After London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Dubai, New York and other major cities, Lumas has set up shop in Milan! Lumas's gallery in Via Turati covers 200 square metres and offers clients works of contemporary art and limited edition photographs at affordable prices. This large gallery covering two floors has been divided up into smaller spaces to resemble a home or office allowing clients to imagine what the work would like in their living room, kitchen or study.The gallery in Via Turati only has a part of the Lumas collection on show. The entire Lumas photographic collection can be found online and consists of 1,400 pieces by 140 photographers available in various formats. Some of the photographers are well known, while others are emerging. The photographs are all limited edition prints ranging from 75 to 150 numbered and signed prints per work. Prices start at € 120 and go up to € 5000 for very large formats by well known photographers. If the work becomes a 'best seller' or 'last print' the prices rise, so best get there early to make sure you get a bargain. Lumas is for both professional collectors and those of us who fall in love at first sight with a particular print and can't resist taking it home. Take a look at or stop off at Via Turati 3 for a closer look.  Enjoy! 
Via Turati 3 20121 Milano
02 89058339
La Gourmanderie is definitely the ultimate food store for all of you Francophiles out there! The location may seem a little odd, but recently many food stores have been opening up along this busy thoroughfare between Corso Italia and Corso di Porta Romana.Here you can find a good selection of French wines and champagnes, patés from the south west, foie gras, Agen prunes, Dijon mustards, confit du canard, chutneys, fruit syrups and most importantly ... macarons! La Gourmanderie offers a selection of classic flavours such as chocolate, pistacchio, lemon, fruits of the forest, praline, coffee etc as well as champagne, orange blossom, foie gras and lobster (to order). The marcarons are all beautifully packaged in customised boxes and can be said to rival those of another very famous French brand. Try them out for yourselves if you don't believe us. La Gourmanderie can also create lovely gift boxes for you with a selection of different French products. What are you waiting for?
Via Santa Sofia, 18 20122 Milan
02 58311375
The stylish atelier of Osanna and Madina Visconti di Modrone is housed on the ground floor of a beautiful historic building close to the Borsa Italiana (Stock Exchange) in one of Milan's oldest streets. This talented mother and daughter design duo uses combinations of gold, bronze and silver to create cuffs, bracelets, necklaces, headbands and earrings as well as furniture and home accessories such as lamps, candle holders and sticks. Madina uses fusions of bronze and silver to create striking objects, chains and maxi shapes which are both imposing and playful, as well as light gold leaves and flowers "that revisit minimalism yet still somehow recall the gold of the ancients".  Each piece is a work of art and beautifully crafted in Italy. Prices start from approximately €100 and can also be bought on-line at Opening hours are Monday to Friday: 9:30 – 13:30 14:30 – 18:30.  
Via Santa Marta, 13 20123 Milan
02 84190134
Why are we so obsessed with cupcakes? Is it the delicious, soft sponge covered in frothy icing in pale hues that appeals to us? Or is it the sheer bit-size sinfulness of them? Whatever the reason, people queue up to sample Cupcake Couture's scrumptious cupcakes and biscuits. Cupcake Couture's is no longer situated on the corner of Via de Amicis and Corsa di Porta Ticinese but on the 7th floor of Rinascente. Otherwise you can order them directly from Cupcake Couture whose workshop is in the courtyard of no. 69 Corso di Porta Ticinese. Every day the ladies at Cupcake Couture prepare up to 12 different flavoured cupcakes, the most popular being: vanilla, double chocolate, blueberry, strawberry, apple and cinnamon, carrot, chocolate and vanilla and Nutella. Don't worry about squashing them in your bag either, as they come in individual cupcake holders which have survived the day in my son's school bag!Cupcake couture is also happy to cater events and produce whatever type of cupcake or cake you desire for any occasion.  Enjoy!
Corso di Porta Ticinese, 69 20123 Milan
02 58118750
This little treasure trove of stamping and printing materials is tucked away out of sight in the pedestrian area behind the Colonne di San Lorenzo. Part of an Italian chain of stores, Impronte d'Autore sells all different types of rubber stamps and ink pads that you can use to make small and large things on your own.  You can also find Rollagraph™ products, moldable foam, embossing powders, pigment and dye inks, Polyshrink™ and a huge variety of paper, card ribbons, cord, card decorations etc. Impronte d'Autore also offers a series of historical rubber stamps, made out of original hand carved metal cliches and their intechangeable lead hand composed text.Here you can find everything you need to make mail art and tag art as well as decorate wood, material, glass and plastic. Upstairs there is a wide selection of Cordenons paper in all shapes and sizes as well as Indian handmade paper. If you don't have time to go to this trendy part of town, most Impronte d'Autore products can also be purchased on-line at .Impronte d'autore also offers different courses which will introduce you to the joys of cardmaking, calligraphy, scrapbooking, tag art etc or help you perfect more difficult aspects of this art form. For further details regarding courses contact the store or go to . 3 hour courses for adults cost Euro 38.00 and courses for children under 10 cost Euro 25. Children over 10 can usually join the adult classes.Opening times are Tuesday to Friday 10:00-14:00 / 15:00-19:30 and Saturdays 10:00-19:30.
