Characteristic open air markets in Milan where you can experience genuine Italian atmosphere.

A very characteristic local experience in Milan is visiting the big open air markets with fruit, vegetables. cheese, fish, charcuteri and good bargains in shoes and clothes, there are several every day except on Sundays. There’s life, commotion, genuine Italian atmosphere and competitive prices. We have chosen the most central ones for you.

Monday.

Brera, Via San Marco (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm.

Via Kramer (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Tuesday.

Viale Papiniano (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Via Fauchè (find on map) 8 am-1 pm great for shoes and clothes

Wednesday.

Via Borsi (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm.

Thursday.

Brera, Via San Marco (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Via Cesariano (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Friday.

Via Crema/Via Piacenza (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Via Pagano (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Saturday.

Bastioni di Porta Nuova (find on map), 7.30 am-2 pm

Viale Papiniano (find on map), 7.30 am-6 pm

Via Fauchè (find on map) 8 am-6 pm great for shoes and clothes

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The best shopping route with a shot of culture when you are in Milan on a short visit

For those of you who are only in town for a short visit we have made a mini route where you get all the best Milan has to offer in terms of both shopping, food, architecture and culture. For our first express shopping route we have chosen the area from Piazza Gae Aulenti to Piazza della Scala, from the new and modern to the old and traditional.

  • Start on Piazza Gae Aulenti; Milan’s newest area, where you should see the internationally acclaimed buildings “Bosco verticale” (the vertical forest))
  • On the piazza you find the famous Muji,
  • Grom ice cream,
  • Replay store with Italian denim and a nice bar where you can have your morning coffee,
  • and Illy café – the world’s best espresso.
  •  Located under the square is the supermarket Esselunga if you want to shop for specialties.
  • From there continue down Corso Como and check out the famous design store and art gallery at no. 10 – good place for lunch.
  • at the end of Corso Como turn left and check out High Tech with all you can desire for your home and on the square (Piazza XXV Aprile) is food temple Eataly
  • Continue into the Brera area (Via Solferino, Via San Marco and Corso Garibaldi) which is the old artistic neighbourhood of Milan with lots of quirky and chic stores and galleries.
  • If you’re here on either a Monday or a Thursday it is worth your while to visit the open air market in Via San Marco.
  • Visit the Pinacoteca di Brera for a shot of culture.
  • The area is rich on places for lunch and a great aperitivo
  • Continue down to Piazza della Scala with Milan’s famous Scala theater.

 

If you still have energy and time to spare you are now directly behind Piazza Duomo just walk thorugh the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele which links Piazza della Scala and Piazza Duomo and you have Milan’s cathedral right in front of you.

Now you are probably starving and you are close to several good restaurants e.g. Langosteria Cafè,4, Galleria del Corso (find on map) excellent seafood €€€, Piz, 34, Via Torino (find n map) genuine Neapolitan pizza €, I 12 Gatti,11/12, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II on the corner of Piazza della Scala (find on map) with a fantasic terrace on the top of Milan €€ and Mama Burger,18, Via Agnello (find on map) good quality burgers €.

Enjoy your perfect day in Milan!

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Flea markets in Milan

In Milan there are flea markets every Sunday and besides them there are little markets in the city both on weekdays and at weekends. Here you can find those unique objects you won’t find anywhere else.

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The flea market in the Navigli area every last Sunday of the month

If you like antiques, flea market bargains or vintage there are various possibilities in Milan and surroundings.We have chosen the best ones and comment on them.

The flea markets in the surroundings of the city are easier to get to if you’ve got a car. Here you can really find many unique Italian things for your home at very good prices – remember to haggle!

It’s a good idea to be polite and cheeky when haggling. Italians love negotiating!

If you are tired of having the same  IKEA objects at home as everybody else, then take advantage of your trip to Milan to find some unique pieces.

You’ll find everything you find at a normal flea market: Jewellery, toys, hats, chandeliers,vases, lamps, mirrors, cupboards, furniture, vintage – at all price levels.

