Milano: an insiders guide to the city

23 September 2022
Written by The Italy Insider
Insider's Guide

Milan is a vibrant, spirited city with an avant-guard approach. A blend between the cool, contemporary London and the elegant, fashion forward Paris with the heart and soul of Italian lifestyle. From art to fashion, parks to canals, architecture and design, this city will never cease to amaze. A varied culinary scene that sweeps across the entire spectrum of historical osterias to international based cuisine and world renowned Michelin starred chefs as well as small boutique, design-oriented hotels to grand, luxury brands. Walk through the charming, cobbled streets of Brera and end up drinking a spritz along the Navigli canals: here is everything you need to know about the city.

Fondazione Prada
A view of the Milan skyline

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Haute Cuisine

Ristorante Andrea ApRea

Dining at Andrea Aprea restaurant

The chef, who had won two Michelin stars at the Park Hyatt, has just inaugurated his restaurant on the top floor of a nineteenth-century building that houses the Luigi Rovati Foundation, a new museum of art open on September 1st. The three tasting itineraries on the menu explore different flavours, with a look at the chef’s Neapolitan origins. On the menu of the Bistrot you will find gastronomic focaccia, salads and sandwiches and some dishes such as Milanese risotto and pasta with tomato sauce. WEBSITE

Horto restaurant

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Horto Restaurant. Ph. Mattia Parodi

Norbert Niederkofler, three Michelin stars in San Cassiano in the Dolomites, has opened a new restaurant in the historic center of Milan. The idea is based on the Horti Conclusi, the gardens of the monasteries where aromatic and medicinal plants were grown in the Middle Ages. Together with a team of chefs with a distinguished curriculum, he proposes an ethical, relaxed cuisine, respectful of the time and of the territory that changes with the seasons. You have breakfast on the terrace, lunch at the Sole bistro, an aperitif on the roof of Milan and fine dining at the Horto for dinner. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of The Medelan, a new space that boasts office and retail spaces as well as unique terraces with incredible views. WEBSITE

Enrico Bartolini

The man of records: this is the definition that we read most often of Enrico Bartolini, because no one like him has collected so many starred restaurants in different parts of Italy. But this on the third floor of the Museum of Cultures is the flagship, the restaurant that has thrilled Milan by bringing the three stars back to the city. Classic-contemporary is the definition that the chef reserves for his cuisine, an affirmation that is reflected in the two tasting menus: “Best of” with historical dishes and “Mudec Experience”, that is the most recent and constantly evolving proposals from which take out 3 or 4 courses as you like, all accompanied by a wine selection that includes more than 7000 references. (Description from the Michelin Guide). WEBSITE

Spazio Niko Romito

In Piazza Duomo, in the center of Milan, the Spazio Niko Romito is a combination of elegance and simplicity, both for the design of its restaurant and for its proposals in the kitchen: traditional but with a touch of refinement. Among its dishes you can enjoy tortelli stuffed with ricotta with aubergines, capers and mint juice, or enjoy an apetizer such as roasted tomatoes with chilli and cedar extract. WEBSITE

Ristorante Berton

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Ristorante Berton. Ph. Marco Scarpa

Andrea Berton, with one Michelin star for his restaurant, was also awarded the prize of The Best Pasta on the Menu in 2022, It comes to no surprise as the concept behind his refined cuisine, is to bring to light those flavours and ingredients one wouldn’t usually consider. For example, Berton has curated a tasting menu in which broth is the protagonist, and of course its not just any broth. From mantris shrimp broth to beetroot broth, to ending the meal with chocolate broth. A unique culinary experience to enter with an open mind. WEBSITE

Felix Lo Basso

A single menu that changes regularly and a common dinner start time for all diners – booking is obviously essential. Creative recipes and ingredients from Puglia, the region where the chef comes from, proposed with original reinterpretations. In the main room a single elegant counter, along which customers sit, facing the cooks at work, with the chef who cooks and entertains like a skilled presenter. WEBSITE

Trussardi alla Scala restaurant

In the historic heart of the city is a lifestyle center with starred restaurants, entrusted to chef Giancarlo Perbellini. On the ground floor, Caffè Trussardi, with a modern culinary offer that starts with breakfast and ends with cocktails after dinner, including the patisserie also signed by Perbellini. The restaurant, located on the first floor, conceived as a contemporary reinterpretation of the Italian tavern, offers seasonal products, careful research of the material and culture of the territory, and offers a unique culinary experience that combines precision and technique with imagination and memory. WEBSITE 

Seta Restaurant

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Pollo Ficatum, Seta Restaurant

Antonio Guida’s restaurant is always a very trendy address. Located in the internal courtyard of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Milan, it is a formal and prestigious setting with dishes by Fornasetti. The chef offers a menu with Mediterranean flavours, with influences from southern Italy from which he comes, but in his dishes also memories of French classicism and a certain tendency to opulence and sweet succulence, which fascinates. But on the menu there are) but also exotic and oriental digressions. A special mention for the desserts of the restaurant’s pastry chef, Marco Pinna. WEBSITE



Langosteria Via Savona

Definitely the best fish restaurant in town. The reason is that the owner, Enrico Bonocore, is also a partner in a counter at the fish market: the first choice is always reserved for the cuisine of this restaurant in via Savona, in the heart of the Milanese design district. Three formats: the gourmet restaurant, the bistro and the kitchen. A dish to try is the Catalan-style blue lobster, a classic among the many exceptional dishes. WEBSITE

