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Via Privata Adelchi, 5, 20131 Milano MI, Italy
Birrificio Lambrate is a well-kept secret in Milan, a city that generally prefers bitter cocktails to beer. The microbrewery opened its second gastropub just outside the city center last year. It’s already much loved for its free happy-hour...
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Via Santa Radegonda, 16, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
There is a reason the locals line up down the block at this place come lunchtime: the pomodoro panzerotti. It's a perfect little pocket filled with fresh, warm, gooey mozzarella and local tomatoes. I tried several other sweet and savory items...
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Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 9, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
As a connoisseur of all things sweet, I was drawn to Shockolat's cioccolata calda or hot chocolate a mere three hours after arriving in Milan. Rich, creamy, and thick, it is hands down the best hot chocolate I have ever had. In fact, it is so...
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Galleria del Corso, 4, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
For the last decade, Peck was the only place in town to stock up on the best of the best Italian foodstuffs. Now there’s a new gourmet go-to: a sprawling emporium in the basement level of the Excelsior department store. Choose from thousands of...
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Via Ponte Vetero, 21, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Every city has an eatery that’s a mainstay for shoppers, and in Milan, it’s the tony Brera neighborhood restaurant Convivium. House specialties include complimentary rosemary flatbread, four-cheese pizza, and sea saltencrusted sea bass for two. ...
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Piazza del Duomo, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Visiting the home goods shop on the lower level of the department store La Rinascente is like going to a friend’s dinner party and wishing you could copy her fabulous taste. More than 100 international designers, including Driade (pictured), are...
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Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Meissen, a German housewares and jewelry company with a 300-year tradition of working with Italian craftspeople, opened its flagship store in April inside the ornate, 16th-century Casa Carcassola-Grandi mansion. This appeared in the September,...
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Vicolo dei Lavandai, Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 14, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
A pleasant way to spend an evening in Milan is to stroll along the Naviglio Grande, a 12th century canal in the south of town. The warehouses along the towpath are now home to lively restaurants and bars. I recommend El Brellin. The second floor...
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Via Ciovasso, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Third-generation artisan Giorgio Santamaria oversees a team of eight craftspeople who meticulously produce for his shop accessories from alligator, ostrich, and crocodile leather in a workshop tucked away down a narrow lane in the city center. The...
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Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 55, 20143 Milano MI, Italy
Matias Perdomo is an Argentinian with a preference for Molecular Gastronomy, influenced by such greats as the Roca Brothers and Ferran Adrià, running a kitchen and a dining room overflowing till late into the night in an unusual part of Milan. Far...
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Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43, 20143 Milano MI, Italy
Located in the famous Navigli neighborhood in Milan, Mag is a cozy space to relax with a good cafe and brioche by day, and by night a bustling local hangout. Never short on atmosphere or great jazz soundtracks, this bar is bursting with details...
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Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7b, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The 58-room Bulgari Milan is steps away from the city’s famous shopping street, Via Monte Napoleone, where you’ll find the boutiques of Prada, Armani, Versace, and every other major Italian fashion brand. Attilio Marro, the hotel’s general...
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Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 34, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
While few in number, Milan's canals can be charming. Naviglio Grande, the largest, is my favorite to walk along. Lined by shops, outdoor cafes and bars, there is life alongside the water anytime of day. If you're lucky you'll catch the Antique...
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Via Trebbia, 26, 20135 Milano MI, Italy
This leather atelier off a leafy boulevard in the Porta Romana district is the epitome of chic. The only way to buy its coveted handbags and accessories, regularly spotted on celebrities, is to visit this white-hued, mirrored store. Designer...
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When Antonio Marras opened his first showroom and concept store in a residential neighborhood, fashionistas didn’t flinch at making the 10-minute taxi journey from downtown. The Sardinian designer of women’s clothing has earned a following for his...
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Corso Como, 10, 20154 Milano MI, Italy
The avant-garde interiors of 10 Corso Como match the mod, edgy clothes—everything from kaleidoscopic Ferragamo sandals to python-skin Margiela wallets. This appeared in the May 2015 issue.
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The Milan Cathedral, or Duomo, occupies a site that’s been holy since the time of the Romans, but it wasn’t until the early 19th century when the finishing touches were finally placed on this massive building. The Duomo is the fifth largest...
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Via Santa Maria alla Porta, 11/a, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
For a coffee and pastry shop, Pasticceria Marchesi has an unexpected historic elegance. Since the 1800s, they've stuck with a formula that works—classic cookies, jars of sweets, and strong coffee in a gorgeous setting. I came for a cappuccino and...
