Best of Milan

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Best of Milan

What I Wore in Milan

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My first visit to Italy was when I went I spent a weekend in Venice last winter, it was absolutely magical and really quite unexpected as we went in the off season. Lake Como was no less than a dream with Varenna and a day in Bellagio being my favorite. Milan as a tourist, I’ve visited countless times for work, was a bit unexpected…

Since the closest airport to Lake Como is Milan, I decided to spend a full 24 hours in the city before flying back to London. If you’re visiting the Italian lakes, I would suggest at least spending a half day in Milan just to experience it. But here’s what I really thought about it…

Milan was probably my least favorite city as a tourist. For someone who is almost entirely charmed by anything, I couldn’t wrap my head around Milan as easily-so I tried to embrace the ‘best of Milan.’ It wasn’t walkable, it felt a bit run down, and for a city everything seems to close down fairly early. It’s a city where the socialites play and that’s not really the most fun situation to be in. With that said, we experienced a lot in Milan for the 24 hours we were there. And out of the 24 hours, we ended up experiencing quite a bit… so here is my best of Milan list.

Best of Milan
Best of Milan
Best of Milan
Best of Milan
Best of Milan

Pizza and Beer at Pizzium

Though it will look like a restaurant that came out of any American brand, the pizzas are not bad at all! Unique toppings variations, working with seasonal ingredients and really good crust. Also, what’s not to love for a place that has their own brewed beer?

Rooftop Drinks at Ceresio7

If you’re looking for proper Italian vibes, head to Ceresio7’s rooftop bar for drinks. I’d recommend getting one of their specialty cocktails because it’s the same {rather unfortunate} price of any regular cocktail you get. The crowd is of mixed age, but definitely there to be seen.

Walk the Canals of Navigli

I wish we got to explore this part of town more. It’s up and coming with interesting boutiques and restaurants. As we were walking around, we came across a fresh fruit popsicle stand, vegan gelato and an incredible Japanese home store. There’s lots of cute boutiques and bookstores that will make you want to purchase everything!

Best of Milan
Best of Milan

What I Wore in Milan

denim skirt c/o JOANIE CLOTHING red shirt c/o JOANIE CLOTHING trainers c/o BODEN

Best of Milan
Best of Milan
Best of Milan
Best of Milan

Experience the Rooftop of the Duomo

This is the place to go if you want an epic Instagram shot like the one I took. I was very impressed by how good the entire process of approaching the Duomo to getting up to the rooftop was. We picked up tickets, queued in a short line and everyone helping was so nice and patient.

Lunch at Nerino Dieci Trattoria

If you have some time in Milan, look up a trattoria and book it quick! They’re basically home-run kitchens of the freshest ingredients run by very passionate chefs. It was easily the best pasta I had in my life. The kitchen is only open during meal times, so be sure to check before you go. I say to go during lunch because the set menus are a great way to try so much for a fraction of the price.

Eat Gelato at Il Massimo del Gelato

We were walking around after our pizza dinner and were craving gelato. This is a place that we stumbled upon, but actually read quite a bit about when trying to figure out all the best gelato in Milan. The queue was ridiculous, but fast! And what I found most charming was the grandmother running the til.

Best of Milan
Best of Milan
Best of Milan
Best of Milan

Edible Souvenirs from Eataly

I usually don’t really enjoy tourist traps and this kind of is one as it’s a proper franchised place around the world. I’m mentioning it on the list only because it’s the only specialty grocery shop we came across. I ended up purchasing lemon pepper flavor uncooked pasta and some pistachio biscuits. If you have dietary concerns, go here for your edible souvenirs. Caution: I don’t think this neccessarily should be on the ‘Best of Milan’ list!

Shop at 10 Corso Como

This is more for browsing, but it lays out all of Italy’s best trends and most coveted items. The top floor was my favorite as it has chic homeware, office supplies and books. The downstairs boutique can be a bit intimidating to walk through, so don’t worry if you’re not keen to go in. There’s a cafe attached that might also be of interest and it’s a nice sanctuary from the city mayhem.

Coffee at Lavazza

I’m still dreaming about this cold brew. As you know, I like my coffee a certain way and I only drink either Taylor’s or Lavazza. It was absolutely necessary to visit Lavazza’s flagship store in Milan. We went during breakfast time, so I just grabbed a pastry and a cold brew {the best cold brew I’ve ever had}, but I would recommend the tiramisu as it’s made with the coffee made there!

Window Shop at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Right next to the Duomo, so you can’t miss it, but you must at least walk through the ornate Galleria Emanuele! It’s an iconic shopping centre and most definitely super touristy, but makes you feel like you’re in the fashion world’s epicenter! We ended up just walking through it a few times and adored every moment.

Well, there’s my best of Milan hit list. We were there for only 24 hours and were able to do so much and still had time to kill.

Best of Milan
Best of Milan

What I Wore in Milan

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I was trying to go for a 70s vibe when it came to my outfits for Milan. I needed something that was light weight, would keep me cool and chic enough to compete with the Italians. This is hte jumpsuit of dreams! I’m not one to wear shorts because, but the length on these were modest and the torso was long enough so the jumpsuit didn’t feel too uncomfortable. I love the button details and the slightly puffed sleeves!