Milan Fashion Week is not the only reason one should visit the city in autumn. It is still warm enough to enjoy dinner at night outside and there are great places to discover while walking around. Just stroll around one of my favourite streets, the Corso di Magentha, where you have a great mix of museums, galleries, shops and little cafes. Read more
Part florist, part bar, part restaurant, Potafiori stands out. It is in the Bocconi area and not exactly in the city center, but the minute you enter you will have no regrets: delicious food in between artisanal products and freshly cut flowers.
This traditional café (there are several in town) was bought by Prada a couple of years ago and their flagship place is now right above the shop at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Delicious pastries are displayed beautifully like Prada merchandise and of course the best espresso in town.
A Greek restaurant in Milan is the place to go these days as Vasiliki, the charming owner who never left town after studying at the Bocconi University, made this beautifully designed mid-century place one of the best dinner addresses in town. Try the octopus with honey or the smoked eggplant, it’s delicious!
ANTICA LOCANDA DEI MERCANTI
This small jewel in the middle of the old town is a little secret. Reserve the Stanza degli Albergi and enjoy a typical Milanese rooftop private garden right in front of your room. Perfect during the summer months when you want to live and sleep under the stars.
This hotel certainly lives up to its brand. But I like it most because you enjoy views of the lush green garden from almost every room. Hold your business meetings at the hotel bar and have a drawing room atmosphere in front of the wide window front.
When you want to treat yourself, book a room at the Mandarin Oriental and make an appointment for the spa. You might also want to use their great pool, not only once a day. Plunge in and feel completely pampered while you are staying in the middle of town.
If you like the combination of a beauty salon and a vintage shop, you should stop by Gaia Venuti’s shop, where you can first have a mani-pedi and then browse through her beautiful vintage finds.
VILLA NECCHI CAMPIGLIO
This is one of my favourite palazzi in town, not only because of their romantic garden and patio café for a tea break but also for their swimming pool which is unfortunately just to look at. Take a day dream break right here and also check out the amazing interior of this stunning Milanese villa.
If you would like to imagine Milan in the 1950s, come by and visit this rooftop bar in the famous Brian & Barry Building in downtown Milan. Perfect for a sundowner or a long lunch and always a great inspiration for mid-century living.
Not new but always worth a visit as art and architecture will give your visit a different impression each time. And after looking at their frequently changing exhibitions it is always a treat to have an aperitivo at the famous bar LUCE.
The former factory turned into a cultural center where the public always finds inspiring intersections with art, for example at their workshop studios and creative space. There is an ongoing programme of cultural activities, exhibitions and a non-European art collection.
SPAZIO ROSSANA ORLANDI
Signora Orlandi is internationally well known for her eccentric style and innovative design visions. She is an icon of Milan and when you visit her shop and gallery, walk through the entrance café, just enjoy a coffee and have a look, there is so much to discover.
You will find an Aesop shop in almost every capital of the world, but this one is very typical for Milan as it has been designed by the interior design maven Dimore Studio. This interior design firm is famous for their eccentric designs and use of new materials and colours.
This little department store and café stands for untouched, recycled design and objects. In addition to their furniture and household goods you can get fresh flowers in one of the city’s most beautiful flower shops. Visit the one on Corso Magenta 93, it is almost like a museum.
WAIT AND SEE
This multi-brand store in the heart of 5Vie was founded by the Royal College of Art knitwear designer Uberta Zambeletti. She worked for several fashion brands as a fashion & interior designer, art director and textile designer before opening her own shop where you find unique jewels while enjoying a cup of coffee.