The best of contemporary & tradition
Europe’s style capital, Milan is also Italy’s business, design and fashion heart. A pulsating and cosmopolitan city, rich in culture, art & history, With numerous interesting highlights, Milan offers a remarkable mix of contemporary innovation and very deep cultural tradition, SUITE HOMES could not be more conveniently placed for you to explore and enjoy the sights, sounds and the delighting experiences of the best Italian’s way of life. Just steps from the world-famous Teatro alla Scala, the Duomo square and within effortless walking distance from the ultra-chic via Montenapoleone and via della Spiga.
We wish to simplify your visit planning with the below “what to see and do” sections
Milan is famed for its concentration of designer shops and some of the world's most exclusive boutiques, a love story with beauty unmistakably clear in the Milanese deep-rooted sense of style. Don’t miss to visit the quadrilatero designer shopping district, enclosed between the legendary via Montenapoleone & via della Spiga and the trendy corso Como area with the hipper Corso Como showcase. And what about Milan’s outlet shops & discount stock houses: certainly the best way to buy bargain designer gear! Milan & jewels are to deeply relied. When in corso Como we suggest a stop to the showroom of an amazing contemporary jewellery designer, Lucifero vir honestus (from the name of the first goldmsmith in town). If you love Italy’s history & art craft don’t miss the stunning antiquary showcases such as Subert (via S. Spirito, 24) or Nella Longari (via Bigli, 15). But you can have fun rummaging through one of the big markets of classical antiquity. Maybe all along the charming Navigli, the old romantic waterways (last Sunday of the month). In striking contrast, contemporary design furniture & objects are mostly concentrated in the corso Monforte/via Durini area but also via Manzoni has some very interesting showrooms. In the Brera district you can see where that famous sleek Milan aesthetic all began in some of the finest modenariato exposures. Then finally take home Italy’s flavours from the gourmet temple Peck (via Spadari, 9)!
Only a few steps away from SUITE HOMES, the top of the lacy Duomo cathedral offers a spell bounding view all over Milan and even as far as the snow covered Alps. From the cathedral you can continue your tour through one of the most prestigious shopping arcades, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and arrive to La Scala opera house, just renewed by the architect Botta. When in the Brera district, a ten-minute walk from SUITE HOMES, visit the Pinacoteca di Brera, one of Italy's finest art galleries with works by Raphael, Canaletto, Van Dyck and Rubens. Don’t miss the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, sited 5 minutes away, with Caravaggio's famous Basket of Fruit and Titian's Adoration of the Magi. The Castello Sforzesco, 10 minutes away fromthe apartments, is home to the word famous Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini and many important museums, including the Museo d'Arte Antica. Continuing your tour from the castle you can easily reach the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and contemplate Leonardo's Last Supper (book your visit in advance or ask us to do so!!).
Milan’s art life is very vibrating and mixes antiquity with contemporary. A long list of important art galleries and pavilions can catch your interest. We recommend a visit to the Triennial , a mirror of the artistic, architectural and emerging trends in Italy and to the PAC exhibition space. You could also see contemporary art expositions at the Fondazione Prada and at the Galleria Carla Sozzani. Other interesting shows are always set at the Palazzo Reale and at the Fondazione Mazzotta.
Whether in town for business or pleasure, pay a visit to Milan’s lush, historical gardens & parks which provide a restful oasis amidst the busy centre. Just the perfect place to unwind and relax in between your exploring around. Parco Sempione, off the castle, is house to the Triennale where you can buy a gourmet picnic basket complete with a design blanket. The largest gardens are the beautiful Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli , with a romantic lake, about172.000 square meter started in1784.
The Performing Arts: of course the reborn Teatro alla Scala opera house, but for classical lovers don’t miss the conductor Riccardo Chailly, that now plays at the Auditorium di Milano, a renovated 1930s movie house at Via S. Gottardo 42/Largo Gustav Mahler (phone 02 8338-9222). Concerts run from late September through May. Movies: in Italy, English-language films are almost always dubbed into Italian. This could be an opportunity to brush up on Italian while having some of the fun out of a night at the cinema. Anyway there are always a few theatres that offer English-language films in the original version 1 night a week: Anteo, Via Milazzo, 9 (phone 02 6597732 – Metro stop Moscova), on Monday, Arcobaleno - viale Tunisia, 11 (phone 02 29406054 – Metro stop Porta Venezia), on Tuesday and Mexico - via Savona, 57 (phone 0248951802 – Metro stop Porta Genova), also on Thursday. If your Italian is already quite good, why not try it out following a pièce at the Teatro Strehler (Nuovo Piccolo Teatro) or in one of the about 40 theatres in Milan?
