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Discover our favourite hotels, restaurants, nightlife and things to do in Milan right now.
Updated May 2017
This insider's city guide has been a long time in the making. We've eaten in countless Milan restaurants, dined in the best foodie gems and visited the latest local hotspots. We've also asked the most discerning locals we know to share their favourite hangouts – whether brand new or classic institutions. We bring you our hand-picked selection of our favourite places in Milan right now.
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Whether you're looking for a chic design hotel, a cosy boutique gem, or a luxurious 5-star haven, here is our pick of the best places to stay in Milan.
1. WOW Factor! ...
A luxury address that blends classic contemporary style with oriental luxury.
With an enviable location only minutes from La Scala and Milan's glamorous Golden Triangle luxury shopping district, the Mandarin Oriental sets the bar for luxury in Milan. Set across four elegant 18th-century buildings, the hotel features glamorous interiors designed by architect Antonio Citterio. The spacious rooms and suites offer bespoke furnishings, oak floors, plush velvets and spa-like bathrooms in Italian marble. After an afternoon’s indulgence at the state-of-the-art spa, sip cocktails in the dramatically monochrome Mandarin Bar before enjoying a lavish meal at the Michelin-starred Seta by chef Antonio Guida, the Mandarin Oriental’s elegant courtyard restaurant.
Via Andegari 9 Milan, 20121
mandarinoriental.com | +39 02 8731 8888
2. Modern Design ...
BOSCOLO EXEDRA MILAN
An urban luxury hotel concept in Milan’s design-led fashion district.
Following a lavish €150 million renovation, a former 1920s bank has been transformed into a sleek, 5-star urban sanctuary designed by acclaimed Italian architect, Italo Rota. The hotel's 154 rooms feature the best of Italian furniture design, including dramatic Artemide lighting, Driade furnishings and Meritalia chairs. Enjoy an aperitivo with panoramic views of Milan Cathedral in the background, followed by dinner at one of the hotel’s in-house Italian restaurants. The futuristic Boscolo Exedra SPA features a waterfall, six treatment rooms, floatation tank, sauna and hammam. €€€
Corso Giacomo Matteotti, 4, 20121 Milan
milano.boscolohotels.com | +39 02 7767 9611
3. Urban Spa Retreat ...
A luxurious sanctuary nestles within an 18th-century palace.
Nestled within an opulent 18th-century Milanese palazzo, the Bulgari Milan draws upon the luxury brand’s impeccable style and sophistication. No expense has been spared in 58 beautifully-appointed room and suites which enjoy views over the 4,000 square meter private garden which once belonged to a 16th-century monastery. Don’t miss a swim in the hotel’s gilded indoor swimming pool, followed by a spa treatment at the sleek Bulgari Spa. Evenings at the Bulgari Hotel begin with al fresco cocktails at Il Bar, followed by dinner in the glamorous Il Ristorante. You'll also be situated in the heart of the city, in Milan's Golden Triangle luxury shopping district. €€€
Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7B, 20121 Milan
bulgarihotels.com | +39 02 805 8051
4. Vintage Cool ...
A family-run boutique hotel on the banks of the Naviglio Grande Canal.
A gorgeous vintage hideaway with an irresistible sense of style, The Yard Hotel combines contemporary luxury with retro flair. The individually-decorated rooms are full of quirky treasures, such as hat boxes, vintage luggage, gleaming walnut antique desks and romantic desk lamps. The Doping Club lounge bar draws a hip crowd with its creative cocktails and sultry ambiance. €€
Piazza XXIV Maggio 8, 20123 Milano
theyardmilano.com | +39 289 415 901
5. Business Travellers ...
PARK HYATT MILAN
Contemporary luxury on the doorstep of Il Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
The 5-star Park Hyatt Milano brings the trademark elegance and service of the Hyatt brand to the heart of Milan. Situated within an 18th-century palace, the Park Hyatt Milan was redesigned by American architect, Edward Tuttle, fusing modern and traditional Baroque influences. The 106 contemporary rooms feature stylish interiors accented by hand-laid Venetian stucco and Italian marble soaking tubs, and feature either city or courtyard views. For added indulgence, the Spa at Park Hyatt Milan is also one of the city’s finest, featuring a whirlpool that glitters with 24-carat gold leaf. €€€
Via Tommaso Grossi 1, 20121 Milan
milan.park.hyatt.com | +39 02 8821 1234
6. Chic & Affordable ...
UNA MAISON MILANO HOTEL
One of the city’s best value budget-chic hotels.
