and a six course tasting menu or select a la carte, which changes on a frequent basis according to what’s available and in season or grown at their vegetable garden. WEBSITE

A dish at Horteria


Surrealism at mudec

At Milano’s MUDEC, a cultural space with a rich history and magnetic architecture that houses a museum with permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, a theatre dedicated to performances and the visual arts as well as Enrico Bartolini’s three Michelin starred restaurant. This season, MUDEC will host Dalí, Magritte, Man Ray and Surrealism until July 30th, displaying 180 works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, documents, and artifacts that fully immerse visitors in a 360 degree vision of Surrealism and its core pillars. WEBSITE

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