  • “Mercatino di Brera” (find on map)  the third Sunday of every month from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.this market is located in one of the most beautiful areas in Milan and you should expect pricy objects.
  • “Artigianato e Collezionismo” every second, third and fourth Tuesday + every first Sunday of every month from 8 am to 7 pm in front of Pinacoteca di Brera in Via Brera (find on map).
  • “Mercatino del antiquariato” in the Navigli area, one of the city’s most interesting markets. the last Sunday of every month 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (find on map)
  • “Mostra mercato di antiquariato”  in Piazza Diaz (find on map) on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursdays + 3rd Sunday of every month from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. – just behind Piazza Duomo.
  • “Little Market” products of craftmanship and collectors’ items, in Piazza Sant’Eustorgio (find on map) every 1st Friday and Saturday of every month.
  • “Mercatino” vintage and collectors’ items every 2nd and 4th Friday and the last Saturday of every month close to Porta Venzia/Corso Buenos Aires in Via Spallanzari (find on map).
  • “Fiera di Senigaglia”: in the Navigli area, every Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.in Ripa di Porta Ticinese (find on map) along the wharf. Here you find everything  Indian, South American and African craftwork, new and second-hand clothes, old furniture, perfumes, candles, books, comics, records, videos and DVDs.
  • “Festivalpark”: Every Saturday and Sunday at. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., here you find clothes, shoes, watches, toys, kitchenware, bicycles etc. This market is in Via Sacile (find on map) near Milan’s wholesale vegetable market.

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Flea markets in the outskirts of Milan.

First Sunday of the month
Corsico on Via Togliatti (find on map)

 Time: 7 a.m.-5 p.m

Second Sunday of the month
Buccinasco on Via Emilia (find on map)

 Time: 7 a.m.-5 p.m

Third Sunday of the month
Corsico on Via Togliatti (find on map)

 Time: 7 a.m.-5 p.m

Every third Sunday of the month at the flea market in Corsico, there’s a flea market for children. Here you can find games, books, clothes and lots of other stuff..
Time: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Fourth Sunday of the month
San Donato Milanese Snam parking place on via Emilia (find on map)

 Time: 7 a.m.-5 p.m

Fifth Sunday of the month;
San Donato Milanese Snam parking place on via Emilia (find on map)

 Time: 7 a.m.-5 p.m

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Pamper yourself when you are in Milan

When you think Milan, we bet you automatically think fashion and beauty. Treat yourself to a manicure (Aveda manicure €22 including nail polish/€25 French) or a pedicure that will make your feet look amazing in those new sandals you just got (Aveda pedicure €45 including nail polish).

Italians are incredibly skilled at styling hair but haircuts? Not-so-much. It is actually hard to find hairdressers that can cut other than thick, beautiful Italian hair.

If you absolutely want a haircut, try either Toni&Guy, they’ve got 3 salons in Milan (remember to book an appointment) or Lepri hair spa, who only use organic products.They’ve also got a mini Spa, where you can get facial treatments, massages, manicures etc. It’s also a good idea to book appointments here.

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In Milan there is also a great and very beautiful Spa near Porta Romana QC Terme Milano where you can spend the whole day relaxing and swimming in the Thermal Water and get a massage – DaySpa25 includes the whole day in the Spa, a 25-minute massage and free buffet at €80, but you can put together your visit as you wish. You’ll find the center on Piazza Medaglie D’Oro 2 (find on map).

You should definitely visit one of the city’s many Erboristerie (herbalist’s) if you’re into all things natural, they sell great herbal medicine and beauty products and normally the personnel is very skilled and knowledgeable.

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When in Milan drink locally, DOCG wines from Lombardy

When visiting Milan you should be drinking the local wine from Lombardy, which are part of the culinary tradition in the area. Lombardy has five DOCG (di origine controllata garantita – guaranteed and controlled origin) wines and we want to introduce them to you and give you some ideas of what kind of food each of them is good with and what to buy home from your trip. Our wine expert, certified sommelier Luisa Benetti has been an invaluable help here.

A fantastic place for tasting wine in Milan is the historical winebar and -shop Cantine Isola located in Milan’s Chinatown at 30, Via Paolo Sarpi (find on map)

1. Franciacorta spumante, classical method.
As the first Lombard DOCG wine we have chosen the very sophisticated white (or maybe even rosé) sparkling wine, a DOCG spumante. classical method – also known as the Champenoise Method that is produced in Franciacorta (Lombardy, province of Brescia).

