What’s on in Milan this October Photo courtesy of: Facebook/Crazy Cat Café

What’s on in Milan this October

Our tips on what to do in Milan this month, including coffee with cats and a restaurant without a menu...

As the nights draw in and the weather starts to turn colder it’s time to cosy up inside Milan’s secret spots. Here are some of our favourite new openings and events this month...

A restaurant without a menu

Matias Perdomo at ContrasteMatias Perdomo at Contraste, source: Contraste

Contraste is the newest and hottest restaurant in town that has been opened by one of Italy’s most exciting young chefs. Matias Perdomo, who is originally from Uruguay, gained a Michelin star for his previous workplace (Al Pont de Ferr) and has decided to branch out on his own.

His restaurant explores the theme of contrasts and provides a personalised service where each diner is free to choose whatever they want to eat. If you’re out of inspiration, don’t worry, there is also a seven course tasting menu.

Via Meda 2, www.contrastemilano.it 

Coffee with cats

Crazy Cat CafeSource: www.facebook.com/Crazy-Cat-Caf

Following success in London and New York the trend of cat cafés is coming to Milan. The Crazy Cat Café near Centrale will offer coffee, lunch and aperitivo in a relaxed environment surrounded by feline friends and books. The cafe will also host a regular series of music, art and tasting events.

Opening late October, Via Napo Torriani, www.crazycatcafe.it

A very fashionable wine festival

In early October, the Associazione via Montenapoleone will be holding their annual ‘La Vendemmia’ wine festival to celebrates the wine harvest in a fabulous style. This year’s programme features exclusive events at several of the city’s most prestigious fashion hotspots.

5-11 October, Via Montenapoleone, www.montenapoleone.luxury

Ralph Lauren’s new private club

Palazzo Ralph LaurenSource: Ralph Lauren

In late September, to coincide with Fashion Week, Ralph Lauren opened its very first “private luxury” club in Milan. LUXOS was lucky enough to be invited along to this stunning event.

Called Palazzo Ralph Lauren, the beautiful space is built into the company’s historic Milan headquarters and will offer an exclusive experience to its members. A sumptuous lounge opens out onto a spacious inner courtyard surrounded by exclusive shopping suites and a rooftop terrace.

The space will host private events several times a year to highlight new collections, craftsmanship demonstrations and ongoing private appointments allowing the American brand to build its relationships in the European home of fashion.

Palazzo Ralph Lauren, 27 Via San Barnaba, www.ralphlauren.com

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The world’s most iconic doll

Barbie: the iconSource: MUDEC

The Museo delle Culture’s opening in spring of this year was overshadowed by the more famous Fondazione Prada. But this contemporary design focused museum is a very welcome and long overdue addition to the Milan’s cultural scene.

“Barbie: the icon” is an exhibition dedicated to the most famous doll on the planet. In the museum’s words “Barbie is art. Barbie is fashion. Barbie is design. Barbie is trend-setting”. Massimiliano Capella’s exhibition will explore cultural, anthropological, social as well as artistic aspects of this design icon and her pink tinted world.

28 October-13 March 2016, MUDEC, Via Tortona, 56, 20144, www.mudec.it

Ballet extravaganza at La Scala

Ballet at La Scala

The Gala des Etoiles extravaganza at La Scala takes places at La Scala at the end of the month to celebrate the end of Expo Milano 2015. The performance will feature excerpts from several of the world’s best-loved ballets. Svetlana Zakharova, Roberto Bolle and Massimo Murru will be accompanied by La Scala Corps de Ballet members and other international stars.

30 October & 31 October, La Scala, www.teatroallascala.org

Truffle season in Alba

TrufflesSource: www.fieradeltartufo.org

This month sees the start of white truffle season in Italy and the best place to try them is just a 1½ hour drive away from Milan in Piedmont. Running from mid October to mid November, the 85th International Alba White Truffle Fair is a compendium of folklore, culture, cuisine, show-cooking, workshops, and the White Truffle Market.

Local truffle hunters and vendors will be offering their prized finds, alongside wineries from the Langhe and Roero districts, as well as local confectionery, cheese, fresh pastas and cured meat producers – at what might possibly be the world's smelliest fair ever.

10 October-15 November, Alba, www.fieradeltartufo.org

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