A Guide to Milan, Italy #JMFtravels

Ciao a Tutti – Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone in England is enjoying a few days of sunshine, I would like to think that I brought the sun back with me from Milan!

So, if you have been following my instagram (@justmoifashion) you would have seen that I recently came back from a weekend to Milan. I have always had an intense love for Italy, having visited Rome and Venice. Some may say that I love Italy because of the culture – because I do – but secretly I think its because the food is simply the best.

As a fashion blogger though, it seemed ridiculous that I have never visited Milan, seeing as though it is home to some of the worlds largest fashion houses such as Versace, Dolce and Gabbana and more.

My expectations for Milan were surpassed. I knew I would like it but never did I think I would fall in love with it. From landing at Milan Malpensa to the views of the Alps, to catching the tram into the city and finding boutiques hidden on the backstreets of the duomo – not to mention the food – Milan was phenomenal.

Admittedly, as a newcomer and even as a frequent visitor to a foreign place, it can be hard to know what to do and where to go. However, I am hoping that this post will help anyone and everyone who are considering going to Milan and perhaps making their stay and experience better. Below here I will highlight some of the best places to eat, shop and watch the world go by…

  1. Food.

How to begin…? Food. How to begin with the ‘thing’ that Italy is undoubtedly most famous for? How to begin in a city that has thousands of cafes, restaurants and trattorias? Well, after strenuous research and some trial/error I bring to you the BEST food in Milan.

Where to go for… coffee.

Caffe Napoli: picture yourself drinking the best coffee – or if you are me, a coffee milkshake – standing at the side of a street watching the world go by. This is the coolest espresso bar; offering not just espresso but any coffee your mind can think of, this includes a hot Nutella drink and the creamy coffee milkshake pictured below.

NEWS: Caffe Napoli is opening its first branch in London soon!

Where to go for… breakfast, snacks and panzerotti.

Luini: If you want to taste Milan’s most famous food ‘panzerotti’ done properly and to perfection then I suggest Luini. Suggested by a local friend and frequented by nearly everyone. Conveniently placed next to the Duomo on a side-street. I suggest heading their for breakfast as queues aren’t present; however, Luini is worth waiting for.. so if you fancy a panzerotti for lunch again, or just a snack then by all means…

Where to go for… gelato.

Cioccolati Italiani: If you are a chocolate obsessed like me then this is the place for you. The ice cream tastes better than it looks – which seems impossible – and options include dark, milk and white chocolate ice cream as well as nutella and cream swirls.

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Massimo del Gelato: If you are not so keen on chocolate then this is the place for you – then again, its chocolate flavour is one of the best I have ever tasted – includes a range of ice creams of nearly every flavour. I suggest trying the hazelnut, pear or orange. Simply to die for.

Where to go for… Lunch.

Osteria Dell’Oca Giuliva aka L’Oca: This osteria decorated in ducks is actually great for both lunch and dinner. However, I suggest going for lunch as the price is cheaper. Everything is very affordable and the pizza/pastas are all to die for – also try the chilli oil! Wine is 2-3 euro a glass which seems a steal. Highly recommended.

Where to go for… Dinner

L’immagine: I consider myself a connoisseur in Italian food and in total honesty this is the best restaurant I have ever been to. I could not fault one thing I had – the glorious truffle and cheese fondue ravioli… the tuna steak… the seafood pasta – every dish in this restaurant is the best I have ever had. The price is more expensive than L’Oca but is nevertheless still very affordable and good value for money. I should also mention that this restaurant is very generous offering a free glass of prosseco upon entry, free meatball starter, free table sweets/treats and free limonata to finish. A trip to Milan is incomplete without visiting this restaurant.

2. Shopping

Vintage Delirium by Franco Jacassi: One of the biggest vintage stores in the world! If you are looking for rare pieces or designer pieces for some seriously good bargains then definitely make a trip here. I spent about two hours in this shop – finding the best bargains – and came out with a vintage Valentino top among other things.

Website: Vintage Delirium Instagram: @francojacassi

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele: If you have come to Milan for the big designer brands and fashion houses then head to this place. It is also one of the most beautiful buildings you will ever see and located left of the Duomo. Recommend going just to appreciate the beautiful building.

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3. Things to do/see:

Sit on the roof of the Duomo: Yes, you read that correctly. For 7 euro per person (if you take the stairs – a challenge but worth it) you can sit on the roof of the Duomo and enjoy the sights of Milan. You can sit here for as long as you like and it is not a lie that it is the best view of Milan and the alps beyond.

Of course, you should also visit the inside of the Duomo. It is very beautiful and with the ticket you get to see the foundations of the church and some of the archeological excavations.

The Last Supper Painting at Santa Maria delle Grazie: I read somewhere that tickets for this are almost as hard to get as tickets to fashion week! Perhaps not that hard but do make sure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. The tour is pricey but well worth it: you get to view the painting for 15 minutes with just a handful of other people so you can get close up and admire Da Vinci’s work.

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Sforza Castle: I did not go into the castle but worth going to admire the grounds. It is super beautiful and the fountains/gardens are impeccable.

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Hopefully this has given you some greater insight into Milan and the things to do there. Italy is a beautiful place and we are so lucky, living in England, to have it virtually on our doorstep.

Keep posted for a my Milan street style looks on the blog tomorrow!

Love Always,

JMF xx

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