Next week the Milan Design Week kicks off (also called il ‘Salone del Mobile’), I’ll be spending just a couple of days there and I can’t wait for it.
Milan is showing off the best of itself during the week and all the showrooms and art galleries open their doors to design events and installations. In this city furniture is almost as important as food, so don’t forget to treat yourself to a nice meal. Here’s my top 10 list of cafes and restaurants around the city.
1/ 10 CORSO COMO
This cafe’ is hidden inside a traditional Mialense Courtyard, once you crossed the door from the busy/party Corso Como road you’ll find yourself transported into this amazing space: it’s a cafe, a fashion shop and also an art gallery and bookshop at the first floor. It’s definitely one of my favourite places in Milan, I have to say, I never try the food, but I had coffee and drinks few times and I’ve never been disappointed!
Corso Como, 10
This is aways been one of my favourite place for brunch and a quick lunch. the warm white and wood style interior has got something that makes you feel at home. Buzzing and relaxing at the same time, it’s perfect for business or lunches with friends and family. Also, the Kartell showroom is not far from it, worth checking it out!
Via Filippo Turati, 30, 20121 Milano
Recently opened, is a must visit for the all the lovers of the famous notebooks. In the beautiful pedestrian Corso Garibaldi, it’s the perfect spot for an outdoor lunch, and you can also buy a Moleskine at the little corner shop inside the cafe, in case your sketchbook is already full…
Corso Garibaldi 65
4/ PRINCI CAFE – Via Speronari
I couldn’t forget to include my beloved cafe into this list. Designed by minimalist architect Claudio Silvestrin, this space it’s just magic, small and hidden on a small street just off the busy Via Torino, you’ll feel inside a stone cave, surrounded by pizza cakes and sweets. Grab a coffee and a croissant and stay for a while to contemplate this really special space.
Via Speronari 6
In the hidden Via Solferino street, this cosy Bistrot won’t disappoint you. The food is absolutely amazing (but not budget blowing) and created by the Michelin star chef Andrea Berton. The raw and simple materials used to decorate the space made a friendly and professional atmosphere. (I suggest to book a table as during the design week can get really busy).
Via Solferino, 48
20121 Milano, Italy
Set in the regenerated area of Isola/Porta Nuova, in a restored 1900’s unique building, if you’re looking for an authentic Milanese restaurant you’re in the right place. I had the best Mondeghili (traditional meatballs) and ‘Risotto Alla Milanese’ ever and every time I pass by I can’t stop thinking about it!!. Perfect for families and friends, big space indoor and outdoors, they also offer a lunch takeaway menu (‘schischetta’) and Aperitivo with small bites.
Via Gaetano de Castillia 28
7/ T’A MILANO
Elegant and modern interior designed by Vincenzo De Cotiis Architects sophisticated and a bit pricey due to the location near Palazzo Clerici (not far from La Scala Theatre).
They offer nice Bistrot lunches and dinner, but the real speciality is chocolate (the owners are the Alemagna famous bakery company), so let yourself indulge with it.
Via Clerici, 1
8/ AL FRESCO
A secret garden in the middle of the ‘Tortona quarter’ area, a Bistrot and a ‘meeting place with food and dining’ created into an old abandoned warehouse designed by the landscape architects AG&P. A quiet, peaceful corner in a frenetic city.
Via Savona, 50
9/ CERESIO 7
Milan or New York? In this vintage Italian style Rooftop Bar with pool built on top of the Dsquared2 headquarters, you can have amazing cocktails and food ( a bit pricey, but that’s part of the chic location) and feel like a Newyorker.
Designed by Dimore Studio, is the coolest location for the Milan nightlife.
Via Ceresio 7
10/ DULCIS IN FUNDO
Last but not least is this Pop and colourful restaurant perfect for the Sunday Brunch. A mix and match of vintage design furniture and colours, a nice buffet to start your morning in the best ‘Milanese’ way.
Via Gianfranco Zuretti, 55
20125 Milano, Italy
I hope my list will help you during your stay in Milan and let me know if you see anything nice during the Design Week.