Milan: full of incredible food, amazing fashion, beautiful colours, delicious gelato and insane architecture. What’s not to love! Whether you decide to go for a quick two days, or a week long adventure, Milan is a city to fall in love with. Here’s where to stay and what to eat…
WHERE TO STAY: ‘My Bed Milano‘
Right in the thick of things, but tucked away from the eyes who do not know what lies behind; My Bed. Firstly, let’s all be in agreeable about just how fabulous this hotels name really is (the jokes kept coming for 2 days…’i hope I don’t fall out of my bed’). But jokes aside, this hotel was brilliant. We stayed at the one located in Colonne, which is located right in the city central circle, opposite the Colonne di San Lorenzo and literally about a 10 minute walk to the duomo…aka the centre of Milan. So firstly, the location was 10/10.
The staff of My Bed were so incredibly friendly, going out of their way in order to help us in any way possible. Despite check out being early in the morning, we were allowed to leave our bags in the reception until we came back at 6pm at night. We were even given a spare key in case they had gone home for the evening, by the time we got back. Customer service to the max!!
The room itself was HUGE for a European hotel room. With a massive king bed and a single bed, the room still had heaps of room. The room had great heating and everything was new and clean. My favourite part were the shutters. I have always wanted to stay in a cute, little Italian apartment, where there were shutters on the outside. Not only this, but as you entered the door from the footpath, you were walked through a corridor which lead out to a courtyard. The building was the most beautiful terracotta/yellow colour, with green shutters. Honestly, I loved it! It was as though, all my Italian dreams came true. Each room is a some what ‘small apartment’, as the entrance to each hotel room is on the outside of the building, on a balcony. I don’t know if I’m making much sense, so just look at the photos… In other words, I loved it!
For the price, location, quality and staff, I would 100% recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to Milan on a mid budget.
WHERE TO EAT:
Italy, for me, will always be home to the best food. I can’t get enough of the pasta, bread, gelato, pizza and the list goes on. Honestly, you’re spoilt for choice in that country, and therefore, can be a little daunting when you visit. Here are the places we tried and LOVED.
We stumbled across this incredible store devoted solely to panettone. My eyes simply couldn’t believe it when we found this place. If you know me, then you know I love me some panettone, but unfortunately, the consumption of the delicious sweet bread, is limited to Christmas. Oh but how I was wrong. Thanks to Evvivo Panettone, this is not the case. They were delicious, unusual and most definitely, satisfying on that train journey back to Switzerland. The store was a pop up and still may be there when you visit, otherwise I recommend checking out their website as they list where they are stocked.
As for the best pasta that I had on my trip, I cannot go past La Vecchia Latteria. This is a vegetarian restaurant, but don’t let that put you off. The food was full of punchy flavours, fresh ingredients and best of all, homemade pasta. Oh and they sell my most favourite lemon drink of all time! Not only this but the food is really reasonably priced and leaves you 100% full. The small, cramped restaurant is full of locals, making us stand out like sore thumbs. But that is another thing I love about it. It feels so Italian, as if you’re in Nonna’s kitchen. It may not look like much from the outside, but the food really makes up for it.
Now, you can’t go to Italy and not get a gelato (or two), no matter the season. My favourite gelato of the trip has to be Rinomata Gelateria Artigiana, located at the top of the canals in the Navigli district. It feels like a traditional gelato store that has been there for absolute years, and has never changed. Do yourself a favour and get the combination of lemon (my favourite) and dark chocolate. What a combination!
For an incredible breakfast in a beautiful cafe, which feels a little Melbourne for Milan, I could not recommend Pave enough. It is cool in all sense of the word. I loved it! The furniture is amazing, the fit out is amazing and the food is even better. Here, is where I had my first ever lemon and poppyseed croissant and I am now, forever on the hunt for another one, as it was the best thing I think I may have ever eaten. Can you tell I like lemon yet?
Speaking of lemons, I have now had this incredible lemon drink in both Rome and Milan and I couldn’t possibly share what it is. La Nostra Gazzosa will forever be my favourite drink and hopefully one day, I’ll be able to get it in Australia. So if you ever find yourself in Italy, please try it! It is the most refreshing non sweet, but just a little sweet, but not sour, lemon drink. Hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do.
As we walking around central Milan we stumbled across this cute little salami and cheese shop called Mandara Salumi e Formaggi. As soon as you enter through the doors, you are greeted with the most intense smell of salami and cheese (a great combination), so if you don’t like either of these things, maybe skip this one. We were able to somehow (we couldn’t speak Italian and they couldn’t speak English) order two salami and cheese rolls, which were amazing, and some handmade pasta to take home. Both were fabulous!
You can’t go to Italy and not have coffee, so in order to get that coffee fix, my brother (a coffee lover) highly recommends Torrefazioni Ernani for both a cup and some beans.
So there you go! Hopefully you’ll be well rested and full to the brim, if you even get the chance to visit the beautiful city of Milan. I know I sure was…