As some of you might already know, I am not living in Lisbon anymore and instead, I decided to pursue my dreams in Sweden! So as a spoiled girl by the Portuguese weather, where you have summer basically 9 months per year, I suffered quite a bit surviving the Swedish winter. So as a true Scandinavian already (I try to adapt with the local places as soon as possible) I took an example from my fellow Swedes and I decided to treat myself with a short trip to the South of Europe. So I booked my flight to Milan for the first time ever to try the most delicious food in the world, to enjoy the warm April days and to attend the highly anticipated Milano Design Week.
I will not waste my time talking about the mainstream things like: “While in Milan you should definitely visit the Duomo Cathedral and etc.” Can we drop that already? it’s 2019! We DO know about the touristic attractions, what we need to learn more is how to discover the city like a local.
After my arrival on a Saturday afternoon from Gothenburg to Bergamo airport, I decided to take a quick walk around the iconic Brera neighbourhood and then to rest a bit before partying like a local during the evening. As a huge pizza & cocktails fan, I decided to book a table at Dry Milano and to have the Saturday night out like a true Milanese.
Dry Milano is the unique pairing of two unusual things (for Italy at least): Cocktails & Pizza. It’s a place that is characterized by its modern environment, good music, vintage vibes, and one of the rarest cocktails in town!
The best thing about Dry Milano is that you will definitely get in touch with the local culture because there are mostly Italians having drinks & dinner there. Also, the bar is famous for its best Pizza in town, but if you ask me, they also serve the BEST desserts in Milan.
The staff working there are super friendly and open (like every Italian) and they are always there for you to give you the best tips about drinks and food that are being served in the restaurant. I would suggest you book your table at least 2 days in advance, especially if you want to visit Dry during Friday/the weekend.
GOD SAVE THE FOOD:
What I love about Italy is how they have this “breakfasting out” culture on a daily basis. And as a true breakfast/brunch lover I found my personal paradise called GOD SAVE THE FOOD right in the heart of Milan.
For the Italian standards, GOD SAVE THE FOOD was the innovation in food business back in 2011, when they opened the first branch because unlike the typical Italian cafe, God Save the Food is the place you can visit at any time during the day/evening. Starting from 7.30 a.m. with the incomparable Italian Breakfast like Coffee with Cornetto Alla Crema, accompanying with Açaí bowl, continuing the afternoon with the Brunch/lunch menu, God Save the Food transforms into a dinner/drinks place during the evening!
So basically, if you go there several times a day, you will end up having a different vibe and experience each time. The idea of God Save the Food is to be accessible for EVERY kind of people (Worker, Freelancer, Tourist, Local, Student, etc) at ANY TIME.
I visited the one at the Brera Neighbourhood, because they have one of the most beautiful esplanade, where you can enjoy your food outside in one of the fewest places in Milano, where cars are not allowed, so you can have your delicious breakfast/brunch/lunch or dinner peacefully!
In total there are 4 branches of God Save the Food in Milan: in the districts of Tortona, Brera, Piave / Porta Venezia and the last born on the -1 floor of Rinascente – Duomo, a catering service for events and private parties and a food truck for bringing God Save the Food around Italy.
you will see Pasticcerias (Italian small coffee shops/Bakery) basically on every corner of Milan, but Pasticceria Loria at Viale Piave 12 stole my heart with its modern design, delicious coffee and esplanade in the calm neighbourhood in Milan, where mostly local people live and hang out.
If you always walk while travelling and like to discover the city by foot (like me) Pasticceria Loria is a great place to rest a bit and get your energy back with its famous Macchiato and also a little Italian sweet never hurt nobody!
A well-travelled person once said: “An Italian breakfast a day will keep the doctor away”, unless you get diabetes, because they eat lots of sweets, but while on vacation I usually don’t follow the strict diet rules. So, I was falling in love with Italian little coffee shops all over again. I came across with the super local and super delicious Pasticceria called CAFFE’ CARLINO with an inviting interior design and the sweetest people working there! And unfortunately I missed it, but Caffe’ Carlino is famous with its Tortelli alla crema that is served ONLY during the carnival in February. So if you happen to visit Milano during late winter, make sure to stop by there especially for Tortelli and THANK ME LATER.
OUT AND ABOUT:
If you decide to discover Milan by foot (like me), because basically the weather is good almost 24/7 during Spring/Summer, you will need around 1,5 day/2 days in total to see EVERYTHING and even the things you did not know existed in Italy. My favourite neighbourhood to walk around is Brera (well like everyone else’s) and Navigli, which is very good for your Instagram!
For shopping (for a normal people) you can take a walk to Avenue of Buenos Aires, but for FANCY people you can shop around Duomo, or visit the new Porta Nuova district where you can get your Balenciaga sunglasses, Versace shirts or see the iconic Gucci wall, which changes every season!
Stay tuned for the next blog post where I will be talking about my weekend trip from Italy to France!
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