Hanna Nyzhnyk from Kiyv

No ifs, ands or buts about it: fast-paced Milano is a hive of activity in leisurely Italy. But when it comes to bohemian life matters, it also has a lot to offer - and Navigli is the first district which comes to mind when there appears an urgent need for a sophisticated aperitivo or a long walk with a view. Once an epicentre for trade, today it is the city’s life and soul: with some of the most prestigious universities, such as Bocconi, IULMNABA as well full of museums with a big cultural value, design galleries and open-air vintage markets on weekends. You will be utterly satisfied with nightlife and reach your home easily - the area is very well-connected with public transport. Navigli has something for everyone – check my tips and see for yourself!

Places to go

Choose your own cultural programme itinerary: if you are interested in fashion, visit Armani Silos, the art space dedicated to the Armani style (you can get your full immersion experience by even touching some of shoes-exhibits there!)

MUDEC, the museum of cultures, is a perfect place if you want to discover what and who has shaped Milan’s identity. Get lost among the shelves of an independent authentic bookshop Il Libraccio. Every first Sunday of a month finds a vintage market all along the Naviglio Grande, while the flea market is possible to visit every Saturday. BASE, an innovative venue dedicated to culture and innovation, is also a place in via Tortona  - with regular workshops and exhibitions, it promotes inclusiveness in creative industries. Don’t miss the opportunity!


Whether you are a fussy eater or will agree on pizza with pineapples, dining in Navigli will be a pleasurable experience! I would definitely recommend trying the salmon tartar at Japanese-Brazilian Temakinho restaurant!  If you are a stickler for Italian classics - try any pizza in Fabbrica Pizzeria (Tartufona tasted like a heaven on Earth, by the way!). 

Don’t forget to taste the scrumptious gelato with fondant chocolate in an authentic Gelateria della Musica.

When it comes to aperitivo, Navigli is the first association in minds of Milanesi. First ask yourself if you need a fancy place or a genuine one. For the first I would definitely recommend Movida, with live jazz on Sundays and their house specialties on the list (fresh Botanical Trip or Campari dreaming? Choose basing on your mood!). Want to keep it low-key? Bring all your friends to Spritz Navigli Milano! If you want it cozy, go for Cicinin della Ripa with amazing grappe from €5.

In search of groceries

Top-notch food is what has made Italy become a distant dream for people all around the world. Numerous grocery stores available in the district won’t leave you starving: go to Carrefour, PAM or Esselunga for your universal needs at reasonable prices. Bio c’ Bon in Naviglio Pavese will fit for bio products. Don’t pass by Darsena covered market without stopping to buy tasty tripe rolls!


Places to study

If you need a particular place to concentrate on studying, coworking “Navigli Working Factory” will be a good matchup to you! Single desk or a room for you and your group mates to work on a project for university.

You can combine your efficient studying with eating one of the best ramen in Milano - Tenoha Japanese coworking space will dazzle you with hospitality. Anyway, don’t forget to check the schedule of your university’s library - most often they have all the facilities for your comfortable studying. Or use Affuences app to book a place in public libraries.

How to move around

Navigli district is easily-accessible with the subway station MM2 Porta Genova. The buses 2, 3, 9, 47, 74 will bring you anywhere you need. Don’t forget to use a bicycle! ATM, public transportation service in Milano, offers students discounts on annual subscription to the bike sharing service BikeMi, so take the most from it!

Places to exercise

Seize the moment and run along the canals – from Darsena to Naviglio Grande (with its major part reserved to pedestrians). 

Join the enthusiasts’ groups already running together regularly, don’t hesitate to ask! If you are into cycling, follow the course of the Naviglio Pavese: you can reach Pavia in 37 km and good news - this route is suitable for beginners!

The shorter one’s length is 20 km - from Porta Genova to Abbiategrasso. Follow the left bank of the final section of Naviglio Grande and you’ll be able to see some famous historical villages.