The gourmet tourist travels the world searching for beauty. He loves to discover new places, take pictures and post them on social networks. Instagram is his favourite one, as it allows him to show sophisticated details that make him feel at home while on the road.
Rather than the most classical and well-defined itineraries, the tourist with a refined taste is looking for striking detail. When he finds it, he chases it, observes it, and tastes it. He expects great things from Milano. He wishes to look for and find a clean and tidy city, made of special locations where his passion for aesthetics and non-conventional tastes can merge.
The gourmet tourist cannot spend a day in Milano without experimenting all the great and special things it has to offer. This is why his favourite area is the city centre. Let us explore the city alongside the gourmet tourist on one of his typical days.
Near the Duomo, the gourmet tourist can kick off the day with a typical Italian breakfast at Pasticceria Sant’Ambroeus. This pasticceria was recently awarded as one of the best historical pastry shops in town, respectful of Milano’s traditions in bakery and pastry making, in a beautiful and charming athmosphere – the Tea Room is just precious. Have a creamy cappuccino and eat a lovely pastry: Italian breakfast at its best!
Beauty in details
The beauty of the Duomo will blow anyone away, but… if you love details, you may also wish to take a look at Santa Maria presso San Satiro. It is considered one of the city’s most attractive - and peaceful - churches.
Milano da bere - “Milano to drink”
A drink before lunch? It was a common thing in Milano during the ‘60s, and the city has earned a reputation for that. After a lovely walk around the Duomo, stop by the Gin Rosa bar and taste one of the city’s most iconic cocktails. A lovely meeting place for people that will taste a shaked Gin Rosa, one of the best things you may happen to drink.
Lunch is a pivotal moment of the day in Italy. So let's choose an exceptional location: in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Michelin star is shining on Ristorante Cracco.
Relaxed and elegant at the same time, the dining room is decorated in Art Déco style, with yellow and golden tones.
Tradition and innovation meet in the dishes created by Carlo Cracco, a global chef celebrity.
The restaurant is also famous for its cellar: you can taste special wines and buy them as well, choosing among the two thousand labels and ten thousand bottles hosted here.
Eating at Cracco’s is an experience for real gourmets.
Afternoon: art or fashion?
If in addition to being a foodie, you nourish other interests as well, there are a number of activities you should consider.
While some might prefer taking a stroll around the Fashion District to find out the latest international trends, others might choose a visit to Osservatorio Prada. The fashion Maison’s art gallery is an exhibition site mainly dedicated to photography and new visual languages. The exhibitions cater for contemporary taste and host international artists.
Aperitivo at the foot of the Duomo
In Milano, you cannot go without Aperitivo. To taste one of the city’s most celebrated drinks, head to Camparino. Recently renovated in contemporary fashion, the bar does not forget its own timeless elegance, mindful of 1867, the year when the it first opened. The recent refurbishing, connecting the words of cocktails and food, entailed the inclusion of high-end cuisine offerings by Davide Oldani, one of the best-known local chefs.
Sipping a drink with snacks and olives, as you admire the Duomo from the windows adds to the whole experience.
Dinner with a view
To round off the evening, we suggest the terrace restaurant of Museo del Novecento to enjoy a dinner in a stunningly stylish location. The Giacomo Arengario restaurant brings together innovation and tradition and happens to be just the perfect place to dine while enjoying a view of the Duomo spires. It is included in the Michelin guide's “Forks”, and acknowledged for the quality of ingredients and the Chef's skills.