Thursday, 4 February 2016

Milan By Becca: Food and Style

A travel post, yay! Being too busy or too poor to travel is my idea of a nightmare and after 6 months of being stuck on this island and working long weeks I was ready for a change. That's as good as a rest, right?! When the opportunity arose for me to head to Milan, albeit for work, it was a no brainer. Braced to learn fast, shop fast and eat alot, here's just a few highlights if you ever find yourself there... 

First up, lets swing by Via Montenapoleone for designer dreaming. Along La Perla the beautful traditional streets are lined wine all the Italian and French classic houses; no.1; Louis Vuitton, no.2; Ralph Lauren, no.4; Bottega Venezia, no.5; Sergio Rossi, no.6; Gucci, no.7; Prada women, no.8; Armani Junior, no.10; Gianni Versace, no.11; Valentino, no.20; Alberta Ferretti, no.21; Christian Dior, no.21.

Just a browse taking in the atmosphere and admiring the incredible visuals in the windows inspires creativity and motivation. Something I really enjoyed was a quick lap of the Cathedral El Duomo Milano then heading up to the top of department store Rinascente where views of the twinkly lights at sunset directly, opposite the magnificent architecture of the cathedral spires could be admired. I was totally drooling over the cocktail and food menu, one to go back to for sure! Think an Italian version of Harrods food hall, that's pretty much the vibe.  

Fast forward a few days in the office and the weekend was a prime opportunity for more sightseeing. I was keen to head to Brera, the beautiful old, traditional area of the city.  Full of tourists and restaurants but not ruined or tacky. It's also home to the University of Art and Santa Maria Del Grazie, a medieval fortress full of Da Vinci art and a museum. The terracotta church is elaborate with gothic features and really full of character with it's history.

While in the district we stumbled upon a total gem. A blissful shoe and dessert haven called Tiramisu. Serving only coffee, designer shoes and customised versions of tiramisu it's an extraordinary concept and incredibly delicious. Well worth a visit! 

For stocking up on Sephora goodies, and balancing the historical roots of the city, the super shiny new Corso Como neighbourhood was my favourite place. With glass buildings, fountains and a massive Nike store, I was happy. Also close by was the fantastic (and huge) deli shop Eat-aly, think a traditional/Italian version of Wholefoods. On 2 floors and complete with a cafe, a morning browsing there is not to be missed. Last but not least, my flying visit saw me dash to High Tech, an absolute diamond for anyone who loves interiors, candles, design, homeware and trendy ornaments. Gifting heaven! You'll buy brilliant things you didn't know you even needed. 


So that was a wrap, short but sweet highlights of an eye opening trip. It's wet my appetite to head back with the boyfriend in tow and a serious shopping list. There's so much to see and do, I'll be back with restaurant reviews and outlet hauls later in the year.... 

Have you ever been? What would you recommend? Did you visit the flagship Prada?

Lots of Love
B  x

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