Things to do in Milan // plus insider tips
A few weeks ago, right after my trip to New York City, I hopped on a plane for Milan Fashion Week. Instead of opting for a hotel, we stayed at Adorabile Bed & Breakfast, the most beautiful hidden gem in the city. This place opened up only last year and the interior, just as the owner with his whole list of wonderful Milan tips, are simply superb. Once arrived, Milan is your oyster with some of the city’s hotspots right around the corner.
As we arrived around lunchtime, we were keen on getting some Italian food. Convenient, that Eataly, Milan’s go-to place for fresh and individual Italian shopping was only a ten minute walk away. Instead of packing our shopping bags with pasta, parmigano, prosciutto & co, we sat down to enjoy a quick and very delicious lunch. This place really is buzzing (especially on a Sunday!) so bring some time if you want to explore all three floors this place has to offer.
After the show that evening, we had dinner at a place called La Cantina del Giannone, it’s a typical Italian restaurant right around the corner from our accomodation. The great thing being: delicious wine, the best (!) pasta, friendly staff and only locals (bar from us, but we pretended to be as Italiano as we could).
Set in Brera, Cafe Fioraio Bianchi is a spot that is busy every day! Set in a beautiful flower store, this place has been around for years and still has the Milanese it-crowd coming in for some great lunch. Note: If you only want coffee, you won’t get a seat but instead may join the bar. If you are after seafood (yes, Italians do fabulous seafood too), then Fishbar de Milan may be what you are looking for. Plus: This small but very stylish place offers burgers too.
The next couple of days were filled with wonderful walks through Milan’s most beautiful area called Brera, a visit of the city’s fashio hot spot Ceresio 7, a rooftop bar / restaurant belonging to Dsquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten as well as some inspiration hunting at the absolute go to museum Fondazione Prada. If you plan a visit to Milan, those spots definitely should be on your list of things to do. I could go on about this wonderful place for a while yet, but if you wander around those places I talked about, you will find the most beautiful little shops and places yourself and isn’t that what travelling is all about?