It’s an exciting time to be in Milan! Expo 2015 officially opened today and there’s no doubt that the city is in the best shape of its recent history. There are lots of things to do and places to discover, so we put together a list to enhance your Milanese experience.
Drogheria Milanese, Via Conca del Naviglio, 7, Milano
Drogheria Milanese offers Milanese-style tapas: mini pizzas, fried calamari, beef tartare… Drogheria Milanese is the perfect place for a big group of friends who can share and try different dishes with. The vintage décor and the good wine selection will seal the deal.
Fonderie Milanesi, Via Giovenale, 7 , Milano
Have you ever had dinner in a foundry? In Milan, you can. A hidden gem, Fonderie Milanesi is a charming little restaurant and bar in the Navigli area. Head there for an aperitivo in their outdoor space, or for a Milanese dinner in this unique industrial-looking location.
Da Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, Via G.Meda 24, Milano
This newly opened restaurant was born from an idea of superstar Chef Carlo Cracco and art director Tanja Solci. Located in an old sawmill, the founders developed the restaurant concept combining top cuisine, minimal design and traditional accents – a dining experience for the five senses.
Dub Vibes, Thursdays @ Bond , Via Paoli 2, Milano
What happens when music, drinks and temporary exhibitions meet? In Milan, it’s called Dub Vibes. A casual Thursday night party that takes place at Bond, one of the coolest bars in the Navigli area.
Punks Wear Prada, Fridays @ Santa Tecla, via Santa Tecla 3, Milano
Whether it’s unclear if punks really wear Prada, this party – started by British DJ Natasha Slater in 2010 – is definitely one of the hottest in town thanks to its international guest DJs and fashionable vibes. They’re kicking off the Expo season with a special party on Friday May 1st.
Telescope, Saturdays @ TOM, Via Molino Delle Armi
A stellar Saturday night with Telescope, the newest party in Milan with the promise of taking you for an intergalactic trip – are you ready to get lost in the disco Universe?
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The Navigli Area
Take a stroll along the Navigli, grab a gelato and check out the new “Darsena”: once the city’s harbor, it’s been reconverted to be a public space area where people to relax, work out and shop.
Villa Necchi Campiglio
This Villa is an Art Deco jewel and an interior design masterpiece: designed by Piero Portaluppi for Angelo Campiglio e Gigina Necchi, art and design enthusiasts, the Villa is now open to the public and used as an exhibition space. I’m sure you’ll get lost in its impeccably designed rooms!
Get a glimpse of the Milan of the future in Porta Nuova. The area is part of a big urban redevelopment project -the largest in Europe- that will bring new life to the area. Piazza Gae Aulenti and the Unicredit Tower are quickly becoming one of the new landmarks of the city, and Bosco Verticale is rewriting the rules of sustainable architecture by developing a vertical forest on the towers’ facades. Definitely a must-see!