EATING OUT, CAFES AND BARS
Milanese love food and eating out. Though stressed by time and work they love starting their day with a ‘colazione al bar’ (breakfast), having a short break at lunch time and to round off the working day with an aperitivo. Milano is truly international food wise and you can enjoy a typical risotto Milanese as well as a good sushi. Milanese love both!
BARS & CAFES
Time stressed Milanese are very choosy for their breakfast or lunch breaks and have a taste for sweets.
|Sant’ Ambroues||Corso Giacomo
|Old style charme, close to Milano’s fashion district|
|Pasticceria Marchesi||Via Santa Maria
alla Porta 1
|Enchanting place, since 1824 they serve delicious pastries and pralinées|
|Cucchi||Corso Genova 1||Milanese families love this old style cafè.|
|Pandenus||Via Tadino 15||From morning until late at night delicious food, bread and pastry.|
|Pasticceria Ernst Knam||Via Anfossi 10||The Austrian chocolatier, who has conquered Milano.|
Many have tried to emulate it in Rome, Florence, Turin, but the Milanese aperitif remains unrivaled, perhaps because it is the result of a hundred years of practice. No wonder that Campari is a Milanese brand.
|Bhangrabar||Corso Sempione 1||Indian food and Milanese aperitivo atmosphere|
|Café Marc Jacobs||Piazza del Carmine 1||Very popular. Drink a Mojito and then shop in the close by boutique.|
|Radetzky Café||Corso Garibaldi 105||A place to see and be seen|
|Corso Como 10||Corso Como 10||This courtyard café is a favourite with fashionistas and celebrities|
|Bar Magenta||Via Carducci 13||This place is an institution, and one much loved by young Milanese|
|Camparino||Galleria Vittorio Emanuele||Campari bar, the aperitif ritual started here|
|Terrazza Aperol||Piazza Duomo / Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – 2nd Floor||Enjoy a Spritz overlooking Piazza del Duomo|
MUSEUM & GALLERIES
Off the beaten tourist tracks Milan still offers a wide range of museums with invaluable masterpieces. Milan boasts a richness and unique variety of museums. Amongst these is the most prestigious, the Pinacoteca di Brera, that preserves artworks of extraordinary artistic value inside its walls, and also the Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle) one of the symbols of Milan. The latter hosts Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini in its museums. Worthy of note are the lovely museum houses. They preserve works of art, furniture, jewellery and objects in striking buildings of great historical value, such as the Poldi Pezzoli, the Bagatti Valsecchi, the Villa Necchi-Campiglio and the Boschi di Stefano. Also the recent Galleria d’Italia and Museo del ‘900 are not to be missed.
'Work hard, party hard', Milan’ nightlife has a diverse and lively club scene. Usually, parties start on Thursdays, and that party atmosphere continues until Sunday nights. Milan has hundreds and hundreds of bars, pubs, cafés, and wine cellars. Places to check out are in Corso Como area, it’s packed full of bars and clubs that are sure to be a great time! Navigli area, near Porta Ticinese, is another great place where you can find restaurants, open air cafes, and small pubs. Other hip spots are the bars on Viale Montenero. In any local cafè you can find a handy guide to Milan Nightlife a free booklet named “Zero” (http://milano.zero.eu/)
MUSIC & THEATRE
Milano has an ample cultural offer that includes opera, drama, modern dance, ballet, cabaret, musical and shows dedicated to children. For centuries, some of its theatres and opera houses have been the performance sites of some of the best opera singers, composers and musicians, dancers, and playwrights and actors, both traditional and avant-garde. Since its inauguration in 1778, La Scala is one of the most important opera houses in the world.
Milano enjoys a very lively and diversified theatre scene. For updated news on events and perfomances: vivimilano.corriere.it
SHOPPING AND MARKETS
Milan is shopping. Milan is known all over the world as one of the temples of high fashion.
Milan's boutiques fit into one square, bordered by via della Spiga, via Manzoni, via Sant'Andrea and via Montenapoleone: the Quadrilatero d'Oro (Rectangle of Gold). Designer named stores include Armani, Chanel, Missoni, Prada and Versace. In the Brera district, which is predominantly pedestrian area, you will find beautiful jewellery shops, small boutiques and artisan handmade fashion.
More reasonable shopping areas include the pedestrian area around Duomo, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Via Torino and Corso Buenos Aires, where mid-range international brands proliferate. You can also pick up a designer bargain at outlet store Il Salvagente (Via Fratelli Bronzetti 16).
Other major shopping areas are distributed all over the city:
- Corso Garibaldi and Corso Como
- Corso Magenta, Corso Vercelli, Via Marghera
- Corso 22 Marzo, Piazza Cinque giornate to Via Mameli
- Corso San Gottardo, Piazza 24 Maggio to Via Pavia
The best shopping months are in spring and autumn. Every July, in Milan start summer sales. After the holidays in January, the winter sale starts. August is the unfavourable month for a shopping trip, because there are many shops closed, especially in the outskirts.
Fashion is one Milanese obsession, food is another, you can purchase the finest Italian products at: Peck (Via Spadari 9); and Eataly at Teatro Smeraldo (Porta Nuova). The top floor of La Rinascente department store in Piazza del Duomo has a fine selection of packaged Italian goods.
Department and Concept Stores in Milan
|La Rinascente||Piazza del Duomo||All fashion brands in one spot. Top floor offers a fine selection of food with an amazing view of Milan’s cathedral.|
|Coin||Piazza 5 Giornate||A great selection from fashion accessories to homeware|
|Excelsior||Galleria del Corso||Luxury Concept Store|
|10 Corso Como||Corso Como||The first concept store in Milan, an exclusive shopping experience of a special kind.|
Everybody loves a bargain, and there’s no better place to find one than at the colourful, chaotic Viale Papiniano market (Metro: Sant’Agostino), open Tuesday and Saturday.
Milan’s main food market is undercover at Piazza Wagner at the metro stop of the same name, open every morning except Sunday.
You will find Milan’s flea market Fiera di Sinigaglia along Ripa di Porta Ticinese (Metro: Porta Genova) on Saturday and in Via Mario Pagano (Metro: Pagano) on Sunday.
A traditional flea market known as Oh Bej! Oh Bej! (roughly, Oh so nice! Oh so nice!), takes place on December 7th (city's patron saint day: Sant’ Ambrogio) the stalls are around Castello Sforzesco and sell everything from leather bags to handcrafted jewelry.
SPORTS & KEEPING FIT
In Milan, sport is always at home, with recurring events that involve many disciplines practised at all levels, from tennis to gymnastics and from basketball to volleyball. There are also large events that occur in the city every year including European or World championships and international challenges. The Meazza Stadium of San Siro is an essential place of pilgrimage for any football fanatic. It is home to two rival clubs, AC Milan and FC Internazionale.
Milan parks offer great jogging opportunity and gyms can be found everywhere in Milan.
For a relaxing day in a SPA, Terme Milano (Porta Romana) is the right place. Housed in a gorgeous building built in 1908, here you will find steambaths, saunas and open-air pools.