Our Milan Lifestyle City Guide in few simple points
BEST MILAN RESTAURANTS:
: This restaurant is definitely one of the most beautiful in Milano: a warm, welcoming and refined place that fulfills sight at first impression. It is a restaurant in the center of Milan which seems a private luxury home in country side style.
Fiori Chiari Plates
: Cozy restaurant located in the heart of the beautiful Brera district, one of the most charming in Milan.
The Grill - American Finest Food
: You can't go wrong with this place, lovely atmosphere and tasty American cuisine with a touch of French style. Don't forget to reserve a table!
: In the middle of the Tortona quarter, an interesting, lively and up-to-coming area in this city of many faces, an old, abandoned warehouse has its image transformed, introducing plants and greenery when before there was none.
: Nobu Milan opened in 2000 and is located with in the Emporio Armani Store over looking the peaceful and aristocratic neighborhood of Via Pisoni. The sophisticated interior of the restaurant is decorated with a simple elegance that combines the Armani style with traditional Japanese design.
Al Pont de Ferr
: By stepping into the tavern the rural experience pervades the customer: rough brick walls, a big bar towered above by long rows of red wines, a well shown cheese cart and a few small crooked tables covered with paper table mats. Seems like the time has almost stopped.The feeling is of a place full of energy, and that comes from the 110 years history of serving people, always simple and traditional.
Pescheria da Claudio
: If you like raw fish, this is the place. Located in the center of Milan this is the place to be, even if only for an aperitivo. You can have also lunch or dinner here, the wine list is amazing, as well as the fish which is always fresh.
: 19 sqm of welcoming and warm atmosphere! The owners are nice and funny, the food is amazing, and the location is breath taking. Every where you look there is something beautiful or interesting to see. We highly recommend splurging for a dinner here for a special night out.
Un posto a Milano
: Located in the heart of the city,
un posto a Milano echoes the quiet, spacious and traditional
rural farmsteads laying all around Milan. Hosted by a 1700's traditional farmstead, yet renovated, modern and comfortable, it catches an astonished visitor who would never imagine to stumble upon such an unforeseen place.
: Located in one of coolest area in Milan: Moscova/Brera, you can eat contemporary cheviche and dim sum, with lovely exotic cocktails from the pisco bar. Moreover: surrounded by pretty hot guys :-) After dinner, go to Dry Bar Milano
to continue the good-viewing...
BEST MILAN HOTELS:
Magna Pars Suites
: The first Hotel à Parfum of quintessential Italian excellence comes to light. The “Hotel à Parfum" was established to express Italian excellence and to offer its guests a unique sensory experience. With its trees, flowers and a hidden garden to delight the senses, this is a magical place all to be discovered on the quiet Via Forcella, in the Tortona district of Milan.
Grand Hotel et de Milan
: Located in the heart of the city, just a few steps from the financial district, the Scala opera house, the fashion district and the Duomo cathedral, the Grand Hotel et de Milan is the perfect place to stay, whether for pleasure or for business. Point of reference for guests in search of luxury, discretion and privacy, set in the cosy and pleasantly retro atmosphere of an aristocratic “old Milan" building.
: This is the only hotel overlooking Navigli of Milan. It is a 4-star hotel in an ancient balustrade house, carefully restored under the supervision of the Regional Board of Milan. The timeless atmosphere, the hotel's internal courtyard and the charm of one of the most authentic zones of Milan are the key features of an elegantly decorated maison with exposed-beam ceilings and boiserie where relaxation and discretion define a very stylish stay.
: The ultramodern Hotel Straf is just 50 metres from Milan Cathedral. It offers a 24-hour gym and an international restaurant, and its rooms have large bathrooms with luxurious bathrobes and slippers.
Town House 31
: This is the smallest yet the most glamorous hotel in Milan. Town House can be defined as a family of individual Hotels, each with a different personality and atmosphere, influenced predominantly by the individuality of those who work and who stay there; everyone contributes to the happy and friendly environment, which allows people to feel as though they were at home.
: The Gray reflects Milan's true soul: style, elegance and eclecticism. This hub of the city's social whirl is a favourite with fashionistas and jet-setting VIPs, and a must on the Milan's high society calendar.
Antica Locanda dei Mercanti
: Entering the front door of the severe eighteenth-century building one would never imagine the lightness and the discreet charm of this boutique hotel which is a blink of an eye from La Scala Opera, the Duomo, the Castello Sforzesco, the Stock Exchange and Brera.
: This is a five-star luxury hotel located in the heart of Milan. The hotel will enchant you with its beautifully restored and elegantly furnished interiors, with an atmosphere and charm
reminiscent of a romantic castle, to allow each guest to act out the leading role in their own favourite fairy tale. Totally inspired by the concept of fairy-tale atmospheres, Château Monfort inaugurates a new kind of hotel: that of the Urban Château, a new context distinguished by a strong identity, creativity and imagination.
BEST MILAN CAFES:
Trussardi alla Scala
: Its amazing location creates a refined and comfortable atmosphere made unique by the elegant décor and architectural details in warm shades of wood, gold, and leather.
Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone
: This is much more than a simple delicatessen or catering activity. It is a piece of Milanese history and society placed within the fashion quadrilateral.
