Located on a side road off of Naviglio Grande's busy pedestrian area, Belè is our latest bistro find. This trendy little restaurant caters for a varied clientele: parents with children, rowdy 40 somethings having fun and courting couples necking in the corner (to the envy and/or disgust of other diners).
This buzzy little ...read more
Tucked away at the beginning of Via Volta is a shop front that resembles a boutique or design store, with a large glass store window, dark concrete walls, a brass counter, low lighting… and cannoli.
Homemade by the Bottone family in Sicily, these crisp, fragrant cannoli with their signature red button (bottone) are ...read more
For the first time ever Mary Poppins is coming to Italy. One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, this musical has already delighted audiences around the world and thanks to the work of an amazing creative team, has ...read more
If like us, you find yourself trying to be the perfect alpha female: juggling a job; personal life; home; partner and maybe even kids, while trying to look your best, then we have discovered something that will make your life slightly easier and infinitely more pleasant. Madame Miranda is an online service that sends highly qualified and carefully selected beauty ...read more
Chi ama i locali molto modaioli, gli eleganti cortili dei palazzi d'epoca, lo stile un po' eccentrico, sicuramente conosce il Bar Martini.
Questo locale nasce dalla collaborazione tra Martini e Dolce & Gabbana, con l'intento di unire modernità e tradizione. Il total black è il colore dominante del Bar Martini, con l' ...read more
Gastromonia Yamamoto: a taste of Japan without a Californian sushi roll in sight.
I admit that when it comes to Japanese cuisine I rarely advance beyond the "sushi and sashimi" section on the menu, and am therefore ignorant of the delicacies that dwell beyond it. Gastronomia Yamamoto therefore proved to be a relevation, vastly enriching my gastromical knowledge of Nippon cuisine. ...read more
[English version will follow shortly] Per gli amanti del golf, ad un quarto d'ora di auto dal centro di Milano, nell'area est della città, troviamo il Molinetto Country Club. Costruito negli anni 80, immerso nel verde (all'epoca tutta la zona attorno a Vimodrone era prevalentemente campagna), il Molinetto deve il suo nome al vecchio mulino che funzionava ...read more
[English version to follow shortly] Oggi vi raccontiamo il nostro brunch da Les Pommes, piccolo bistrot aperto dalle 12 fino alle 24 in zona Isola, l'area di Milano tanto in voga attualmente e recentemente celebrata con un articolo "ad hoc" dal New York Times! Tutta questa attenzione sul quartiere Isola a noi ricorda un pò il clamore che si era creato una ...read more
Bagni Misteriosi offers a welcome respite from the scorching summer heat. Situated a stone's throw away from Porta Romana, this stunning venue allows you to kick back and relax. Whether you splash around in one of the two pools, sunbathe on the floating platform, lounge around on one of the white hammocks or enjoy lunch or an aperatif at the bar; you can't go wrong ...read more
Jewellery may not be novel concept, but Dafni Gioielli is. Ilia and Barbara, the women behind this relatively new brand, design different collections of jewellery to suit every budget. Whether you want to buy a trinket for yourself or blow the budget on some serious bling, Dafni offers it all and will personalise it to boot. Each item is designed and hand made by ...read more
Although Galdina has been around for a decade, this amazing pasticceria has proved to be a new discovery for us. Run by owner and Cordon Bleu patisserie chef Galdina, this small shop is situated at the end of a courtyard tucked behind Corso Magenta. Here you can find a small selection of freshly prepared cakes in various sizes as well as biscuits, quiche ...read more
Passeggiando per le stradine di Brera, forse vi sarà capitato di fermarvi davanti alla sua vetrina e di rimanere incollate ad ammirarla o forse, se siete appassionate di bijoux come lo siamo noi, già conoscete questo brand di gioielli. Se invece Gas Bijoux vi è sconosciuto, ma siete comunque curiose verso le novità, qualche dettaglio sulla storia di questo marchio ...read more
Looking for somewhere quiet to sit? Want to immerse yourself in culture but also watch the world go by while either sipping a coffee, nibbling a sandwich or enjoying an aperitif (with the added bonus of free wifi)? Then, Verso is the place for you!
