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Where To Sleep, Eat, Drink during Design Week Milan
Written By Lena Harizopoulos

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Salone den Mobile opened today in Milan and up until the 9th of April the city will be buzzing inside “closed design doors” but mostly out and about since now it is no doubt the perfect timing to savor Milan’s beauty and get the most of your stay during Design Week.

The weather is smooth, the city is booming with events and design-forward exhibitions all you need is some cool addresses to unwind and mix with the hip crowd.


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Fifty House Hotel

It is new and it is hot, currently on a soft opening – 50 house Milan features 50 contemporary suites plus a fabulous 160m2 penthouse – which you will be seeing soon here and on my Instagram – this particular penthouse I guarantee will make you feel at home and it is no doubt among the top 3 hotel penthouses in Milan.
Situated at Via Cellini you are a 15 minute walk from the Duomo and the Quadrilatero di Moda yet if I were you I wouldn’t leave that posh Milanese neighborhood unless I had too.

Piazza Cinque Giornate along with Piazza Risorgimento are a stone’s throw away from the hotel and there are plenty of things and places to go and see in the area that are not to be missed like:


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Giacomo Bisto

Da Giacomo has been an institution for ages now – Tuscan chef Giacom0o Bulleri is one of the first people responsible for turning an  old-school trattoria into something very hip and cosmopolitan without losing its identity.
In here you will love the warm ambience and chic locals, the service is always good and the food is most of the times of very good standards.
I go for the seafood dishes and it is one of the few places in Europe I do eat loads of bread even with my pasta.
The 1st sign that a restaurant is topnotch is when you sit up the table after having consumed all sorts of carbs and you feel light – Giacomo Ristorante belongs in that category and that is a proof that the raw produce used to make each dish are top quality.
Piece de resistance: The homemade sweets and gelati


At Piazza Risorgimento lies another must-visit contemporary space led by chef Filippo La Mantia.
The interiors are impressive, super modern yet cozy and colorful.
There is a café and pastry shop where you will encounter chic locals having breakfast, a jaguar lounge and bar, a communal dinning room and further more private rooms for dinning.
The paradox here lies firstly on the ambience that blends beautifully minimalism with great colorful interventions AND on the food that has very “humble” in a good way origins.
I first tried La Mantia’s food nearly 10 years ago in Rome – it is certain that he has come a long way as a chef but gladly he still retains a hint of his Palermo origins in his food….so although entering this all-day restaurant you get a super-contemporary feel to it there will always be a warm traditional touch to it from the breakfast down to aperitivo.



Here I could go on and on and on.
The truth is, Milan has been experiencing an aperitivo revolution the past 2 years and although there have always been nice post-office spots for drinks, now you can spoil your self rotten terrace-hoping while enjoying canapes and aperols.
At Via Durini at the San Babila area you will find Terrazza 12 on the top floor of the Brian and Barry department store.
The view is typical Milanese: a bit urban, industrial and at the same time sort of sexy.
Go for the mini burgers and cocktails, if you are after a proper dinner beforehand, visit Asola Cucina Sartoriale Restaurant a few floors down the same building that boasts beautiful views and a contemporary take on Milanese dishes.


In case you are an egg lover, here is your place for the perfect lunch at Viale Premuda!

From egg pasta, egg topped burgers and sandwiches to an extensive menu of egg dishes, here you will have tasty scrambled eggs with Italian sausages,  great benedicts with crispy bacon and my favorite beef tartare tagliolini alla carbonara.
Extra Tip: Post lunch at L’ov go for a stroll in the area and discover cool shops for clothes and sunglasses .

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