Confused by all that is going on around the international Expo? Here’s a list of some of the must-stop spots:
TOMMY GARDEN: For those looking to unwind after trekking around Milan, the new Tommy Garden, located inside the courtyard of the Tommy Hilfiger boutique, offers tranquility. The 4,300-square-foot garden’s variety of plants and flowers and vintage outdoor furniture create a relaxing setting in which guests can flip through a sampling of international books and magazines or play an impromptu game of ping-pong; those unable to resist communication with the outside world can hop onto the free Wi-Fi. In addition, Tuesdays and Thursdays are happy hour days at the Tommy Garden, with American drinks, finger food and a live DJ set.
Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Tuesdays and Thursdays until 12:00 a.m.)
Tel.: +39 02-2024-1573
PRICELESS MILAN: A temporary restaurant on the rooftop of Palazzo Beltrami offers diners a view over Piazza della Scala. Priceless Milan features a single large table that seats 24, and several chefs from the Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe group rotate kitchen duty. With special tastings, music, cooking performances and more, the restaurant goes well beyond traditional lunch or dinner.
Palazzo Beltrami 4/6 A
Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
AL CORTILE: A few feet from Porta Romana, an organic temporary restaurant called Al Cortile has opened its doors for the duration of Expo. Twice a month, superstar Italian chefs take over the kitchen, while once a month the restaurant hosts an international figure and top students of the Food Genius Academy serve a gourmet tapas menu or brunch on Sundays. The kitchen is open until 11 p.m., but cocktails by barman Franco “Tucci” Ponti are served until 2 a.m.
Via Giovenale, 7
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. (from 11 a.m. on Sundays)
COVA IN TRIENNALE: Since the end of April and throughout Expo, Cova, the historic Milanese coffee house, is open for business inside the Triennale Design Museum’s garden. Cova offers all the trappings of a 19th-century literary café: it features a long “social table” by renowned furniture factory Riva 1920 in addition to regular tables. Special happy hour cocktails such as the Covino or the Tricova are Milanese musts.
Triennale Design Museum
Via Alemagna, 6
Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tel.: +39 02-8909-3899
AVEDA POP-UP STORE: Aveda has unveiled an 86-square-foot pop-up store inside Milan’s Central Station, with a selection of its best-selling products in standard and travel sizes. A hairstylist is onboard to freshen up travelers, and a massage team is available for those who need to unwind before boarding a train. The pop-up will remain open until the end of the year.
Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tel.: +39 02-669-2244
PANORAMA: A video installation in Piazza Gae Aulenti presents a high-definition, 360-degree view of Italy’s most beautiful sites and specialties for the duration of Expo. Upon entering the octagonal structure, visitors will spend 15 minutes taking in Italian excellence, to the tune of some of the country’s best-loved musical compositions.
Piazza Gae Aulenti
Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.