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Italy,
Milan

Introduction

Milan offers unrivalled shopping for fans of fashion, food and design without the crush of tourists you find in Rome and Florence. Walk its streets and peer into palazzo courtyards to uncover some of the city’s best-kept gardens.

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Essentials

  1. Milan is hailed as the world's interior-design capital. For vintage furniture visit Nilufar; for contemporary looks pop into De Padova.
  2. Sample gelato (much tastier than ice cream) at Grom, the city's best chain, or at artisan producer Il Massimo del Gelato in Via Lodovico Castelvetro.
  3. Sit for a wet shave at Antica Barbieria Colla on Via Gerolarmo Morone.
  4. For hard-to-find fragrances, leather goods and friendly service, go to British Box off Corso Buenos Aires.
  5. For weekend dining, try U Barba for brunch and a game of ‘bocce’ or the patio at Erba Brusca on the Naviglio canal.

Two-hour tour

  • Villa Necchi Campiglio — This 1930s residence mixes art deco and rationalist architecture.

    14 Via Volfango Mozart

    +39 02 7634 0121

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  • Spazio Rossana Orlandi — Store selling the best in contemporary design.

    14/16 Via Matteo Bandello

    +39 02 4674 471

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  • Biblioteca Ambrosiana — Library featuring Da Vinci's Atlantic "Codex" and artwork by Titian, Raphael and Caravaggio.

    2 Piazza Pio XI

    +39 02 806 921

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Palazzo Segreti

    8 Via San Tomaso

    +39 02 4952 9250

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  • Dependable chain

    Park Hyatt Milan

    1 Via Tommaso Grossi

    +39 02 8821 1234

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  • Premium

    Four Seasons Hotel

    6/8 Via Gesù

    +39 02 77088

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Pasticceria Marchesi

    11/a Via Santa Maria alla Porta

    +39 02 876 730

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Fioraio Bianchi Caffè

    7 Via Montebello

    +39 02 2901 4390

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Pisacco

    48 Via Solferino

    +39 02 9176 5472

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  • Lunch on your own

    Obikà

    1 Via Santa Radegonda

    +39 02 8852 453

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  • Evening cocktails

    N'ombra de Vin

    2 Via San Marco

    +39 02 6599 650

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    Trattoria Masuelli

    80 Viale Umbria

    +39 02 5518 4138

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  • Private dinner

    Il Faro

    6 Via Marco D’Oggiono

    +39 02 5810 4107

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  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    Don Carlos

    29 Via Manzoni

    +39 02 7231 4604

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  • Drink after dinner

    Dry

    33 Via Solferino

    +39 02 6379 3414

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  • Late drinks

    Bar Basso

    39 Via Plinio

    +39 02 2940 0580

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  • Late bite

    Princi

    Piazza XXV Aprile

    +39 02 2906 0832

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  • Business breakfast

    Sant Ambroeus

    7 Corso Matteotti

    +39 02 7600 0540

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  • Need-to-impress-clients lunch

    Al Porto

    Piazzale Cantore

    +39 02 8940 7425

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  • Dinner on your own

    Pizzeria Spontini

    60 Corso Buenos Aires (entrance 4 Via Spontini)

    +39 02 2047 444

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Reading

  • Bookstore

    Hoepli

    5 Via Hoepli

    +39 02 864 871

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  • Newsstand

    Edicola Fabrizio Prestinari

    Largo Treves

    +39 02 6595 290

Thank yous

  • Chocolates

    Guido Gobino

    39 Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi

    +39 02 8909 6601

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Stationery from Pettinaroli

    2 Piazza San Fedele (entrance on Via T. Marino)

    +39 02 8646 4642

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    La Rinascente

    Piazza Duomo

    +39 02 88521

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  • Something for the kids

    Children's clothes from Pupi Solari

    2 Piazza Tommaseo

    + 39 02 463 325

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  • Something for someone you love

    Jewellery from Nathalie Jean

    48 Via Solferino

    +39 335 608 9602

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  • Something for yourself

    Knitwear from Massimo Alba

    8 Via Brera

    +39 02 7209 3420

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Transport

  • Buy a pass

    Buy a pass — A giornaliero ticket (€4.5) works for 24 hours from the moment it's validated. Valid on all trams, buses and metros.

    +39 800 808 181

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Limousine/car

  • Auto Servizi Mariani

    8 Via Pollaiuolo

    +39 02 697 101

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Fitness

  • Good gym

    Downtown (Piazza Diaz branch)

    6 Piazza Diaz

    +39 02 8631 1831

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