Renowned for its fashion, this Italian city goes much further as a design mecca. From clothing to architecture to a phenomenal food scene, Milan is too often overlooked for other Italian favorites, but it is a definite must see if you want a piece of la dolce vita.
Here is a day in Milan with Maredi Design.
8.30 am // Breakfast at Fioraio Bianchi Caffé
No better way to dive into la dolce vita than as a true Milanese. A quiet and quaint caffe tucked away from the bustle of the city (that transitions into a delicious restaurant by night), they welcome you like anyone else from the neighborhood. Be sure to order a macchiato and pair it with any (or several) of the incredible pastries within the glass case - you truly can't go wrong!
Enjoy the rustic decor, complimented by the incredible scents of the fresh flowers surrounding you. Blend in (or observe) with the effortlessly chic clientele by grabbing a newspaper and relishing in the company and the beauty of the space.
Fioraio Bianchi Caffé - Via Montebello, 7
10.45 am // Lose yourself in the city
The best way to discover a city is to lose yourself in it. Forget about maps or directions - you're in Milan! Embrace the spirit of the city and spend time uncovering its little secrets by meandering through the streets of your chosen neighborhood.
Brera or San Marco are two great options but don't limit yourself to these. Be curious and let your instinct guide you -- you may even be lucky enough to stumble upon the grandeur of one of those hidden courtyards .
1.00 pm // Lunch at De Santis
Even if the panini originates from another great Italian city [Florence], it doesn't mean you shouldn't allow yourself the opportunity to experience what De Santis has to offer: an unbelievable variety of this delectable Italian classic.
This no-frills joint offers simple service (know what you want when you reach the counter to order) for their mostly Italian clientele. Popular among the locals, everything is made with the freshest ingredients, to be enjoyed within the modest space (either along the counter or at a cozy table). Here, you have a moment to savor a piece of the Italian street food culture.
De Santis - Corso Magenta, 9
2.30 pm // Vintage shopping at Cavalli e Nastri
Milan is arguably one of the most fashion-forward cities in the world. At this point in your day, you've undoubtedly noticed the exceptional sophistication of the Italians and the plethora of shopping this city has to offer. A great place to begin in capturing and eventually harnessing your own piece of Italian poise is by delving into the incredibly stocked vintage shops. A must visit is Cavalli e Nastri, a beautifully crafted boutique, where you won't be able to resist the urge to indulge yourself and snap up a piece of their European treasures.
Cavalli e Nastri - Via Gian Giacomo Mora, 12
6.30 pm // Aperitivo at Chiosco Mentana
One staple of the Italian culture is the Aperitivo. This is how Italians unwind from long days at work (and before dinner) by meeting with friends and enjoying drinks paired with small bites. We say in Europe that "appetite comes with eating" and this is exactly the aim of Aperitivo.
There are limitless options for Aperitivo in Milan, but this one is for those who desire to be among locals for the evening. If you want to get a feel for what the Italian way of living is, you're in the right spot!
Chiosco Mentara - Piazza Mentana
8.30 pm // Dinner at Erba Brusca
If farm to table means something to you, here you cannot get closer to the farm (or the table). At Erba Brusca, you are precisely between the two with the vast majority of the seasonal ingredients coming from their very own backyard garden. Needless to say, the culinary experience is divine, only enhanced by the carefully curated local natural wine selection.
Try the Carte Blanche option with 4 or 6 courses to discover the best the restaurant has to offer. You won't be disappointed!