There are numerous quality wine producers, just to mention some of the most importantVisit the offical Franciacorta websiteones: Barone Pizzini, Bellavista, Berlucchi, Ca’ del Bosco, Contadi Castaldi, Il Mosnel, Monte Rossa.

“Sparkling wine is a versatile wine that can be drunk with most typical Lombard dishes e.g. risotto with saffron and ossobuco, cold cuts and, obviously, seafood but it is actually also outstanding with pizza.” says sommelier Luisa Benetti.

 

Some suggestions for those of you, who want to buy wine to take home.

€€€€ (over €100)

Franciacorta Rosé Riserva Cuvée Annamaria Clementi  (pinot nero) – Ca’ del Bosco

Franciacorta Vittorio Moretti 2004 Limited Edition Teatro alla Scala  (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Bellavista

€€€ (€40-100)

Franciacorta Cabochon Brut (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Monte Rossa

Franciacorta Pas Dosé  Riserva Bagnadore (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Barone Pizzini

€€ (€20-40)

Franciacorta Satèn (chardonnay) –  Il Mosnel

Franciacorta Alma Cuvée Brut (pinot nero – chardonnay – pinot bianco) – Bellavista

Franciacorta Pas Dosé Cellarius (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Berlucchi

€ (€10-20)

Franciacorta Rosé (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Contadi Castaldi

 Franciacorta Official Sparkling Wine Sponsor at EXPO

2. Sforzato di Valtellina.
Our next wine is a red wine and
if you like a robust and intensely scented red valtellina7wine with a deep red glow  you need to try out the Sforzato di Valtellina (or Sfursàt as it’s called in the local dialect in the province of Sondrio). This wine comes from the mountains where the so-called heroic viticulture has produced a very interesting DOCG, A wine produced of Nebbiolo grapes, that have first been let to wither , which may sound a little negative, but which results in a very robust wine, locally it is called Chiavennasca.

“Lo Sfursàt is a robust and elegant win, which is aged in wooden barrels. It goes well with strong tasting meat dishes or aged cheese. But you can just as easily enjoy a glass after dinner” says Luisa..

valtellina4Some of the best known producers are: Assoviuno, Bettini, Caven, Fay, Mamete Prevostini, Nera, Nino Negri, Plozza, Rainoldi, Triacca.

 

 

 

Some suggestions for those of you, who want to buy wine to take home.

€€€ (€40-50)

 Nino Negri Sforzato di Valtellina – Sfursat 5 stelle 2011

Bettini – Sfursat di Valtellina 2011

€€ (€25-40)

Fay – Sforzato di Valtellina, Ronco del Picchio 2010

Assoviuno – Sforzato di Valtellina, San Bello 2008

Rainoldi – Sfursat di Valtellina  2010

Triacca – Sforzato di Valtellina, San Domenico 2010

3. Oltrpò Pavese, classical method.
Our third DOCG wine comes from the area south of Milan in the hills in the province of Pavia and is another sparkling wine this time . Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico DOCG (Champenoise Method). 

The main vine variety used is pinot nero which was brought here from France in the second half of the 19th century.

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Our expert sommelier Luisa Benetti says:”This bubbly wine is suitable for vegetarian and vegan dishes e.g. risotto with strawberries or a more traditional pasta e fagioli (pasta with beans). But it’s perfect for an aperitivo with appetizers as well.”

Some producers: Anteo,  Cà di Frara, Castello di Cigognola, Conte Vistarino, Giorgi, Montagna , Picchi, Podere San Giorgio, Tenuta il Bosco,
Torrevilla, Travaglino, Vigne Olcru

Some suggestions for those of you who want to buy some of this wonderful wine

€€ (€30)

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Brut Rosé Victoria 2008 (pinot nero) – Vigne Olcru

€ (€18-21)

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Pinot nero Pas Dosé ‘more rosé 2011 (pinot nero) – Castello di Cigognola

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Cruasé (pinot nero) – Anteo

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Pinot nero Conte Vistarino 1865  – 2008 (pinot nero e chardonnay) – Conte Vistarino

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Pinot nero brut nature 2010 (pinot nero) – Picchi

For more information visit the official website.

