Despite visiting Milano a number of times I’ve never quite wrapped my head around the city. I love intense Italian energy (and of course their pizza) but there’s no doubt that Milan is a city that can only be experienced once you have a little inside knowledge.
So in the name of exploring Milan, Sam and I tackled almost the entirety of Fashion Week on foot. Most days we clocked up about 14km heading to shows, presentations and shoots across the city. It’s no secret that walking is the best way to truly discover a city, and we definitely covered some ground – largely thanks to the fact I was decked out in super comfortable pair of Meyba’s half of the time.
And in the name of research, we stopped off at plenty of places along the way, my favourites of which I’ve compiled below. It’s no way a comprehensive list, but a good place to get started if you’re headed to Milan.
For classic Italian pizza, head to Pizza AM. Nothing fancy, this little pizzeria is the real deal. There’s usually a fair wait for a table (no bookings) however given that the super friendly host dishes out glasses of prosecco and a slice of pizza on arrival, it’s well worth the wait.
Pizza AM, Corso di Porta Romana, 83, Milano
To balance out all of the pizza and pasta, head to Mantra Raw Vegan. Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s vegan (and raw); the food here is genuinely delicious. Although to be fair you could come here for the drinks alone – if you were ever going to be impressed by a smoothie, their frawpuccino would be it.
Raw Mantra Vegan, Via Panfilo Castaldi, 21, Milano
To satisfy your inner carnivore, make a booking at El Porteno and enjoy an evening of unadulterated meat-eating. Cooked in an open-plan traditional Argentinian style grill, these guys prepare hunks of steak to impress.
El Porteno, Viale Gian Galeazzo, 25, Milano
Get your culture fix at Fondazione Prada. Possibly the best spot in Milan to wile an afternoon away, this art and culture institution has an impressive line up of exhibitions and artists on it’s books. The main building is covered with an impressive gold foiling (24-karat gold leaf), and just to top it all off, the café attached to the front of the building was designed by Wes Anderson. Enough said.
Fondazione Prada, Largo Isarco 2 20139, Milano