This small independent bookstore offers a wonderful selection of novels by ...read more
CAP may seem a strange choice of name for a restaurant, but as it’s an acronym for “just caught” ("cucinato appena pescato", it suits it perfectly!
We discovered this restaurant a while back when looking for somewhere new to eat, and CAP is proof that if you know where to go in Milan you can eat excellent fish. In fact, we liked ...read more
Don't let the name fool you. Giancarlo Morelli's Trattoria Trombetta is not a simple trattoria. Sleek, urban and Milanese chic: Trattoria Trombetta serves up delicious traditional dishes with a modern twist. Chickpea puree with crunchy octopus and rosemary oil (crema di ceci, olio di rosmarino e piovra croccante); caramelised artichoke heart with toasted ...read more
Last night we had the honour of keeping stellar chef Matias Perdomo on his toes with our complicated dietary requirements. Our team of foodies took it upon themselves to sample the 10 course "specchio e riflesso" menu which is basically a surprise. We were asked for a list of what we don't eat, can't eat or won't eat - which between the three of us was surprisingly ...read more
Via Salasco might strike you as an odd location for a trendy florist cum restaurant cum coffee shop, but as soon as you walk through the door you can understand why the owner Rosalba Piccini fell in love with it. This large space is artfully divided so that it is both versatile and spacious yet incredibly intimate. Vases brimming with flowers; ...read more
Great fun is to be had by all at Paint Ball Milano. Whether you want to go on a manhunt in the woods or slide and jump around the speedball field, Paintball Milan offers the perfect adrenaline rush.
Little ones (7 to 12 years old) have access to Kids Field (although they must be at least 110/110cm tall). The rules here are the ...read more
I must confess that I've never really given pilates much of a chance, but Marta Mazzola has made me re-evalutate my exercise regime.
Marta Mazzola runs this pristine, boutique Pilates studio in the courtyard of beautiful building from the turn of the last century. Marta offers clients individual or group lessons both on mats or ...read more
My mother often accuses me of not being very observant and in the case of Suite 123 I am inclined to agree with her. Well to be fair, even if Suite 123 is just around the corner from my home, I don’t usually cycle along the last part of Corso di Porta Romana near Piazza Medaglie d’Oro, and if I do I’m too busy trying not to get run over or prevent my bike tyre from ...read more
I have a thing about food in the same way some women have a thing about expensive bags, and I'm not just talking about the finished product that ends up on your plate. Food is my kryptonite; one thing that I'm willing to spend money on regardless. Having been brought up in a country where we only grow root vegetables, apples, pears and plums, the endless variety of ...read more
The other day an English friend who recently moved to MIlan asked me where she could buy contemporary Milanese style jewellery; something special that won't break the bank....
Giolina e Angelo in via Solferino immediately sprang to mind!
This small, family owned boutique with its discrete ...read more
Some say it's not easy to appreciate good ice-cream, that it depends on personal taste. Some people love their ice-cream rich and creamy, others prefer it light and not too sweet, others prefer fruit flavours... in our opinon, if you love good ice-cream you recognise it at first lick!
Pavè's ice-cream is exceptional! Many of you ...read more
Did you know that Lombardy was once famous for its aircraft industry? It was companies like Caproni, Agusta, Aermacchi and Siai Marchetti, pioneers in this industry, that put Lombardy on the map. That rich history can be admired today not ten minutes walk from Malpensa Airport at Volandia: the biggest aircraft museum in Italy.
