Whether you eat in the restaurant or the burger bar, the food is excellent. Situated just off of Corso Italia, this small "locale" is half fine dining and half burger bar, separated by a glass-walled kitchen which allows clients to watch the chefs at work while they wait. Al Mercato attracts people from all over Milan in search of high quality, traditional Italian cuisine with a twist in the restaurant and authentic American style burgers with all the toppings in the burger bar. Its popularity is reflected by the long queues found outside the burger bar at all hours. While you wait for a table or your take-away order enjoy a beer or glass of wine on one of the chairs placed on the pavement outside. Both the restaurant and the burger bar  are small yet intimate and only seat twelve each so make sure you book in advance for the restaurant. Unfortunately you can't book a table for the burger bar as it is "first come first served", so if you have kids make sure you get there at least fifteen minutes before opening time (19.30) to make sure you get a table. 
Via Sant'Eufemia, 16 20129 Milan
02 87237167
L’Ulmet is perfect for a quiet dinner with friends or your other half, especially during the colder months. Located on the corner of Via Disciplini and Via Olmetto in a building from the 1400s, Ulmet has three rooms: the main one comes complete with a fireplace and leads onto a second smaller room, while the third room on the first floor is great for small private dinner parties with a select few.   The traditional Italian cuisine is excellent and some of the dishes have been given a delicious twist by the chef. Why not try the mouthwatering Milanese regional dishes such as 'ossobuco with saffron rice' or 'chickpea pureé with sauteed prawn tails'. Don't forget to leave space for the petit fours which are to die for! Ulmet also boasts a fantastic wine cellar with over 230 different labels. Staff will be happy to advise you should you find this a little daunting. 
Via Olmetto, 21 20123 Milan
02 86452718
God save the food is a local neighbourhood bar, restaurant and shop.  It is  large,  luminous and very cool,  with a Scandinavian minimalist feel.  It is perfect for breakfast, a snack, lunch, an aperatif or just to shop. Don't miss out on brunch, which you can enjoy while sitting in a large white room with an open kitchen. It is also great for families with children (who are given pencils to colour with). Also note that God save the food offers free wi-fi.
Via Tortona, 34 20144 Milan
02 8373604
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
Spoon is a Japanese fusion restaurant. The setting is pleasant, intimate and ideal for couples or small groups. The open kitchen is very clean and the waiters, though pleasant, were a little slow. Take-away is available both at lunch and dinner. At midday the menu is slightly different to cater for those people who want cooked, raw or vegetarian food. They even have a children's menu. You must try the Gunkan Spoon. 
Via Marcona, 6 20129 Milan
02 54121201
This used to be a Chinese restaurant, but following a culinary make-over the cuisine is definitely Pan-Asian. It is located close to Corso Como, at the feet of the Pirelli skyscraper. The decor is minimalist though refined, with a pleasant atmosphere. The kitchen is open. You must try the Dim Dum. 
Via Generale Gustavo Fara, 10 20124 Milan
02 66987042
Osteria dell'Oca's rustic surroundings are both warm and inviting. Every surface is adorned with  images and ornaments of geese, after which this restaurant is named.As the owner of the restaurant himself says, Oca Giuliva is never closed and always full of young students, as well as families and groups of friends. The staff are very friendly and helpful and are happy to accomodate most dietary needs, especially  children.The simple traditional Italian cuisine, with a selection of dishes from Puglia, is excellent. Whether you choose the mixed fried seafood, buffulo mozzerella from Mondragone or a selection of grilled meats, everything is extremely fresh and cooked to perfection. Oca Giuliva also has a "specials" menu - definitely order the ossobuco with saffron rice or linguine with lobster, you won't regret it. If you are planning to go for Sunday lunch, make sure you book in advance. 
Viale Bligny, 29 20136 Milan
02 58312871
Situated on the 20th floor of a modern sky scraper over-looking Milan, Fabio Baldassare's Michelin star restaurant delighted us with a regional Italian brunch (€45 for adults, €20 for children). I am not usually a lover of brunch, but the food was mouth watering. It may not be very central, but it is well worth a visit. I'm looking forward to going back for lunch and/or dinner. 
Viale Achille Papa, 30 20149 Milan
02 39261025
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
Trita is great for a quick hamburger after you have been for an aperatif or are off to the cinema. Eat-in or take-away, you can create your own hamburger and choose from four different types of beef (Scottish, French, Italian or Japanese), various types of buns, toppings and sauces. 
Piazza XXIV Maggio, 6 20123 Milan


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