The edges of central Milan – running from famously chic Via Solferino, across Chinatown’s pedestrian only street, Via Paolo Sarpi, and up past Garibaldi station to ‘the Island’, the neighbourhood otherwise known as Isola – are home to the highest concentration of Milan’s coolest venues. Once the sun starts to set, and aperitivo hour comes into effect, the high fashion-clad kids and young professionals that populate the city scurry from their homes and offices, and settle into the cocktail bars and restaurants that dot the northern reaches of the centre. Wade through the throngs of off-duty models and style stars to find some seriously inventive approaches to food and drink. Now who said Milan was stuffy?
This well-known neighbourhood gallery hosts iconic pieces by Ettore Sottsass, Aldo Cibic, Marco Zanini and Matteo Thun. It’s nearly better than a museum.
Designed by Herzog & De Meuron, the impressive publishing house houses a bookstore, auditorium and café.
Local designers Storage Associati are responsible for the makeover of Golran’s flagship shop on Via Pontaccio. Browse the historic carpet company’s elegant wares in true Milanese style.
10 Corso Como
By day, Salone del Mobile attracts savvy travellers looking for high-style inspiration and coveted design literature; by night, cocktail parties and official openings take over. The hotspot is considered to be the original Milanese concept store.
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