Giacomo Milano

Giacomo Bistrot

Giacomo Bulleri, of Tuscan origins, opened his first restaurant in the centre of Milan back in the 90’s and today counts not only five restaurants (3 in Milan, one in Pietrasanta Tuscany and one on Lake Como in a collaboration with the Grand Hotel Tremezzo) but also an additional Caffè, Pasticceria, Rosticceria, Gastronomia and Tabbaccheria. Each setting has a very different feel, from the wood paneling and embossed wallpaper design of Da Giacomo to the more nautical approach in Giacomo Al Lago to the unique experience in dining with a view of the Duomo at Giacomo Arengario. As far as the menu concerns, expect a combination of Italian cuisine in a contemporary guise and as for desert, the Bomba di Giacomo is a guilty pleasure everyone must try at least once (at least). WEBSITE


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In via Fiori Chiari, in the heart of Brera, Vesta brings a breath of authenticity. The new restaurant with a contemporary design is welcoming from the outside where the imposing staircase becomes a meeting place, for example to wait for a table pleasantly with a drink in hand. The interiors with a strong design are very welcoming as well like the team, who gladly help choose the dishes of the day. On the menu, fish prevails with raw fish and dishes inspired by Italian home cooking, such as sole meunière or la Nerano pasta. The right place for an evening with family or friends but also for a job dinner. WEBSITE

Uovodiseppia Milano

Overlooking the internal courtyard, Uovodiseppia Milano is the new bistro of the Sicilian chef Pino Cuttaia inside the Ariosto Social Club, a multifaceted space that houses luxury apartments for short-term rentals, with a gym, spa and boutiques. Among the dishes on the menu, cod with smoked pinecone, swordfish roll with crispy caponata, fresh pasta with cuttlefish ink, black pig of Nebrodi capocollo or sea bass in crust of salt with orange salad. The menu proposal ends on a sweet note with mandarin ice, hot and cold chocolate, cornucopia of cannolo wafer and almond parfait. WEBSITE

dal bolognese

Where to eat in Milan
Inside Dal Bolognese restaurant

A slice of Bologna in Milan. At Dal Bolognese you’ll find a menu filled with traditional recipes of Emilian cuisine including the beloved boiled meat, tortellini in brodo and fresh, homemade tagliatelle with ragù alla Bolognese. The restaurant is nestled behind the Duomo in the courtyard of Palazzo Recanati with pleasant outdoor area and an elegant indoors. WEBSITE


In a quiet square a stone’s throw from the Teatro alla Scala, and in front of the house of the essential nineteenth-century writer Alessandro Manzoni, a restaurant of the past (it has been in business since 1696), with waiters in tuxedos and white gloves. The cuisine is regional, executed in an exemplary way: nerve salad, sautéed rice, fried brains, sweetbreads and courgette flowers. But then the menu is very varied, and you can also order fish or vegetarian dishes. WEBSITE

paper moon

Enriched by the presence of the Paper Moon garden, the Paper Moon restaurant offers a gastronomic selection of traditional Italian dishes prepared with the best ingredients, as well as a selection of excellent quality fish dishes. It is also possible to use the restaurant for dinners and private events, for an experience you will not forget. WEBSITE

la gioia

La Gioia, in the San Marco district, is a fine dining restaurant with a very refined environment that will conquer both your sight and your palate. Truffle is the beating heart of this restaurant, with a rich selection of truffle-based dishes such as poached egg with black truffle shavings, “Tajarin” fresh egg pasta with black truffle and on the side, a mashed potato with black truffle. Their Tiramisù is a showstopper, served with a jug of melted dark chocolate to pour on top. WEBSITE

osteria serafina

Situated in Via Luigi Sacco, in the Wagner district, Osteria Serafina is an exceptional restaurant, perfect for a dinner date or a tavolata with a group of friends. An extensive menu featuring traditional Milanese dishes such as the ‘must’ Risotto alla Milanese & Midollo (calf marrow) and Costoletta alla Milanese (veal cutlet). As the sister property of La Gioia, you can also expect the classic ‘truffle’ based dishes, especially as we enter the autumn season. WEBSITE

Where to eat in Milan
Risotto alla Milanese & Midollo


Al Coniglio Bianco

Located on the Naviglio, L’osteria Al Coniglio Bianco is a small, intimate restaurant with a traditional milanese menu and a very ample wine list. Come for a Risotto alla Milanese or step it up with the classic ossobuco, coupled with a glass of wine and to end, the Tortino al Cioccolato (chocolate fondant) will reveal a very pleasant surprise – especially if you’re a white chocolate lover. WEBSITE

Lu Bar

Situated between Montenapoleone and Porta Venezia, this garden restaurant boasts one of the most prominent and privileged locations in Milan. An establishment that exudes elegance and prestige, where the gaze wanders among plants and works of art, thirsting for beauty and light. The restaurant’s aim is to ennoble and elevate Sicilian street food, the founders’ place of origin, to the tones of Milanese style. WEBSITE

Exit Pastificio Urbano

EXIT Pastificio Urbano, is a great challenge, especially on a gastronomic level. It aims to give the concept of pasta a lightness that brings back the tastes of grandmothers, but in an elegant way. Here, there is a skilful connection from North to South Italy with fresh, dry and filled pasta of all kinds. WEBSITE


