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This elegant men's boutique overlooking one of the most beautiful piazzas in Milan, is part of the Pupi Solari group which has been selling clothes and accessories for over 40 years. You will find a selection of men's formal and casual clothing and accessories from makes such as: Alden, Andrea's, Aspesi, Car Shoe,Common Project, Drumohr, Edward Green, F.lli Rossetti, Glans, Harris Wharf London, Hartford, Hawick, Holliday and Brown, Incotex, Incotex Red, Jonh Smedley, Laurence J.Smith, M.Lari, M.C.Alson, Massimo Alba, M.P. di Massimo Piombo, Notify, Pantofola d'oro, Paraboot, Raffaele Caruso, Sozzi, Sunspel, Torseta, Tricker's, Truzzi, TS-s, William Lockie, Zanone and K-way.Host's informal atmosphere makes customers feel right at home when browsing the tastefully assorted rails of clothes that adorn the walls. Although it is not located in the city centre, Host is definitely worth a visit.  
Piazza Tommaseo, 2 Milan
host@twistagain.it
02 436085
Tucked away in Via San Maurilio is this delightful shop owned by Carla Saibene which sells a selection of clothes by makes such as Ba&sh, American Vintage, Barena, Soeur, Bonne Maison and most importantly Carla herself.Carla is well known for her signature riding jackets made in a variety of colours and textiles, which vary according to the season and latest fashions, as well as her flat fronted straight leg trousers, both of which are a must have for any wardrobe. The wonderful thing about Carla's clothes is that she only makes a limited number of pieces in each size, so you know there is no chance of you bumping into someone wearing the same thing around town. This small boutique is like a walk-in wardrobe and Roberto is usually on hand to give you any tips or advice you may need. Also on sale is a selection of tempting jewellery by Polder, Ornella bijou and Je de Dame as well as shoes, bags, scarves and other accessories.      
Via San Maurilio, 20 20123 Milan
carla.saibene@gmail.com
02 874008
If, like us, you are passionate about interior design and home accessories, Centrotavola will become your seventh heaven.  Centrotavola offers a wide selection of accessories for both the table, bathroom and bedroom as well as a wedding list service.The first thing that strikes you when entering this store, cum apartment, which is located on the second floor of number 9 (just between Peck's shop windows), are the artful displays expertly divided by colour scheme and always reflecting the current season (spring, summer, autumn or winter). Each area of the store is set out like a show home thereby allowing customers to envisage how each item would look in their own homes as well as understand how items can be mixed and matched, literally making it impossible for you to leave empty handed! Centrotavola's selection of bed linens, decorative cushions, bed covers, towels, robes, mats, bathroom accessories, trays, glasses, cutlery, hand embroidered table linen and dinner and tea services are modern, lively and fun while also being pratical and easy to care for. In fact Centrotavola has created a range of Easy Care linen tablecloths which do not stain as easily as other linens.  Each object can also be personalised to reflect your taste and style and table linens can be made to measure or customised. Margherita and Davide, the owners and masterminds behind Centrotavola, are always on hand to provide both stylistic and practical advice. Note, however, that the store is only open from Wednesday to Saturday. If you don't have time to visit the store, please note that Centrotavola has also started to sell a limited number of its products on line at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Centrotavola-Milano/409734812475267?id=409734812475267&sk=app_144228972310103 .