4. Valtellina Superiore DOCG.
For the fourth DOCG wine we return to the mountains in the province of Sondrio where we find a close relative to the Sforzato, an important red wine, the Valtellina Superiore DOCG.

vlatellina superiore 1It comes from the same vine variety the Nebbiolo, locally called Chiavennasca, from the same valley and the same heroic viticulture as the Sforzato and the Valtellina Superiore is also aged in barrels But an important difference is that the grapes aren’t left to wither.

If the label says ‘Riserva’ it means that it has been aged for at least three years..

 

Luisa Benetti, our sommelier and wine expert recommends the following five Cru: valtellina superiore 6Grumello – Inferno – Sassella – Valgella – Maroggia.

“The Valtellina Superiore is intense and smooth and goes well with pizzoccheri alla Valtellinese or a dish of meat and porcino mushrooms.” Luisa says.

Some of the most important producers are: AR.PE.PE, Bettini, Caven, Fay, Mamete Prevostini, Nera, Nino Negri, Plozza, Rainoldi, Triacca

Here are some suggestions if you want to take some Valtellina Superiore home:

€€ (€22-35)

Valtellina Superiore La Botte Ventitre’ 2002 – Bettini

Valtellina Superiore Inferno Riserva Fiamme Antiche 2010 – AR.PE.PE.

Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva 2009 – Rainoldi

€ (€20)

Valtellina Superiore Sassella San Lorenzo 2011 – Mamete Prevostini

Valtellina Superiore Riserva Signorie 2007 – Nera

Valtellina Superiore Inferno Carlo Negri  2011 – Nino Negri

5. Moscato di Scanzo.
Like any self-respecting  chef would we finish off with the dessert wine, the smallest DOCG in Italy, a real gem; the Moscato di Scanzo, a sweet red passito wine.

Scanzo is a small municipality in the province of Bergamo, its Moscato is a native Italian vine with an ancient history, the grapes are sun-dried for moscato di scanzo 2several weeks and the wine is aged for at least two years.

“The result,” says our wine expert, sommelier Luisa Benetti,”is a sweet wine that you can drink either with a chocolate tart or Marrons glacés – in Milan the most famous ones are from the Pasticceria Galli (find on map)”

Here are some ideas in case you want to buy some to take home:

€€€ (€35-50)

Locatelli Caffi – Moscato di Scanzo 2011

De Toma – Moscato di Scanzo 2011

Il Cipresso – Moscato di Scanzo Serafino 2010

La Brugherata – Moscato di Scanzo Doge 2011

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The best known producers are
Biava – Cascina del Francès – Cerri – De Toma – Il Cipresso – La Brugherata -Locatelli Caffi

 

For further information visit this website.

Orange wine is apparently all the rage this year so what is it and which Italian labels produce them?

They are the new rosé but rosé wine gets its colour from the skins of black grapes left to macerate for some time and then removed, so the wine doesn’t become red, whereas orange wines are made from white grapes and the macerating of the skins give them their spectacular colour, it is not a new process but a very old tradition indigenous to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. They are perfect with raw fish, meat and venison.

It may be hard to find in the wine bars right now but we assure you it is going to be a lot easier this autumn.

Here is list of the producers in Italy:

Orange wine.

Abbazia San Giorgio
Costadilà
Draga-Miklus
Dario Prinčič
Gravner
Il Carpino
La Castellada
Paraschos
Porta del Vento
Ronco Severo
Sassotondo

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Shopping guide: the 6 areas in Milan

Milan is big, but we have chosen the 6 areas that are the most interesting. For every area we’ll give you tips on good lunch restaurants, good cafés and the shops that are worth coming after.

 1. Corso Garibaldi /Via Moscova /Via Solferino/ Heart of Brera / Corso Como

#DifferentlyInteresting (Find on map)

imageIn the photo you see Milan’s brand new neighbourhood Porta Nuova, you also find the famous “Bosco Verticale” (vertical forest)  behind Piazza Gae Aulenti. You must absolutely visit HightechCargo, a great store with furniture and objects for your home. In the rest of this area you find the quaint, trendy boutiques with the up-and-coming young designers where you can find cool, unique stuff.

