A City Guide to Milan – Best Places in Town

Lots of people keep asking me for a list of my favorite places in Milan. So this is a personal guide to some of the best spots in town. And I’ll keep updating this guide as I find new places here in Milan!

Breakfast / Pastries
Giacomo, great light and atmosphere in the morning, Palazzo Reale
Bar Luce, Wes Anderson designed bar, Fondazione Prada
Pasticceria Marchesi, I prefer the one in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Pave Break, less crowded than the original one, Porta Romana
Taglio, best eggs benedict in Milan

Trattoria / Restaurants
La Madonnina, Ticinese/Navigli Area
La Crota Piemunteisa, Ticinese/Navigli Area
Trippa, Porta Romana
Giulio Pane e Ojo, traditional Roman food, Porta Romana
Giacomo Bistrot and Giacomo Rosticceria, Via Sottocorno
Rataná, best Milanese risotto in town, Garibaldi/Isola district
Erba Brusca, farm-to-table restaurant, outside the city center
Langosteria, best fish restaurant, Navigli Area
Taverna Moriggi, traditional Milanese food in a freshly renewed historical restaurant
Huan, Oriental bistrot with a good selection of cocktails

Bread / Pizza
Quei Due, Ticinese/Navigli Area
Dry, the best pizza in Milan paired with incredible cocktails, Brera
Crosta, newly opened bakery by Simone Lombardi, former pizza chef of Dry
Sorbillo, lievito madre al Duomo
Panificio Davide Longoni, best bread in Milano, Porta Romana

Authentic Japanese
Poporoya, Chef Shiro is a sushi legend and so is his chirashi, Porta Venezia
Casa Ramen Super, Luca is bringing to Milan the best of Japanese fusion cuisine with an Italian twist, Isola District
Tenoha, a modern Japanese restaurant inside a Milanese court, Navigli Area
Gastronomia Yamamoto, in the heart of Milan a stylish izakaya where you can get the best Japanese karē in Milan

Rita, by far my favorite one, Navigli Area
Mag Café,hipster hangout, Navigli Area
Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, the location is as great as their cocktails, Navigli Area
Bar Basso, birthplace of the Negroni Sbagliato, Porta Venezia
Iter, quite cocktail bar out of the crowd in the Navigli Area

Al Coccio, Navigli Area
Pave Birra, Porta Venezia
Birrificio Lambrate, since 1996 good craft beer made in Milan, Lambrate
Hop, the younger brother of Birrificio Lambrate a bit closer to the city center, Porta Romana
Bar Magenta, they say they invented the aperitivo in Milan, Corso Magenta x Carducci

La Cieca, Porta Romana
Il Vinaccio, Navigli Area
Saketeca, if you are more into Sake, they have wine, too!

Santeria Social Club, near the Bocconi University
Cascina Cuccagna, an old converted farmhouse in the city center, Porta Romana
Walden Cafe Milano, tiny and chill next to Corso di Porta Ticinese

Architecture / Design
Villa Necchi Campiglio, famous worldwide for Guadagnino’s movie, “I Am Love”, Via Mozart
Fondazione Castiglioni, best to book in advance to discover more about the father of functional Italian design, Cadorna
Laboratorio Paravicini, hand-painted tableware workshop in the 5 Vie Design District
Fondazione Prada, the best contemporary art foundation in Milan, Porta Romana


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