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From restaurants and bars to art exhibitions, an insider’s guide to hot new spots to check out while in town for the shows.

Krizia
Krizia is opening its revamped store at 23 Via della Spiga, in the heart of Milan’s fashion district. The boutique covers an area of about 3,200 square feet and its two levels are connected with a sculptural, Champagne-colored staircase in steel and blue Belgian stone. The interior design, conceived by architect Vincenzo de Cotiis, plays with light, which is reflected alternatively on surfaces of onyx, metals and stones and is transmitted by smoked windows and shades of pink. An opening cocktail party is slated for fashion week on Sept. 27.
Krizia
23 Via della Spiga
krizia.net

Mercato Metropolitano
For this year’s Expo, the Mercato Metropolitano has been conceptualized as a real farmers’ market within the city, close to the Navigli district and Porta Genova. In an area of about 160,000 square feet, visitors can savor regional specialties, fresh produce and street food, and take part in cultural seminars, open-air cinema and concerts.
Mercato Metropolitano
2 Via Valenza
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to midnight
Web: mercatometropolitano.it

Milaura
Milan’s newest concept store, located in the arty Brera district, just opened to the public this month, combining clothing, accessories and gifts. The two-level store carries more than 100 brands from established and emerging designers in about 1,600 square feet. The store also carries a private label line that is partially produced by inmates at the San Vittore Prison and of a prison in Beirut.
Milaura
35 Corso Garibaldi
Hours: Monday, 3 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tel.: +39-02-8909-3905
Web: milaura.it

“Vogue Talents: The Desire of Excellence”
As part of this year’s Vogue Fashion Night Out Milan, Vogue Italia dedicated a temporary exhibition to four up-and-coming Italian photographers at the Palazzo Morando museum, which is open to the public for three days. The photos in the show are part of “The Desire of Excellence” project in collaboration with Martini, which tasked the photographers to interpret four classic drinks: Martini Royale Bianco, Rosato, Americano and Negroni.
Vogue Talents: “The Desire of Excellence”
Palazzo Morando
6 Via Sant’Andrea
Hours: Sept. 24 to 27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tel.: +39-02-8846-5735
Web: costumemodaimmagine.mi.it

Nap Cup
Conceived by girlfriends Stefania Passera, Francesca Moratti and Antonella Cumani, Nap Cup, in the Brera neighborhood, offers a lively dining experience via its brightly colored packaging and self-service microwaves to heat the food. Envisioned as a hideaway from the bustle of the city, guests can enjoy fancy fresh food in a feminine, pastel environment and take away souvenirs and gifts as well.
Nap Cup
86 Corso Garibaldi (access from 16 Via Statuto)
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tel.: +39-02-6269-5027

The Brisket Milano
Meat lovers have a new hub in Milan. Set on the city’s canal Naviglio Grande, the Texas-inspired smokehouse offers burgers, cowboy steak, ribs, wings, pulled pork and its famous namesake beef brisket, cooked low and slow. Set in a rustic environment, guests can also indulge in a variety of American-style desserts — brownies, ice cream, yogurt and cheesecake — or pick from an array of exotic beers, such as India pale ale from Hawaii.
The Brisket Milano
65 Ripa di Porta Ticinese
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7 p.m. to midnight; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight.
Tel.: +39-02-832-3479
Web: brisketmilano.com

Mandarin Oriental Hotel
The latest addition to the portfolio of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group opened in July, a quick walk from Milan’s Brera district and luxury shopping avenue Via Montenapoleone. Housed in four redeveloped 18th-century buildings, the hotel’s interior concept was designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Interiors, combining oriental luxury with Italian contemporary design. The property features 73 rooms and 31 suites, a 9,900-square-foot spa, the informal Mandarin Bar and the Seta restaurant.
Mandarin Oriental
9 Via Andegari
Tel.: +39-02-8731-8888
Web: momin-info@mohg.com; mandarinoriental.com/milan

“Arts & Foods — Rituals Since 1851”
As part of this year’s Expo, the Triennale Design Museum is hosting the “Arts & Foods” exhibition, which explores the relationship between the arts and food. It focuses on visual and sculptural objects and environments that have developed around nutrition, food and dining together since the first Expo was held in 1851 in London. Curated by Italian art historian and critic Germano Celant and Studio Italo Rota, the exhibition provides a global overview of eating rituals and aesthetics, from the historic to the contemporary, in both the indoor and outdoor spaces of the Triennale, totaling at 75,350 square feet.
“Arts & Foods — Rituals Since 1851”
Triennale di Milano
6 Viale Alemagna
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., running through Nov. 1.
Tel.: +39-02-7243-4208
Web: triennale.org

Felix Navigli
Tucked away at Naviglio Grande, this new cocktail bar is a cozy space that delivers on its cocktails and attention to detail. Specialty drinks are often infused with lime juice, fruits and spices, like the Pimped Ginto — lime juice, honey flavored with thyme, Gin Mare, rosemary, basil, olives and Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water — or the Spiced Collins, which has white pepper, cardamom beans, lime juice, orange marmalade, Curaçao, Calle 23 Reposado, Fever-Tree Ginger Beer and bitters.
Felix
33 Ripa di Porta Ticinese
Hours: Monday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tel.: +39-02-8942-2831
Web: felix.navigli@gmail.com

“Walking Pleasure — 70 Years of Craftsmanship to Feel”
“Walking Pleasure,” a new multimedia exhibit at the Triennale Design Museum, pays tribute to 70 years of the Italian Moreschi shoe brand and the different ways of walking. Designed by Migliore+Servetto Architects, the dynamics of walking are the engine of the entire installation, offering a multisensory experience, including the smell of leather, the sound of walking on leaves, contact with raw materials, light projections and videos.
“Walking Pleasure — 70 Years of Craftsmanship to Feel”
Triennale di Milano
6 Viale Alemagna
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., running through Oct. 4.
Tel.: +39-02-7243-4208

The Botanical Club
Open since June, The Botanical Club is a restaurant and cocktail bar for gin lovers. The restaurant and cocktail bar selects its favorites from among 100 gins on a weekly basis and also has its own small-batch distillery, called “Big Charlie.” In the spirit of “sharing is caring,” the restaurant offers small plates and encourages visitors to share their food.
The Botanical Club
11 Via Pastrengo
Hours: Restaurant: Monday to Saturday, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.; Bar, Monday to Saturday until 2 a.m.
Tel.: +39-02-3652-3846
Web: reserve@thebotanicalclub.com

Testanera Fashion Hub
Testanera, a professional beauty division of the German group Henkel, is part of Milan Fashion Week’s Fashion Hub, where visitors can participate in styling courses with hairstylists or receive a consultation with fashion consultant Antonio Frana. In addition, Italian actress and dancer Rossella Brescia, the new face of Testanera, will offer tips about how to walk on the runway.
Testanera Fashion Hub
Unicredit Pavilion
Piazza Gae Aulenti
Hours: Sept. 23 to 28, 4 to 6 p.m.
Tel.: +39-33-3566-2213

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