Places to Frequent during Milan Fashion WeekSep 20, 2017
There’s something special about visiting Milan in the Fall -- the rich colors enveloping the perfect mix of old and new architecture, the amazing restaurants that dot the city, and of course, Milan Fashion Week. For Milano Fashion Week 2017, make the most out of your stay by checking out these spots in between and after shows.
If you need a break from the shows
An international destination for art enthusiasts, the Prada Foundation (Fondazione Prada) in Milan isn’t exactly a short walk away from this year’s shows. However, it’s quite interesting to witness the amazing art collection amassed throughout the years by Patrizio Bertelli and Miuccia Prada. The art complex itself is an avant-garde display of industrial buildings juxtaposed with dramatic new ones and it’s inspiring to see in person especially for architecture enthusiasts.
Another great place to go to is the Villa Necchi Campiglio. It’s a calm oasis right in the center of town and a hop from most shows’ locations. Visitors to the villa today can go inside and tour the whole villa -- from the delectable mint green kitchen to the pastel yellow dining room. I am Love starring Tilda Swinton was shot on location here. If you have no time to go on a guided tour, go for an afternoon tea to recharge. The villa is open seven days a week so you can squeeze in a tour no matter when you arrive during fashion week.
Drink and dining destinations during fashion week
For top-notch cocktails and incredible service, head to Bar Basso, which is a favorite haunt for locals. The place is busy but it’s not too crowded. Tip: the Negroni Sbagliato was first created here but do try the mangia e bevi, which is a cocktail made with gelato and three different liqueurs.
If you want to catch up with friends in between collections, one of the best places to unwind is at D-Square’s Ceresio 7. Order the tuna carpaccio, the veal, and the squid and bottarga pasta -- all of which are sublime. If you arrive later in the day, enjoy the dazzling view of the skyline with cocktail in hand which, for a moment, might look more like New York or Tokyo than Milan.
If you’re in the atmospheric Brera neighborhood, head to Trattoria Toscane Torre di Pisa which has a hard to miss green exterior. It pulls an artsy crowd as well as being a clear favorite for locals to dine in. The Florentine-style steak is fabulous and you can’t go wrong with their pasta selection. Torre di Pisa is definitely ideal for a relaxed, convivial meal.Photo courtesy of respective brands (Prada Foundation, Villa Necchi Campiglio, Bar Basso, Ceresio 7, and Torre di Pisa)