Little time we have to spend exploring the city when we travel to Milan for Fashion Week but we know for sure it has some astonishing places where you can relax and discover the Italian life. That’s why we asked the amazing photographer Christine Davis to share with us some amazing discoveries. Whether you’re still looking for the perfect place to stay while in Milan, a place for coffee and pastries or a mouthwateringly pizza, make sure you check out some of the tips that she recommended us.1.What do you love most about Milan?
I am still learning Milan after a couple of years of being here. It’s a challenge because while NYC is an open book, Milan is much more closed and “inside.” But when you do manage to unlock a secret, it’s a wonderful discovery! I most love that it’s a central hub access to Europe, so a hop to Paris, London and in between is so easy and inexpensive (minus the jet lag!).
2.What is a typical day like for you in Milan?
When I’m not shooting or traveling, I enjoy meeting friends for a morning coffee at a favorite cafe, wander and lunching in the Brera or Porto Nuovo area, then meet friends again for more coffee!
3.What are some ideal / must places to visit?
-Fondazione Prada/Bar Luce: the space and light is amazing here in this museum and the treats and interiors (designed by West Andreson) at Bar Luce is a perfect pitstop.
-Villa Necchi: Remember the film “I am Love”? My absolute favorite villa to visit in Milan.
-Spazio Rossana Orlandi: It’s a designer’s must… museum, design, shop. This place won me over as they sell Astier de Villatte ceramics.
-Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni: Love visiting this small studio of this famous Italian designer, Achille Castiglioni. The tour is by appointment only but I always leave looking at our every day things in a different perspective.
-Brera: Wander and get lost in this area.
4.What are some of your favorite foods in Milan?
The food scene in Milan has really become more international so I am happy to find my favorites when the craving strikes like Ethiopian, Korean, hamburgers, Lebanese. But for Italian food, I can always have pasta!
5.Do you have a favorite restaurant here?
Latteria: Traditional Milanese, small, cramped, not so pretty but like grandma’s cooking. // Via San Marco, 24
Fiorare Bianchi: A favorite lunch spot and it’s also a flower shop.
Erba Brusca: Milan’s version of farm to table. // Alzaia Naviglio Pavese 286,
6.Is there a hotel you recommend to your friends?
Maison Borella: Located on the Naviglia canal, if you want to be near the nightlife.
La Straf: for the fashionista.
Bulgari: for opulence and lovely garden.
7.How do you spend your weekends?
On the weekends, a day trip drive to the Lake Como villages (Bellagio is a favorite). Or can take a train and pop up to Switzerland or down to Venice.
8.Would you recommend us a few places for coffee?
Pave: Reminds me of home, NYC. // Via Felice Casati, 27,
Pasticceria Marchesi: Owned by Prada, there are two locations. // Via S. Maria alla Porta 11/a
Riad: Also a flower shop and a nice escape for a couple of hours. // Viale Piave 17
9.Do you have a favorite street/area where you love to spend more time, to go more often?
Brera, Corso Como, Porta Venezia, Galeria. Milan was the industrial center of Italy so I recommend to not venture outside of the city limits… it can get ugly (aka project housing feel) with lots of graffiti.
10.Are there some things to avoid while in Milan?
Hang onto your iPhone! I have had 3 stolen within 10 months. One tie was during dinner at an outdoor café in Brera… it was stolen right off the table! And I have to say this, after living in NYC for 12 years, I never had anything stolen from me before!
Many thanks Christine for your recommendations and for the beautiful photos.