Off The Cuff’s City Guide – A Weekend in Milan

A weekend in Milan

Milan, a metropolis in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. The city is known for its high-end restaurants and shops together with the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper.”

I really would recommend visiting Milan, the food, the fashion and the architecture are all amazing. So, to document what we got up to I’ve put together a piece to provide some tips on some things to do in Milan.

Where to stay

We couldn’t have picked a better spot. Right in the centre of Milan with restaurants, cafes and tram stops surrounding us; the penthouse overlooked the scenic streets of Milan below.

A weekend in Milan where to stay
Penthouse – 3 Via Marcello Malpighi

Giornali con Caffè

Walking from the penthouse towards the Duomo cathedral we stumbled across a great little place for a drink and bite to eat. The waitresses were really friendly and after a couple of wines we were laughing and joking teaching them some of our ‘Northern’ phrases.

A weekend in Milan coffee
Via San Maurilio 1 (Via Torino), 20123, Lombardy

Duomo di Milano cathedral

The cathedral is one of the main sights to see in Milan; an amazing piece of architecture that took nearly six centuries to complete. It’s the largest church in Italy and the fifth largest in the world.

A weekend in Milan cathedral
Duomo di Milano cathedral


Just around the corner from the cathedral you’ll find Luini’s. The queues for this place stretch around the corner, but good things are worth waiting for.

You have to try a Panzerotti. One of Italy’s most popular snacks and you can see why, they’re delicious!

A weekend in Milan Luini's
Via Santa Radegonda, 16, 20121

Peck – The great wine cellar

I’ve personally never seen so many wines in one place before. I don’t claim to know a lot about wines but we were happy to try some samples and leave with a few good quality bottles of vino.

A weekend in Milan wine
Via Spadari 9, 20123

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

An unbelievable space housing luxury brands such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Armani and Versace. We spent far too long in here taking photos but I was in awe of the arcade’s glass dome and ornate features.

A weekend in Milan shopping
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Aperitivo along the Naviglio Grande

The Navigli is a system of navigable and interconnected canals around Milan, Italy. The canals are populated with numerous bars on either side and one of the most popular drinking spots is the Naviglio Grande canal. It’s here where we had our first experience of Italian aperitvo. The price of an aperitivo usually varies between 5 euros to 15 euros, and includes one drink and an unlimited food buffet or refreshment in the bar.

A weekend in Milan aperitivo
Naviglio Grande

Mimmo Milano Live Music Bar

This place was just at the end of our street. We got in early and we left late… way past closing hours. They had a great live Jazz band on and they were incredible. They were great guys and were happy to pose with us as we requested photos with the band.

Try their ‘Gin Love’ cocktail, I can honestly say it’s one of the best gin cocktails I’ve ever had.

A weekend in Milan bar
Mimmo Milano Live Music Bar
A weekend in Milan drink
Mimmo Milano Live Music Bar – Jazz Night

Snaps around the city

A weekend in Milan bike

A weekend in Milan COS

A weekend in Milan building

A weekend in Milan MANGO

A weekend in Milan street


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