Travelogue: A weekend in Milan

I love all things fashion, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to go to Milan for a fashion-related event. At my expense, of course. I will do a separate post about the event, featuring Maya Ali, so keep an eye out for it.

Now, let’s talk about Milan!

How to get to Milan from Germany:

You can take a plane, train or a bus – depending on your budget and preferred mode of communication. There is a Eurowings flight from Cologne to Milan, which takes about an hour and a half. There are trains that take at least eight hours. I took a bus that travelled for 14 hours. This trip was planned last-minute, and every other mode of transport was either sold out or disgustingly expensive.

During those 14 hours in FlixBus, I was so tired and exhausted that I questioned everything – from my existence to my calling as a blogger. This trip is not for the faint-hearted. It also made me realise how passionate I am about Cherry Cross as I wouldn’t have made this trip for anything else in the world.

I found a 100€ flight back with Eurowings, and took that to return to Cologne from Milan. It was that or taking up home in Milan as I couldn’t make myself go through that long road trip again.

Where to stay:

Bulgari Hotel Milan
Bvlgari Hotel Milan

There are so many hotels, both chain and boutique, across the city that you will be spoilt for choices. Checkout, Expedia and Trivago for options. I have learned that many hotels offer a better rate if you book with them directly; so look at these portals for suggestions and compare prices with hotel’s own website when booking online.

As I wanted a place in city centre and was on a budget, I opted for AirBnb. I stayed with Mila; her place was nice, clean and she was very pleasant. The only downside was a child who cried irrespective of what the clock said. I slept to her wailing after midnight and woke up at 8:30AM to her screams. Why do children cry so much? She was such a cutie otherwise.

I would certainly recommend Mila’s residence; the location is perfect, room is neat and airy, and she is a good host – just bring a pair of earplugs.

How to get around:

Traffic in Milan is as bad as any other big city. So if you are pressed for time, take a train instead of a taxi. There is metro, S-bahn and regional trains, connecting the entire city and suburbs. A one way trip costs 1.50 Euro – you can buy the ticket from the machines at the station. Alternatively, you can also get a day pass that is valid for 24 hours and costs 4.5 Euros. This can be purchased from stores in the station and not the machines.

Taxis are widely available, but city centre has many pedestrian-only areas; so make sure to check with Google maps and plan your journey accordingly.

I used day passes to get around the city. The train system is not at all complicated, and there is an information desk at stations if you need help. To get to the airport from city centre, it took be a little over an hour.

What to eat:

Spontini Milano
Spontini Milano

Ah, Italian food! Comfort and quality. I only had one restaurant on my list – Gino Sorbillo. Unfortunately, my navigational sense isn’t one of my most redeeming qualities, so after going round and round for 20 minutes, I couldn’t find it and eventually decided to eat at the next restaurant on my way.

This is how I ended up at Milano Centro Restaurant and Lounge. I wish I had more to say about this place but I don’t. Their Roast beef sandwich is exceptionally bad, so try anything but that. So is the service. Cappuccino is standard.

There are plenty of pizzerias, so I would suggest that you don’t plan meals and camp whatever catches your fancy – unless you want something fancy. In that case, check out Solferino on Via Castelfidardo. Perfectly instagramable with good food.

Amber of A Wardrobe Affair deemed Spontini Milano as the best pizza experience for her in Milan. They have outlets across Milan, so shouldn’t be difficult to find one near you. Bookmark it for it looked DEVINE!

Random cravings – Moko’s Matcha. I fancied matcha in Milan, and found this to be F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S.

What to see:

Milan is a big city and I only had a weekend. I bookmarked the following places after extensive Googling:

  • Milan Cathedral: a stunning piece of architecture, Duomo di Milano is the largest church in Italy. It took six centuries to complete, and houses numerous artworks and monuments. The roof is open to public and allows close-up views of some spectacular sculptures.
  • Brera – old school charm, countless insta-worthy spots, neatly lined cafés, surreal artisan’s workshops, and treasure trove of antique items. Spend at least half a day at Brera to do it justice. Don’t miss out on Via Monte Napoleone for window shopping (or breaking the bank).
  • Porta Genova: the oldest Milanese railway station, a gate from 19th century, flanked by Navigli canals and the Darsena. It has a lot of history, fashion outlets and night life venues. Bookmark Fiera di Senigallia for eccentric merchandise.
  • Fondazione Prada: I don’t do museum and churches, but at least one per city is obligatory. Co-chaired by Miuccia Prada, Fondazione Prada is dedicated to contemporary art and culture. IIn addition to solo shows by acclaimed artists, it also hosts cultural programmes such as film festivals, and multi-disciplinary and philosophy talks and architecture and design projects.
  • Club B38 Milano – it’s time to shake it!

Where to shop:

  • 10 Corso Como: Established by former fashion editor and publisher Carla Sozzani, 10 Corso Como is a concept store with a gallery and bookshop at its core. It was conceived as a living magazine, where editorial choices in food, fashion, music, art and lifestyle come together as a virtual narrative.
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: A beautiful mall, packed with high-end fashion outlets – Chanel, Prada, Gucci, etc. It has a glass covered 19th century arcade, which is swamped with tourists. Opt for off-peak times to enjoy the beauty.
  • Corso Buenos Aires – it’s your go-to shopping street for both international and local brands. With over 350 shops and outlets, it features the highest concentration of clothing stores in Europe. 
  • Lipstick Vintage – if you are a connoisseur of vintage, check this place out on Corso Garibaldi. Who knows, it might inspire you to be the next Sophia Amoruso.
  • Quadrilatero d’Oro: Imagine it to be like a massive Chanel store; you need to be ready to spend a pretty penny. Even if you don’t, you have to look like you can. This is where Italians get a name for being fashion snobs.

Final Words:

Milan is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city. I will definitely return sooner than later to explore more of the city. If you have any additional recommendations, bring it on. Until then, Ciao!

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