 

  • Shops: at 1, Piazza San Marco is the world’s best men’s shoes shop – Iliprandi (find on map). Thursdays there’s a characteristic open air market here with fruit, vegetables and clothes.
    #roundTheCorner Joost 2, Via Verdi (find on map) great design for both her and him.
  • Via Solferino is a treasure trove of amazing, original boutiques (find on map), check out the unique clothes store Goods at 2, Via Castelfidardo (find on map) the concept is exclusivity, they sell their own range of silk shirts but also have other brands from France and Spain and they also have bags and shoes but they only have 3 sizes of each item in each colour and they don’t restock them but offer new items once they’ve sold the older ones, they also don’t do traditional sales but have regular discount days, the jewellery is also unique: 1 piece of each so you’ll never run into anyone with the same pair of earrings as you  High tech Cargo (find on map) is on Piazza XXV Aprile , where you’ll also find foodie paradise Eataly, which is housed in the converted Teatro Smeraldo. Here you can get regional specialties from small producers that you can take home with you, it is also a fantastic place to eat or just have coffee with pastries. If you want delicacies to take home with you try also in the brand new Esselunga supermaket situated beneath Piazza Gae Aulenti. From here you continue down super chic Corso Como – with the shop 10 Corso Como, which also houses the art gallery Galleria Carla Sozzani #LuxuryAndBeauty – which leads you into Milan’s brand new area Porta Nuova.
    Fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni @theblondesalad opens her new store on July 26th in Via Capelli, the short stretch between Corso Como and Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map) #ChiaraFerragniCollection #ChiaraFerragniShoes.
    #RoundTheCorner you find the great laboratory and shop Arzigogolo, that makes very beautiful and original necklaces, earrings and textile bags at surprisingly affordable prices, it’s at 11, Via Maroncelli (find on map).

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  • Coffee:: Panarello, 52, Via della Moscova, great pastry!! (find on map), at the same address you also find Pattini and and 50 meters from there in the direction of Corso Como there is Radetzky with outdoor couches (find on map).
  • Lunch:: Here is the very original Tramè, Piazza San Sempliciano 7 (find on map), where they prepare classical Venetian sandwiches, the place is cosy and the choice is great
    We also recommend  Fioraio Bianchi Caffè  7, Via Montebello.
    In 12, Corso Garibaldi you can get organic burgers at Baobab (find on map)
    Then there is Via Palermo a street packed with interesting eateries (find on map)
    Panini Durini, 4, Piazza Gae Aulenti  (find on map) super delicious sandwiches and coffee to-go, please note that it is situated below the square itself next to the Esselunga supermarket.
    You can get delicious to-go sandwiches and ready meals at Rossi e Grassi in 4, Via Ponte Vetero (find on map)
    10 Corso Como Cozy courtyard, with good lunch.
    Pizzeria di Porta Garibaldi, 6, Corso Como (find on map).
    Temakinho  53, Corso Garibaldi (find on map)

    Il Forno di Brera, 5, Via Solferino (find on map)  although is technically “just” a bakery, they have lots of delicious dishes and pasta that you can eat either inside at the tables or outside on the comfortable benches. Of course they also have great pizza and foccaccia
    Panini Durini, 24, Via Mercato (find on map), delicious sandwiches, cakes and coffee to go.
    Café Gorille, 20, Via Gaetano de Castillia (find on map) a really cosy and beautiful café which is rich on atmosphere.
    Italian ice cream: Grom, Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map) good concept and excellent icecream.

    Rivareno, 20, Via Mercato (find on map) – absolutely fabulous ice cream made with only fresh, natural ingredients and sweetened with cane sugar.

 

2. Via Montenapoleone

#luxuryAndBeauty (Find on map)

2015-02-13 13.45.46The famous fashion quadrangle Quadrilatero della moda, which has its name after the four streets it is enclosed by: Via Montenapoleone, via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia. #LuxuryAndBeauty is really worth a trip, this is genuine old Milan and even though you may not be planning to go shopping here – go anyway and see it. Many of the boutiques are entire fashion shows in themselves.