Bringing cuisine from the region of Emilia Romagna to Milano Navigli since 1999, Osteria del Gnocco Fritto is the kind of restaurant you visit for a casual yet exquisite dining experience. The protagonist in the menu is of course the Gnocco Fritto, a fried dough born in the province of Modena and Reggio Emilia. A basket of Gnocco Fritto is served at the table as if it were a basket of bread, which you can fill with cured meats and cheeses ordered as a starter. Another specialty is the Tigelle, to be paired with “lardo alla Modenese”. If you’re still hungry, take a look at the fresh pasta dishes, the tagliatelle with duck ragù is exquisite. And if you’re still hungry, you cannot pass on the nutella tigelle. WEBSITE


Osteria del Binari is located behind Porta Genova train station, and was opened back in 1972 and since then, the restaurant has been a favourite among locals and Italian tourists. The menu is inspired by traditional recipes of Lombardy combined with seasonal ingredients. Expect the ‘evergreen’ classics such as Milanese risotto with saffron, risotto al salto, veal cutlet and veal bone marrow as well as seasonal creations. The restaurant itself is beautiful (and very large), with different seating areas and some being in a winter garden filled with plants. WEBSITE

Trattoria del Nuovo Macello

Born in Milan in 1928, La Trattoria del Nuovo Macello is part of a family tradition that is going on by generations and it’s still serving italian traditional dishes. A lot has changed since then, but according to the owners, not so much. In fact, here you can taste Risotto Milano, Nuovo Macello half cotoletta and many other classics from the italian cuisine, as much as more surprising mixes like Gragnano Ditalini with mussels, Mate nuts, herbs and beans sauce. WEBSITE

Trattoria La Pesa 1902

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Trattoria La Pesa 1902

Milanese risotto (yellow, with saffron) and Milanese cutlet breaded with egg, tripe with white beans and also veal with tuna sauce in the old way. These are some of the dishes on the typical menu of this restaurant opened in 1902. WEBSITE


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Trattoria Trippa. ph. Martina Leo

Informal and simple, the place reminds of its main specialty: tripe. Here, though, you can taste many different dishes from the italian tradition, like the Milanese risotto with grilled marrow or Vitello Tonnato. WEBSITE

28 Posti Bistrot

Da un’idea di Marco Ambrosino, originario di Procida, 28posti propone un cucina tradizionale basata su valori etici. L’equilibrio delle sue ricette si basa sul rispetto del costume campano unito alla ricerca di sapori nuovi, come gli spaghettini all’acqua di pasta fermentata e miso di legumi, uno dei primi nel menù dello chef. Il luogo, moderno e da poco rinnovato, è stato ristrutturato grazie all’aiuto dei detenuti dell’Istituto Penitenziario di Bollate come progetto di reinserimento. WEBSITE


Porcino alla Milanese at Ratanà

Ratanà defines itself as a modern tavern, one of the first to emerge in Italy, with particular attention to the origin of the raw material. On the à la carte menu you can find dishes such as Adamello trout carpaccio, blueberries, brusca grass, grain mustard and pikles, creamed risotto with roasted peppers, slightly spicy chimichurri crumble and more traditional dishes such as homemade tagliolini with double Piedmontese beef ragù. WEBSITE

The Bar at Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren opens his first hospitality experience in Italy with The Bar at Ralph Lauren in the new Milanese flagship store in Via della Spiga, a tribute to the equestrian lifestyle long synonymous of Ralph Lauren, with interiors furnished with leather sofas, elegant dark wood panels and a curated collection of paintings and photographs. Here you can taste a unique offer in Milan of American cuisine inspired by Ralph Lauren’s favorite dishes, including the classic hamburger and the iconic mini lobster rolls. Signature cocktails like Ridgway Margarita, Manhattan or an Old-Fashioned for the seasonal menu. The bar is open all day and will serve coffee and patisserie in the morning, a light lunch and aperitifs. WEBSITE

La griglia di Varrone

If you are a meat lover, the Varrone grill is the perfect place to go. In the Garibaldi area, easily reachable by any type of vehicle, this restaurant defines itself as ‘the result of a maniacal research on all types of cattle breeds’. Here, in fact, you can enjoy some of the finest meats in the world, such as Black Angus USA and Australia, but also selections of Piedmontese fassona, accompanied by a wide selection of wines of the highest quality. Among the aperitifs, the Luxury Street Food selection creates the right fusion of delicacy and refinement that if you are a lover of the genre, it will surely conquer you. WEBSITE



Where to eat in Milan
l’ombelico del mondo. Ph. Lucio Elio

Born in Milan in 1989, Joia was the first vegetarian restaurant in the Occident and by 1996, the first one that ever gained a Michelin star. Here, you can enjoy many different dishes, both traditional and reinvented, like the Tempura Valtellinese with salad, glazed tofu with mushrooms ragout or the saffron risotto with sichuan pepper green beans. WEBSITE


A revolutionary outlet in the heart of the city centre that brought an elevated plant-based offer to the international cuisine scene. The environment is elegant, feminine, with pink and gold interiors and the cuisine follows a similar approach – neatly arranged, aesthetic dishes (perfect for the gram). What can you eat here? Polenta and patè, vegan of course, jackfruit and ginger sushi, “cacio” and pepe spaghetti with peanuts cream and vegan cheese, black pepper and caper paprika powder, and planted kebab skewers. WEBSITE

Courtesy Linfa Milano
Beef Tartare. Courtesy Linfa Milano


Corner 58, by Roberto Conti

A new concept in which pizza becomes gourmet in a relaxed and welcoming New York-style environment. There are the classics, but above all those dedicated to the Italian culinary tradition in a revisited key (Milanese, Parmigiana, Tonnata) and those inspired by the most glamorous places in the Bel Paese (Portofino, Montecarlo, Milan). At the table we are greeted with amuse bouche, liquid pizza, as if we were in a restaurant and in the menu there is no shortage of other refined dishes such as beef jokes, fish tartare, oysters and caviar. WEBSITE


