Where to Eat, Drink and Stay in Milan

Where to Eat, Drink and Stay in Milan

Italy’s fashion capital is perfectly situated between the Alps, the Italian Lakes, and the Ligurian Coast. Worth a trip in every season, here is our edit of the places to bookmark for your trip to Milan.

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Where to Stay

  • Vico Milano Neri Baccheschi Berti, whose family is behind the award-winning renowned Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany, has created a fashionable under-the-radar hangout from which to explore Milan. Corso Genova, 11
  • Portrait Milano Last November, the Ferragamo-owned Lungarno Collection revealed the opening of Portrait Milano, one of Italy’s most exciting new hotel launches of the last year. The property is nestled between Corso Venezia and Via Sant’Andrea, right in Milan's Golden Triangle. Lungarno Collection has once again collaborated with Florentine star architect Michele Bonan on the interiors, having worked with him on Hotel Lungarno, Portrait Roma, and Portrait Firenze. The style is reminiscent of 1950s glamorous homes, from blonde Italian walnut to oriental references. There are 73 rooms and suites and in the Piazza del Quadrilatero, you'll find restaurants, boutiques, and a wellness centre. Corso Venezia, 11

Where to Eat

  • Da Giacomo is one of our favorites in Milan and always delivers. A 1950's style bistro with superb food.Via Pasquale Sottocorno, 6
  • Pastamadre is a small restaurant with 12 tables which is famous for its homemade pasta. The service was fast, the wine was great, and the dishes were superb! Via Bernardino Corio, 8
  • Osteria Serafina is a great place to dine. The food is as good as the service (Andrea!). Order the Tiramisu. Via Luigi Sacco, 9
  • Lubar Open all day, every day, LùBar is a cool Café and Restaurant, in the heart of Milan. Don't miss it! Via Palestro, 16

Where to Drink

  • Bar Basso The Negroni Sbagliato cocktail was invented at Bar Basso. It still has its original interiors — pink walls, wood paneling, marble floor, crystal chandeliers — that lend this 1930s cocktail bar an atmosphere of timelessness. Via Plinio, 39
  • The new Private Club located near Milan’s oldest gardens, Giardini Indro Montanelli, Casa Cipriani Milano opened its doors in September 2022 and is the group’s first European address, following its success in New York. The property features 15 rooms and suites by Florentine architect Michele Bönan, as well as a private club, which includes the Cipriani restaurant and Bar Arrigo. There is also Socialista, a Cuban-inspired lounge with live music and a Caribbean menu; and the Wellness & Fitness Center. In short, it is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city, designed by Studio Apostoli. Via Palestro, 24

Five Milanese Rules to Live by

  • Never order a Cappuccino afternoon.
  • No need to leave an extra tip.
  • Avoid the city in August.
  • Travel by tram where possible.
  • Order a Negroni Sbagliato for aperitivo.