Those more interested in Art Deco design than the latest suits in the Valentino window should head over to this cozily curated furniture and home-decor outpost in the heart of Brera that also functions as an art gallery. The interiors are a little zany, eccentric, and overstuffed, but this happens to be the city’s preeminent stop for Art Deco furniture.
Only the elegance of the nearby La Scala theater could rival this super sophisticated space that the Milanese call a barbershop. All products, from shampoos to shaving creams, are made in house and specially selected for every customer. Clean-shaven men will wish they had a beard so they could experience the old-fashioned hot shave exactly as it was one hundred years ago.
Restaurants It may be slightly off the map, but Carlo Cracco’s sawmill turned restaurant is well worth the trip. Arrive before your reservation to take a cocktail (some of the best in town) at the dedicated bar, but pace yourself for the excellent food to follow, including the salt cod omelet or spaghetti with anchovies.
The roots of this gorgeous pasticceria lie in Milan’s famous La Scala theater—it was the place for the opera and ballet crowd to go after hours to discuss the latest aria. Today it’s a go-to spot for the fashion flock and those who want a taste of Milanese café culture. In addition to the piles of fluffy, buttery pastries, they serve a mean, quick lunch perfectly washed down with a glass of prosecco.
Housed in the nineteenth-century Palazzo Cagnola and designed by local architectural god Vincenzo de Cotiis, this fashion superstore is the city’s most celebrated multibrand shop. It’s a retail institution that combines the art of design with the art of shopping. Find Milan’s favorite Italian and international labels displayed among exposed walls, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and marble and bronze accents.