A few weeks ago, I went to Milan to attend the wedding of a very good friend of mine and I had the chance to stop by some lovely places that popped up in Milan during Expo exhibition. Urban regeneration projects, new museums and venues where having food or drinks, a lot of different initiatives: whether you are pro or against Expo project, we have to be honest in saying that Milan is living a sparkling moment. Since I live abroad and I couldn’t follow those changes in day-to-day life, I was surprised to see how Milan has changed in such a short time and become a very exciting city.
This art and culture foundation led by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli opened its new headquarter in May 2015. It’s an architectural project combining the old existing distillery spaces with some new constructions. This wide area – around 20,000 square meters – hosts both permanent and temporary exhibitions of international artists.
ADDRESS: largo Isarco, 2 Milan (MM Lodi T.I.B.B.)
The real gem of this place is the Bar Luce, designed by the American director Wes Anderson (his 2014 movie The Grand Budapest Hotel was one of my favorite ones of all time) and it’s been designed to recreate the atmosphere of old Milan bars. Although the vibe is surreal and it seems to be on a movie set, this place is extremely friendly thanks to the kind service, the delicate pastel colors and the affordable prices of drinks.
Last April the new restaurant on the rooftop of Triennale museum was inaugurated, in one of the cultural hearts of Milan. Just go up to the second floor and a corridor will lead you to the entrance of this restaurant, where an aromatic garden opens the door to the wonderful panoramic terrace overlooking Sempione Park and the new city skyline. The cuisine is light and interesting, the kitchen is led by the Michelin starred chef Stefano Cerveni; not exactly cheap.
ADDRESS: viale Alemagna 6, Milan (MM Cadorna)
After two years of works, one of the main Expo requalification projects saw the light in April 2015. XXIV Maggio square became almost entirely a pedestrian area while the Darsena docks have been renovated and now it’s possible to walk on the both sides. Because of all the buzz and rumors before the inauguration, I would have expected something different – a little bit more character and less reinforced concrete presence.
ADDRESS: MM Porta Genova
An amazing place has just opened and it’s perfect for those who wants to have a nice lunch or buy quality food in Duomo (I’ve worked there for years, I am very sensitive on this topic!). The project has been promoted by Autogrill and it recreates the atmosphere of an indoor market where you can find a bakery, a traiteur, a patisserie, a butcher, a cheese shop, a market stall with fruits and vegetables and so much more.
ADDRESS: Duomo square, at the corner with Vittorio Emanuele II gallery (MM Duomo)
Unfortunately, the time is never enough and I couldn’t see all the new places I had in mind, I hope I will able to do it next time!