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A Tavolata of pizza

The goal of the “guaglioni” of the founder Giorgio Caruso is only one: maximum lightness, as the sign states. Hence the choice of using only type 1 semi-wholemeal flour and wholemeal flour, both of 100% Italian soft wheat, selected and stone ground. The result is actually mild, with the advantage of enhancing the basic ingredients (starting from the various types of tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and Fiordilatte di Agerola) which are of quality. About twenty proposals on paper, from the simplest but precise to those of a broader vision. WEBSITE


As we have seen, Dry Milano was a pioneer address in Italy, the first to propose the pairing pizza and cocktail. Very popular in the city, it is now a mecca for pairing leavened products and drinks. The pizzas are signed by the award-winning Lorenzo Sirabella, a young and skilled pizza maker from Ischia, who brings all his knowledge and love for quality products and good food into the dough. Behind the counter, on the other hand, there has recently been Edris Al Malat, who has developed a drink list of twists on the great classics of mixing. WEBSITE


Modus, in via Maffei 12 is the new pizzeria of Paolo De Simone, a Cilento pizza chef. The name of the new sign? It refers to his way of cooking, eating and conceiving food, in a perfect balance between proteins, carbohydrates, in line with the principles of the Mediterranean Diet. To accompany the pizzas there are cocktails prepared by Antonio Rosato, former Head Bartender of the Mandarin. WEBSITE

From around the world


Where to eat in Milan

It is not a fusion cuisine, it is not in the name of contamination. What, then, is Aalto? Probably the future. Or in any case an attempt to overcome commonplaces and find a way towards something new as only possible in Milan. It includes Omakase, the first experience of a traditional sushi counter, and the fine dining of free cuisine, without borders and without definitions, which has won a Michelin star. WEBSITE


In the bohemian district of Brera, Indian chef Ritu Dalmia, owner of 7 restaurants in his country, offers non-stereotypical Indian cuisine, in a relaxing atmosphere of gold and sand tones. Tandoor scallops, ravioli with edamame (soy beans), rice and stracciatella: a line crossed by various territorial influences, including the Italian one. WEBSITE

Wicky’s Innovative Japanese Cusine

A journey through the tastes of the East – Japan but also Sri Lanka and Indonesia, and then cross the continent to France and Italy. Wicky Priyan is a multifaceted ochef, capable of mixing the tastes of his lands. His dishes are served with care in the halls of his elegant restaurant with marble and wood floors, dark walls, leather chairs and many small suspended lights that create a relaxing atmosphere. WEBSITE

Iyo Experience

Where to eat in Milan
IYO Experience

The restaurant opened in 2007, when there was still very little Japanese even in Milan. He made the city discover contemporary Japanese cuisine, integrating it with Italian raw materials: it is a reference in Italy for class and ideas put into the dishes, as well as the first Italian ethnic restaurant to win the Michelin star. WEBSITE


Cappucino and brioche is the typical morning start at bars. But you have make sure you choose the best in town. Here some spots worth stopping in, even if only for just an espresso.

Marchesi 1824

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Marchesi 1824 Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Marchesi 1824 is the historic pastry shop in Milan par excellence, in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The perfect place to enjoy a unique coffee break accompanied by an impeccable pastry, with a view of one of the most beautiful places in the whole city. WEBSITE


In Corso Matteotti in Milan, the historic Caffè Sant Amboreus (opened over eighty years ago) has recently undergone restyling without distancing too much from its heritage, to which the city is affectionately tied to. In addition to pastry – cappuccino and brioche here are the emblem of the Milanese – the “all day” dining concept was inaugurated, an authentic novelty in the Milanese capital: amidst boiserie antiques, mirrors and marbles, you can eat all day long, yes even at 4pm: bring on risotto allo zafferano, cutlet, avocado toast and lobster roll. WEBSITE


In the heart of the historic center of Milan stands the Caffè Leonardo, also ideal for a savoury breakfast. The absolutely central location makes it perfect for a break while visiting the wonderful historic center of the city. WEBSITE


Since 1847, the Biffi café in Milan has been the answer to several questions: breakfasts, snacks, lunches and aperitifs, as well as being equipped with a tea room and a bottle shop. Regardless of the time of day, here you can always refresh yourself and taste delights from both the cold table and the hot table, starting clearly with breakfast. WEBSITE


Having become a point of reference for Italian pastry excellence, Sugar aims to create desserts as small moments of happiness. Each creation is unique and will make your start of the day or your coffee break in the metropolis a unique experience. WEBSITE


Born in the Piazzale di Porta Lodovica in 1961, Gatullo is a historic place in Milan that for over fifty years has offered, together with the family that has managed it for generations, unique moments thanks to its pastry creations, which are the flagship of the shop. Perfect for both breakfast and a break during the day. WEBSITE


san carlo

Since 1954, near Santa Maria delle Grazie, the San Carlo pastry shop has been giving moments of pleasure with its refined creations that combine tradition, simplicity and taste, first of all with regard to the world of pastry. WEBSITE


In Piazza Risorgimento, Sissi is a point of reference. For generations, Milanese families have come here for breakfasts and aperitifs, enjoyed in a refined and classy place. If you have a weakness for soft and buttery brioches this is the perfect place for you. WEBSITE