Via Spadari, 9 20123 Milan
info@centrotavola.it
02 866641
Paleolab is run by Associazione Didattica Museale and situated in Parco Indro Montanelli (ex Giardini Pubblici) near to the park entrance by via Manin n.4. Housed in what was once the big cats' cage of Milan's old zoo, Paleolab organises workshops and birthday parties for children.For details regarding workshops we suggest you take a look at the  programme on http://www.assodidatticamuseale.it/ADM/SlaveCategories.aspx?MasterCategoryID=1 which lists details of all upcoming events for the month offered by Paleolab, as well as the Natural History Museum and Biolab. Prices, times and details of how to book as well as suitable ages are all provided. Booking is essential as places are limited. In addition to workshops, Paleolab also organises different types of parties for different age groups:Paleo party - (aged 7 to 10) children are sent on a dinosaur fossil hunt. With the help of their friends they must complete the map and together they must overcome a number of problems in order to complete their mission.Mago party - (aged 6 to 10) children have to free "brilla cristallo" (a fairy) from a spell which has frozen her. Together the children will have to face strange and elaborate challenges as well as frogs, toads, birds and bats in a duel to the end. Archeoparty -  (aged 6 to 10) this theme is perfect for all Indiana Jones wannabes in search of lost civilisations and treasures! Dino Party - (aged 3 to 6) this is perfect for little ones. Children discover a mysterious footprint and get to journey through time to an ancient world to help a small dinosaur.Paleolab requires parties to have a minimum of 15 children and a maximum of 25 (including the birthday boy or girl) and ask that some of the parents remain at the party. The price per child is €11 during the week and €12 at weekends and festivities. If you wish to provide refreshments for guests you may do so, but you must bring your own and add €20 to the total to cover the costs of clearing up. Bookings must be made at least 10 days in advance by calling the Information desk at Museo Civico di Storia Naturale on tel.: 02 88463337 (every day from 9.00-13.00 and 13.30-17). Should you wish to have the party in English, just ask and Paleolab will see if they have availability. On booking you will need to pay €60 in advance and the balance on the day of the party. Once you have booked by phone simply download the payment form and rules (see http://www.assodidatticamuseale.it/ADM/Uploads/regolamento_party_feb2014.pdf), fill in the form and send it to info@assodidatticamuseale.it.Associazione Didattica Museale also organises exhibitions and nights in the museum for children as well as special events for adults still interested in the world of science. Details can be found on the website.  
Parco Indro Montanelli (ex Giardini Pubblici) ingresso da via Manin 4 Milano
info@assodidatticamuseale.it
02 88463337
Eugenio Boer's latest restaurant offers informal dining in one of Milan's trendiest areas. As you can guess from the name, Fish Bar de Milan specialises in both classic baked and grilled fish dishes as well as more unusual ones which really liven up the menu. To start with we shared the delicious baked gratinated scallops, onion rings with curry and mondeghili del mare with french fries (fried Milanese meatballs). We also couldn't resist the Salmon Thai green curry soup with noodles which was unusally light and had a lovely tang of lime and ginger. To follow we sampled the Fish Tacos, insalata con baccalà (salted cod salad with mixed leaves, cherry tomatoes avocado, carrots and ginger) with a lime and honey dressing, and the famous Fishburger de Milan, which is made from 3 types of fish (red prawns, cod and mackerel), white onion chutney with star anise, lettuce, tomato and wasabi mayonaise. Simply scrumptious. The dessert menu is equally tempting, although we limited ourselves to only trying the delicious passion fruit cheesecake.Make sure you also check out the blackboard that lists the "Catch of the Day" which, although it varies, usually offers a selection of mussels (raw or cooked), oysters and ceviche (marinated fish and seafood). Fish Bar de Milan prides itself on its selection of natural wines. It is open for lunch and dinner and costs approximately €30 per head.  
Via Montebello, 7 20121 Milan
info@fishbar.it
02 62087748
We love Tiger, and we're not just talking about the furry four-legged kind. Tiger is the Danish retail concept store that has taken Europe by storm. Tiger sells a large selection of inexpensive yet good quality items for the home, garden, office, bicycle and personal care as well as toys, party decorations and DIY goods. Prices range from €1 to €20, and the items on sale change regularly so that you are repeatedly tempted to go back and see what's new.The store is open seven days a week 10.00am to 8.00pm. Tiger also has stores in Via Nerino 12 and Corso XXII Marzo 28. For more details regarding items in stock take a look at Tiger's website - www.tiger-stores.it.
