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My TIPS about what to do and see in Milan, especially about food and beverage.
I spent 5 years in this city and even though I decided to return to my beloved northeast, I left in Milan a bit of heart and life.
If you go beyond the appearances and the usual places, Milan offers very special charms and being a great city does not need to tell you how much it is full of attractions, locals and solutions for all pockets.
So I leave you my list of things not to be missed in Milan – obviously with no order!
1. A MOLECULAR DRINK AT THE “NOTTINGHAM FOREST”
You can’t leave Milan without drink something in this amazing bar.
Dario Comini is one of the most famous molecolar mixologist and barman of the world e create liquid emotions.
Already the choosing of the drink is an experience! The menu is gigantic with dozens of cocktails and as you can see I’m drinking a bathtub, with foam and eaten ducks LOL.
It ranges from the most common, such as martini cocktails in many variants, to molecular drinks, aphrodisiacs or jelly cups;
There are drinks who play with hot / cold, taste and smell, or sweet and spicy, all in one drink! . Do not frighten yourself from the queue that is very often outside the room, trust me, have patience and you will be rewarded!
2. IT’S HIRO! – A JAPAN GIRL IN MILAN
There are a lot of Japanese restaurants in Milan but Hiro (who is also the owner’s name) is the best. Small RESTAURANT in the Porta Romana area has the timeless classic of Japanese cuisine but the TOP is off the menu! Every time it is an experience of new flavors so far away from our kitchen but with simple ingredient as we are accustomed to.
Spaced from meat to fish, everything is worth tasting, even the cakes!
Ah! Hiro’s other charm is the location: it’s in front of a famous vodka bar
3. PRAVDA – THE BISON VODKA
Super-supplied vodkeria, very easy environment and exceptional drinks! The fresh raspberry vodka-sour is my favorite but also after-dinner SHOTS are great. For a top aperitif or a cool night. Only for originals drink lovers.
4. MUSEUM BAGATTI VALSECCHI
Not very popular but very interesting especially if you have passion for historic mason of other times.
5. OLD MILAN, BRERA AND HIS PINACOTECA
Discover the retro charm of these streets, walk through the squares of the Brera district and take a leap to the Pinacoteca. On the third Sunday of the month do not miss the antique market that runs along its streets, a pleasure for the eyes.
6. VICOLO DEI LAVANDAI E IL NAVIGLIO
You could call it obvious I know, but at the end is where in the Sunday morning you can feel relaxed during a walk and a cappuccino. It is here that the courtyards are in bloom and wandering around make wonderful discoveries, you are always here to go if you want to see the locals and find special stores (see in my list to follow all the addresses for your vintage shopping). There has to be a must but if you have some time past to have a look.
7. SHOPPING VINTAGE – MANY ADDRESS FOR THE VINTAGE LOVERS
Lo specchio di Alice, corso di Porta Ticinese 64 – Vintage shop
Via pompanazzi 1 – Theater second hand clothes
Fa’ e disfa, via Brioschi 61 – luxury second hand shop
Al nuovo guardaroba, via asti 5 – second hand and new
Shabby chic, via cellini 21 – clothes and accessories
Super fly, ripa di porta ticinese 27 -50′ clothes and disco style
Napoleone, via degli arcimboldi 5 – vintage clothes
Te’ con le amiche, via visconte di Mondrone – vintage and cheap
Guendj, ripa di porta ticinese 47 – vintage and leather
Vintage, ripa di porta ticinese 17 – vintage.
cavalli e nastri, via brera 2 – vintage
Memory lane, via alessi 8 – 2 floors of vintage shop
Penelope, via melloni 6 –
Demi’ l’usato a meta’, via col di lana 12 – clothes and furnishing retro
Finally, I remember the vintage market every 3′ Sunday of the month in Brera, Sunday’s market in the park behind the Piazzale Cuoco, antiques market every Sunday at Bollate, every last Sunday of the month in the Navigli area.
8. LIBRARY HOEPLI – LOST BETWEEN ANY TYPE OF MANUAL
Yes, right! A library in the list of things to see in Milan. Simply because it’s fantastic, giant, hyperphoned, full of volumes and manuals that no other library has. I advise you to come in especially if you are not looking for a book in particular … you will not come out empty-handed.
9. “LIBRARIO” EVERY BOOK AT 2 EURO
Here is the counterpart of the giant Hoepli. The 2 euro Library is on the Navigli and is a small bookstore selling used books and yes! They are all but just everyone at only 2 euro. One thing, there is no list so good hunting!
10. THE HIGH PIZZA… NORMAL OR BIG?!!
What!? Not a normal round flat pizza!? What are you talking about!!!
Yes, Milano have his special pizza, a very tall and delicious tomato mozzarella pizza with just ham on the top or nothing is better. Where you can eat it? To pizzeria Spontini, corso buenos aires 60 and in other places but here is the most famous one!
11. OSTERIA AL BOLOGNESE DA MAURO
Open in ’69 is one of the oldest inns in Milan. It remained unchanged both in the menu and in the furniture, in this room you can really breathe the time gone by. The TOP is the fresh pasta, pulled and carefully prepared every morning, even the main course are really tasty, the wine is great and the service easy style. I assure you that it will be an unforgettable meal!
12. DELICIOUS ICE-CREAM AT “CIOCCOLATI ITALIANI”
Are you doing an intense shopping session? Then get half an hour to recharge the batteries and make a jump from CIOCCOLATI ITALIANI. Located right near the Duomo, this franchise is very successful with many delicious products perfect to satisfy every sins of throat. The ice cream is simply delicious, and the cone is filled with melted chocolate … a delight! You can also sample sweets and various types of chocolate bars.
13. OSTELLO BELLO, MAKE FRIENDSHIP IN A COSMOPOLITE ENVIRONMENT.
They could not have chosen a better name because the OSTELLO BELLO (beautiful hostel) is just great!
It is located in TORINO Street, in the center and main shopping artery. The property is clean, comfortable and well organized. The staff is good and the bar is very nice to live though you do not stay at the property. It is often organized evenings and it is easy to make friends (which is not easy in Milan). For those staying in a hostel in the bar is open all night.
14. LIVE MUSIC AT “SALUMERIA DELLA MUSICA”
Cheap and easy place where you can hear good music with a beer.
15. THE “VINATTIERE” DELICIOUS WINE AND BISTRO’
Want a good dinner accompanied by a good glass of wine? The “Vinattiere” is what it is for you. The owner Emidio is always in the mood to make two chats, even better if they concern the good wine becouse he is a great connoisseur. You can also sample the delicious cheeses and the amazing and unbelievable dishes of the kitchen. Perfect for a dinner with two or friends or even for a simple bottle of wine. Highly recommended.
16.BUSSARAKHAM – RITROVARSI IN THAILANDIA
Thai restaurant in Porta Genova area. I really liked it for the smallest details. The waitresses dress up, the upper room is completely covered with wood, sit on the ground, and under the tables there is space for the legs. The setting is very quaint and relaxing. Great food. Maybe a bit expensive but it’s a restaurant where it is worth going. In Via Valenza 13.
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