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Freshly baked croissants

Also available for home delivery, Pavè is renowned for its pastries: croissants, pies, cakes of all kinds and also a wide selection in the bakery department. Its variety makes it an absolutely unmissable stop! WEBSITE


Cracco in Galleria 

The bar at Cracco in Galleria

Carlo Cracco is a superstar in Italy, and his restaurant is considered among the 50 best in the world. Located in the Vittorio Emanuele gallery, the place offers an experience that goes far beyond flavours, smells and tastes. Find your seat in the preciously furnished bar and sip on a Negroni as you admire the 20s inspired design. WEBSITE

Camparino in Galleria

Campari is a world famous liqueur, created by Gasparre Campari in 1860, just before the unification of the Kingdom of Italy. In ’62, Campari moved production to Milan, next to the Duomo, and in ’67 he opened the historic bar that is still in business today, creating the first Milanese ‘aperitif’, to be drunk before meals, namely the Negroni. The venue therefore allows you to visit the legendary birthplace not only of a world brand like Campari, but of a lifestyle that still characterises the life of many Milanese, namely the aperitif. WEBSITE


Inspired by the speakeasies of the Prohibition era, the 1930 cocktail bar narrates travel through the art of mixology. The initial surprise is walking into a corner shop that separates you from a wunderkammer, filled with various objects that identify different destinations all over the world (which also become cocktail menus). The menu changes every six months taking you on a journey across the globe, and this season 1930 will transport you to Africa through tastes, garnishes, spices and stories behind each curated cocktail. You can only read the name of the cocktail on the menu, leaving your instinct to decide which cocktail is for you, however the Madagascan Baobab Tree is a special, exquisite drink you’ll have to try if you like fresh, not overly sweet drinks. It’s a rum infused cocktail served inside its tree that represents the population who would punch holes in the tree to collect rainwater to drink from – a beautiful story and one of many you will find here. WEBSITE

mag la pusterla

Could it be the contrasting indoor pub with the cute outdoor garden or the very well designed cocktail menu that stole our hearts?Or perhaps it’s simply the very talented barmen who can whip up the most unconventional ingredients together to create a cocktail filled with flavour and kick. The bite selection is also interesting, alongside your taralli and olives there’s a square of focaccia and a little salad for everyone. WEBSITE

Camparino in Galleria. Ph. Credits Andrea di Lorenzo, Photecnica srl
Interiors at Mag La Pusterla

Ceresio 7

Ceresio7 rooftop. Ph. Alberto Blasetti

This cocktail bar is situated on Milan’s coolest rooftop, where you will be able experience, by a spectacular pool, a breathtaking view of Milan’s skyscaprers. And if this weren’t enough the bar also has an excellent restaurant, run by chef Elio Sironi, whose menu range from red tuna to risotto with asparagus, from raw seafood to veal cheek. All things considered, one of the best places to eat and drink in Milan. WEBSITE

Tannico wine bar

Tannico is one of the most well curated wine shops on Via Savona, where you can come along to purchase fine Italian labels (around 800 in total) as well as taste over an aperitif or savour over a lengthly dinner. The atmosphere is intimate, cool – almost Londonesque – with a contemporary outlook in both design and cuisine. Tannico also holds numerous weekly events, a ‘tasting lecture’ in which you learn about various methods of vinification, discover lesser known wineries or, for the master wines, a detailed degustation of champagne – each event includes a serious of tastings accompanied by a selection of bites or a 3 course dinner. You can book your spot online. WEBSITE


NoLo is an area in constant ferment, constantly dishing out new and unconventional places, maintaining its cosmopolitan and avant-garde spirit. Reverend is a vinyl store / cocktail bar, as made clear by its menu, structured in the same way as an old vinyl: there are the ‘intros ‘ (starters) , the ‘Side A’ (sandwiches) and the ‘Side B’ (salads). Clearly, the menu also has to offer beers, drinks and shots, all in a friendly environment, with records attached to the walls. For those who love vintage situations and the sound of music on old analogue media. WEBSITE

Bar Jamaica 

Along Via Brera, near the academy of fine arts, you will find the historic Jamaica bar. Open since 1911, it was once the meeting place for artists and intellectuals of the area, from Giuseppe Ungaretti to Lucio Fontana, from Salvatore Quasimodo to Piero Manzoni, from Dino Buzzati to Camilla Cederna, Gianni Dova, Ernest Hemingway, Dario Fo, and Allen Ginsberg.Brera.The bar remains today the meeting place par excellence of the traditional Milanese youngsters. WEBSITE


Cà-Ri-Co is a casual dining and cocktail drinking spot on the lively Via Savona that lights up from Aperitivo hour to the early morning. The aesthetics are very industrial, experimental and mix and match – basically the district of Tortona in a nutshell. Savour the enigmatic cocktails and accompany with well-balanced sharing dishes that range from oysters and fish tacos to scottona beef tartare and glazed courgette. If you are a cocktail enthusiast however you may also wish to attend one of the bar experience nights – next event is dedicated to the iconic of Negroni cocktail. WEBSITE

Tannico Wine Bar

Spirit de Milan

Where to drink in Milan
Spirit De Milan

The bar, situated in an old factory, encapsulates the old traditional Milanese nightlife, when the city’s youth used to entertain itself by going dancing not in clubs but at improvised dance halls, strictly with live music and entertainment. You can look at their website to find out the kind of night the venue has to offer, or simply go there and enjoy the surprise. WEBSITE


In the heart of Savona/Tortona fashion district, Millino is the go to place to pass a great night in the area. Concrete walls, pop-colour chairs and comfy leather sofas set the scene for daily aperitivi and live music on Thursdays.