When it comes to nightlife Milan is a real thrill... It is impossible to resume the variety of pubs, discos, life musicclubs and their incredible number and continuous renovations! In any case the best areas to consider are once more corso Garibaldi/corso Como, Brera, the Navigli/corso di Porta Ticinese. Some tips: Café Atlantique (viale Umbria, 42). Restaurant, bar and private club. Great house music for the fashionable club opened by Dolce and Gabbana. Hollywood (corso Como, 15) is the most famous discotheque in Italy. Frequented by models, actors, designers and other famous people. Door selection, privé off limits. Alcatraz (via Valtellina, 21) is the largest club in town lit up by one of the most sophisticated lighting systems. International all ages clientele. Casablanca (corso Como, 14) in a trendy colonial atmosphere aperitifs, restaurant, dine and dance. Open every night.
Eat & drink!
Many of Milan's most select restaurants can be found in the centre, close to the Suites, where you can indulge in regional specialities such as the famous milan’s saffron rice dish (risotto alla Milanese). Other very interesting areas in Milan to eat out include Brera, the Navigli and Corso Como districts, where you will find a variety of trendy tearooms, bars, pubs, pizzerias and nightclubs. Please visit our dedicated section for all the information.
Where to eat & drink
The best restaurant
Aimo E Nadia - via Montecuccoli, 6 – 02 416886
The most trendy restaurant
Chandelier – via Broggi, 17 – for real fashion-victims - 02 20240458
Fish at it’s best
Merluzzo felice – via Lazzaro Papi, 6 – 02 5454711 – closed on Sundays
A Riccione - via Taramelli, 70 - 02 683807
Il Consolare - via Ciovasso, 3 – 02 8053581 – open on Sundays
Bice - via Borgospesso, 12 - traditional cuisine – 02 76002572 –closed on Sundays
Peck - via V. Hugo, 4 – top quality ingredients, Italian dishes – 02 876774 – closed on Sundays
Marino alla Scala – piazza della Scala, 5 – refined lunge bar-restaurant, back art video walls – 02 80688295
Emporio Armani Caffé – via Croce Rossa, 2 – the stylist café in his headquarter
Caffé Cova – via Montenapoleone, 8 – historical cafe
Sant’Ambroeus – corso Matteotti, 7 – bourgeois mood tearoom & delicious pastries
Brera & corso Como
Fiori oscuri - via Fiori oscuri, 3 – European dishes, creative atmosphere – 02 45477057- closed on Sunday & Monday evening
Trattoria del Carmine - piazza del Carmine, 1 – charming mood, pizza & pasta – 02 86461234 – closed at lunch on Sundays & Mondays
Corso Como 10 - corso Como, 10 – cool garden restaurant & cafe – 02 29013581 - closed on Monday lunch
Bushido - corso Como, 6 – zen oasis – 02 6570565 – closed on Sundays & Mondays lunch
BentoBar - C.so Garibaldi, 104 – japans cuisine – 02 2360155
Il Resentin – via Mercato, 24 – charming, truly antique cafe with about 200 types of grappa
Radetzky – corso Garibaldi, 105 – trendy bistro
Coffee Design - La Triennale di Milano, Viale Alemagna, 6 - from 10.00 to 20:30 – week days brakfast, Sunday’s brunch, lunch, aperitifs - 02/875441 - closed on Mondays
Just Cavalli Café - viale Camoens, 12, torre Branca – the stylist’s very trendy restaurant - 02 311817-02 34934643
Artidoro - via Camperio 15 – Italian specialities with a contemporary taste - 02 8057386 - closed on Sundays
Il Montalcino - via Valenza , 17, Naviglio Grande – Italian’s traditional atmosphere and dishes – 02 8321926
El Brelin - vicolo dei lavandai – quoted in the Promessi Sposi - 02 58101351
Le Biciclette - via Torti – Italian’s tradition in a very trendy mood. Sunday’s brunch – 02 58104325