Eat Shop Milan

20Feb11

The first time I visited this city, I wasn’t very impressed. This time, however, things were different. I went to visit a very close friend of mine who lives in Milan and was lucky enough to visit the city insider-style. Milan in itself is not beautiful but there are some things worth seeing, and tasting. Especially tasting.

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The one historical site that is a must-see is the Duomo, an impressive cathedral constructed in 1386, and also the center of Milan. Aside from the cables and renovation, it is quite a beautiful piece of architecture.

After your small dose of cultural heritage, have lunch at Maio at La Rinascente – the rooftop restaurant of the department store which overlooks the piazza del Duomo. The glass roof makes for a warm and sunny ambiance even while you dine indoors. The risotto here is highly recommended and like nothing I’ve ever tasted before.

The rooftop itself looks very chic, with large umbrellas and cream-colored sofas to lounge upon while picking on fresh Italian cuisine in designer sunglasses – a mandatory part of the Milan-esque uniform.

The indulgent foodie weekend continued with Joe Cipolla Steakhouse on Via Vigevano, in the Naviglio Grande / Porta Genova area. DELICIOUS steak and more reasonable than New York steakhouse prices. They served us a platter of parmesan slices, with Italian olive oil and fresh bread to start, a unique touch that we thoroughly enjoyed. The ambiance was very cozy and warm and well, perfect. The decoration was rustic and charming too.

If you’re looking for a little Asian fusion, try La Perla d’Oro, also on Via Vigevano. The seaweed salad is delicious, and you can’t go wrong with the fried banana and ice cream dessert. A modern and trendy ambiance tops it off.

One of my favorites in Milan is a brunch cafe called That’s Bakery, again on Via Vigevano. The ‘fried chicken’ dish is amazing, and definitely nothing like the fried chicken you are thinking of. Rather, it’s a tempura chicken, with tempura zucchini and roasted potato wedges. They also had mouth-watering cupcakes which we were too full to taste! That’ll be for next time.

It’s hard to resist all these wonderful restaurants after being accustomed to the mediocre food quality of London (generally speaking).

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Another Milan-essential activity is shopping. There are some windows with great visual merchandising:

You can start off with the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, opened in 1867 for shoppers, and still a major shopping galleria today, which both Louis Vuitton and Prada (located in the galleria) can attest to.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is a highly recommended area to start splurging. A wonderful brand I am now a fan of that I’ve seen for the first time in Milan is Liu Jo – classy, simple, stylish and sophisticated. And your purchase comes in a reusable seemingly water-resistant bag. It’s that little extra touch that makes all the difference.

As always, have a great trip! xx

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3 Responses to “Eat Shop Milan”

  1. Sounds like such a perfect visit! I love all of the pictures.. I am now especially dying to go to Maio – for the risotto and that ambiance!!

  2. The view in the photo number 3 from the top is great! I would love to feel that warm atmosphere!


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