What’s the point of visiting Milan if you’re not going to do some eating, drinking and shopping? Here are a few places to do it all.
The Milanese can't seem to get enough of ethnic restaurants. The latest addition is Mizu, a minimalist, Zen Japanese restaurant in one of the hippest areas in the city. Water, or mizu in Japanese, is the leitmotif of the space alongside bamboo decor. The menu offers a list of Asian specialties including a selection of hot sushi and sashimi dressed in the house's spicy sauce and served on a lava stone.
10 Corso Sempione, tel: +39-02-3360-3346
Rigolino, a spin off of Brera's iconic Rigolo restaurant, is managed by the same owners, the Simoncini family. This quaint watering hole is a favorite among artists, musicians, the fashion crowd, sports stars and other night owls since the kitchen stays open until 1 a.m. The menu features pairings with a number of exclusive Italian wines. One specialty of the house is cavatelli alla Rigolino, handmade pasta served with zucchini flowers and fish filet, accompanied by a glass of Ronco delle Mele white wine.
50 Via Della Moscova, tel.: +39-02-2906-2926
Hip but tres exclusive — there's a VIP card for certain devotees — only a select few make it into Lotvs, the latest nightlife stop in the trendy Corso Como area. This sparkly 3,200-square-foot space replaced the historical Marangoni fashion school with a restaurant, a club and an interior design showroom spread over three floors. Opened last February, it has been Versace and Dsquared's pick for parties and has held special events, like the recent Armani perfume launch. This year, a private Miss Sixty event is on the books.
If you get in, try the Zen, one of Lotvs' signature cocktails, a transparent ginger liquor concoction.
10 Viale Monte Grappa, tel.:
BLU IN THE FACE(LIFT)
Blumarine's first boutique opened in the Nineties and it's now time for a makeover. Spread over 1,290 square feet and two levels, the restyled space now has a modern blueprint, courtesy of gray mother-of-pearl panels, diamond-shaped mirrors and iridescent painted walls.The ground floor features exclusive long dresses and accessories, while a lower level is filled with day looks, casual styles and denim.
42 Via Della Spiga, tel.: +39-02-795-081
Opened in March, Milan's Town House Galleria is Europe's first seven-star hotel. A few steps from the Duomo Cathedral and La Scala Theatre, this unique hotel features 24 stylish suites each individually arranged and dedicated to a famous classical musician. The ambassador wing, comprising the "Verdi" and "Toscanini" suites, is the most requested, costing up to 4,000 euros, or $5,480, a night. Located on the second and third floors of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II — above the historical first Fratelli Prada store — the exclusive Town House Galleria provides a 24-hour personal butler, among other amenities. Guests must know the address, though, as there's no outside signage on the facade of the building.
8 Via Silvio Pellico, tel.:
IT'S A WRAP
Italian talent scout Bea Vogt Tonduti, who helped launch designers including Moschino and Jil Sander in the Eighties, has opened her first accessories store, called Bandana, in the heart of Milan. "I've always been eager to discover new trends," said Vogt Tonduti. "The trick is to read people's minds and be a step ahead of the market."
Bandana's fresh lineup includes Un Jour Un Sac's bags, a range of handbags with interchangeable handles; Tintamar's creations, in particular the VIP (Very Intelligent Pocket) bag, or a minipurse for small belongings that can easily be dropped into a larger bag, and Monies, one-of-a-kind costume jewelry pieces made with amber, jade, wood and stone.
28 Via Terraggio, tel.: +39-02-2953-3636
Jewelry brand Rosato wants to make a splash in the city's tony shopping triangle with its first Milan flagship. An opening is scheduled for Sunday with an appearance by flamenco dancer Joaquín Cortés, who stars in Rosato's men campaign. White ceramic and gold decor highlight the 370-square-foot space, which is meant to resemble a gold mine.1 Via Montenapoleone, tel.: +39 02-76281679 CHAMPAGNE WISHES
Caffè Malafemmena is the city's first Champagnerie, where Dom Perignon and oysters are served late into the night along with typical Italian appetizers. A combination of Art Deco furniture and Swarovski crystal chandeliers makes for a sophisticated interior.
Via Montegrappa, 9 Via Monte Grappa, tel.: +39-02-6269-4753
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