  • Shops:Here you’ll find them all; Armani, D&G, Dior,  Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Valentino, Prada, Versace, Cavalli, Missoni, Hermès, Burberry, Kartell, Alessi, Comptoir des Cottoniers, Trussardi , Paul Smith, (the last 5 are in Via Manzoni)
  • Coffee: While you’re here go and enjoy coffee at the charming Pastry shop Cova, 8, Via Montenapoleone with courtyard.
    Pastry shop Marchesi (find on map) one of Milan’s oldest pastry shops has opened a new shop here in 9, Via Montenapoleone.
  • Lunch: GB Bar, 2, Via Agnello (find on map)
    Another exclusive and very cosy restaurant in this area is Il Salumaio di Via Montenapoleone at 10, Via Santo Spirito (find on map) – this is also a great place to have a coffee break.
    Brek good self service restaurant with reasonable prices,1, Piazzetta U. Giordano  (find on map)
    Princi Bakery, Corso Venezia 21 (find on map) in principle this is a bakery but they prepare delicious lunch dishes: pasta, risotto and salads. Go early (before 12.30) because the place is normally packed!!
    Panini Durini, 26, Via Durini (find on map), small place but they make absolutely delicious sandwiches, soups, salads AND they’ve got incredible coffee (also to go) and cakes.

3.  Via Torino/PortaTicinese/Corso Genova

#TheAlternativeHighStreet (Find on map)

  • Shops: From Piazza Duomo you turn down
    Via Torino with lots of sports shops, street wear and Japanese Muji  (find on map). Victoria’a secret has opened recently in 14, Via Torino (find on map
    #roundTheCorner : Via San Maurilio and Via Santa Marta with little boutiques. (find on map) e.g. Funky Table, 19, Via San Maurilio.image
    #roundTheCorner: Via Giacomo Mora (find on map) where there are vintage shops andCavalli e Nastri one of Milan’s oldest   vintage boutiques. In this street you also find Groupies Vintage and Lisa Corti #roundTheCorner who sells colourful tablecloths, bedspreads, blankets for you couch, ceramics and clothes.

    #roundTheCorner  Corso di Porta Ticinese – street wear (great for teenagers), alternative design, vintage boutiques, this is a place where the Milanese themselves go browsing.
    #roundTheCorner  Via Cesare Correnti an exciting area with various shops e.g. Joost. (find on map) great design for both her and him.This tour ends in Viale Papiniano,where there is a great open air market on Tuesdays 7.30 a.m.-1 p.m.and Saturdays 7.30 a.m.-5 p.m..IMG_8311
  • Coffee:
    B Café, 20, Via Santa Marta.
    Caffè della Pusterla, 22, Via Edmondo de Amicis  – great atmosphere (find on map).
    Pastry shop Marchesi (find on map) one of Milan’s oldest pastry shops located in 11/a, Via Santa Maria alla Porta .
  • Lunch: Visit foodie temple Peck, (find on map)  Milan’s no. 1 delicatessen and get an amazing lunch.
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    Here you can enjoy a slice of pizza or foccacia.

    Then there is Fratelli La Bufala, 16, Corso di Porta Cinese  (find on map)
    Panino Giusto, 1, Corso di Porta Ticinese  – quality sandwiches. (Find on map)
    Delicious Southern Italian street food at Slow Sud, 4, Via delle Asole (find on map)
    In Via Giacomo Mora (find on map) there are also a couple of cosy places for lunch.
    For tasty vegetarian food check out La Vecchia Latteria, 6, Via dell’Unione (find on map).
    Italian ice cream:: Grom, 51, Corso di Porta Ticinese  (find on map) good concept and excellent ice cream.



4. San Babila/Corso Vittorio Emanuele
#TheHighStreetInItalian – (Find on map)

IMG_6482In this area you are the easy prey for street vendors who will try to make you buy books, bracelets and other stuff. They are really nice but once you start talking to them you won’t get away until you buy something. Ignore them, they’ll try to make you take a bracelet saying it’s a gift – DON’T TAKE IT (unless, of course, you want to buy it)!

