Ok, June has started, so it’s supposed to be good weather, right?! But for some reason it’s not always the case. So what about a city escape to another city? And what about Milan?!
Since after the Expo Milan has been in full bloom! The city looks spectacular: lots of renovation and works to improve the city, new restaurants and bars openining up at every corner, new shops as well as new museums and new exhibitions spaces to visit! So while you wait for you seaside escape, try Milan!
Here are some spots you’d want to check out, assuming you already know Milan. Otherwise I’ll provide some tips in another post.
Art, food, design and the likes
. Fondazione Prada – contrasting opinions about it. Some say it’s cool and worth a visit because it’s Prada, some really liked it, some really didn’t. The cafe’ is interestingly decorated. See for yourself!
. La Triennale Museum – a museum mainly dedicated to design, architecture, jewellery and space, which a very interesting location itself with a garden where there often outdoor exhibitions, a terraced restaurant and a very yummy bistrot. Here are the current exhibitions: http://www.triennale.org/en/categoria_mostra/in_corso/
. Nonostantemarras, the space of Antonio Marras, which looks really inspiring
. Museo del Design 1880 – 1980 (Design Museum), which had a preview during the Milan Design Week, and was originally founded in Ravenna in 1988, but now permanently opened in Via Borsi 9 in Milan, to give the chance to a greater audience to visit it.
Bars & Restaurants
. Bio – a very nicely decorated restaurant below one of the “Vertical garden” skyscrapers (Giardino Verticale), in the newly reformed part of Milan, which is definitely a destination if you are visiting the city! A seasonal menu with interesting and uncommon dishes’ proposal and with everything rigorously “bio” or better organic. Nice presentation, not each single dish is close to perfection, but definitely an experience to be made!
. U Barba – a traditional Italian restaurant with Ligurian cuisine. Not in the city centre, but in an area that is slowly been renovated and recovered, located in an old “Bocciofila” (the place where you can play “bocce”), which is being kept, finely decorated, you can taste tasy dishes of Genoan heritage, among them focaccia, farinata, pansotti alle noci (a typical sort of ravioli with walnuts sauce), troffie al pesto, but also great meat & fish options and dessserts. I really recommend the “Fior di latte” (literally milk flower, a milk based gelato flavour) ice-cream served with different types of nuts as a topping. Also good wine, I’d suggest Vermentino or Pigato, typical of the region, for a first visit! They also offer take-away options in the store next door.
. Cascina Cuccagna – thinking of having an aperitivo in the countryside, but you can’t actually leave Milan? Well, Cascina Cuccagna is the perfect place as you’ll find yourself in a garden, almost in the city centre, with a relaxed atmosphere, thinking you’re definitely not in Milan! It’s also a place where you can have a bite or do different types of activities, as they frequently organise markets, yoga gatherings, etc…Visit the website for more details.
. Swiss Corner – an elegant cafe with a big dehors where you can stop for a coffee, a freshly squeezed orange juice or also lunch or even aperitivo. Living now in Switzerland I couldn’t really miss this spot! Very conveniently located, next to Via Manzoni, not too far from La Scala and the Duomo.
. Pasticceria Marchesi in Corso Magenta – this is the original Pasticceria Marchesi, not the fancier one in Via Montenapoleone, which for sure it is appealing, but I’d suggest to visit the real one first (or afterwards). It’s a piece of jewellery both in terms of heritage and patisserie. You can’t really miss it! If it’s too crowded, most probably, you can pop to another recently opened cafe, just a few steps away. You’ll see it, it’s white and pink and with a French name.
. Biancolatte – a very nice space to enjoy basically all day, but especially for breakfast or lunch. Their offering of “salty Crepes” is just amazing and they are delicious! I’ve been longing to go for years, since I was living abroad and I finally did…well, it was up to my expectations or it even exceeded them! Definitely pay a visit!
Well, it was a 3 by 3 sort of post. If you have a few days, these tips should help you out in the dining scene and I always think that you should always try something out by yourself, not to loose that “Adventure spirit” that for sure is in you! 🙂