Tàscaro all’Isola 

A piece of Venice in this red-walled bistrot, opened by Sandra Tasca, and is the ideal place to have an aperitif with traditional Venician dishes, so much so that you might even want to stop for dinner. WEBSITE

what to see

Fondazione Luigi Rovati

The area of the fashion district and surroundings is undergoing major renovation with openings prestigious. An example is the Fondazione Luigi Rovati, inaugurated last September. An entire building in Corso Venezia, the former residence of the Rizzoli family, has been renovated by the architect Mario Cucinella to house the Etruscan art collections of Lucio Rovati and that of contemporary art by his wife Giovanna Forlanelli. The 140 Etruscan finds are on the floor hypogeum, exhibited together with works by Lucio Fontana, William Kentridge and Arturo Marini. On the floor noble, among brocade upholstery, fuchsia boiserie and showcases of millenary objects, they are exhibited drawings by Andy Warhol, a horse by Ai Wei Wei and works by Giulio Paolini and Luigi Ontani to whom two rooms are dedicated. Take a tour of the library on the ground floor, have a coffee and order tapas and spritzes at the bistro with windows overlooking the garden. The menu is signed by Andrea Aprea, whose starred restaurant (the star arrived in November, a few months since the inauguration) is on the top floor. WEBSITE

Museo del Novecento

400 paintings and sculptures from the 20th century are preserved in the modernist Palazzo dell’Arengario overlooking piazza Duomo. Part of the space is dedicated to temporary exhibitions by clever curators. You can also book a table at Giacomo Arengario, an Art Deco space on the top floor. It offers both a traditional menu and spectacular view of the Duomo through the windows or from the terrace. WEBSITE

Triennale Milano 

The Triennale’s mission is to promote design and applied arts. Important exhibitions and conferences are held throughout the year, attracting students and young designers en masse. In the permanent exhibition of the Design Museum, you will trace the history of the most famous objects designed in Italy. Among the lambrettas and typewriters, bizarre tables and chairs, you will no longer see a piece of furniture with the same eyes. On the ground floor you will also find a stunningly beautiful bookshop, which is worth a visit even if you are not interested in buying books. Moreover, on fine days, you can also appreciate the Design Cafè, inside the Triennale, part of which is in the Triennale’s outdoor garden where you can admire many sculptural works, including Giorgio De Chirico’s Fountain of the Mysterious Baths. An ideal location for those seeking for peace and quiet. WEBSITE


What to do in Milan
Armani / Silos

Opened by Giorgio Armani himself in honour of the 40 years of the most famous Milanese fashion brand, the museum showcases best of the stylists’ works, allowing get a real sense of Italian high fashion. The choice of an old granary as the site of the exhibition was not accidental: just as food is essential to life, clothing, which according to Armani is the most fundamental expression of one’s identity, is also of vital importance. After all, Milan, as one of the capitals of fashion worldwide, promotes the ideal that sometimes you can judge a book by its cover.  WEBSITE

Fondazione Prada 

What to do in Milan
Fondazione Prada, Milano

The brand new Fondazione Prada location alone is worth the trip: an industrial building enriched with new architectures by Rem Koolhaas. Originally designed to host Miuccia Prada’s private art collection of, which remains the most important permanent exhibition present in the building, it now hosts extremely well-curated exhibitions, installations and events of all kinds. In the summer, the foundation organises a series of film d’auteur nights in its splendid open-air cinema. And if this wasn’t enough, the building complex also contains the notorious Bar Luce: a beautiful, bright space, designed by Wes Anderson, which looks like a movie set and is furnished as befits the space in which it is inserted. Here you will also be able to taste the sweets of one of the oldest pastry shops in Milan, which since 1824 has been kept alive by the Marchesi family: the quality has remained impeccable for almost two centuries! WEBSITE 

Villa Necchi Campiglio

What to do in Milan
Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milan. Veranda. Photo/s:, 2014 – FAI Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano

Villa Necchi Campiglio is also part of the Milanese case-museo (private homes now open as museums), and is a beautiful testimony of the transition, in just a decade from the 1920s to the 1930s, from the Art Nouveau style to a more rational style declined in Decò or Rationalism. It is a large villa of the Milanese industrial upper class, still furnished with original furniture, containing a large garden, with a swimming pool and tennis court, and a pleasant bar. The villa was designed by the architect Piero Portaluppi, one of the greatest perpetrators of this architectural movement (he had also designed the Palazzo dell’Arengario in Piazza Duomo). The style is modern, energetic, compact and worldly (recognisable above all by the objects: mirrors, armchairs, tables, various household objects, with regular lines, without the most articulated inlays of the previous decade, in wood and brass, which qualify antiques from the first half of the 20th century). WEBSITE

Pinacoteca di Brera

The art gallery is undoubtedly the richest art collection in Milan. It was Napoleon who founded it in 1809, next to the Academy of Fine Arts, and has a unique collection of works of Italian painting ranging from 1300 to 1900. The exhibition gives a very crisp image of how Italian art evolved in the years, both in style and in content. Furthermore, after visiting the halls of the art gallery you can take a tour of the ground floor where the works of the students are sometimes exhibited and where you can see their ateliers. Moreover, if you love plants, you cannot miss a visit to the botanical garden: 5.000 square meters of greenery created in the eighteenth century, a sort of paradise lost, containing over 300 different species of plants, including two very old Gingko Biloba and a huge linden tree of 40 meters. WEBSITE

