Whereas New York is known for its stylish sportswear and London makes waves for its cool designs, the Milan Fashion Week is synonymous with extravagant elegance. It took place for the first time in 1958, and even in 2015 it’s reliably surprising. But where do Milan’s fashionistas meet when the lights go out over the catwalk?
Bar Luce For a coffee with Wes Anderson, go to the Fondazione Prada. You see, the cult film director designed its very own Bar Luce. The interior design is as wonderfully playful as his box office hits Moonrise Kingdom and Grand Budapest Hotel: colourful retro furniture, terrazzo floor, two pinball machines and a jukebox from the ’50s. Largo Isarco, 2 Ristorante Berton Chef Andrea Berton has been awarded two Michelin stars and is ambassador of Italian fine cuisine at the Expo. In total, three restaurants in Milan belong to him – but he only cooks at one himself. Namely at the Ristorante Berton, situated in the futuristic glass complex Porta Nuova and kept pure and simple in shades of grey, wood, cement and metal. There isn’t any unnecessary excess to be found in the kitchen, either. The chef’s favourite dish: risotto. The guests’ favourite dish: turbot au gratin with cocoa beans and bacon. Viale della Liberazione, 13 T’a Milano Store & Bistro Tancredi and Alberto Alemagna have been making chocolate for many years in line with an old family tradition. Grocer’s shops like the Eataly or La Rinascente Food Hall sell their creations. Nevertheless, the brothers decided to open their own premises next to the ancient Palazzo Clerici, too. T’a is the name of their flagship store, which is simultaneously a patisserie, café, cocktail bar and a place to have a quick lunch. Buy your club sandwich here to go or get the so-called luxury box for friends: several house chocolate selections, packaged beautifully. Via Clerici, 1 M Collective Interactive shopping, adapted to suit every mood. That’s the aim of the concept store M Collective. Its three areas Minus, Much and More (each on a separate floor) are not sorted according to products, gender or price, but by mood. If you’re feeling radical, matter-of-fact or sober, shop for fashion and design objects on the Minus level. If you like things challenging, chic and charming, have a look around on the Much level. Customers on the More level should be excessive and crazy. The shopping experience is supported by touchscreens where visitors can find out background information about the brand and where fashion bloggers give styling tips. Viale Regina Giovanna, 1 Björk If you’re a fan of Swedish food but aren’t satisfied with the quality on offer at Ikea, then you’ll be a happy shopper at Björk, a brasserie complete with integrated grocer’s that sells Nordic food such as blackberry jam and salmon marinated in dill. It’s not just on Midsummer that roast elk with chanterelles and salmon smørrebrød are served here. Guests drink Aquavit, a Scandinavian spirit with caraway. Architect Nicola Quadri made sure that the location looks better than Ikea, too. He founded the Björk together with Giuliana Rosset, boss of the Napapijri fashion label. Via Panfilo Castaldi, 20 Mantra Earlier a student of literature and a photographer, now a trained chef and food designer. Alberto Minio Paluello works at the first vegan raw food restaurant in Milan. “Cooks” is perhaps taking it too far. The kitchen is more of a laboratory – in which only the hydraulic press and the dehydrating device are ever called into action. Alberto exclusively uses certified organic vegetable produce to create raw courgette lasagne with almond ricotta or cauliflower couscous. He also produces some 20 different juices and smoothies. They are kept in the entrance area – help yourself. Via Panfilo Castaldi, 21 Highline Galleria It sits on its throne like a palace next to the Milan cathedral. Built in 1877, it is also one of the oldest shopping malls in the world. We’re talking about the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, of course, Milan’s landmark par excellence. Lately it’s even been possible to walk on its roof. Its paths with their views of Milan have been made accessible to the public for the first time. Simply take the lift to the top floor to observe the spires of the cathedral at close quarters. Or sip an aperitif at the restaurant. Via Silvio Pellico, 2 Terrazza 12 The Brian & Berry Building: a twelve-floor structure from the ’50s that’s devoted to shopping. The cosmetics giant Sephora is sold here, as is fashion by Ralph Lauren, Woolrich and Moncler. The lounge bar Terrazza 12 recently opened on the tenth floor. Relax there with a cocktail after shopping till you drop. And enjoy the view across the city from the comfort of ’50s furniture. Via Durini, 28