A weekend in Milan – Design, Art and Pasta
A weekend in Milan is always a good idea especially if all my friends from London are having a party weekend there and Anette is having her 40 B day ( looking for a reason to travel to Milan? )
In this post, I will try to give you some tips about Milan that are not the usual tips you read when you go there ( and some regular tips – always good to have some )
Arrival: we took a flight to Malpensa airport.
From the airport, you can take a taxi ( expensive ) A bus (depends on traffic hours) Or a train – Malpensa express: 13 euros and 45 minutes to the city ( for more info)
Once in the city, you can use the: Underground / Bus/ Taxi or just walk ( the city is not too big)
Where to stay: my tip when you come for a weekend in a city is always to choose a very nice hotel that will make you feel good.
This time I chose the Hotel Maison Borella and this turned out to be the best decision:
Hotel Maison Borella is located in the best night area in Milan on the banks of the Naviglio Grande canal (yes, you have canals in Milan ) its a small boutique hotel, simple but elegant with different types of rooms. The staff was superb and helped me with my special requests and was always very nice while we were staying there. The room had everything we needed, The buffet breakfast was much more than we needed and the hotel feels like you are at home. I recommend this hotel for a great experience while staying in Milan.
Book it now! it’s a great hotel
Where to Go & What to Do in Milan:
There are several areas in Milan, We did a lot of walking in Navigli ( where we stayed )
Tortona ( the design district near Navigli and very upcoming)
Duomo ( the center of Milan where you’ll find all the big shops and the Duomo – A must see)
Brera ( the boutiques and the restaurants)
Wherever you go you will find a lot of street art… and great coffee.
The places you should not miss in Milan:
Como Corso 10 – A well-known shop that became one of Milan’s symbols. Opened in 1991 ( I was there than with my mom cause our Italian friend took us and I remember it as a beautiful place ) In the past it used to be a garage, you can find in COMO CORSO from fashion to Lifestyle, Design, Art, Restaurants and a small hotel – its an all experience and this shop particular marks the beginning of total shopping.
High-Tech – Next to Como Corso and Eataly Once an ink factory became a must visit for the design lover. But don’t be fooled by the first space, this shop is spread out over 3 floors and you can find everything you want or never thought you wanted 🙂 from gadgets to gifts, kitchenware, home decor and so on.
Eataly – Started in NY now you can find in every city in Italy. A great concept store for the best food you can find in Italy. When I enter this place I just want to eat everything there. this time we had lunch there and it was very good.
As I mentioned the Duomo is a must visit in Milan- its the central piece and next to it you have other important buildings such as Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, La Scala and many more But many might not know about the surprise you will find in La Rinascente.
La Rinascente on the left side when you are facing the Duomo. is a shopping mall, But this one has 2 surprises: -1 floor is full of designed items… and the rooftop on number 7 is full of small restaurants and lots of goodies from Italy But that’s not all… it is facing the Duomo and has the best view of it. Go have some drinks during the day.
Museums to put on your list in Milan:
Mudec – Museum of cultures. located in the Tortona area was acquired by Milan in the 90s in order to promote culture and creative activity in the city. It’s a very impressive space divided into 3 floors. The museum hosts lost of temporary exhibitions.
Fondazione Prada – An institution that is all about contemporary art & culture. located in Largo Isarco, south Milan. founded in 1993
Armani Silos – Fashion art museum – Armani style. Was open In 2015 by Giorgio Armani in Via Bergognone 40 to mark 40 years of his career. He decided to call the museums also Silos because of the building it was built in, that used to store food. and for Armani clothes are a part of life such as food is essential for life.
Pirelli HangarBicocca – An institution for producing and promoting contemporary art, a site for contemporary art exhibitions, located in the Bicocca district outside of Milan. a non-profit foundation since 2004.
Museo del Novecento – 20th century Italian cultural and artistic heritage. Located near the Duomo, with the idea to promote 20th century Italian cultural and artistic heritage with the final aim of reaching an ever wider audience.
What about some food in Milan:
Langosteria Bistrot – Fine dining. the best and the freshest from the sea. Great place to have lunch – must book in advance.
Angelo’s Bistrot – Great stop when visiting the Tortona area, full of design details that give a nice touch to the place. Homemade food with a touch. we enjoyed our lunch there.
Temakinho – Brazilain Sushi… when you had enough with pasta .. located in several areas in the city.
Eataly – If you are there you will probably eat something… ( they serve food on the second floor)
Just Cavalli Milan – More for dancing, drinking and mingling with beautiful people.
My Milan Map
Since we were with a group we didn’t manage to do it all ( you never manage to do it all) Attached here is my map of Milan – please tell me what you managed to do and send me more recommendations.
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