Looking for somewhere special to enjoy an open air aperatif with a dramatic backdrop? Terrazza Duomo 21 offers just that. Enjoy one of the best views of Piazza del Duomo while sipping your favourite cocktail or a glass of wine. This stunning setting is a great place to watch the sun sink behind the Duomo in tranquil surroundings, but when dusk falls ... get ready ...read more
We've been meaning to tell you for ages about this little restaurant that opened a few years ago in a piazzetta amongst the skyscrapers of Porta Nuova. The name itself evokes a wonderful Parisian bistrot, as do the black and white chequered floor tiles, white window fittings, whitewashed tables and dressers and the vintage style tableware and fittings. While the ...read more
Being English, I just had to write about Elisabetta Caorsi's English antiques shop located in one of my favourite shopping areas of Milan (or should I say "British" before some of my fellow islanders give me some stick).
Elisabetta wrote for "Vogue Casa" until 20 years ago when she decided to focus on her passion for 19th century ...read more
La Notte delle Luci will kick off at the Highline Galleria on Sunday 15th May at 20.00. Piazza Duomo and the Milanese skyline will be transformed with lights, colours and music.
The Highline Galleria was opened in May 2015 and allows visitors to walk along the rooftops of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. From here you can see ...read more
It's summer everyday in Acquaworld's indoor and outdoor waterpark. With 1100m of slides, heated pools, a wave machine and spa area exclusively for adults, Aquaworld is a great place for all the family.
Acquaworld offers an indoor spacious lagoon and wave pool packed with water sports, cascades and hydro-massage pools, all at a ...read more
Biosserì is a restaurant, delicatessan, coffee shop, ice-cream and yoghurt parlour and pizzeria all rolled into one together with the magic word "organic" or "bio"! Thanks to its partnership with Naura Sì - the Italian organic supermarket chain - Biosserì has opened the first organic restaurant in Milan after its success in Palermo. ...read more
Unlike some Italian cities, Milan has never had a big street food scene: well not until recently. Pantura is another delicious addition to this recent Milanese street food craze. All you have to do is wait for a few minutes while your server toasts a slice of delicious Alta Mura bread, to which he will add mouth-watering toppings such as ripe tomatoes with olive ...read more
Buying decent fish in Milan seems to be getting harder and harder, especially if you live or work in the city centre. Now you need look no further than Marco Fuolega's fishmongers off of Piazza Santo Stefano. It seems that I've been cycling the wrong way round the Piazza for the last 10 years as I have only just discovered this little cove of deliciously fresh fish ...read more
Every now and then it's nice to eat somewhere away from the spotlights, maybe somewhere that's not super fashionable but where you can still be pleasantly surprised. That basically sums up Manna. Located between Viale Monza and Viale Padova, Manna is not easy to find nor is it particularly inviting from the outside, but trust us, in this case looks are definitely ...read more
I may be unfashionable but brunch is my least favourite meal (and I LOVE to eat), that was until I tried the buffet at Il Santa. Located at the feet of Palazzo Lombarda this unexpected restaurant with unmistakable Veuve Cliquot awnings offers a delicious buffet of freshly prepared dishes that are constantly replenished throughout the meal. Gone are those ghastly ...read more
Eating out at the local market is steadily becoming fashionable in Milan! The latest addition to this new trend is Mercato del Suffragio, ex Mercato Comunale in Corso XXII Marzo in front of Chiesa di Santa Maria del Suffragio, which has been completely renovated and turned into a great little place to find a wide selection of quality Italian food products. ...read more
Seta is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or treat yourself to Michelin star chef Antonio Guida's divine cuisine. Located inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Seta is an oasis of calm and elegance.
As soon as you step inside the door, the attention to detail is evident in even the smallest of things; staff are ...read more
You can't miss WOW Spazio Fumetto as you drive down Viale Campania thanks to the huge sign that adorns the wall of the 11,000m2 area that houses the museum, bar and park that are open to the public.
