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    The Westin Palace, Milan

    Milan, Italy


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    Birrificio Lambrate Srl
    5 Via Adelchi
    Milan, Italy
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    Beer Central in Milan
    By Rocky Casale

    Birrificio Lambrate is a well-kept secret in Milan, a city that generally prefers bitter cocktails to beer. The microbrewery opened its second gastropub just outside the city center last year. It’s already much loved for its free happy-hour buffets of pasta and bean salads and innovative menus that might include fish or beef fillets marinated in a seasonal lager, blonde, or stout. Reservations recommended. Via Golgi 60, 39/(0) 02-8496-1890. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.

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    Triennale di Milano
    6 Viale Emilio Alemagna
    Milan, Italy
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    Milan's Design Museum
    By Rocky Casale

    Lovers of furniture from past and present cannot leave Milan without stopping by the Triennale Design Museum. The permanent collection holds an interesting cross-section of Italian furniture and housewares, including the 1957 Superleggera (superlightweight) chair by Gio Ponti and espresso makers by Richard Sapper. 39/(0) 02-72-4341. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.

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    Birrificio Lambrate Srl
    5 Via Adelchi
    Milan, Italy
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    Beer Central in Milan
    By Rocky Casale

    Birrificio Lambrate is a well-kept secret in Milan, a city that generally prefers bitter cocktails to beer. The microbrewery opened its second gastropub just outside the city center last year. It’s already much loved for its free happy-hour buffets of pasta and bean salads and innovative menus that might include fish or beef fillets marinated in a seasonal lager, blonde, or stout. Reservations recommended. Via Golgi 60, 39/(0) 02-8496-1890. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.

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    Triennale di Milano
    6 Viale Emilio Alemagna
    Milan, Italy
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    Milan's Design Museum
    By Rocky Casale

    Lovers of furniture from past and present cannot leave Milan without stopping by the Triennale Design Museum. The permanent collection holds an interesting cross-section of Italian furniture and housewares, including the 1957 Superleggera (superlightweight) chair by Gio Ponti and espresso makers by Richard Sapper. 39/(0) 02-72-4341. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.

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    Cavalli e Nastri
    12 Via Gian Giacomo Mora
    Milan, Italy
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    Curated Vintage
    By Allison Murray

    When properly curated, "vintage" takes on a whole new meaning in Milan. Cavalli e Nastri is the Italian answer to Anthropologie—set in Carrie Bradshaw's closet. The boutique stocks select, pristine vintage clothes and accessories on a small scale. Perfectly placed hat boxes, vibrant walls, and glass displays give the designer space a comfortable feel, perfect for browsing. With impeccable tastes to begin with, the Milanese do retro right at Cavalli e Nastri.

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    Eat’s at Excelsior
    Milan, Italy
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    A Gourmet Emporium
    By Afar Magazine

    For the last decade, Peck was the only place in town to stock up on the best of the best Italian foodstuffs. Now there’s a new gourmet go-to: a sprawling emporium in the basement level of the Excelsior department store. Choose from thousands of products including candy, cured meats, oils, cheeses, wines, and chocolates from throughout Italy. The selection goes beyond the standard food-hall fare with unusual items such as delicate Uliva olive oil and licorice-, mint-, and raspberry-flavored rice kernels. —Shivani Vora

    Galleria del Corso 4, 39/02-7630-7301. Photo courtesy of Eat’s at Excelsior

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    Design Supermarket at La Rinascente
    3 Via Santa Radegonda
    Milan, Italy
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    Design Supermarket at La Rinascente, Milan
    By shivani vora

    Visiting the home goods shop on the lower level of the department store La Rinascente is like going to a friend’s dinner party and wishing you could copy her fabulous taste. More than 100 international designers, including Driade (pictured), are represented in the selection of vases, glasses, and dishes. The stock changes weekly, but everything—a tin tray with an image of a cat dressed in 16th-century garb, or perhaps a cake stand that looks like a cherry-topped cupcake—is a guaranteed standout in any home.

