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Milan: An Afternoon in Brera

You can’t visit Milan without strolling through Brera. Milan’s most historic and most stylish area; let us guide you to the best places to pop into for an afternoon in the neighbourhood.

Cavalli e Nastri

CAVALLIENATSRICavalli e Nastri 

Whenever you travel to somewhere fabulous like New York, London, Paris and Milan the idea of picking up a vintage treat is always in the back of your mind. But where can you find that Chanel brooch or those YSL tribute heels? This is always the struggle. But at Cavalli e Nastri, you are walking into a dress up box that will fulfill all of your hearts desires. Found right in the heart of Milan’s buzzing Brera district, Cavalli e Nastri offers the people of Milan the most opulent and sought after pieces from clothes and accessories to shoes and handbags. All of the items are in great condition and carefully selected by the fantastic team. If you want to drive yourself into fashion frenzy, then take yourself down to this wonderful vintage emporium.

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Manee, Milan Manee, Milan  

Manee

At first glance, the window display at this little boutique is quite diverse, with a range of classic and modern styles. Two steps in and you will find a space where you can actually custom create your own pair of shoes, according to your preferred design, color, finishing, and even design accents including snap on leather straps in leopard and zebra print, as well as studs and embellishments. Orders are made on request and can be shipped internationally.  

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Antonia

ANTONIAAntonia

Quite possibly one of the chicest and coolest privately owned department stores in Milan, Antonia is expert in curating the coolest, most relevant and classic collections for its clients. Found in a beautiful building on Via Cusani, the shop windows are something to be admired. Antonia takes luxury to the next level and its clean lined, yet opulent, interior makes you feel that little bit more special. All conceived by the genius that is Antonia Giacinti, this shopping destination is a contemporary form of art, form and function that seamlessly bonds with innovation.

Bianco Latte

BIANCOLATTEBianco Latte

Located in the heart of the financial center, lies the magical haven known as Bianco Latte. This beautifully white washed bistro is open from breakfast straight through to a midnight street. Ideal for a quick lunch, gelato stop or light dinner, Bianco Latte can’t be described as anything else but a pleasurable delight. Child friendly and open for Sunday brunch, Bianco Latte consistently attracts the Milanese customer and it is a place for those in the know. With the best ice cream in the city, and a beautiful little concept store inside, you really can spend all day in this wondrous place. Make sure to try their specialty ‘Mamma Mia’ gelato, in fact, all of their flavors are so delectable you can’t choose just one!

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Pinacoteca Di Brera

PINACOTECABRERAPinacoteca di Brera

Founded in 1809, the Pinacoteca Brera is housed in a beautiful palazzo building right in the heart of Milan’s historic neighborhood. Interestingly, many of the paintings on show are religious in subject, due to an influx of artwork pouring into the museum from church confiscations from all over Lombardy during the dissolution era. The Pinacoteca is also famously home to Hayez’s painting ‘The Kiss’. People come from all over to admire this beautiful work and we suggest that you do to. When you have tired yourselves out from all the museum walking, pop over to Bar Brera across the road and treat yourself to a well-earned aperitif.

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La Briciola

 LABRICIOLALa Briciola

La Briciola will amaze you with one of the most beautiful internal décor in the city. A traditional Italian restaurant famous for its meat, and located in the chic Brera district, La Briciola is a well-known institution to the Milanese elite. As you walk in the staff, that make you feel like a real familiar face, will greet you. But back to the décor a moment, the cascading willow trees covered in fairy lights are enough to make you feel you have been transported into a magical theatrical production. Ask for the round table in the back corner to embrace the full experience. Need a recommendation from the menu? Their Angus beef with white truffle sauce is such a taste sensation; you may end up booking the same table for the next night too.

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