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Via Spadari, 9, 20135 Milano MI, Italy
Before taking the train to Rome, we picked up a spread of antipasti at Peck, a vast and pristine food shop in Milan. In addition to a huge selection of cheeses, fruit, salumi, and bread, Peck sells prepared specialties like meatballs, potato...
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Tucked in an alley near the historic downtown you'll find this small restaurant serving traditional, regional dishes (at a great price especially for the area). With open-air courtyard seating surrounded by vines, it makes for a relaxing lunch....
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Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Designed by Giuseppe Mengoni in 1865, and named after the first king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II, an arching cast-iron dome of vaulted glass arcades covers the street connecting Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala. The Galleria is a popular...
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Via Broletto, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Vintage trams - simply gorgeous on this rainy day.
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Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
La Scala, the world’s most famous opera house, is also home to an elegant restaurant, bar, and tea room. Modern but informal, the traditional dishes are unusually light, delicious, and beautifully prepared. The romantic atmosphere is set by a...
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Piazza della Scala, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Free museum in the heart of the city. Great escape on a hot day, nice selection of Italian art across history. However, the true gem is the building itself I think.
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Via Lodovico Castelvetro, 18, 20154 Milano MI, Italy
I consider myself to be a gelato connoisseur, at least in the sense that if I see a gelateria, I will go. It is my very favorite indulgence. I have enjoyed gelato all over Europe and in many cities around Italy, but this was far and away the best....
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Via S. Pietro All'Orto, 9, 20100 Milano MI, Italy
Salsamenteria Di Parma is a unique restaurant that specializes in cheese and ham. With light jazz music playing in the background and a relaxed atmosphere, this spot is perfect for lunch!
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Via Gian Giacomo Mora, 12, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
When properly curated, "vintage" takes on a whole new meaning in Milan. Cavalli e Nastri is the Italian answer to Anthropologie—set in Carrie Bradshaw's closet. The boutique stocks select, pristine vintage clothes and accessories on a small scale....
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Palazzo dell'Arte, Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
You can't go to a disco in Milan without experiencing an edicola. L'edicola are newstands by day and bars by night, a beautiful consequence of Italy's lack of open container laws. Instead of spending 5-25 euro on a drink inside a discoteca (dance...
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Via Savona, 50, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
An interesting place to have lunch with a friend, talking about work, reading a newspaper, or sipping very good wine. Chef Kokichi Takahashi elaborates on the Italian food culture. Taste fresh ravioli and oven-roasted cockerel or omori chocolate...
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Via Plinio, 39, 20020 Milano MI, Italy
Bar Basso is one of the oldest cocktail bars in Milan. It's appeared in many films and is a piece of history in the city. It's always been a privileged meeting place for designers, journalists, artists, and writers. Here you can taste the best...
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Via Alessandro Stradella, 4/A, 20129 Milano MI, Italy
This wine bar in the Buenos Aires neighborhood is a wonderful example of Italy's drinking culture—reasonably priced, carefully chosen, enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Here you can also take a bottle home for under 3, if you like what you tried in the...
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Via Benedetto Marcello, 77, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
One of the most amazing aspects of Italian life is the investment in fresh food, and the twice-weekly markets, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, offer up an unimaginable bounty of seasonal produce (as well as meat, cheese, fish, and household goods)....
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Via Santa Margherita, 16, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Grom offers up some of the best gelato in Milan, with its quick-service style gelaterias around the city. With a location conveniently near tourist destinations like the Duomo, it's easy to pop in the shop for gelato coming to or from the sites....
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Via Gentilino, 6, 20136 Milano MI, Italy
If you are in Milan, walking around the Ticinese and Navigli area, stop by at Madonnina. Take a seat in the garden and enjoy the homey food. Prices are also very good compared to the Milanese average. Buon Appetito!
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Viale Monte Nero, 51, 20135 Milano MI, Italy
Besides offering one of the best Bloody Marys in Milan, Mom Café is distinguished by its incredible range of aperitivo snacks and its slightly more mature but still energetic crowd, stretching from the bar onto the pavement. The live jazz is a...
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Viale Vittorio Veneto, 30, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
At "The Lair of the Wolf" you can eat and sing like an authentic old Italian living in the Alps. When you walk into La Tana del Lupo, you quite literally feel as if you are entering into an old cabin high in the Italian mountains. The doors are...
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Via dell'Orso, 4, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Il Refettorio Simplicitas is my favorite place to eat when I visit Milan. The executive chef, Giovanni Ruggieri, uses simple, fresh, and local ingredients to consistently turn out powerful flavors you never knew you always wanted to taste. Echoing...
