Florist, restaurant, bistrot and coffee bar combined, Fioraio Bianchi Caffé is truly unique. It is located in the centre of Milan and each day the premises are decked with fantastic floral arrangements which are on sale from 9am to 9pm. The restaurant serves traditional Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Look out for the new list of cupcakes that can be tasted any hour of the day in the coffee bar or purchased in a delightful gift box. 
Via Montebello, 7 20121 Milan
02 29014390
Sant Ambroeus is a must when visiting Milan. In-house dining maybe targeted at business clientele, but the mignon cakes, biscuits and coffee make it well worth a visit. You don't even have to break the bank if you stand and are served at the bar. It is a delight just to look at the amazing cakes in the window created by Sant Ambroeus' talented patisserie chefs. 
Corso Giacomo Matteotti, 7 20121 Milan
02 76000540
Established in 1859, this three storey store is the worst kept secret among seamstresses in Milan. Guffanti can only be described as haberdashery heaven! Every drawer, shelf and surface on the ground floor is crammed full of buttons of every description (horn, mother-of-pearl, jewelled, vintage, with pearls) as well as thread; lace; ribbons; trimmings; feathers; cord; flowers; belts; buckles. The assortment is endless.Guffanti also sells a great selection of top of the range Italian and foreign underwear for men, women and children. Make your way to the first floor and a helpful assitant will be on hand to assist you in purchasing a warm, sensible winter dressing gown or a sexy bra and thong combo to rival Agent Provacateur. Guffanti also sells a selection of beachwear in the summer months. On display you will also find tassels, cord, bows and trimmings for upholstery as well as a selection of dress making fabrics in tulle, nylon and lace.If you are feeling lazy and don't want to leave the comfort of your home, why not visit Guffanti's e-store ( where you can buy a number of their products. However, if you want to see the full range we suggest you go to the store - you won't be disappointed.Staff are very friendly and are more than happy to help you with any queries you have, technical or otherwise. 
Piazza Velasca, 8 20122 Milan
02 864485
Paolo Lattuada has managed to turn flowers into objects of design. Original floral arrangements and plants exhibited in amazing containers made from wood, glass and natural stone. Paolo Lattuada has an impressive list of clients which includes big names in fashion, beauty and design. This shop is inspiring and really worth a visit, even if you don't buy anything. 
Via Molino delle Armi, 19 20123 Milan
02 58305078
Virgin Active has bought the Downtown and Skorpion gyms! Ideally located for people working and living near the Duomo Virgin Active just behind Sephora in Corso Vittorio Emanuele offers group courses as well as personal trainer sessions and has spa facilities, a swimming pool, gym and roof-top terrace.Swimming lessons and courses can be organised for adults, children and babies. Weekdays from 16.00 to 18.00 the pool is reserved for after-school group swimming lessons, although members can now swim in one of the lanes. Virgin Active also has creche facilities, although we suggest you call in advance to check there is a childminder available.
Largo Corsia dei Servi Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 24 20122 Milan
02 781424
Acqua Salus is the first Roman Bath in Milan and offers clients a real Ancient Roman treat complete with Tepidarium, massage, body peeling, Calidarium and Frigidarium. 
Via Santa Sofia, 14 20122 Milan
02 58430269
Petit-Palais Hotel
This attractive hotel located in a sixteenth century palazzo is a 15 minute walk from the Duomo. Petit Palace offers guests parking (Euro 40 per day), free wi-fi and a laundry and ironing service.  
Via Molino delle Armi 1 20123 Milan
02 584891


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