Milan: International yet very Italian

Milan is a phenomenally historic city with a very modern spirit, it has existed since the Roman empire, serving an important role in trade with northern European countries, but Milan that we know now gained its wide importance back in the 80s, when it became Italy’s both financial and fashion capital. For the ones who want to explore the city in a very relaxing and aesthetic way, Gizeye prepared the list of places.


 Caffè Fernanda, the bistro of the Pinacoteca di Brera, is a meeting place between the aesthetic culture and the simplicity of the Italian food and wine tradition. The cafeteria and small kitchen present a set of proposals designed to be enjoyed at different times of the day.




Paper moon giardino is an elegant restaurant offering cuisine loved by Milanese locals and the most discerning international travelers. The refined location combines restored interiors with an architectural influence and hides a few unexpected surprises within, like the secret garden.



 If you want to go a bit outside of Milan Al Garghet is the perfect rustic restaurant for Lombardy-region pasta & rice dishes, with a peaceful garden terrace and a very cozy atmosphere making you feel like in Grandma’s garden with a kitsch touch.



The cocktail list of MAG La Pusterla is a tribute to international mixology, with new combinations that have made the Milanese cocktails famous. Mag is ever-changing, every new season has a new menu, with cool drinks for the ones who want to enjoy long conversations with friends.



Milan is not only the fashion capital, it also hosts design week, dedicated to product and interior objects. The ADI Design Museum is one of the largest museums in Europe dedicated to design, housing all the winning entries of the Compasso d'Oro Award, the most prestigious Italian design accolade.



It is strange that a city like Milan, does not have a proper fashion museum, however, The Museo Poldi Pezzoli is notable for its broad collection of Northern Italian and Netherlandish/Flemish artists. The exhibition includes weaponry, glassworks, ceramics, jewelry, and fashion.

 Don’t come to Milan if you are willing to experience something very Italian and cliché, come to Milan ready to experience Italian culture’s fusion. Milan is ready to wow the once who love the good nightlife, vintage shopping, old cafes, and glancing at well-dressed people in the streets.