Milan: Spring is in the air and it’s time for Milano Moda, better known as Milan Fashion Week. I am looking forward to the runway shows and a look at the latest fashion. But there’s so much more to Italy’s fashion capital, so in between the shows I love to pop into a little café for a coffee and a quick bite to eat. And at night it’s time to meet up with friends to exchange ideas and let a busy day wind down in a hip new restaurant. Here’s a selection of my favourite places in town:
For lunch: AL GIRARROSTO. This is one of the most popular lunch places on Corso Venezia, which buzzes during midday and it’s easy to see why: Fine Milanese cuisine, fresh antipasti and excellent risotto served in an elegant setting. Try the sorbetto al Mojito.
For social dinner: BAGUTTA. This is where tutto Milano meets – models and fashion designers, writers and artists, politicians and businesspeople. With hand-painted murals, the setting at this grande dame of local trattorias is charming and the menu has all the classics, from pasta to pepper steak.
For delicious pastry: CAFFÈ COVA. Vegans should probably stay away from this pasticceria with its decadent selection of cakes and pastries. The intense flavours and delicate creamy fillings are worth sinning.
For hip Japanese cuisine: YOSHI. Although I never tire of fine Italian cooking, sometimes you crave for something different and then I like to go to Yoshi, probably the best Japanese restaurant in town. At lunchtime sushi is served in casual-style in bento boxes, whereas at dinnertime the presentation is more elaborate.
For a quiet respite: THE DUOMO. It’s Milan’s landmark and one of the largest churches in Italy. Inside, it’s surprisingly quiet – perfect to switch off and calm down after all the hustle and bustle of the shows. The view of the city from the rooftop is breathtaking.