Here’s a round up of my favourite things to do and places to eat when in Milan! All 3 areas are walking distance from the centre – in fact we didn’t get any public transport during the whole trip! Grab your euros and phrase book, check out my Milan guide and you’ll be set for a lovely chilled out time!
1 – SCOFF THE BEST BURGERS AT 202 BURGER
The fact that this cute, American style burger take away was situated just below where we stayed was a dangerous piece of information! Who am I kidding, it may not have been Italian and it may not have been good for us but heck it tasted bloody amazing. Always packed out, always open and the chips are always divine.
2- POP INTO TARGET
This colourful store across the road from 202 Burger is the perfect post-stuffed activity. The cute sweets we’re more than instagrammable, I mean would make the perfect gifts!
3 – DINE AT ZERODUE
With Torino being so central, you can spend the day walking around the city centre and then return right back for dinner. We thought it a good idea to splash out on somewhere fancy on one night and this traditional Italian with a cool modern decor didn’t disappoint. Order a ‘first’ for a small main or double up with a second. My prawn ravioli were actually the perfect amount with a fun sweet take on a burger for desert!
4 – SLEEP AT A LOCALS HOUSE
I mentioned how amazing it was to stay in an Airbnb apartment in my last post so do take a look for when you’re planning where to stay!
Piazza del Duomo
5 – CLIMB THE DUOMO
You can’t come to Milan without visiting the incredible Duomo di Milano, the glorious cathedral in the central square. Man-up and take the narrow stairs up to the roof (there’s a lift too but I shall judge you, ha.) After you’ve gotten your breath back, take it away again with stunning views over the city and marvel at the Gothic spires. Going inside is a must too and Sunday mornings in between masse is the quietest time to go. Buy your tickets for the roof early too to beat queues.
6 – STROLL DOWN THE GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II
This shopping arcade adjacent to Piazza Del Duomo is more than a little photogenic! If you need to shed some Euros then feel free to pop into Louis Vuitton and the like, otherwise you can always just take beautiful photos like we did!
7 – TUCK INTO A PANZZEROTTI
OK so you might faint at the sight of the double queue forking out of Luini’s but trust me, 20 mins spent people watching ain’t so bad when you get your chops around a fresh fried panzzerotti. Part calzoni, part donutty pasty, they’re very naughty but very nice. You might want to buy two and watch out for how messy they can be! P.s shh, they have a London branch too!
8 – PICK UP SOMETHING FUN IN DESIGN SUPERMARKET
I’d read about this homeware Mecca online before I left and it was pretty much the only place on my list that I wanted to visit. If I had a Milanese flat then I’d furnish it here. You might be able to get most bits online but it was still fun to swap steeples and stone for the colour and kitsch of this basement floor of the Rinascente shopping centre. Plus I came home with a frog shaped multi USB port so you know, win!
9 – PRETEND TO SHOP IN THE DESIGNER STORES
Its what the Italians are famous for so its gotta be done! With the Paparazzi hiding in arches in front of shops, you never know who you might run into!
Brera and Naviglio
10 – INDULGE IN DI VIOLE DI LIQUIRIZIA
These two other areas of Milan are a fair walk apart, so do Brera in the day and Naviglio the following evening.
The girls we stayed with recommended Brera as a pretty neighbourhood to wander and have a coffee in and that we did. OK well a ‘Cioccolat calde’ actually (the best real hot chocolate I’ve ever had) and an incredible pistachio cupcake in Viole di Liquirizia where we sat for hours chatting and wifi-ing. I’d pick this area as the neighbourhood to live in and must go back to explore it more next time!
11 – GRAB A MILANESE APERITIVO
Naviglio is the twenty-somethings playground come the evening. Nab an early table outside overlooking the river and nibble on ‘aperitivo’ – drinks with a buffet. Its how the kids eat when they go out in groups, you know. If you’re searching for traditional Milanese cuisine though, pop into Trattoria Milanese on the top corner of the street for the essential taste of Milan; risotto and bone marrow dish, or stroll down for plenty of other interesting dinner options.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my map of Milan – do let me know if you’ve been or are planning a trip, I’d love to hear all about it!
Check out other Milan outfit posts here!