A girl's guide to Milan
For any label lover, Milan is the perfect shopping destination, but don’t forget to sample the city’s other obsession: food. Here's my guide to the city for all the travelling gals out there looking for a place to eat, drink and shop, along with a few of my favourite things to do.
In Milan, the fashion crowd love to dine della nonna – grandma’s cooking – and at Bice power-lunches occur among the buzz of a traditional Milanese trattoria. 10 Corso Como, the famous fashion concept store, also houses a restaurant as chic and eclectic as the gallery-cum-shop-cum-fashion destination.
A few doors away is Alla Cucina delle Langhe. Don’t let the homely decor fool you – you might spot the likes of Tom Ford chowing down on osso bucco.
The H Club at the Diana Majestic Hotel during fashion week is where the fash pack go to sip martinis and look, well, fabulous, darling. More low-key but still stylish is Caffetteria degli Atellani, a super-sleek cube of glass that houses a cafe looking on to a beautiful garden. There’s a great selection of books on cinema, too.
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One of the world’s most elegant shopping arcades, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a 19th Century marvel with glass vaulted ceilings and mosaics. Inside you’ll find the Gucci cafe and the original Prada store.
Or try nabbing a designer bargain at one of the city’s designer outlet stores – Il Salvagente is one of the best. Spazio Rossana Orlandi is a super-cool interiors store where you can pick up one-off vintage pieces as well as budget-busting design classics.
Brera antiques market is where designers – including Mrs Prada – come for inspiration. There are rare books, vintage jewellery and Art Deco glassware (Via Fiori Chiari, third Sunday of the month). The Museo del Novecento is a brilliant gallery dedicated to 20th Century art – it’s also slap bang in front of Milan’s other must-see, the Duomo.
Don’t leave without visiting Peck, the famous food hall where you can stock up on presents that will have your family wishing you went away more often.
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This article was written by Kate Salter from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
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