Set within an early 20th-century building, the moderately sized UNA Maison Milano hotel offers 27 comfortable guest rooms at affordable prices. What sets this hotel apart is UNA Maison Milano’s personalised service: with so few rooms, each guest is assigned a personal assistant to ensure that they are well taken care of during their stay. The ‘Pillow Wow’ menu will ensure that you have a sound night’s sleep, while a superb location in the heart of the city will place you close to iconic landmarks such as the il Duomo cathedral. €
Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 4 20123 Milan
unahotels.it | +39 02 85605
7. Fashion Favourite ...
Quintessential Italian sophistication by Giorgio Armani.
Top Italian designer Giorgio Armani’s ever-expanding empire includes this 95-room luxury hotel in the heart of Milan’s fashion district. Set within a 1930s rationalist palazzo topped with a three-story glass atrium, the hotel reflects the designer’s sleek, minimalist aesthetic. The spacious rooms are fitted with Armani Casa furnishings and feature Japanese-inspired dark lacquered woods. Upon arrival, guests are assigned a ‘lifestyle manager’ who will tend to your every need. The top-floor spa boasts an infinity pool overlooking the city’s red-tile rooftops and the Duomo. €€€
31 Via Manzoni, 20121 Milan
milan.armanihotels.com | +39 02 8883 8888
8. Theatrical Castle ...
A theatrical design hotel in the heart of Milan's upscale shopping district.
Housed in an elegant Art Nouveau mansion, Chateau Monfort is distinguished for its fairytale-inspired bedrooms and eye-popping colour palette. Elegant four-poster beds, curvaceous couches, wire birdcages and vintage trunks feature throughout the fantasy-like rooms. At Rubacuori by Venissa restaurant, enjoy Italian fare in a dining room filled with mirrors, accompanied by a pre- or post-dinner glass of wine in the brick-vaulted wine cellar. Make sure to relax and rejuvenate in the hotel's in-house Turkish Bath and pool. €€
Corso Concordia 1, 20129 Milano
hotelchateaumonfort.com | +39 02 776761
9. All-Suite Boutique Retreat ...
HOTEL MAGNA PARS
Enjoy your own luxury boutique suite with an eye on sustainable hospitality.
Housed within a former perfume factory, the Hotel Magna Pars is an all-suite retreat surrounded by Milan’s fashion and design district. The hotel's post-industrial, light-filled living spaces gleam in glass, steel and immaculate white, while the suites enjoy palatial dimensions, Lombardy leather furnishings, oak floors and well-stocked bookshelves. Behind a copper door, the Magna Pars’ secret cocktail bar is the ideal place to enjoy an aperitif, then move on to Da Noi In restaurant which serves Italian fare in a sophisticated dining room overlooking a garden scented by jasmine and roses. €€
Via Forcella 6, 20144 Milan
magnapars-suitesmilano.it | +39 02 8338371
Average Price of a Double Room: € = Around €100 or less; €€ = Around €200; €€€ = > €300
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Whether you're looking for a fabulous foodie dining spot, the city's best food market, or an authentic local trattoria, here is our pick of the best places to eat in Milan right now.
1. Fine Dining …
IL LUOGO DI AIMO & NADIA
A family-run contemporary restaurant inspired by Italian tradition.
Nestled in a quiet neighbourhood just outside of Milan's city centre is 2-Michelin-starred Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, one of the city's best fine dining restaurants. Opened in 1962 by husband and wife team, Aimo and Nadia Moroni, Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia offers some of the most refined, inventive and exquisitely flavoursome contemporary Italian cuisine in the country. The restaurant's tasting and a la carte menus are inspired by regional Italian cuisine and draw upon only the finest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Highlights of the menu include Aimo’s exquisite signature cipollotto e peperoncino – spaghettoni made with Senatore Cappelli durum wheat and a heavenly sauce made with slow-cooked green onions and pepper. €€€
Via Privata Raimondo Montecuccoli, 6 20147 Milan
aimoenadia.com | +39 02 416886
2. Foodie Gem ...
AL PONT DE FERR
One of Milan’s foodie favourite dining spots in the hip Navigli district.