 

 

 

 

 

We are in the center of the city and here you find for example:

  • The regular High Street shops i.e. Brian & Barry – department store with an Eataly department. Boggi (great outfits for him), Diesel,  Max & Co, Max Mara, Liu Jo,Sephora, Banana Republic, GAP, Intimissimi, Calzedonia, Yamamay,  Kiko, La Rinascente – department store, Sisley, Guess, Swatch, Footlocker, Benetton,  H&M, COS, … And Other Stories and Zara.
    #roundTheCorner you find luxury department store Excelsior (4, Galleria del Corso – find on map), and the outlet  Diffusione Tessile (if you’re into Max Mara ,Max & Co), very cheap compared with their official shops, it is in 6, Galleria San Carlo). (Find on map)
    The beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (find on map) with shops Stefanel, Prada, Borsellini, Gucci, Louis Vuitton
    Between our areas 4 and 2 you find Abercrombie & Fitch on the corner of Corso Matteotti, where you can find other really great shops, a favourite of ours is Moroni Gomma.
    If you’re in the mood for a short walk and a breathtaking experience visit Palazzo Ralph Lauren at 27, Via San Barnaba (find on map) near the lovely Guastalla park
  • Lunch; Luini (they make Panzerotti – a kind of mini calzone either fried or baked, there’s normally a very long queue, but it’s very well organizedand fast and more importantly; it’s worth the wait, you can eat it picnic style on Piazza San Fedele (right behind – find on map), where you can enjoy coffee afterwards in the brand new Lavazza Store.
    There’s also the Italian version of burgers Mama Burger (find on map).
    Il Mercato del Duomo (food market, bistrot and restaurant with an incredible view over Piazza Duomo).
    If you want to see and be seen there are lots of outdoor places on Corso Vittorio Emanuele itself, Italians don’t go here, they are typical tourist traps.
    Worth mentioning is also  Fratelli La Bufala, 8, Galleria San Carlo  (find on map). On the same square you have Gino Sorbillo Neapolitan pizza in Milan.
    Inside the Museo del Novecento right at Piazza Duomo you find the exclusive Giacomo Arengario with a view on the Duomo
    Crocetta, 5, Piazza Diaz (find on map) with excellent sandwiches, salads and first courses.
    Panini Durini, 4, Via Mengoni (find on map), delicious sandwiches, cakes and coffee to go.
    On the top floor of department store La Rinascente there are several restaurants, a food market and the most amazing view over Piazza del Duomo and the city.
  • Coffee:: Try out the delicious coffee with whipped cream at San Carlo al Corso, on Piazza San Carlo (find on map) or sip it at the exclusive Gucci Café halfway in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (find on map)where you also find Prada’s in-store coffeshop/pastry shop Marchesi on the first floor with an amazing view of the Galleria. Hidden behind the scaffolding in Piazza San Babila for the new metro line is a real gem Pascucci at 22, Corso Europa (find on map). They import their own blend of organic South American coffee, you can also get lunch here.
    Then there is the Lavazza Store on Piazza San Fedele (find on map).

 

5. Corso Buenos Aires with adjoining streets

#theYouthfulHighStreet (Find on map)

  • Shops: H&M, Zara, Conipel, Benetton, Stefanel, Pepe Jeans,  Kiko (affordable makeup), JDC, Guess kids, Vergelio sko, Bata shoes,  Levis, Antony Morato, Geox , Elena Miro, Freddy, Furla, Desigual, Intimissimi Lingeri, Liu-Jo, Camicissima (shirts for him & her), Celio (for him), Havaianas, Tezenis Lingeri, bassetti (home innovation), Du Pareil (kids’ clothes). OVS (Italian low-cost clothing) have opened their so far biggest store in 21, Corso Buenos Aires
    The biggest and first shop in the Japanese chain Muji, to have opened in Milan.

    #roundTheCorner -Lisa Corti

    #roundTheCorner -Lisa Corti

    In adjoining Via Lecco no. 2  (find on map) you find Lisa Corti #roundTheCorner who sells colourful tablecloths, bedspreads, blankets for you couch, ceramics and clothes and in Viale Tunisia there is the very interesting  Carpediem shop.

  • Lunch:
    MINT Garden café, 12, Via Felice Casati  (find on map) Really delicious lunch and brunch place.
    Pizzeria Spontini, 4, Via Gaspare Spontini (find on map)

    Paninoteca, Galleria Corso Buenos Aires (find on map)
    Panino Giusto, 3, Via Malpighi  – quality sandwiches (find på kort)
    Capatoast, 4, Corso Buenos Aires – a delicious new concept 30 different toasts including vegetarian and vegan ones. (find on map).
    Pavé, 27, Via Felice Casati (find on map) – delicious lunch and great coffee.
  • Coffee:
    you could probably do with a break from the crowds on Corso Buenos Aires, so go into Indro Montanelli Public Gardens and have a coffee break at Bar Bianco (find om map); or go to  Panarello,  famous for their pastries (find on map)
  • Italian ice cream:
    Grom, 13, Corso Buenos Aires  (find on map) or 6, Piazza Argentina (find on map) good concept and excellent ice cream.
    Pavé Ice cream, 21, Via Cesare Battisti (find on map), fantastic homemade ice cream.

