Milan - Milano
Milan, Italy is a pretty hip city, with more than just the commercial aspect that it is famed for. Undisputably, the Prada, Louis Vuitton, Armani and places such as the world's oldest shopping mall Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are profit-making standpoints of the northern city but worth seeing just for the impressive retail space. The Brera district, Corso Buenos Aires and Via Dante are also some of the more popular shopping streets and districts that you might want to visit but only if you want to shop of course.
The highlight of our trip was going to the palatial roof of the Duomo cathedral. Now admittedly, for some reason we are quite partial to visiting cathedrals when on travelling, but the Duomo is just fantastical. It is difficult to not sit on the roof in disbelief as you oversee the intricate artwork of such a beautiful building! These arty cats most weren't messing about! Milan's Duomo is the 8th largest cathedral in the world, it's a great place to start your mornings (after a cappuccino and pastry at a corner bar of course).
Milan's biggest sights can be done in one day, however, booking to see Leonardo da Vinci's painting, 'The Last Supper' in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church needs to be reserved, as early as a month in advance. The visit only takes 15 minutes and no photography or videos allowed once inside the church. This is one of those occasions where you can't leave Milan without checking this visit off of your "bucket" list.
Being foodies, we were happy to eat at some place genuinely Milanese as Taverna dei Golosi. On our first night's stay, Hotel Lancaster gave us a knowledgable recommendation of this restaurant, and we were glad to have trusted their opinions! The staff gave us a star treatment and were catering to our gastronomical needs.
On a third night's stay, we went in to what is considered by many the best hostel in Italy, Ostello Bello. This superior hostel experience is only 500 metres from the Duomo Square, uniquely central to Milan’s vibrant downtown, walking distance to all its historical points of interest, the city’s nightlife and world famous shopping neighbourhood.
On the outskirts, you will find the capital of the Lombardy region to have many romantic lakes that make for a good vacation destination for particular travellers. Milan is a great idea for a weekender or a week stay, combined with a visit to the Italian lakes.
Additionally, below we have a list of our favourite places to eat in Milan.
- Pavé in Repubblica area - Great for desserts and getting your caffeine fix.
- Upcycle Milano Bike Café in Città Studi - Italian/European coffee concept.
- Café Gorille in Isola - Great ambience and modern European concept.
- Mag Café in Navigli - Classic
- Morna in Navigli - Classic
- Bar Luce in Chiesa Rossa - Tavola Fredda style
RESTAURANTS & BARS
- Otto in Chinatown - Fork out in this cafe, healthy food place.
- La Balera dell'Ortica in Porta Vittoria - Emilian, Abruzzese, Italian style.
- Vinyl in Isola - Finger food
- Ginger Cocktail Lab - Finger food
- Santeria in Porta Vittoria - Healthy food, burger and Italian.