Via Pio IV, 3 Milan
02 8378416
Moroni Gomma is a great place to go if you are looking for a fun, quirky gift for him or for her or something practical yet attractive for the home or office.Moroni Gomma stocks a wide range of home, bathroom, office, kitchen and kids products by names such as Black + Blum, Case Scenario, DOIY, Dutch Design Chair, fatboy, Fred, Gizmon, Idea Internationa, J-Me, Joseph Joseph, Monkey Business, Muuto, Seletti, See Concept, W2 Products and Xala.The great thing about Moroni Gomma is that it changes it stock regularly and always reflects the current season. We love their Pantene china, outdoor furniture, Joseph Joseph kitchen equipment and Reisenthel storage bags and trolleys. If you don't want to go into the town centre, why not shop on Moroni Gomma's online store. Moroni Gomma is open Mondays from 15:00 until 19:00, Tuesdays to Saturdays from  10:00 until 19:00 and Sundays 10:30 until 19:00 (from September until June).  
Corso Matteotti, 14 20121 Milan
Tucked away in the old finance district of Milan just behind the Scala in a beautiful historic building, is T'a Store and Bistrot. This former old drinking hole of ours has been transformed by the Alemagna brothers into a beautiful gourmet restaurant, pasticceria (cake shop) and sophisticated cocktail bar all rolled into one. Open all day, you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner during meal times or simply pop in for freshly made pastries and coffee at breakfast time or for afternoon tea. Oh and don' t forget to stop by for a well earned cocktail after a hard day of shopping or work. For those of you planning to lunch or dine at T'a, Umberto Vezzoli - T'a's award winning chef - has put together an amazing menu which boasts dishes such as: parmigiana di melanzane con primo sale al pesto e liquirizia con insalate (Parmigiana with pesto and liquorice salt and salad) and  composizione di Capesante con verdure in agrodolce (scallops with sweet and sour vegetables), followed by filetto Rossini, con tonno, Foie-Gras spadellato e spinaci (tuna steak Rossini with fresh foie-gras and spinach) or medaglione di pescatrice al bacon con Lattughe brasate, asparagi verdi e barbabietole rosse (monk fish medallions with braised lettuce, asparagus and beetroot). If you still have room after that, enjoy the delicious pastries, cakes and chocolates that are  prepared daily to eat in or take-away. T'a also sells boxes and hampers packed full of T'a's delicious chocolate creations and other carefully selected items which make fantastic presents, especially at Christmas. Take a look at for further details. All products can be bought instore or online through .  
Via Clerici 1, 20121 Milan
02 87386130
Viva stores are popping up around the city and offer clients great fresh snacks, lunches and juices throughout the day. Try their selection of salads, ready prepared dishes, pasta and grain salads, rolls and sandwiches made from fresh bread, quiches, soups, cakes, probiotic yoghurt with fresh fruit and much more.As well as their store next to Crocetta metro station, VIva also has stores in Via Cesare Correnti 20 (Tel. 02 89015379) and Piazza di Porta Lodovica 6  (Tel. 02 58312036).If you don't have time to drop by then take advantage of Viva's bike delivery service. For more information about this service see Viva's website.  
Largo della Crocetta, 2 Milan
02 58437953
Set in the beautiful cloisters of the Spazio Auditorium dell'Umanitaria, Popogusto - an organic farmers' market - is held from 10am to 6pm every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.On sale you will find delicious fruit, vegetables, bread, jams, honey, cheeses, hams, chocolate, wine, oil, juices, preserves, spices and much more. All the produce is guaranteed to be organic or at the very least local - thereby reducing its carbon footprint.  As it's held on a Saturday you don't need to worry about the congestion charge (Area C).
Spazio Auditorium dell'Umanitaria Via San Barnaba, 48 Milan
02 5796831
In our never ending quest to find the best butcher in Milan, we came across Lorenzo Patera's shop on the outskirts of Brera. Lorenzo is one of the few young butchers in Milan as less and less youngsters move into this traditional profession; and to top it all Lorenzo butchers his own meat thereby guaranteeing the quality and freshness of his produce. Not only does Lorenzo sell different cuts of meat but he also offers ready prepared dishes that you can simply cook at home, such as de-boned chicken thighs stuffed with ham, parmesan, breadcrumbs and minced pork. Simply delicious. If in doubt as how to cook anything, Lorenzo is always on hand with cooking tips and easy recipes. Also worth trying are the fresh pasta, cheeses, hams and other food products he has on sale. If Via Volta is out of your way or you don't want to pay the congestion charge, simply call him and arrange to have your meat delivered. Lorenzo is happy to accept cash or cheques on delivery. 
Via Volta, 12 Milan
02 29060321


Subscribe to Congestion