Via Meravigli, 1 20123 Milan
info@tigeritalia.com
02 89096708
Tucked away on Corso Garibaldi is My Style Bags, a small boutique crammed to the ceiling with a wide range of stylish yet practical: bags, holdalls, backpacks, trolley bags, beauty cases, tablet covers, shirt carriers, suit carriers, tie carriers, shoe carriers, baby changing bags and leads for dogs. All models come in an array of colours and different materials and can be personalised with your or someone else’s initials or full name or preferred text, thereby rendering them unique accessories.Both personalised and innovative, My Style Bags by Lorenza Bellora, are characterised by their unique recognisable style, Made In Italy high quality and attention to detail. All products can be personalised within minutes at the store by the staff, with the font, colour and size of the letters you desire using the My Style Bags' embroidery machine, or online by simply visiting My Style Bags' website.Bags and accessories can be personalised with company logos, thereby creating exclusive objects that make perfect presents. A customized virtual preview service is available for companies.If you don't have time to go to the My Style Bags' boutique in Corso Garibaldi 71 or Via Ruffini 9, why not purchase your products online at www.mystylebags.it 
Corso Garibaldi, 71 Milano
02 876342
Pèpè, an Italian children's luxury shoe brand, has it's flagship store on the corner of Via Ansperto and Via Nirone. (Pèpè's other mono brand store is in Paris!). Pèpè's design is easily recognisable - functional yet playful shoes made from soft leather in an array of colours which have a vintage feel, but are contemporary at the same time. Pèpè is renowned for its wide selection of shoes for both boys and girls, such as: baby shoes and slippers; "first steps" shoes for toddlers with reinforced heels; ballerinas; sandals; loafers; lace-ups and buckled shoes. There is a huge choice for even the most discerning child and some styles come in sizes up to size 40. Also on sale are hats, clothes, hairbands, swimming costumes and objects, such as vintage cars, necklaces, puppets and soft toys.Prices are not cheap but the quality is excelllent and the boutique is definitely worth a visit. If you have time afterwards, why not wander around the surrounding streets behind Chiesa di Sant'Ambrogio and Università Cattolica which is steeped in history and boasts some magnificant palazzi and historic stores. 
Via Ansperto 10 20123 Milano
pepestoremilano@pepechildrenshoes.com
02 878817
Amelia is a children clotheswear label which makes clothes for babies as well as boys and girls of up to eight years of age. Established in 2004, Amelia adapts classic designs to fulfil modern needs, so that items of clothing are more comfortable for children without losing any of their charm as well as being made from natural fibres.  Amelia's style can be described as simple, stylish and of high quality.  You can often find small details, such as handstitching or pleating, which renders each item unique. Amelia also has an online store at http://www.ameliashop.com, where you can find the latest collections of baby, boys and girls clothing as well as Amelia's outlet pieces at significantly reduced prices. The website is in both English and Italian. Clothing can also be delivered within Europe - see the website for prices and conditions. 
Via Ansperto, 10 20123 Milan
02 45495663
Here is a place that we really like for a number of reaons. Firstly, it has finally bought some life to Piazza Cavour (it is always open from 7.30am until 2.00am). Secondly, it is bright, spacious, modern and furnished in a unique and original way. It also has a great outside seating area just a few steps away from Giardini di Porta Venezia, which you can enjoy even in the colder months  thanks to the outdoor heaters. Swiss Corner is a bar and restaurant that was opened by the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Italy (and situated on the ground floor of the Centro Svizzero - Swiss Centre) to promote Swiss culture, design and style as well as hold cultural events. The space is characterised by large windows that look out directly over Piazza Cavour and Via Palestro; while inside there is a long stainless steel bar positioned in the centre and surrounded by red stools. On either side of the bar is the restaurant area; the walls of which consist of large screens where images of famous Swiss citizens are projected as well as scenes of Swiss towns and countryside. The lounge restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, aperatifs, dinner and after dinner drinks. Some evenings there is a DJ, while on Saturday and Sunday brunch is served between 12 alle 16. The lunch and dinner menu offers dishes accompanied by Swiss cheeses, tartare, salads and crepes, many of which have Swiss names. Our favourites are the Helvetia crepe with gorgonzola, radicchio and walnuts, the Sankt Moritz crepe with mozzarella, ham and olive patè, the Nordica with marinated salmon, avocado, philadelphia and lime, as well as the desserts with fruits of the forest, cream cheese and other delicious combinations.   
Piazza Cavour Angolo Via Palestro
swisscorner@ccsi.it
02 76390698

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