48 Hours in Milan
Written by Lena Harizopoulos
Milan, a city of contrasts where fashion meets art and baroque co-exists harmonically with contemporary design spaces.
A perfect winter weekend get-away where u can dress for success and have fancy dinners at Cracco and drinks at the people-watching Ceresio 7 or just casually wander around the streets of Brera.
Make sure you wake up early and walk through its streets while misty and foggy, the smell of fresh grounded coffee will definitely seduce you escaping through the doors of numerous cafes while the locals rush in and out for a quick sip of espresso and a cornetto.
The Bulgari Milano: No matter how many new hotels open, The Bulgari is atop stay when in Milan. It encompasses the posh Milanese way of living better than any other hotel in the city. It is sophisticated yet laid back. One of the few hotels that can keep you inside its premises all day.
Armani Hotel: Chic, minimal, sleek, design – forward. The Armani Hotel beats in the heart of Milano and is definitely worth a stay. Spacious rooms overlooking the Duomo, a fantastic spa and gym, great apperitivo on the top floor and many restaurants to indulge.
Mandarin Oriental: A new addition to the city’s hot list, here you have topnotch typical mandarin oriental hospitality and totally amazing hotel suites that ooze Milanese sophistication.
Take the Premier suite, a recent addition to the Mandarin Oriental with great interior design that pays homage to Fornassetti and Gio Ponti.
The Yard Milano: This is a cool place to stay if you are after a boutique family run hotel with character
Top places for breakfast:
The Bulgari hotel and resort
Try the fantastic assortment of teas, chill out at its lobby while reading your newspapers and magazines overlooking the gardens and most importantly the beautiful people around you
Bianco latte at Via Turati close to Piazza della Reppublica where you’ll see all the 30 something Milanese crowd drinking up their lattes and nibbling into some delicious desserts.
A warm, non touristic clean-cut place where you can have your cappuccino standing at the bar or you just sit and have a proper breakfast with all the works. Try the gelato if you are on the go!
Princi Milano is a new age Italian Bakery in 5 spots in Milano where you can find great bread, cakes, sandwiches and yummy snacks. In London’s Wardour Street resides its liitle sister bakery.
Head to Corso Garibaldi and try out the delicious cakes or poached eggs at Radezky.
I love it on Sundays for its crowd and the fact that I can pop into 10 Corso Como, Milan’s top concept store, and do
some candle or perfume shopping or visit the Carla Sozzani’s gallery, a beautiful space devoted to art, photography, design and architecture.
California Bakery on Corso Garibaldi and close by at Corso Como is a fresh alternative to breakfast and fast brunch.
Before leaving Corso Garibaldi check out Lipstick vintage.
Ideal for jewelry and vintage accessories.
Pave is a must try. Again here you will see no tourists and it is a great place to hang out for coffee and dessert but for a super delicious Italian snack also.
Cova: open since1817 next to La Scala Theatre it is a must stop for a café and the most delicious panettone in town.
Peck: at Via Spadari, is the ultimate food destination.
I always pass by for a quick coffee or prosecco.
Gatttullo, great old school pastry shop with a great tradition on panettone
Camina della dolce, tucked away in an alley, known only by Milanese.
After a bit of shopping at my favourite Via Verri , a plate of good traditional Italian food, a cottoleta alla Milanese or a risotto alla Mianese is definitely on the cards.
•Savini in Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle
Carlo e Camilla . A quiessential contemporary Italian resto bar with amazing interiors and the know how of reknowed chef Carlo Cracco
MIMO restaurant at Maison Dondup.
Great wooden interiors, contemporary Italian cuisine and the warmest ambience in the city.
Trussardi Scala, is at the top of the Trussardi shop which I love for its leather bags and accessories.
It has one Michelin star and it is ideal for a tet-a-tet dinner.
Ceresio 7: The most people watching place in town at the moment.Top choice!
Cracco: Chef Cracco is a safe dinner choice when in Milan.Decent Interiors and an accomplished chef,
Fingers: Good sushi plus nice crowd