A local's guide to breakfast, lunch and dinner in Milan

Our list of the best venues that celebrate the joys of contemporary cuisine to keep you refuelled (from cappuccino to carpaccio) in Italy's economic centre. 

It's quite easy to fall into the pitfall of fitting this bustling economic centre's cuisine into the framework of oversimplified stereotypes. As an Italian city Milan holds dear its local food and customs. But, being the business capital that it is, this city boasts a dining experience reflective of its truly international citizens. From Michelin-starred establishments to rustic local trattorias and raw vegan venues this city's food scene has an impressive dynamism that sets it apart from the rest of the country.

Here at LUXOS HQ Milan there's nothing we adore more than eating and talking about food. So, after some intense research and plenty of debate we have narrowed down our list to bring you the best spots to breakfast, lunch or dine in this innovative, international city.

BREAKFAST

Pavé

As an American, it is with a heavy heart that I inform you eggs do not an Italian breakfast make. With that said, Italians enjoy a truly delicious start to their morning too. Breakfast in Milan is traditionally comprised of a hot beverage paired with something sweet. Order a freshly squeezed juice and pastry at Pavè and prepare to be wowed.

Cafe Trussardi

For a more scenic start your morning, visit Café Trussardi. Their view of next-door neighbour Teatro alla Scala is best paired with a cappuccino and brioche.

LUNCH

a casa eatery

After a busy morning in this busting city, make your mid-day meal a moment to enjoy Milan's vibrant gastronomic scene. Visit 28 Posti for innovative, compelling cuisine for to up to 28 guests at a time. If you're interested in a more homey atmosphere, try A Casa Eatery, a hidden gem offering guests a seasonal menu comprised of delicious southern Italian dishes surrounded by cosy vintage decor.

DINNER

Pave

Being that Milan has become the industrial powerhouse and economic center of the country, it comes as no surprise that the city has seen great numbers of inter-Italian and foreign emigration. Hence, the cuisine of this bustling, international city reflects its varied and multi-cultural inhabitants.

Carlo & Camilla in Segheria

caro e camilla in segheria by nathalie krag

Against the backdrop of this ex-industrial space (sawmill or segheria) simply oozing surreal, Fellini film set-esque charm, guests dine at five long, communal tables enjoying Celebrity chef Carlo Cracco of Masterchef Italia's brilliant interpretation of Italian cuisine paired with quality wines.

IYO

IYO Amerjack millefoglie
This Michelin-starred Milanese restaurant is characterised by an inventive, masterful use of both Japanese and Italian cuisine, offering its guests a truly memorable gastronomic experience.

VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN

mantra

Mantra
This new edition to Milan's cuisine scene hold the title of the first raw vegan restaurant in Italy. Mantra's real draw, however, is their selection of cold-pressed juices, salads, soups and desserts.

murdra

Mudra
You've come to the land of complex coffee drinks and are ready to try a cappuccino where they do them best... but don't drink milk? No problem! Visit Mudra for a delicious soy or rice milk cappuccino.