Dining Guide: Porta Nuova, Isola & Brera Featured

Milan's central edges opens a whole world of international dining, let us show you how to experience it like a local. 

by Laura May Todd

The interiors of this trendy pizzeria and cocktail bar were designed by owner Tiziano Vudafieri. If you manage to find a spot at one of their brushed brass bars during aperitivo hour, you’re in for a treat.

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Tibi Bistrot Provençal

At lunch, petit tables and cushioned benches fill up with locals. Freshly baked quiches, stuffed crepes, onion soup and specials are ushered to the tables, full of aroma and colour. Post-dinner cocktails are popular here too.

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Described as a ‘wild food lab’ Wood*ing bottles up the forest and serves in a highball glass. Born from sustainable philosophy and a passion for foraging, Wood*ing is stirring up Milan’s cocktail scene, one wild martini at a time.

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A popular meeting point for bohemian Milanese, this Chinatown eatery features heavy foliage, schoolroom-style decor and mid-century vintage furniture, and is an easy place to spend an afternoon working or enjoy cocktails.

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Ceresio 7
Housed in the headquarters of Canadian-born brothers’ brand, Dsquared2, Ceresio 7 brings LA-style poolside lifestyle to Italy while the interiors, designed by local favourites Dimorestudio, are entirely Milanese.

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Botanical Club
The original home of Milan’s favourite gin bar, The Botanical Club’s Isola location is a red-bricked tribute to classic speakeasy style. The real stand out is their brewed-from-scratch gin and tonic.

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