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Via Brera, 23, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
My friend Andy says you can't go to Milan without having an evening in Brera, the tiny artsy area adjacent to Milan's fashion center. Bar Brera is the hangout of choice for expensive liquor and people watching.
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Via delle Erbe, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Some of Milan's best hidden treasures are only accessible by foot. Brera is one such area, with most of the shops and restaurants being accessible only to pedestrians. La Sorbetteria Castiglione was my most treasured delight during the five months...
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Piazza della Repubblica, 17, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
The lap of luxury. Nothing beats the Principe di Savoia, a historic Milanese hotel with over 85 years of history, for a weekend of pampering. The richly hued rooms look and smell delicious. The plump pillows lull you to sleep. In fact, all...
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Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43, 20143 Milano MI, Italy
Yes, Mag is a great place for a morning, Saturday brunch, and light lunch, but it is also an excellent spot for those who love a great cocktail. Head to Navigli in the late afternoon to watch Flavio, Marco, and Francesco mix creative concoctions...
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Via Spadari, 13, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Milan invented the art of bel cafè, the pedicured bar for a delicious morning coffee or afternoon aperitivo. Passerini has a delicious selection of pastries for mornings and afternoons, and is the ideal hideaway for an aperitivo in the city...
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Piazza Tito Minniti, 20159 Milano MI, Italy
Isola is Milan's sleeper neighborhood because of its great location, hip shops and local vibe. It is also a great area to hang out in because, well, it feels like a neighborhood. Weekend street markets, clever graffiti, cute boutiques, artisanal...
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Via Plinio, 33, 20129 Milano MI, Italy
Italy's gelato is famous the world over, but I actually prefer the semifreddo, a small shot of ice cream mousse with carefully matched toppings. Every gelateria offers its own specialties with unusual flavors.
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Via Madonnina, 10, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
A passionate mother-daughter team is behind the lovely Brera district patisserie "Di Viole e Di Liquirizia". Homemade desserts, cookies, cupcakes and macarons, to enjoy with friends in front of a really great cup of tea or a yummy capuccino.
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The Kraken is the name of a beer here, and not due to its flavor, it's due to the shape and the size of it. Beers here can be ordered normally, or you can choose one of the many extravagant glasses. But beware, they come with a lot of beer! The...
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Via S. Raffaele, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The Gray is literally right in the center of Milan, around the corner from the Duomo and niched behind the Galleria. The boutique hotel's design is contemporary- stylish and colorful. Logical choice if you want to be in the heart of the main...
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Via Ulrico Hoepli, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Hotel de la Ville has that classic style that harkens back to a past century, with silk and sateen paneling, Chippendale-style furniture, and marble ornament. Its very central location (almost inside the Galleria) makes it ideal for walking around...
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Via Solferino, 56, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Baladin is one of Italy's favorite craft beer houses, and Milan's recently-opened location is definitely tops. With many labels to taste, Baladin is always a great place to quench your thirst and hunger. Thanks to its location near Corso Como and...
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Via Vincenzo Civerchio, 9, 20159 Milano MI, Italy
Swordfish, tuna, mussels, lobster, shrimp, octopus, lobster. This small fish tavern has the great advantage of offering very good seafood at really low prices. It is located in the Isola neighborhood, an old neighborhood in the center, now...
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Via Privata Cuccagna, 2, 20135 Milano MI, Italy
Country kitchen and slow food oasis in the middle of Milan. This is the place where you will want to have your Sunday, especially if the weather is good and you can get an outdoor table. Cuisine plays homage to Lombardy's best and favorites, using...
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Via Paolo Sarpi, 30, 20154 Milano MI, Italy
Considered by some as a Milan institution, Cantine Isole is a small wine bar/enoteca with a lot of history and great atmosphere. It's located in the Chinatown neighborhood, near Garibaldi station and the Isola neighborhood. Expect a lot of...
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Via Santa Margherita, 16, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
I first discovered Grom while studying abroad in Florence. The gelato shop is hidden down a small street that is right around the corner from the Duomo. I, without shame, found myself frequently in that corner of town. Years later when I moved to...
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Alzaia Naviglio Pavese, 286, 20142 Milano MI, Italy
The café Erba Brusca sits on a plot of land at the city’s edge, where concrete blocks meet grassy meadows. Italian staples such as buttery white polenta and roasted speziata sausage are made with herbs and greens grown on-site. Reserve a table on...