My kids love this park, which is great for all ages thanks to the basketball courts, swings and slides and large skateboard area ...read more
It's not often that I meet someone who inspires me (especially after a very late night out with friends and a hangover: whoever said Italians don't drink much lied), however, today was one of those rare days. After enjoying a regenerating Hatha yoga lesson I had the pleasure of meeting Carol Brumer, the woman behind CityZen. Like many expats, Carol has been living ...read more
Looking for somewhere relaxed for a drink with friends, somewhere you can just turn up to in a pair of jeans and a pair of Converse without feeling out of place? Well, La Strada is just the ticket. This 'literary' cafè with a studenty vibe serves great cocktails, artisinal beers and decent wine by the glass from the window of an old 1960s VW van stuck slap bang in ...read more
Kitchen A-more or Kitchen at more? However, you want to pronouce it, it was love at first sight!
We found it by chance, while wandering down viale Piave... a beautifully cared for external area with wrought iron tables, green plants and pink flowers that catch your eye before you get to the shop front and entice you to enter. The ...read more
Mudec- Milan's Museum of Cultures has been built on part of the ex-Ansaldo factory site to honour the many cultures represented in this great little melting pot of Milan.
The museum is comprised of different spaces to offer visitors a whole range of cultural events and facilities spread out over an area of 17,000 square metres. ...read more
Massimiliano Locatelli, or "l'architetto" as Untitled's pleasant shop assistant calls him, has revolutionised my concept of tableware. After several months I finally plucked up the courage to venture into and browse around this tiny store next to my local parish church - Chiesa di Santa Maria al Paradiso - which opened up in November 2015. (Despite having lived in ...read more
Last night for the first time in years (eight to be exact) my other half and I went back to Innocenti Evasioni to discover that the food was every bit as wonderful as we remembered it. To be honest I can't really recall why we stopped going, probably something to do with never being able to find a table, becoming parents and it not being in spitting distance of our ...read more
Anyone for a pizza and cinema in the city centre? Well, then you 'have' to try Gino Sorbillo's Neopolitan style pizza at Lievito Madre al Duomo! His famous pizza is made using organic 00 flour, the dough is made by hand and laid to rest for 28 to 40 hours and cooked in a wood fire oven. The result is beyond expectations: a delicious, crispy pizza with a low crust ...read more
Given its enormous success last year, the Belvedere di Palazzo Lombardia will be open to the public every Sunday during 2016. Entrance to this new symbol of Milan which soars above the Milanese skyline is free and can be accessed from 10am to 6pm (go to ingresso N1). In less than 30 seconds (the building is 161 metres high) you can reach the Belvedere on the 39th ...read more
For those of you who haven't yet had the pleasure, you must try out these amazing products by Australian brand: Aesop. Established in Melbourne in 1987, Aesop is well known for its facial, body and hair products that are rigorously eco friendly and contain only carefully selected natural ingredients. Aesop's Milanese stores are in keeping with Aesop's simple yet ...read more
We've already talked to you about Raw, a gorgeous boutique full of vintage furniture and unusual objects from the UK, Belgium, Holland and France. Now, in addition to their shops in Via Palermo and Corso Magenta, Raw has a temporary store in Via Vincenzo Monti 42, on the premises of a former bank. The store is furnished to look like a home and decorated with all of ...read more
[English version to follow shortly]‘ Pacifico, ovvero un angolo di Perù a Milano. Questo si è proposto lo chef Jaime Pesaque che, dopo aver lavorato nei migliori ristorantii al mondo, ha portato la cucina peruviana con le sue influenze asiatiche qui a Milano (dobbiamo ammetterlo, non sapevamo di questo connubio tra la cucina peruviana e asiatica e leggere ...read more
Looking to add a little spice to your little one's birthday party? Well, why not give Peperoncina (aka Laura) at Pepe Party a call. Birthday parties can be customised to your child's age and preferences. Children aged 18 months to 3 years can enjoy creative workshops, Kamishibai story-telling and hundreds of bubbles! While 4 year olds and up can dance away to their ...read more