    Via Santa Radegonda 3, 39/02- 88-521. This appeared in the October 2013 issue. Photo courtesy of Driade

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    Pasticceria Marchesi
    11 Via Santa Maria alla Porta
    Milan, Italy
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    Classic Cappuccinos and Cakes
    By Allison Murray

    For a coffee and pastry shop, Pasticceria Marchesi has an unexpected historic elegance. Since the 1800s, they've stuck with a formula that works—classic cookies, jars of sweets, and strong coffee in a gorgeous setting. I came for a cappuccino and left with the perfect gift—a bag of handmade traditional sweets for friends.

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    Meissen
    3-7 Via Monte Napoleone
    Milan, Italy
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    A Housewares Flagship
    By Rocky Casale

    Meissen, a German housewares and jewelry company with a 300-year tradition of working with Italian craftspeople, opened its flagship store in April inside the ornate, 16th-century Casa Carcassola-Grandi mansion. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.

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    Bar Basso
    Via Plinio 39
    Milan, Italy
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    Bar Basso
    By Tamar Shafrir

    Bar Basso is a Milanese institution. During the Salone del Mobile in April, it attracts a huge gathering of designers and it stays open until just before dawn. During the rest of the year you can avoid the hour-long lines and still try its famous Negroni Sbagliatto: a bitters-based cocktail slightly softened by swapping out gin for Prosecco, and served in these enormous glasses!

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    Birrificio Lambrate Srl
    5 Via Adelchi
    Milan, Italy
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    Beer Central in Milan
    By Rocky Casale

    Birrificio Lambrate is a well-kept secret in Milan, a city that generally prefers bitter cocktails to beer. The microbrewery opened its second gastropub just outside the city center last year. It’s already much loved for its free happy-hour buffets of pasta and bean salads and innovative menus that might include fish or beef fillets marinated in a seasonal lager, blonde, or stout. Reservations recommended. Via Golgi 60, 39/(0) 02-8496-1890. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.

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    Luini
    16 Via Santa Radegonda
    Milan, Italy
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    The Best Fast Food You Will Ever Have
    By Kate Wirth

    There is a reason the locals line up down the block at this place come lunchtime: the pomodoro panzerotti. It's a perfect little pocket filled with fresh, warm, gooey mozzarella and local tomatoes. I tried several other sweet and savory items here, but nothing held a candle to this little pocket of perfection. I ate several during our five-day stay in Milan and still daydream about making it back for more.

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    Shockolat
    9 Via Giovanni Boccaccio
    Milan, Italy
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    A Gelato Lover's Dream
    By Megan Unzelman

    As a connoisseur of all things sweet, I was drawn to Shockolat's cioccolata calda or hot chocolate a mere three hours after arriving in Milan. Rich, creamy, and thick, it is hands down the best hot chocolate I have ever had. In fact, it is so delicious it took me a few weeks before I was able to ignore the January temps and try their gelato. Shockolat manages to combine true flavor with a thick velvety texture that is perfect for gelato. Their hazelnut and chocolate with chili pepper flavors are at the top of my list. This little gelateria also offers a variety of cakes and sandwiches during the day. Even in the winter months it would be a shame to leave off of your Milano wanderlist.

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    Leonardo da Vinci statue
    Via dei Mercanti
    Milan, Italy
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    Statue of Leonardo da Vinci
    By Jennifer DeLap

    Most people know Leonardo da Vinci and Milan go hand in hand. I would have loved to go to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum when we visited, but it was closed. Even if you don't make it to the museum, there are plenty of other da Vinci related finds in Milan, like this statue we stumbled upon.

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    Via Broletto Tram
    3-19 Via Broletto
    Milan, Italy
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    I Love Milan's Trams!
    By Kokleong Tham

    Nothing like a beautiful tram to brighten up the cityscape. Milan's trams are beautiful in a vintage kind of way (though this particular one is fairly modern), and punctual too. You can see them along the many of the main streets of Milan—this is a nice view at Via Broletto.

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    Castello Sforzesco
    3 Piazza Castello
    Milan, Italy
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    Michelangelo's Last Work
    By Kirsten Alana

    Though Michelangelo had very little to do with Milano in his lifetime, it is the city which houses the last sculpture he touched before passing on. The Rondanini Pieta can be found at the end of the major exhibits for visitors in the Castello Sforzesco and though it is incomplete, it still impresses the visitor.