Nestled along a canal dating back to 1179in Milan's Navigli district , Al Pont de Ferr is a rustic Italian osteria which has been serving delicious Italian food for over 30 years. Chef Vittorio Fusari has crafted a variety of Italian culinary offerings to suit your mood, including an à la carte menu and two tasting menus – one more traditional, the other more modern. Savour creative dishes such as jasmine-marinated Iseo lake “Coregone” fish with almond milk and toasted almonds; Brodetto ravioli with shellfish, rock fish, consommé with scampi and cardamom; and the superb tiramisu with olives “taggiasche”, coffee mousse and chocolate. Enjoy this warm, rustic and unpretentious dining experience. €€
Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 55, 20143 Milan
pontdeferr.it | +39 02 8940 6277
3. Local Institution ...
A favourite of Milan’s fashion and creative crowd.
Offering traditional Italian cuisine, warmly attentive service and a classically elegant dining space, Da Giacomo is a fashionable local institution in Milan which showcases highly embellished, gilded interiors by acclaimed designer, Renzo Mongiardino. Don’t be surprised if you happen to see a few famous faces while you're dining here, such as top Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani enjoying a low-key dinner with friends. The menu is inspired by the Giacomo family’s generations-old ties to the Tuscan region, where you can enjoy dishes such as the bistecca alla fiorentina (grilled steak seasoned with black pepper, salt and olive oil), and homemade linguini with scampi and zucchini flowers. €€
6 Via Pascale Sottocorno, 20129 Milan
giacomoristorante.com | +39 02 76023313
4. Fashion Cafe …
10 CORSO COMO
An ultra-trendy hangout with a fetish for fashion.
With a presence in Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai, 10 Corso Como concept store is an international force to be reckoned with. Created by Carla Sozzani, this multi-functional arts complex features a cafe, bar, boutique hotel, gallery, concept store and fashion boutique – Madonna once brought 10 Corso Como to a standstill when shopping here, and Giorgio Armani is an avid fan. Settle in at the terrace cafe beneath a forest of trees filled with sparkling lights and enjoy dishes such as yellowfin tuna tartare with avocado or Milanese veal cutlet. €€
Corso Como, 10 20154 Milan
10corsocomo.com | +39 02 29013581
5. Chic & Casual …
Mingle with Milan’s seriously stylish crowd at this designer address.
With an illustrious location just next door to the Teatro alla Scala, Cafe Trussardi brings a sense of sophisticated charm to this elegant address in central Milan. A haven of sleek, contemporary design, floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the trendy Vespa-lined street and a plasma TV screen showcases video art to the Bellini-sipping clientele. Perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail, post-show nightcap or elegant bistro dining, expect a curated menu of re-imagined Italian fare - think tails of prawn fried in tempura with crispy vegetables and Risotto with saffron and veal ragu. €€
Piazza della Scala, 5 20121 Milan
cafetrussardi.com | +39 02 80688201
6. Traditional Italian...
A local institution known for its traditional Milanese fare.
Nestled amongst the vintage book stores, antique shops and cafés of one of Milan’s oldest neighbourhoods, this 74-year old restaurant boasts charmingly nostalgic interiors of brick arches, watercolour paintings, faded posters and copper caldrons. Housed within a centuries-old building, the restaurant’s timbered ceilings, communal tables, bottle-lined walls and crisp white linen tablecloths create an inviting backdrop for Trattoria Milanese’s hearty cuisine. Enjoy hand-rolled pasta, costolette à la Milanese (tender veal chops served on the bone), and creamy polenta with Gorgonzola cheese. €€
Viale Gorizia 30, 20144 Milano
mytrattoriamilano.it | +39 800 926007
7. Hip & Foodie ...
Savour seasonal regional Italian cuisine in a converted former train station in Milan.
Chef Cesare Battisti’s contemporary seasonal menu at Ratanà is inspired by his passion for regional Italian cuisine. Start with Ratanà’s aperitivo – small plates inspired by the current menu and served with specially selected beers and wines – then move on to heartier dishes such as the reimagined Fish and Chips, or oven baked chicken with peppers and olives. With its chalkboard menus, jazz soundtrack and charcoal palette, Ratanà attracts discerning foodies and offers a fun and highly enjoyable dining experience in Milan. $$
Via Gaetano de Castillia, 28 Milan, Province of Milan, Italy
ratana.it | +39 02 8712 885
8. Food Emporium ...
Explore the vast flagship store of Eataly, an Italian culinary wonderland.
