Dining Guide: Duomo, San Babila & Quadrilatero Featured

Coffee houses, artisan chocolate shops and elegant bars, Milan's historic centre prides itself on more than just a shopping centre and its impressive duomo.

by Laura May Todd

T’a Milano
This chocolate shop likely tops the list of the world’s well-appointed sweet shops – true to Italian style, there’s a refined kitchen on location too.

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Mandarin Bar & Bistrot
Architects Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel were the masterminds behind this grand Milanese hotspot in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Wander down to the chicly appointed watering hole after the galleries close to rub shoulders with the city’s glitziest design minds.

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Ristorante Bice
The culinary establishment is well-known among Milanese and savvy travellers in town. Expect crisp, white tablecloths, formal service and excellent typical dishes with vegetarian options on the menu too.

Related: Milanese Sunday Brunch

Marchesi 1824

This charming café and patisserie is a restful stop on the design path. Positioned one floor above the shops and passersby, you’ll enjoy an aromatic cappuccino and a sweet refreshment on the side. Needless to say, the chic interiors are an artwork in their own respect.

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The Bulgari Hotel Garden
The Roman fashion house tapped French landscape architect Sophie Agata Ambroise to design their sprawling open-air bar in the centre of the city. If the weather is here, there’s no better spot to spend your afternoon into the aperitivo hour.

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