In Italy, is said that the Milanesi are snobby and unfriendly, we don’t think so…but what is sure is that in Milan you’ll realize that the people seem to be always in a hurry and that they…run! Here below great things to do in Milan
Probably also because it’s a bustling, exciting city with a lot to see and to do and, since the only way to understand a city is to live it as a local…dress well (Milan is still the capital of fashion!), follow our tips and be a Milanese for one day!
1 – Begin the day with an Italian breakfast
…rigorously with a cappuccino and a brioche and remember that a real Milanese never sits but has his breakfast at the counter! There are a plenty of good places to go..the Milanesi are demanding! Here you find some tips:
Panificio Pattini: considered one of the best bakeries in town, in the heart of the charming Brera district. Psst…guess which one is the first stop of our Milan Food Walking Tour?
Pasticceria Marchesi: this pastry shop has been open since 1824 and still preserves the original furniture, a jump in the past and a festival for eyes and palate!
2 – Go by tram
Milan is easy to visit with public transportation, and our tip is to choose the tram if you can, specially the old number 1 which, with its wooden benches offers a real Milanese experience.
3 – Go see an art exhibition
After breakfast, go to see an art exhibition in one of the many museums, a good choice can be Palazzo Reale, where you can choose between 4 exhibitions, always of high cultural standard.
4 – Have lunch at a local favorite
Milan is a food mecca, where you can find a wide choice including street food, typical Italian trattoria and awarded, fancy restaurants…
Luini: buy one of their famous, heavenly panzerotti (panzerotto is like a small, fluffy and fried calzone) and eat it on a bench in the near Piazza San Fedele.
Da Claudio: between Brera and the Sforza Castle, this fish shop, now also a restaurant serves plates of raw fish accompanied by a glass of sparkling white wine, a favorite lunch spot for the financial district suit and tie workers.
Trattoria la Colonna (Via Santa Maria alla Porta 10 – website unavailable): a typical Italian trattoria in an historical building in the old city center. Traditional dishes in an homely atmosphere, that’s how Italy is expected to be
5 – Go shopping…or at least window shopping
Probably you’ve heard about Via Montenapoleone and the so called “Golden Quad”, and yes, Milan is definitely a good destination for shopping! Whether in the city center or in other districts – Brera or Ticinese for instance – you’ll find sparkling shops for every taste. There are also interesting department stores and concept stores you can’t miss like:
La Rinascente: the first modern clothes store in Italy and a stop for everyone both Milanesi or visitors. The café at the 7th floor overlooks the Duomo’s spires…breathtaking!
10 Corso Como: one of the world’s most important concept stores, a visionary place where you can find a clothes store, a bookstore, an art gallery, a restaurant, a bar and even an exclusive B&B.
Excelsior: realized by Jean Nouvel in a former movie theater, displays a selection of fashion, perfumes, design, fresh flowers, wines and more in a frame of colorful video screens. Like doing shopping in the future!
6 – End your day with an aperitivo!
You can’t end a real Milanese day without drinking an aperitivo! The Milanesi are so proud of this tradition and say that in other cities the people have no idea about what a real aperitivo is…yes, that’s probably a little bit snobby…The fact is that the Milanesi love to go out after work, drink something together, socialize and discover new places!
Take Away Bistrot: The address for the journalists who work in the near offices and definitely the perfect place for an aperitivo. Interested in knowing more about the Italian wines? Our Milan Wine Tasting takes place here, don’t miss it!
Armani Bamboo Bar: a luxury place at the 7th floor of the Armani hotel. We like it for the floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a stunning view over the red roofs and the Duomo, specially at the sunset.
Ostello Bello: this awarded hostel has two souls: easy chic hostel with cosmopolitan atmosphere and trendy place for locals.
Have you booked a Segway Tour with us? Remember that our guides are pure Milanesi and they’ll be glad to give you advices about what’s local, from hidden places to trendy bars, take advantage of it !