Fondazione Achille Castiglioni 

Named after the illustrious milanese architect and designer Achille Castiglioni, creator of the famous lamp Arco and of many other unique items, the association has the aim of promoting and preserving the incredible amount of works of the design genius. Also to this aim, the association has opened to the public his old studio, made up by four rooms, which showcases some of his most famous works and also allows one to observe his singular way of working. WEBSITE

Cenacolo Vinciano 

While Leonard da Vinci’s most famous work may be the Gioconda, his Last Supper is arguably his most magnificent, also because of the innovative fresco technique which, along with the humidity of the surroundings, has made the work very difficult to preserve. The latter is hosted by the Santa Maria delle Grazie basilica, Unesco World Heritage Site, built in 1463 by Bramante. The basilica itself, with its red bricks, is just as beautiful to look at, especially when the sunset brings out the colours. 

In 1498, while Leonardo was busy finishing the Last Supper, Ludovico il Moro gave him a bizarre gift: a vineyard, situated right next of the basilica. Over the centuries, both the building in front, the Atellani house, and the vineyard, ended up in the Milanese oblivion. It was not until the 1920s, that the Atellani house was restored. In 2015, the vineyard was also restored to its ancient splendour and today the entire complex is one of the wonderful surprises that Milan is able to offer visitors, and can be visited every day. Don’t miss this Renaissance pearls: book a visit and get ready for repeated wonder. WEBSITE 

Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Founded in 1881, the latter is maybe the most famous of the Milanese case museo, i.e., former luxurious habitations which have been turned into art galleries and museums. The house itself, with its antiquary and precious objects rivals in beauty and interest the series of painting from the Italian Renaissance hanged on the walls. If you wish to visit all the case museo scattered in Milan, the Casemuseocard will grant you access to all of them. WEBSITE

Gallerie d’Italia

Divided into three historic buildings among Piazza della Scala, via Manzoni and via Morone, the gallery presents a collection of works dedicated to the history and landscape of Lombardy (the region of which Milan is the capital city) from the 1800s up to today. The contemporary art collection is in the fascinating spaces of the former Italian Commercial Bank. Don’t miss the menu at restaurant Voce, curated by Aimo e Nadia’s chefs, two Michelin stars. In the summer tables are al fresco in a garden that belonged to the Milanese writer of 19th century Alessandro Manzoni: every single Italian student has read his novel I promessi sposi at high school. Apart from that, the garden is simply spectacular, scattered with contemporary sculptures. WEBSITE

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Ask us if you want to do special tours in the city. Discovering cuisine, perfumes, history but also artisans. Our specialists will open secret doors and enter a city that, without them, you will never be able to discover.

Food Tour around the city

Sara offers private 3-hour walking tours around the most charming neighborhoods of Milan (either Duomo, Brera/Isola or Navigli), starting off in the morning with breakfast with pastries, then a market tour to know more about the peculiarities of Milanese cuisine, an aperitivo followed by a more substantial bite, and gelato to finish. Book your tour here.

Home cooking  

Home cooking classes and gastronomic tours in Milan.  Sara is a food and travel writer. Her work has been featured on Italian and international publications, including Wine Spectator and The New York Magazine. 

scented milano tour

We explore the city through its scents and smells together with Mariangela Rossi, a journalist specialising in lifestyle, artistic perfumery, cultural and green travel. The expert accompanies guests on a personalised and interactive journey through the senses, discovering perfumeries, fragrant gardens, traditional groceries and, only on request, a private visit to the atelier of a fragrance creator, with “olfactory tasting”. The tour lasts 3 hours (9.30-12.30 or 5 hours). Minimum for 2 people. Price available upon request and ensure you book 15 days in advance. To book, click here.

visit the opera house

Milan hosts the Teatro alla Scala, the most important opera house in the world and one of the most important for classical ballet. Tickets must be booked well in advance. WEBSITE

Attend a classical concert

To attend a concert, check the programs at Auditorium Verdi and Teatro Arcimboldi (which is not in the very centre of the city): they often schedule concerts with incredible orchestras and directors. WEBSITE



Where to shop in Milan

Nonostantemarras is the secret shop signed by Antonio Marras, a well-known name in the fashion industry and all-round Sardinian creative.It is located in a hidden courtyard behind the houses on Via Cola di Rienzo, in a former industrial space that used to be a workshop.In this large living room with antique furnishings and meticulously scraped walls, we notice the designer’s deep desire to communicate his art to a varied and curious public. In fact, the immense space is conceived as a multifaceted meeting point, where it is possible to move freely among paintings, books, clothes and accessories, forgetting about time and space. In summer, the courtyard lights up with colours and is inebriated with scents: having an aperitif there is a pleasure for the eyes. WEBSITE

Laboratorio Paravicini

Where to shop in Milan
Ceramic in the painting

According to Costanza Paravicini, ceramics have an absolute light that not even porcelain has. The laboratory, founded in the early nineties, because she wanted dishes that she really liked, today has five decorators and their daughters Benedetta and Margherita Medici. A visit to the atelier, in a courtyard of old Milan, allows for a colourful journey through table, tea or coffee sets, vases and hand-painted candlesticks. Among the iconic decorative motifs, those of the Izmir, Zodiaco and Circo collections and the new collection for Lisa Corti, queen of the mise en table and the art of living at home. WEBSITE

Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Opened in 2002 by Rossana Orlandi, Giorgio Armani and Donna Karan fashion consultant, the gallery began its activity focusing on Dutch design with designers such as Piet Hein Eek, Maarten Baas and Nacho Carbonell. Then the research expanded, with a catalog that reflects the most innovative scenes from Europe, Asia and America. The space is a showroom, boutique, bistro by Aimo e Nadia (2 Michelin stars) and an amazing typical Milanese courtyard. WEBSITE

Via Montenapoleone

Via Montenapoleone is the fashion street in what is worldwide known as the Fashion Quadrangle. Just walk up and down to have a look at the windows announcing the upcoming trends and enjoy the elegance of people. Stop for a coffee or breakfast at Marchesi or the historical Cova. You will have a full immersion in a truly Milanese set.

