City guides: 48 hours in Milan

48 hours in Milan

Experience Milan like a local this fashion season with our top picks for exploring the city in style…

DINE

Carlo e Camilla in Segheria

This unique dining concept opened in 2014, but its unexpected offering and pioneering aesthetic continues to make waves across the city years later. Created by Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco and art director Tanja Solci and set in a former sawmill, take in the restaurant's soaring structure as you savour exquisite dishes. The graphic, monochromatic space is part of a new wave of creative dining – and it’s worth noting that this is as much a social experience as any, with visitors dining side by side on the elegant, elongated tables.

Via Giuseppe Meda 24, 20141 Milan, Italy

Pasticceria Cucchi

A trip to Italy simply wouldn’t be complete without tasting the array of traditional desserts. One of the most stylish spots in which to indulge has to be Pasticceria Cucchi, a firm favourite amongst the fashion pack since its opening in 1936. If you’re looking for the ideal place to indulge in the Milanese tradition of cocktails and canapés before dinner, this authentic old-school patisserie is renowned for its buzzy aperitivo hour. We recommend stumbling upon this charming neighbourhood haunt on a warm, balmy evening – and be sure to get there early for a coveted spot under the trees outside.

Corso Genova 1, 20123 Milan, Italy

DRINK

Bar Luce at Fondazione Prada

Reminiscent of a 1950s Milanese café, Bar Luce is the brainchild of renowned film director Wes Anderson. Whilst you may feel as though you’re stepping straight onto a film set, there’s no denying that this coffee shop-cum-cocktail bar is the epitome of classic cool. Situated inside Prada’s unique showcase space, expect pastel table tops, old-school candy jars and other diner-style accents, all echoing Anderson’s off-beat vision. The cult cafe trend is only growing, so immerse yourself now in this idiosyncratic hub for a highly stylised sip. 

Largo Isarco 2, 20139 Milan, Italy

H Club > Diana

If you’re after some of the best drinks in the city, this ambient hotspot has become a firm favourite amongst the fashion and art crowd. The bar occupies the site of Milan’s first-ever swimming pool, so soak up the Italian summer in the beautiful courtyard and gardens that evolve with every season’s restyle. Whether you’re after a quick bite to eat or a decadent evening out, sit back whilst one of the talented mixologists serve up one of their imaginative concoctions – you won’t be disappointed.

Sheraton Diana Majestic, Viale Piave 42, 20129 Milan, Italy

STAY

Magna Pars Suites Milano

This elegant hotel calls a peaceful little street its home, with the added luxury of being right in the mix of Milan’s buzzing fashion and design district. The light, open-air interior creates a beautiful tranquility – and there’s no doubt that this transformed perfume factory is a true gem in the city’s architectural crown. Embrace the charming location and wander to the Milan Cathedral and Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, or take a relaxing trip along the canal to the magnificent Vicolo dei Lavandai. Each room overlooks the garden so be sure to open the window and enjoy the scent of the fragrant magnolia and roses below.

Via Vincenzo Forcella 6, 20144 Milan, Italy

TownHouse Galleria

For an exquisite stay, look no further than five-star luxury hotel TownHouse Galleria. Located inside the magnificent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and close to the cultural, historic and fashion districts of Milan, the TownHouse provides a beautiful base to explore the diversity of this vibrant city. Artfully designed, every room has a unique interior style referencing the frescoes and mosaics that line the Galleria, while classic furniture, warm neural hues and rich fabrics converge in this sophisticated oasis.

Via Silvio Pellico 8, 20121 Milan, Italy

UNWIND

Fidenza Village

Just an hour from the fashion capital of Milan and the beautiful city of Bologna, discover more than 100 luxury boutiques in an elegant outdoor setting, all with savings of up to 70% on the recommended retail price. Dedicated to creating an authentic shopping experience, the Village architecture embodies the region's rich cultural heritage. To make your visit extra special, this elegant destination also offers a range of five-star services including Hands-free Shopping, Valet Parking and a range of authentic dining options. From luxury pop-ups to exclusive offers, there’s something for everyone at Fidenza Village.

Via S. Michele Campagna 43036 Chiusa Ferranda, Fidenza, Italy

Triennale Design Museum

View Milan through an artistic lens with a visit to the Triennale Design Museum. Enveloped within the Palace of Art, the cultural hotspot hosts an array of both established and evolving exhibitions, showcasing Italy’s design talent. Walk over the spectacular bridge and take in the culturally rich surroundings, before stumbling upon a curated mix of architecture, furniture, urban planning and mixed media collections guaranteed to inspire creativity. Immerse yourself further with a diverse selection of seminars, special events, film screenings and live performances. Art enthusiasts should definitely pop into the museum bookshop, too.

Viale Emilio Alemagna 6, 20121 Milan, Italy