24 Hours in Milan

In keeping with its reputation as one of the world’s key fashion capitals, Milan is lined with luxe designer stores and classic Italian boutiques. If clothes shopping leaves you cold, then opt to spend the day sipping cappuccino, taking in the architecture, and wandering the sepia-toned streets instead.


Like the rest of Italy, Milan takes its coffee seriously. It’s hard to find a tasteless espresso anywhere, but some coffee bars offer more of an experience than most. Try a pricey but perfect cappuccino in the opulent environs of Zucca; an elegant Milanese institution located in the historic Galleria shopping mall.


If you see one thing in Milan, then it must be the world-famous Duomo. The gothic, domed basilica is breathtaking in the literal sense.


Take a short walk to iconic deli Peck, where classy Milanese ladies peruse beautiful displays of antipasti, homemade pasta, and freshly baked bread. Pick up some chocolate truffles and olive oil to take home, or a slice of lasagna al forno to wolf down on the spot.


Hop in a cab and make the short ride to Corso Como for lunch at the elegant Alla Cucina Delle Langhe. Best known as Tom Ford’s favourite restaurant in Milan, this intimate trattoria serves a perfect risotto.


Head a few doors down to check out famous concept store, 10 Corso Como. Owned by the sister of Italian Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani, this upper-echelon shopping and dining space offers an expansive collective of contemporary womenswear, rare fragrances, and exclusive accessories. Browse the beautiful selection of art and design books upstairs, or enjoy a post-lunch digestif in the secluded courtyard outside.


Counteract all that luxury with a pilgrimage to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie across town. There you’ll find Da Vinci’s famous ‘Last Supper’ oil painting, to be absorbed in all its beautiful, crumbling glory (so long as you’ve booked tickets in advance).


Surprising fact about Milan: this super-chic city just loves a Happy Hour special. All over town, you’ll see advertisements for affordable aperitivi (basically, cocktails that come with a plethora of free snacks alongside). From Santa Maria delle Grazie, take a short walk back towards the centre of town and make a stop off at Da Claudio. At this upmarket seafood store and restaurant, your glass of prosecco will come with a huge plate of melting crudo (Italian sashimi) which you can enjoy without fearing up filling up before dinner.


Request one of the terrace tables overlooking the Duomo at fancy restaurant, Giacomo. Seafood is the focal point of the menu so don’t be tempted to skip the Branzino or shrimp-based pasta dishes, or the restaurant’s famous marscapone and strawberry-filled ‘bomb’ for dessert.


Continue the evening with a cocktail at Dolce & Gabbana’s absurdly decadent Gold bar, or venture a few kilometres north to check out the glamorous poolside scene at H Club Diana at the Sheraton hotel. When you’re ready to call it a night, Town House 31 offers a chic and affordable refuge, plus a convivial communal table where you can enjoy breakfast the next day.