We ended our Italian road trip in Milan. We spent the last two days exploring the city and dipping in and out of AC because it was HOT. I really enjoyed Milan but for a city break, I would highly recommend skipping over the summer months and visiting in either the spring or autumn time when you can truly cover a lot of ground and not turn into a puddle of sweat.
As soon as I stepped on the super cute tram in Milan I knew I was in a fashionable city, everyone had a very cool sense of style. Which makes Milan a perfect place to go if you like to sip coffee or cocktails and people watch. If this sounds like your kind of vibe then here’s how to spend the perfect 48 hours in Milan.
We drove into Milan around midday after stopping for coffee on the road! Before exploring we checked in to our cute Airbnb that was super central and right next to a tram that took you into the city centre. We stopped off right near the famous Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The Galleria is where you will find all the designer stores so it is the perfect spot for some window shopping.
From there we headed to Parco Sempione, inside the park you will find a castle which houses Di Vincis famous Last Supper. This is a good place to stroll through and take a little time to relax. Walk to the end of the park to see the Arco della Pace. After strolling through the park we need to seek shelter, get a drink and cool down.
Following a nice cool glass of Rose in a bar I forgot to take note of, we headed back exploring the centre of the city a bit more. If there is one thing I took away from Milan is that it is a great place for shopping. Notable areas are Via Monte Napoleone a street that is lined with luxury stores. Via Della Spiga another luxury shopping destination with trendy cafes peppered throughout. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is a street that leads off from the Duomo and is filled with all our favourite high street stores. The stores on this street are beautiful, the Zara was an old cinema, for that it is worth popping in and having a look.
After an afternoon exploring it was time to grab some dinner and after 8 days of straight pasta we were keen to opt for different cuisine (is that Treason?). Sacrilege maybe, but it had to be done. We went to Lambiczoon for some craft beer and a burger. They also offer the burgers as sliders which means you can try a few different ones which I really enjoyed. Not Italian but if you are looking for a good burger spot then I would recommend checking it out. If you are looking for some Pizza then we were recommended by a friend of ours who is a local to go to Berbere.
After dinner we headed back into the city centre and strolled around, we were recommended to check out Colonne di San Lorenzo where the locals hang out and drink beers. You can buy some beer or wine at one of the local stores and sit and relax with the locals.
After ten days of not really having breakfast, we decided to try out Milans brunch options. I did a little research and went to California Bakery as it was close to us and it popped up on all the articles I read. However, I really wouldn’t recommend it, the food was sub-par and it was quite expensive. I would recommend skipping brunch and just going for a coffee and a pastry, save the calories for lunch and dinner!
After brunch, we hopped on the metro and headed to do some shopping on some of the streets I mentioned above. After a while, I remembered I had no room in my suitcase so gave up on shopping and headed to get some coffee. We stopped by a cute cafe called Corso Como which turns out to be quite the popular spot amount locals. The cafe has a really cool lush garden out front.
From coffee, we decided to explore the artsy Navigli district. This district runs alongside the Naviglio Grande canal and has cool bars and restaurants on either side. It’s in this district you will find cool galleries, boutiques and vintage stores along with some great cocktail bars. When you get tired of exploring stop by Rita’s a trendy cocktail bar and grab a drink. It is right on the canal so a great spot to people watch.
From drinks, we actually needed to grab some food before we headed for the airport. But in true Italian fashion, most places didn’t open until 7/7:30 and we just didn’t have the time to hang around until then. One of the places we were recommended was Ravioleria Sarpi a Chinese dumpling place that uses all fresh Italian ingredients. This spot was open at 4 so we went here to grab some food before the airport. It is located it China town which is a cool spot to check out if you have the time, however, the place was just a window where you order so not actually a restaurant. just in case that is what you are looking for. We just tried two of the dumpling plates a veggie one and a meat one and they were both delicious. Highly recommend this spot if you are looking for a quick bite. We then walked to Il Massimo del Gelato which was a highly recommend gelato place. When we got there the queue was out the door, it moved pretty quickly though and it was well worth it, best gelato ever.
After devouring our last gelato we went back to the car, packed him up (we named him Fionn the Fiat) and headed to the airport.