Milano, 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.
My fave breakfast places:
When I have a morning meeting the one and only breakfast destination is one:
The Bulgari hotel and resort in order to start off my day in the most civilized way possible.
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.
When I am with friends we head to Via Turanni at Bianco latte where you’ll see all the 30 something Milanese crowd drinking up their lattes.
It is a warm, 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!
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 currently running a very interesting photography exhibition by ECAL’s photography students that will run up the 9th of February.
Before leaving Corso Garibaldi check out Lipstick vintage.
Ideal for jewelry and vintage accessories
For great shopping and a cup of coffee or a small bite in the same area
Other breakfast places and pastry shops:
-Pave: alternative, minimal in a non touristic zone.
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 where you will find a brand new Agent Provocateur shop and Tom Ford’s luxurious boutique, I need a plate of good traditional Italian food, a cottoleta alla Milanese or a risotto alla Mianese so I head to either
My personal favourite is 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.
Clandestino is a very fashionable dinner destination at Maison Moschino hotel.
You are not going to be thrilled with the food, but the design has it.
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
Unico: A contemporary environment and unique dishes at Milan’s highest building.
International crowd and interesting food.
Fabio Baldassare at the Carlyle Hotel.
Michelin starred chef from Abruzzo, recently got appointed at the Carlyle Hotel in the hip area of Brera.
Ideal place for lunch during the DESIGN Week in April.
In case you are staying in Milan for more than 2 days, check out chef Baldassare’s culinary seminars at Teatro 7 which begin as of the 18th of January up to the 7th of June and take you through all sorts of recipes from a total sea food menu up to a gluten free one.
Via della Spiga and Via Verri are my fave streets for shopping
Valentino is great for shoes and accessories
At Michael Kors’s shop at Via della Spiga you will be finding everything under one roof, an amazing resort collection in great tones of tan and all the MK accessories we all love.
Tom Ford’s boutique is a must go.
Cavalli e Nastri is ideal for vintage scarves and bags.
Maison Martin Margiela, the French house opened recently at Via della Spiga.
Try its perfumes.
Max Mara and Sportmax are ideal for all day dresses that last forever.
And finally the Fendi shop for great leather goods, bags, shoes and accessories.
Spazio Pontaccio, the most design forward furniture boutique in Brera .
The one and only Armani, with a great view at the pick of Duomo