Weekend guide to Milan
48 hours in Milan. The Italian city is home of some of the best fashion houses & designer showrooms in the world, but also of the best cuisine.
Our first stop: check in at the stylish 43 bedroom hotel at Senato Milano. The combination of marble, wood, and brass in the furnishings, masterfully created by Italian craftsmen, instantly conveys a striking duality between tradition and innovation. Every piece is unique, each designed by architect Alessandro Bianchi who arranged and designed the hotel down to the smallest detail.
At Senato Caffè you can find a quiet place to work with high speed Wi-Fi and good espresso, while enjoying some Potafiori green therapy too.
ON A BUDGET? You can also stay at this traditional Milanese Air Bnb. The host is a food stylist and food journalist (THE dream!) , and her husband is a photographer. The Bnb makes you want to stay all day, cook fresh pasta and hit the bath tub for hours!
Ok, but let's talk about the most important part of our city guides: food! I cannot express how much I love Italian food. I have been to Napoli where I have eaten the best pizza of my life, but in Milano I have fallen in love with the risottos, fresh pomodoro pasta, cotoletta (burnished buttery veal) and tiramisus.
Where to eat?
-Ristorante Solferino (Via Castelfidardo, 2 - 20121 Milano) is a traditional restaurant in Brera. To begin, order the Real Reggiano Parmesan cheese seasoned in 30 months with balsamic vinegar’s cream, trust me.
-Ristorante da Giacomo (Via Pasquale Sottocorno, 6, 20129 Milano). Tuscan cook Giacomo Bulleri moved to Milan where he opened his first restaurant “Giacomo” in Via Donizetti, in 1958, where he offered traditional Tuscan food. In 1990 he moved to Via Sottocorno, where Giacomo is now located. Fish takes pride of place here, from tuna to scampi, crab and sea-bass displayed in the glass showcase at the entrance, accompanied by a vast list of selected wines. During the season, the menu always includes dishes based on white Alba truffles and ovoli and porcini mushrooms. Worth a special mention are the desserts, all strictly homemade.
You can find Giacomo Bistrot, Ristorante, Pastisseria, and Caffé. The Bistrot, covered in floor-to-ceiling bookcases, red velvet chairs, vintage wallpapers and intimate tables offers a modern take on Italian classics. Don't miss the Melanzane alla Parmigiana.
-Bar Luce (Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano) This is Instagram heaven for the pastel color fans and of course, Wes Anderson movies. Located inside Fondazione Prada and designed by the adored film director Wes Anderson, Bar Luce recreates the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafè. "While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set, I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in." says the director.
Where to shop?
-Antonia Boutique (Via Cusani, 5, 20121 Milano) Located in the buzzing heart of the Brera district, inside the masterfully renovated 19th century Palazzo Cagnola, the Antonia boutique offers an immersive, customized and sharply-edited shopping experience that stems from the far-sighted and experimental vision of Antonia Giacinti. Designed by renown italian architect Vincenzo de Cotiis, the 600-square-meter shopping destination is a contemporary expression of art, form and function that seamlessly bonds tradition with innovation.
-10 Corso Como (Corso Como 10, Milano, 20154) Since 1991, 10 Corso Como in Milan has been one of the best concept stores. It is a collage of cultural and commercial brands from fashion, to design, including music, lifestyle, art and photography. The space also offers a café, gallery, terrace and you can even stay there!
-Via della Spiga & Via Monte Napoleone. Shop at Milan's top shopping streets where you can find the usual luxury brands with amazing boutiques: Prada, Miu Miu, Chanel, Chloé, Céline....
- N'ombra de vin in Brera ( Via S. Marco, 2, 20121 Milano ) bohemian cozy, subterranean bar in an old wine cellar, perfecto spot for a date or to drink wine with friends. Because of the shared big tables, you can also meet new people if you are travelling by yourself.
-Bianco Latte (Via Filippo Turati, 30, 20121 Milano) to have breakfast, lunch or dessert. Ask for the 5 chocolate glass of ice cream.