As I count down the final months of my European adventure, I can hardly believe it’s been a whole year since I arrived in Milan. Reflecting on all the memories I’ve made here has truly made me appreciate just how much I’ve seen, done, and experienced in this vibrant city.
Milan, you’ve truly exceeded all of my expectations. Before I came here, I knew so little about the city, other than its reputation for fashion. But as I’ve explored and discovered all that this city has to offer, I’ve grown to love it in ways I never thought possible.
From the museums and exhibitions to the events and restaurants, there’s never a dull moment in Milan. And while I’ve loved every experience, some places have stood out as the most special to me. These are the following places I find myself returning to time and time again, the places that have become my go-to spots for daily inspiration, maybe some of you have the same.
Eataly: A visit to the iconic Duomo in Milan wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Eataly. This Italian specialty market and café is a must-visit for anyone who loves delicious food and unique shopping experiences. I personally love the location near the Duomo, and I always make sure to stop by the cozy café on the first floor.
Inside the building, you’ll find an abundance of delicious food options spread out over 5-6 floors. The prices are similar to those you’d find at a high-end grocery store in the United States. On the top floor, there’s a restaurant with a stunning view of the city center. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.
For me, I always make sure to grab a bite to eat on the first floor. My go-to dish is the crepe salmon, but they have a wide variety of options to choose from, including salads and sandwiches. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, Eataly is the perfect spot to fuel up and enjoy the best of Italian cuisine.
Radio Rooftop Milan: stunning panoramic views of Milan from Radio Rooftop Milan. It’s a must-visit spot for anyone looking for a fancy and unique experience in the city.
As soon as you step out onto the rooftop terrace, you’ll be greeted by breathtaking vistas of Milan’s iconic skyline. From the top of this sleek, modern building, you’ll have a front-row seat to the bustling city below. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset or enjoy a romantic evening out.
I came here to try something new and different from the casual and usual aperitivo spots I often frequent in the Navigli area. But once I arrived, it was hard to tear myself away from the mesmerizing views. The sleek and stylish atmosphere at Radio Rooftop Milan makes it the perfect spot for a special occasion or a night out with friends. So, if you’re feeling fancy and want to take in some of the best views Milan has to offer, come check out Radio Rooftop Milan and elevate your experience.
10 Corso Como: A true hidden gem of Milan. This multi-level concept store offers a unique and immersive experience that’s hard to come by. From the galleries and designer boutiques to the café and terrace, it’s a must-visit for anyone looking to spend a day getting lost in an inspiring and creative environment.
I’ve been here countless times and it’s become one of my favorite spots in the city. It’s the perfect place to indulge in a coffee, take in some art, and just unwind. Whether you’re a fashion lover, art enthusiast or simply looking for a unique spot to hangout, 10 Corso Como will not disappoint. Make sure to go up to the terrace and spend a relaxing day.
Parco della Guastalla: A hidden oasis in the heart of Milan. This charming park is a must-visit for anyone looking for a peaceful and serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The park is filled with lush greenery, serene ponds, and charming paths that are perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic.
I stumbled upon this place on Instagram last month and I couldn’t believe I had never seen it before. It’s one of the cutest parks in Milan and it’s a true hidden gem. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to read a book or a place to enjoy a nice day with friends, Parco della Guastalla is the perfect destination. So, if you’re looking for a peaceful escape in Milan, don’t miss out on this charming park.
La Rinascente at Duomo: A luxury shopping experience like no other. This high-end department store is located right in the heart of Milan, and it offers an unparalleled shopping experience. Although it can be pricey, the quality of the products they offer is worth the splurge.
From designer fashion to beauty and home decor, La Rinascente at Duomo has it all. But what really sets this mall apart is the top floor. Here you’ll find a gourmet restaurant and a shop that offers an irresistible selection of delicious chocolates, gourmet foods, and other unique items that are perfect for gifts or for treating yourself.
Navigli: Milan’s most vibrant and exciting neighborhood. This charming area is known for its winding canals, picturesque streets, and vibrant nightlife. The Navigli is the perfect destination for anyone looking to experience the true essence of Milan.
Explore the charming boutiques and vintage shops that line the streets, indulge in some of the best Italian cuisine at the many restaurants and bars, or simply take a leisurely stroll along the canals and soak in the lively atmosphere. The Navigli is a true melting pot of cultures and it’s the perfect place to experience the city’s diverse and multicultural vibe.
At night, the Navigli comes alive with a vibrant nightlife scene. The area is known for its lively bars, clubs and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a casual drink with friends or an all-night dance party, the Navigli has something for everyone. It’s a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the real Milan. So, if you’re looking for an exciting and vibrant neighborhood with a unique and lively atmosphere, don’t miss out on the Navigli.
Brera: the charming neighborhood that stole my heart the moment I arrived in Milan. This area has it all – delicious restaurants, quaint shops, and a lively cultural scene. Whether you’re looking for a delicious meal, a unique shopping experience, or simply a place to take in the city’s vibrant energy, Brera is the perfect destination.
Located in the heart of Milan, Brera is within walking distance to everything, so it’s easy to explore the area and take in all it has to offer. From charming streets to lively events, Brera is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best of Milan.
It’s hard to imagine anyone not falling in love with this charming neighborhood. So, if you’re looking for a friendly and lively neighborhood that’s within walking distance to everything, don’t miss out on the charming Brera.
La Triennale di Milano: a must-visit destination for design lovers. This cultural institution is always at the forefront of Milan’s design scene, and they participate in many events such as the Design week. The exhibitions they host are always worth checking out.
I recently visited with my mom and we had a great time exploring the YOU! Digital Fashion Revolution Exhibition for free. We both enjoyed it and It was a great way to spend our day together. La Triennale di Milano is a friendly and exciting destination for anyone interested in design and art. So, if you’re in Milan, don’t miss out on the chance to check out this amazing cultural institution and its exhibitions.
MUDEC: in Tortona is a must-visit destination for art and design lovers. This museum is always hosting interesting exhibitions. The first time I visited, I saw the Barbie Exhibition and recently, I saw Crafting The Future. Both were fascinating and engaging. If you’re looking for a unique and exciting museum experience in Milan, MUDEC is the place to go.
Monte Napoleone: The luxurious shopping destination of Milan, also known as the “Beverly Hills of Milan”. Although I haven’t fully explored it yet, it’s a must-visit destination for anyone looking for high-end shopping and dining experiences.
There are plenty of cafes around that are worth trying out. Recently, I visited Twin’s Cafe with a friend, a few blocks down. We enjoyed the snacks and the delicious espresso. Although it can get pretty packed, don’t miss out on trying their desserts, they are simply to die for. So, if you’re looking for a luxurious shopping and dining experience in Milan, don’t miss out on Monte Napoleone, where you’ll find the best of the best.