Via fauchè market

Milano has a tradition of street markets. The closest to the house is in Via Fauchè on Tuesdays mornings (7.30 am to 2 pm) and Saturdays (7.30 am to 7 pm). What to buy: fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese and grilled chicken (it’s great option as a take away) and a lot of branded clothes and shoes out of production or of the past season. Surely the best bargain of your life is waiting for you on the stalls. (Take the tram number 14 right in front of the house door)

where to sleep

antica locanda leonardo

Situated in Corso Magenta, inside the courtyard of a nineteenth-century building. Antica Locanda Leonardo will conquer your heart with its 4 rooms and 2 apartments and a unique little garden where you can enjoy a moment of escape from the busy city centre. WEBSITE

Roommate Giulia

Where to sleep in Milan
Penthouse at Roommate Giulia

Roommate Giulia is a small, boutique hotel in Milan with an exquisite design signed Patricia Urquiola. Located in a 19th century building with a total of 85 rooms, the ambience will conquer you with its pop design based on bright colours that will make you feel home. WEBSITE

3 Rooms @ 10 corso como

Where to sleep in Milan
Living room in one of the suites. Ph. Chiara Gussoni

10 Corso Como, a pole for art, literature, music and photography, has decided to offer a new service: an intimate hotel with three rooms, as the name suggests. If you love art and you want to sleep in the heart of Milan, this is the perfect place for you. WEBSITE

Savona 18

Savona 18 Suites is a boutique hotel in the heart of Navigli. Everything is chic and carefully curated, studied and carried out by Aldo Cibic, a famous designer who created 42 rooms, all unique to each other. There is also an artsy breakfast area and an intimate outdoor courtyard. WEBSITE


Where to sleep in Milan

Located in the heart of the city’s fashion district on Via Gesù, neighbouring the Palazzo Gianni Versace, the Four Seasons Milan is astonishing. A combination of classic and contemporary design set the rooms & suites apart, from the beautifully restored frescoed ceiling of the Fresco Suite to the fifth avenue feel of the Fashion Suite. All the common areas including the spa have been recently redesigned by Patricia Urquiola, a project aimed to renew the space with respect to the history of the hotel. WEBSITE

Magna Pars, l’hotel à Parfum

Where to sleep in Milan
Entrance at Magna Pars hotel

Nestled off the beaten track in the heart of the quirky district of Tortona, Magna Pars, l’hotel à Parfum is a hotel unlike others. Born out of the love for perfume, art and hospitality, this ex-perfume factory is today a refreshing, futuristic hotel beautifully designed and furnished with a careful approach to sustainability. 68 Rooms and suites are each dedicated to a different scent and furnished accordingly with Made in Italy fittings. There is a restaurant with traditional Italian cuisine, a small perfume laboratory to maintain the legacy of the building, a fitness and wellness area, a library, an art gallery and a spacious rooftop terrace. WEBSITE


Where to sleep in Milan
One of the bathrooms at Vico

Vico Milano was brought to life by Neri Baccheschi Berti, the same family behind the Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany. The notion was to combine a hotel with an art gallery, presenting the seven suites and common areas in a beautiful, aesthetic way, Art and creativity have been deeply engraved in the history of the palazzo (located in Corso Genova 11) as it once used to house the Legnano bike factory and later the Bungai showroom. This heritage has been highlighted and reimagined through the hotel’s interior design; in fact, a lot of effort has been put into the furnishings; from internationally sourcing the materials to the tailor making of the furniture (the armchairs have been made to measure). These spaces were designed by the Sicilian architect: Giuseppe Alito. Alongside the hotel, Vico Milano houses a library, a lounge and a speakeasy-style bar with a wine list featuring Bacceschi Bert award-winning wines and a wide selection of cocktails. WEBSITE


One of the suites at VMaison Hotel

In the heart of the Brera district, VMaison Hotel is a harmonious blend of modern design and creativity curated by the renowned VMaison interior design studio. The sixteen suites have been furnished with a precise and attentive selection of objects and decor as well as a contemporary vision with technological and modern comforts. There is a charming restaurant, Penelope, where you can dine contemporary Italian cuisine within an aesthetic environment. The entire structure is enclosed in a private garden and represents an enchanting and unexpected oasis of exclusive tranquility immersed in the frenzy of the city center. WEBSITE

enterpise hotel

Enterprise Hotel Milan

Located in Corso Sempione, Enterprise is a stylish, design focused hotel with panoramic views over the Milanese skyline. There are 126 rooms themed around three colours: red, green and gold that are designed to suit modern needs. The Kyoto Spa is a wellness oasis, rich in Oriental inspirations from the furniture to the iconography, from the typical colours of Japanese interiors, to the use of mosaics and precious materials, It houses a hot tub with a view, Turkish bath with aromatherapy or romantic emotional showers and of course an extensive menu of therapies and massages to slow down your city escape. WEBSITE

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