Not only the Dome, the Castello Sforzesco and Via della Spiga. Milan has a lot more to offer for those curious enough to explore its narrow streets and forgotten alleys. Shopping in Milan is an amazing experience, but you shouldn’t be fooled by this: the northern town is a tiny universe, allowing the visitors to travel through different eras. If you’re not just looking for a shopping spree holiday, then this is the place for you! Get ready to discover some unknown neighbourhoods, restaurants, shops and landmarks.
Albergo diurno di Porta Venezia
Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan, 20124 Milano
Years ago it used to lie forgotten. Now it’s possible to visit this hidden gem located beneath Piazza Oberdan: these Art Deco public baths are truly breathtaking, although they have not been restored yet. Originally a place for citizens and travelers, it offered average or luxury baths and many other services, including a barber shop and a traveling agency. Walking through the frail old porcelain tubs will be a surreal experience, thanks to the mosaics that decorate the whole structure, from the vaulted ceilings of the main hall to the iron beams of its entrance.
Zone of Silence
Piazza Eleonora Duse, 3, 20122 Milano
Just behind the fast paced city centre, next to Porta Venezia’s gardens, hides the Zone of Silence. Here you won’t be reached by the noise of the traffic or pedestrians. Instead, you’ll be able to stroll through its stunning architectural buildings and take perfect pictures for your Instagram feed. Entering through the arc of Palazzo della Società Buonarroti-Carpaccio-Giotto, you’ll be able to visit the famous Villa Invernizzi with its pink flamingos, to enjoy the beautiful sight of Villa Necchi and the first milanese private pool and to be stunned by the majesty of the gothic decors of Palazzo Berri-Meregalli.
San Bernardino alle ossa
Via Verziere, 2, 20122 Milano
Ever been to an ossuary? This one will amaze you for sure. Located in the city centre, at the end of a corridor on the right of a church’s entrance, San Bernardino alle ossa is made with bones and skulls. All walls are completely covered with the remains of local graveyards, old ossuaries the departed patients of the ancient hospital. Surrounded by hollow eyes – well, cavities – you may be lucky enough to find a local old man who’ll tell you the secret history of the bones.
Via Roberto Cozzi, 3, 20125 Milano
Its entrance recites “Off the beaten path” and I find it quite true. This unusual place hides in Greco, an area of Milan rarely visited by tourists or even by “Milanesi”. Noteworthy are not only the decor and more in general the atmosphere, but also the choice of menu, especially the brunch and the cocktail list.
Via Felice Casati, 27, 20133 Milano
It feels like home. You can smell the coffee and the cakes, as you enjoy the atmosphere: you can lounge on a velvet couch or sit on a shared wooden table, as you listen to the hipster radio while you wait for your breakfast. And then it comes. A foamy cappuccino, one of the most creamy and tasty of the city, and the croissant. Or better, The Croissant. I personally love La Rossa, with raspberry jam. But Pavè is also perfect for lunch or the happy hour, and of course for any special occasion, thanks to its wonderful pastry creations.
Via Panfilo Castaldi, 16, 20124 Milano
Born as an interior design and architecture firm, Laboratorio 16 is now the place for all illustration, graphic and design lovers. The two owners are the creative directors that bring paper into life, by creating objects, books, journals, cards and many other beautifully crafted goods.