    Because it is incomplete, it may be hard for the casual observer to understand. Those familiar with his work and his increasing spirituality before he died, may understand better. This Pieta, there was another in 1499, depicts Jesus and Mary. In it's unfinished state it looks far more like Christ is supporting Mary, not the other way around. Some argue this is symbolic of the fact that it was his spirit which comforted Mary in her loss.

    However one interprets the sculpture, for those who love Michelangelo's work or any religious depictions, it alone is worth the visit to Castello Sforzesco. It is so named because it was brought to Milano by the Rondanini family. I say, good for them!

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    Triennale di Milano
    6 Viale Emilio Alemagna
    Milan, Italy
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    Milan's Design Museum
    By Rocky Casale

    Lovers of furniture from past and present cannot leave Milan without stopping by the Triennale Design Museum. The permanent collection holds an interesting cross-section of Italian furniture and housewares, including the 1957 Superleggera (superlightweight) chair by Gio Ponti and espresso makers by Richard Sapper. 39/(0) 02-72-4341. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.

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    Orto Botanico di Brera
    28 Via Brera
    Milan, Italy
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    17th-Century Gardens in the Heart of Milan
    By Gina Mussio

    Though they are admittedly tiny, the Botanical Gardens in Brera, located behind the Pinacoteca di Brera and the University of Milan, is a hidden oasis in a crowded city.

    Originally used in the 17th century by the Jesuits to grow and teach others about medicinal plants, today you can still find students in the garden, studying on the grass or benches of the small orchard. Go after a visit to the attached museum or simply to rest and recharge before exploring the rest of Milan!

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    Refettorio Simplicitas
    Via dell'Orso, 2
    Milan, Italy
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    Dining Oasis in Milano
    By Carrie Logie

    Il Refettorio Simplicitas is my favorite place to eat when I visit Milan. The executive chef, Giovanni Ruggieri, uses simple, fresh, and local ingredients to consistently turn out powerful flavors you never knew you always wanted to taste. Echoing the food's unassuming presentation, the restaurant is designed in the style of a monastery's dining room. Water served at the table even comes from the on-premise artesian well. To top it all off, the prices couldn't be better (especially given the results). The restaurant, located near the Brera neighborhood, is open for both lunch and dinner. Buon apetito!

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    Salsamenteria Di Parma
    9 Via San Pietro All'Orto
    Milan, Italy
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    Only Cheese and Ham
    By Shan Shan

    Salsamenteria Di Parma is a unique restaurant that specializes in cheese and ham. With light jazz music playing in the background and a relaxed atmosphere, this spot is perfect for lunch!

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    Al Pont de Ferr
    55 Ripa di Porta Ticinese
    Milan, Italy
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    Michelin Man
    By Kirsten Alana

    Matias Perdomo is an Argentinian with a preference for Molecular Gastronomy, influenced by such greats as the Roca Brothers and Ferran Adrià, running a kitchen and a dining room overflowing till late into the night in an unusual part of Milan. Far from the Duomo and the fashion boutiques of Milan's trendier areas, Matias has instead chosen to inhabit a former trattoria along the canals in the Navigli District.

    So far, he has one Michelin Star that's more than deserved. Could he get more? It isn't likely. Adorably, Matias doesn't play the game that so many chefs do in pursuit of Michelin's good graces. The restroom is out back (as in, next to the deep freeze and where the employees wash their hands), the chairs are uncomfortable, the tables are often shared with fellow patrons you've never met, the kitchen itself might be too small to ever meet the full demand of another star or two.

    Yet Matias is a Michelin Man. He's creating the kind of food that people will wait any amount of time for, return over and over to enjoy and tell their friends about for weeks, months, maybe even years after. He's friendly, making his rounds through the dining room and resting a hand on the shoulder of a pretty Italian woman in a way that's not unwelcome, smiling with a grin that can't be anything but disarming and generally making friends with any patron who enters his door.

    Al Pont de Ferr is a place where everyone saves room for dessert and everyone leaves happy.

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