There are some days like this, you wake up and feel like being in Italy.
The sun on your hair, la Dolce Vita, well dressed people, the trattorias with the simplest but most delicious pasta al pomodoro e basilico…
To fulfill this envy, my best remedy is a train ticket to Milan. It’s so easy to get there from Lausanne, and even if I always discover new places, here are my “must-go” whenever I go there:
Family house recently turned into a 43 rooms hotel (by Natalia Ranza, The Family’s granddaughter), this place is a treasure Via Senato, two seps away from Via Monte Napoleone and Duomo. The staff is perfect, the rooms spacious, comfortable, and furnished with an exquisite taste and the highest sens of detail. The design is pure but cozy, and each corner is like eye candy. I recommend to book straight on this website, they offer the best fees, and take the breakfast, it’s top notch.
Via Senato 22, 20121 Milan
Family restaurant in the Via Monte Napoleone neighbourhood, the simplest dishes are to die for and service is impeccable.
Via Borgospesso 12, 20121 Milan
It looks like an ancient library, and offer a delicious chic Italian cuisine.
Via Pasquale Sottocorno 6, 20129 Milan
For a tea and a few pastries, or even a club sandwich, in the new address in the galeries Vittorio-Emanuele II or at the original address Via Monte Napoleone 9. It belongs today to Prada group.
Traditional family pastry shop and tea room since 1936, well known for its sweet and savory preparations, as well as for its famous “aperitivo”.
Corso Genova 1, 20123 Milan
All in one: charming coffee shop-restaurant with an interior patio (you’ll share your tea with birds…), art gallery, selective bookshop (fashion, design, art) and high-end concept-store (Alaïa, Gucci, Céline, Yves Saint Laurent, Ferragamo, Louboutin…). This place was founded in 1990 by Carla Sozzani (ex chief redactor of Vogue Italia) in an old Renault garage.
Corso Como 10, 20154 Milan
If you wish to bring back some fresh pasta, cheese or ham, that’s where you’ll find the finest products.
Via Spadari 9, 20123 Milan
Les Galeries Vittorio-Emanuele II
We saw them hundreds of times on pictures, but I’m always breathtaken by the light that goes through the galleries from the ceiling, the coupole, it’s majestic.
Under the galleries, I make a stop at Piumelli to buy a pair of leather gloves.
Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milan
On top of the Duomo
Go there by the end of the day (it closes at 7pm) on a rainy day to avoid the 3 hours queue.
Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milan
Ancient and modern art museum, exposing a lot of masters paintings (Mantegna, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Tintoret, Modigliani…).
The library is amazing.
Via Brera 28, 20121 Milan
In a old distillery turned into an exhibition space, opened in 2015 south Milan, showing some contemporary art temporary and permanent exhibitions.
Personaly, I mostly go there to admire the architecture and drink a coffee or eat something at Bar Luce, with its typical 50-60’s Italian style.
A little outside the centre, you can go there by taxi, Uber or with public transports.
Largo Isarco 2, 20139 Milan
For a little walk by the canals, an apéritive at the end of the day or flea market on Sunday.
Go to Porta Ticinese and walk by the side of the canals.
And you, what are your favorite spots in Milan?