Enjoy fashionable, stylish Milan
No trip to Milan is complete without a spot of shopping. While Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world, filling your suitcase with stylish outfits doesn’t have to break the bank.
To experience the luxe end of Milan’s shopping scene, head to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. As much a work of art as the fashion that fills it, this historic shopping arcade is next to the Duomo, in the heart of the city. Browse luxurious Italian brands like Prada and Gucci and grab a café for great people-watching opportunities.
Via Montenapoleone is another top spot for high-end fashion and window shopping – it's perhaps the most famous shopping strip in all of Europe.
For independent designers, explore the hip Brera District. Chic boutiques offer in-vogue fashion, plus an array of handmade and artisanal goods. The concept stores and trendy boutiques on Corso Como also lead the way for fashion you won’t find at home.
For a glimpse into the past, wander the Venice-like canals and narrow streets of the Navigli District, a short walk or tram ride from Milan’s city centre. The antique shops here hold some impressive treasures, while Navigli is also home to an array of restaurants, bars and nightlife.
Sample Milan’s culinary treats
It’s no surprise that Milan has delectable dishes and treats to sample; the city is over 600 years old, after all! Here are just a few of Milan’s must-try meals.
The rich and creamy flavours of risotto alla Milanese leave you wanting more. Often served with osso buco (veal shank and vegetable broth), the saffron in the risotto represents the stained-glass windows at the Duomo. It’s like eating a bowl of history!
Another classic Milan dish is cotoletta alla Milanese. Enjoy this golden, crispy, breaded veal cutlet at many establishments around the city centre. Osteria con Vista, on the roof of the Triennale Museum, is a wonderful place to try it.
For a traditional Milanese dessert, sample panettone. While this candied, fluffy cake is a traditional Christmas dessert, it is available year-round in bakeries across the city.
Of course, you’ll also want to have gelato while in Italy. The innovative nature of Milan locals means there are some weird-yet-delectable flavours to enjoy, including Gelateria da Bepi’s basil, basmati rice, and gorgonzola flavours!
To wash it all down, order a Negroni Sbagiliato. This iconic Milanese cocktail has a twist on a traditional Negroni, using sparkling wine instead of gin. It’s refreshingly good after a long day of touring.