: This celebrated pasticceria and confetteria became the meeting place for the local intelligentsia, whether beginning their day with Sant Ambroeus's legendary cappuccino and cornetto, savoring panini at lunch, or spending their evening enjoying refined cuisine in the restaurant's elegant dining room. It is a must when in Milan.
: This pasticceria opened in 1817 beside the famous "La Scala" theatre, was founded by Antonio Cova, a soldier under Napoleon who had first 'campaigned' as a pastry cook in the Galleria De Cristoforis. From the outset the establishment became an after-theatre rendezvous for actors, writers, musicians, professors and public figures. A highly select clientele indeed frequented Cova's locale: the cream of urbane, aristocratic society who enjoyed meeting to comment on operas and performances and discuss political issues over coffee and mouth-watering pastries.
Triennale Design Cafè and restaurant
: Adopting the view that top-rate services are a fundamental aspect of welcoming visitors to exhibitions and for the public in general, Triennale DesignCafé has been designed to make the Triennale experience even more inspiring and pleasant. Round tables and characteristic seats made and donated by Italian furnishing companies, niches and, at the centre of the room, a large table with stools and a convivial wooden bench give the Triennale DesignCafé a truly unique look.
: This is a place with a pinch of London and a pinch of New York where you can always feel at home. That's Bakery is a place where you can eat what you want when you want it, sweet or salt, from 8 in the morning up to midnight. Weekends you can taste a delicious brunch also getting a free WI Fi connection, which is not so common in Italy.
Di Viole e Liquirizia
: A cozy place where you can find beautiful and tasty cakes, cupcakes, croissants,
an excellent coffee and a smiling service. This is a small hidden gem located in the Brera district.
: This place has the quality of food on an Italian pasticceria. Service is fast and friendly and it is by far the best northern Italian breakfast you can get in town.
BEST MILAN COCKTAIL BARS:
: This is a nice location for meetings, located near the famous Corso Como and the brand new Gae Aulenti square within the stunning Unicredit Tower.
10 Corso Como
: Hidden in the heart of
10 Corso Como quiet courtyard behind a discreet façade of gates and gardens, the
garden café is surrounded by a conservatory of
lush perennial plants and
seasonal flowers. When not shopping or visiting 10 Corso Como various showcases, one can stop to eat in the
café restaurant and bar. Designed to flow between the inside and the seasonal garden outside, the café offers another aesthetic altogether.
: It opened in 1988 at the behest of Vincent Iannetti which transformed a simple bar in Largo La Foppa into a cafe with a strong personality characterized by innovative architecture designed by the architect Florenzia Coast. Since then it's been a reference point for Milan's social life. The uniqueness of its architectural spaces and the atmosphere that it exudes makes it a place much frequented by architects and designers.
Armani Bamboo Bar
: With its double volume ceiling, louvered window wall and backlit oryx features, it creates a luxurious and perfect place to meet friends.
Marc Jacobs Cafè
: It has a beautiful outdoor patio seating in a quaint courtyard next to an amazing church. They serve up one of the best spritz and aperitif in Milan, you don't need to reserve a table.
: This is a place open all day long, from the morning with the pools and the Lunch on the open air terrace till the sunset with the typical Aperitivo at the American Bar, and after dinner cocktails. A warm and elegant atmosphere will accompany you in enjoying a wide and prestigious collection of spirits and a great selection of drinks, prepared according to the best American old time classics recipes, with a strongly Italian twist and identity. The Bar features two lounges, whereof a smoking room, and poolside tables and cabanas.
: Located in the heart of Milan, in Corso Venezia 15, the Martini ® Dolce & Gabbana is an exclusive collaboration between Dolce&Gabbana and Martini where relaxation and glamour go hand in hand. The Bar offers special cocktails and a selection of wines, beers and virgin drinks. With an excellent variety of dishes to choose from, during the day you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, tea time and other meal breaks in the Patio, Dragon and Garden Room.
Replay The Stage
: the american bar is overlooking the brand new Piazza Gae Aulenti. You will feel like being inside a ship, in 70's styles chairs and wooden tables.
: Not what you would expect from a typical Milanese cafè and restaurant because it's not. The food is excellent but the ambience and style is even better. It is a very cool spot.
BEST MILAN SHOPS:
Best shopping streets: Via Solferino, Via Manzoni, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Quadrilatero della Moda streets.
: A unique shopping experience. Fashion, beauty, accessories, food and design mingle together in the historic building at Galleria del Corso 4, in the heart of Milan; now completely renovated by acclaimed starchitect, Jean Nouvel. 4000 sq m in one area, divided over 7 floors and inside an architectural casing of ribbon-like video installations that create a kaleidoscopic effect, and a network of floating lifts and travelators. Milan's old Excelsior cinema has now risen to new heights as the new icon of worldwide shopping.
10 Corso Como
10 Corso Como store opened in
September 1991 in a converted garage. A collage of cultural and commercial entities from
photography it marks the beginning of total shopping.
: This boutique is also a place for social gathering and an art gallery for emerging sophisticated artists located in the center of Milan. Here you can find beautiful and chic dresses and accessories.
: Since 1857, Borsalino has been representing tradition and Made in Italy thanks to its quality and unmistakable style. When in Milan you have to go there and dive into Italian style.
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