One of Milan’s most eagerly anticipated openings, the Eataly food emporium is home to 5,000 square metres dedicated to Italian cuisine, produce and fresh ingredients – including pasta, wine, cheese, fresh meats and chocolate. You'll also find over 15 cafés and restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Alice restaurant, along with an in-house stage which showcases an exciting program of free events and music concerts. A must-visit for lovers of Italian cuisine.
Piazza XXV Aprile, 10, 20121 Milano
eataly.net | +39 02 49497301
Average Price of a Main Meal: € = Less than €10; €€ = Around €20; €€€ = More than €30
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Whether you're looking for the perfect cocktail, the city's best wine bar, or a late-night club, here is our pick of the best places to drink and party in Milan right now.
1. Rooftop Scene...
Join the pool party at this trendy rooftop bar and restaurant.
A glamorous yet unpretentious rooftop hideaway launched by the design duo behind Dsquared2 fashion label, Ceresio 7 boasts unparalleled views over Milan from its lush poolside terrace. In the restaurant, chef Elio Sironi reinterprets classic Italian cuisine in Art Deco interiors, where galleried walls and chic booths set a classically elegant scene. Arrive in time for happy hour to secure one of the poolside couches and enjoy sunset drinks with complimentary snacks with the city's fashionistas. €€
Via Ceresio, 7, 20154, Milan, Italy
ceresio7.com | +39 02 31039221
2. Late-Night Club ...
The stylish bar and private nightclub of Italian fashion designer, Giorgio Armani.
Though no longer as exclusive as when it first opened in 2003, Armani Privé is Milan’s velvet-roped, late-night playground attracts international models, oligarchs and a suitably stylish crowd. Expect minimalist, sleek interiors, and an impressive roster of international DJs to keep the party happening late into the night. For the ultimate indulgence, reserve a private table with bottle service to guarantee entry, or dine beforehand at the club’s sister restaurant, Armani/Nobu, located upstairs. Dress to impress as Armani Privé’s door staff are notoriously selective. €€€
B/F Via Manzoni, 31, Milan
+ 39 02 6231 2655
3. Cool Design ...
JUST CAVALLI CAFE
The chic nightlife temple of flamboyant fashion designer, Roberto Cavalli.
One of the city’s most stylish lounge bars, Just Cavalli Cafe showcases the signature style of Italian fashion designer, Roberto Cavalli. Cavalli partnered with acclaimed Israeli designer, Ron Arad in the design of the eye-catching central bar, built within a modern glass-box in Milan’s Parco Sempione. You'll find a myriad of indoor and outdoor spaces to lounge, drink and play in, where you can sip cocktails in the spacious outdoor garden illuminated by candelabras and torches, or head inside to groove on the dance floor. €€
Via Luigi Camoens c/o Torre Branca, 20121 Milan
milano.cavalliclub.com | +39 02 311 817
4. Stylish Scene ...
A picturesque alfresco garden bar perfect for for cocktails and prosecco.
The H club>diana, otherwise known as the “Diana Garden bar”, is a Milan nightlife institution situated within the Sheraton Diana Majestic Hotel. Hosting over 800 people at any one time within the confines of its lush, verdant private garden, H club>diana is where Milan’s see-and-be-seen crowd can be found sipping champagne bellinis during the afternoons and refreshing Negronis during the evenings. The bar features a grand semi-circular Art Deco conservatory, where you can sink into cosy leather lounges with a well-crafted cocktail or a glass of Italian wine. €€€
Viale Piave, 42, 20129 Milan
hclub-diana.com | +39 02 20582081
5. Chic Garden Bar ...
The Bulgari Hotel’s elegant lounge bar surrounded by a lush garden.
Surrounded by the private garden of a 16th-century monastery, Il Bar's imposing black resin oval bar is the centrepiece of this dramatic space, set against the backdrop of the hotel’s lush, verdant private garden which can be seen through a dramatic glass wall. Il Bar offers well-crafted classic and inventive cocktails, where the highlight is the signature Bulgari Cocktail, while guests can also dine from the menu of the hotel’s superb upscale restaurant, Il Ristorante, while sitting in the bar area. €€€
la Rinascente (7th floor) Via Santa Radegonda, 1 Milano
ilbarmilano.it | +39 02 805 8051
6. Trendy Scene..
Dress to impress at this after-hours hotspot.
