My recent weekend trip began in Milan. I’ve visited Milan 5 or 6 times before, and I am always happy when going back there. Milan for me is a place where I can find 3 of my favorite things: pasta, gelato and shopping. Compared to the other Italian cities, Milan is very different, a combination between old and modern architecture, which is not common for the other Italian cities. I was only in Milan for less than a day, before continuing my trip. But, still managed to do and see some of my favorite things. Continue reading to find out the best place to stay while in Milan, best food spots and things do to.

Getting around:

The majority of things are located around the city center, so you can walk to the majority of places or take the Milan metro, which is very well organized. Trains run every few minutes, and you can easily go from one place to another.

Where to stay:

During my trip I stayed at Elizabeth Lifestyle Hotel, a boutique hotel located in the heart of Milan. The location of the hotel was superb, Missori metro station was just 2 minutes walk, while the Duomo was 7 minutes by walk. The interior of the hotel was lovely, the room were spacious and luxurious, the staff was very friendly and helpful and the breakfast was delicious. Highly recommend this hotel if staying in Milan.

Must see’s:

Milan Duomo- largest cathedral in Milan, with stunning gothic architecture and a big square in front. The Duomo is the most famous landmark of Milan. Throughout the day the square is packed with people, so if you want images without many people in them go early in the morning. Also, it’s worth entering the cathedral and if you have time climb to the top of it (unfortunately, we didn’t have time).

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele  II- right next to the Duomo is Galleria Vittorio Emanuele  II which is also the oldest mall in Italy, opened since 1877. Beautiful architecture, high ceilings, and marble floor. The galleria is filled with shops, cafe’s and restaurants.

Must do’s

Shopping- for me Milan is shopping heaven, everything you want you can find it here. From local designers, to famous high street brands, to world famous and high end fashion. Best streets for shopping are Via della Spiga and Via Montenapoleone are where all famous stores are located and where you can find most high street fashion shops are  Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Via Torino, and Corso Buenos Aires.

Indulge on Italian cuisine- there’s nothing really much to explain about this. But, Italian cuisine is my favorite. Continue reading for my restaurant and food spot recommendations.

Where to eat:


perfect for: quick bite

what to eat: pizza

Cafe Panzera

perfect for: lunch

what to eat: rigatoni with cream tomato sauce

Da Bruno

perfect for: lunch/dinner

what to eat: penne Da Bruno