6. Corso Vercelli

#elegantAvenue  (Find on map)

This area is actually a shopping-route. Start at Via Marghera – via Belfiori – Corso Vercelli – Corso Magenta with a detour to Via Vicenzo Monti and a cultural break to “The Last Supper” (you have to book tickets phone number +39 02 92800360) another must-see is art gallery/design store Spazio Rossana Orlandi at 14/16, Via Matteo Bandello which is just a little out of the way but so worth visiing.

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  • Shops: #roundTheCorner in 5, Via Luigi Sacco (find on map) Io & Meg different jewellery and clothes.
    Via Marghera here you find several shoe shops and varied clothes shops, outlets. OVS clothes shop H&M style.
    #roundTheCorner
    Via Belfiore (find on map) fantastic hardware store, Lo Sfizio clothes, Subdued,
    in Corso Vercelli you find department store Coin with medium prices, Boggi (stylish outfits for him), Comptoir des Cottoniers, Max & Co, Gallo  if you’re into quality and stripes, Furla handbags and wallets, BRIAN & BARRY, Intimissimi Gemelli luxury and quality, Sephora makeup, ZARA home, Trussardi, Danza, Zadiq & Voltaire plus Swarovski, Songes, Carré Dartistes. Victoria’a secret, 20, Corso Vercelli (find on map)
  • Coffee: Biffi pastry shop: Have coffee or #aperitivo old Milan style or try it in the small coffee shop at 36, Corso Vercelli , where you drink coffee while enjoying the smell of freshly ground coffee beans, and you can buy some for your espresso machine at home.
  • Lunch: Ham Holy Burger, 34, Via Marghera (find on map) great burgers,
    Pizzeria da Gino,9, Corso Vercelli (find on map) Standing lunch with good pizza and ready meals.
    Then there is Fratelli La Bufala, 13, Via Cima Rosa (find on map)
    Panino Giusto, 8, Via Cherubini (find on map) quality sandwiches.
    Rosticceria Gallo, 8, Corso Vercelli a deli and restaurant for foodies that has delicious ready-to-go meals (find on map)
    Fru.Eat on Piazzale Baracca (find on map) – lunch based on fruit and vegetables.
    Panini Durini,7, Via Buonarotti (find on map) delicious sandwiches, cakes and coffee to go.
    Panini Durini, 31, Corso Magenta (find on map), delicious sandwiches, cakes and coffee to go.
  • Italian ice cream Grom, 1a, Via Alberto da Giussano (find on map) Good concept and excellent ice cream.

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Find good bargains in outlets near Milan

If you’re into incredible bargains in clothes, shoes, bags and accessories it is actually worth your while to visit one of the many fashion outlets near Milan. Be prepared to spend a full day on it but most of the places are little villages with restaurants and cafés so you can get a fun day out of it. Fares are around €10,00 roundtrip and most of the companies give you vouchers to either the restaurants or some of the shops on top. 

Scalo Milano
Visit this newly opened shopping center in Locate di Triulzi (find on map) just 30 minutes from Piazza Reppubblica in the city center by the railroad link S13 (passante) and a 2/minute walk from the station. There are great brands like Karl Lagerfeld G-Star Raw, Twinset, Levi’s, Calvin Klein, Kartell, Alessi and many others at outlet prices. You can also get there by shuttle service from Largo Ciroli three times a day. The center is open Mondays-Wednesdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Thursday-Sundays 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Vicolungo
Shopping tour from Piazza CairoliIMG_8249

Foxtown
Shuttle
from Foro Buonaparte

Franciacorta Outlet Village
Shuttle from Largo Cairoli

Fidenza Village
Shuttle from Largo Cairoli

Serravalle
Shuttle
from Foro Buonaparte

Mantova Outlet Village
Go by train and then bus from Mantova Station

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