One of Milan’s most fashionable venues, Byblos Milano has hosted famous party goers such as Paris Hilton, Boy George and One Direction. The central dance floor is a design feature in its own right, where you can dance the night away on a clear glass platform suspended over water. Surrounded by a lush garden, the club is known for its barely-lit spaces, futuristic light displays, hip-hop and house DJ sets. For easier entry, book a table at the restaurant before joining the after party. €€€€
Via Messina, 38 20154 Milano
byblosmilano.com | +39 338 8098326
Average Price of a Drink: € = Less than €10; €€ = Around €20; €€€ = More than €30
SEE + DO
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Don't miss these incredible Milan museums, cultural landmarks and local experiences.
Iconic Landmarks ...
Climb the towers of Milan’s iconic Il Duomo cathedral and admire the incredible sculpture work accompanied by panoramic views of Milan. Another quintessential landmark is Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Last Supper, situated next to the Santa Maria delle Grazie church. Italy’s premier opera house, the Teatro Alla Scala opened in 1778 and invites visitors into an opulent world of red velvet, glittering chandeliers and box seats. The Torre Velasca is a unique 1950’s skyscraper which towers 100 metres above the city, while the Pirelli Tower soars 127 meters high and offers beautiful panoramic views at sunset. For a fun and efficient way to explore the city, choose a guided bus tour with City Sightseeing Milan, during which you can leisurely hop-on/ hop-off as you like.
The Best Gelato ...
One of the best cities in Italy to savour homemade gelato, Milan is home to a wealth of excellent gelaterias. One of the most popular is CioccolatItaliani, a stylish wonderland of Italian ice cream. The award-winning Grom is the vanguard of the new generation of gelaterias, offering a superb range of natural, colourless gelati made with ethically-sourced ingredients such as Venezuelan cocoa beans and Syrian pistachios. A more traditional gelateria is Gelateria Marghera, a favourite of local gelato aficionados.
Museums & Art Galleries ...
One of the largest surviving citadels in Europe, Castello Sforzesco was once the powerhouse of Milan’s ruling family, the Sforzas. Today, the castle hosts a superb collection of art ranging from the early Middle Ages to the 18th century. Housed in a beautiful palazzo that was once a Jesuit college and even an observatory, Pinacoteca di Brera showcases one of Italy’s finest collections of Italian paintings, including works by Raphael, Tintoretto and Mantegna. Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is Milan’s famous library and art gallery which was founded in 1603 and has served as a learning institution for over four hundred years, hosting a priceless collection of treasures that include sketches by Leonardo da Vinci. Theatre lovers will love the La Scala Theatre Museum, where original costumes, paintings and statues detail the history of Italy’s famous opera house, while design connoisseurs should visit the Triennale Design Museum, which hosts a rotating program of art, photography and furniture exhibitions throughout the year.
The Best Spas ...
The luxurious Bulgari Spa is the peaceful spa retreat at the 5-star Bulgari Hotel, designed in a palette of emerald green with a shimmering gold-tiled swimming pool. Another popular day spa in Milan is the futuristic Atomic Spa Suisse, renowned for its high-tech wellness centre with a heated pool with whirlpool massage, sauna, Turkish bath and marine tepidarium. A water-wonderland, Terme Milano is a complex with hot springs and heated pools, waterfalls and saunas. Piscina Cozzi is also a historic local swimming pool.
Shopping in Milan ...
Home to the flagship stores of Italy’s most well-known designers such as Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Versace, the famous Quadrilatero d’Oro shopping area is a luxury shopping haven which concentrates around Via Monte Napoleone, Via Spiga, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Borgospesso. The historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the oldest shopping arcades in the world and is a glittering example of the 19th-century Belle Epoque architectural style, and is also home to many chic boutiques. One of Milan’s most famous concept stores is 10 Corso Como, a cutting-edge fashion boutique, art gallery and book store. Another popular Milan design store is Spazio Rossana Orlandi, a labyrinth-like space of designer furniture and installations located in Milan’s edgy Magenta district. Lovers of interior design should also visit the flagship stores of Artemide, B&B Italia and Cassina in Milan.
Further Afield ...
Located 90 minutes drive north of Milan, Italy’s Great Lakes region offers the perfect weekend escape. Highlights include the picturesque Lake Maggiore, a romantic vision of sleepy cobblestone villages and secluded gardens; the 16th-century Borromeo Palace, set across a trio of picturesque islets; Lake Como, a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy locals since Roman times; and the beautiful Lake Garda. Located less than one hour from Milan, Bergamo is home to a famous citadel, where you can admire the beauty of the Duomo, the Palace of Reason, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major and the monastery of Sant'Agostino, dating back to the 13th century.
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