Travel Tips: How to be a local in Milan

Milan is my hometown and one of my favourite cities. It's small, cosy, fashionable, iconic, affordable, international and fun. Milan is very notable for its incomparable architecture structures such as the: Duomo and the Castello Sforzesco which render the city unique and inimitable. Milan is a city full of discoveries; from wonderful hidden gardens to small local trattoria's were you will eat the best food of your life. Lastly, the style and the exclusive fashion textures that the city offers are a real must. Below is a selection of Sveva Clavarino's top places in Milan.


Brera Apartments:

Cosy and super stylish apartments situated around Brera, Moscova and Montenapolone decorated with unique designs offer a perfect short stay for all kinds of tourists.

Antica Locanda Solferino: A very nice hidden hideway which offers 11 rooms which are decorated in a bygone style at an affordable price for everyone.

Hotel Spadari Al Duomo : Situated just 150 meters from Piazza del Duomo and Milan Cathedral. The hotel offers a good range of bedrooms and perfect prices.

Antica Locanda Leonardo: A charmer hidden in a 19th century residence near Leonardo’s ‘ Last Supper’ painting. All of the room exude : homey comfort, period furniture and parquet floor and a continental breakfast in a beautiful scented garden.


Biancolatte / Via Turati:

This is no ordinary bar or restaurant. Bianco Latte’s philosophy is based on the concepts of family and home life, serving to remind us of our childhoods.

Bianco Latte 

Bianco Latte 

Bianco Latte Milano

Bianco Latte Milano

Temakinho / Corso Garibaldi:

Fresh and incredible sushi roll.

La Briciola /  Via Marsala, angolo Solferino:

One of my favourite restaurants in Milan! Typical Italian food mixed with a magical atmosphere.

Fruterio Do Brasil / Via Rivioli :

Best acai bowl in town and amazing smoothies.

202 Hamburger & Delicious / Corso di Porta Ticinese:

202 Hamburger & Delicious, Milano

202 Hamburger & Delicious, Milano

202 Hamburger & Delicious, Milano

202 Hamburger & Delicious, Milano

Probably one of the best hamburgers in Milan, if not Italy!

Ristorante Trussardi La Scala / Piazza della Scala:

Amazing cocktails and brunches in a very fashionable and elegant Milanese restaurant which will allow you to rest from all of the hustle and bustles of the city.

Papermoon/ Via Bagutta:

Local food in a modern set restaurant which offers the best pizza, pasta and meat.

Nobu / Emporio Armani Store, Via Gastone Pisoni:

For all sushi lovers, nobu is the perfect place, but it also have some incredible meat dishes!

Gourmet Food Specialists – Zona Wagner:

Indoor food market with 25 different family- owned based stalls which offer a broad variety of organic a typical Italian food.

Eatly- Moscova:

Top quality Italian food – a mix of traditions and innovations of the Italian cuisine such as: pizza, pasta, cheese, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables.


Armani Bamboo Bar:

Milan is not only the world’s fashion capital, but also home to some of the best bars in Europe. The Armani Bamboo bar is one of them.

Armani Bamboo Bar Milano

Armani Bamboo Bar Milano

Rinascente Bar:

You can enjoy amazing typical Italian ‘aperitivo’s’ but also very good cocktails after dinner at the last floor of this big fashion center, whilst admiring incredible Milanese sunsets.

Brian & Berry Terrazza:

This bar is a new reference point for entertainment in the city and dominates the beating heart of the city by offering a specular view of the Duomo and the Milanese skyline. The cocktails are created especially for this terrace by professional mixologists and they are accompanied by a diverse array of high quality food


Beautiful atmosphere in the  Bulgari bar exclusive garden which offers diverse cocktails, fruit juices and teas.

Nottingham Forest Bar :

4th bar best in the world – perfect for aperitivo or a drink after dinner, amazing cocktails!


La Triennale di Milano

La Triennale di Milano

Triennale di Milano:

A new modern temple of architecture and design full of unique permanent art designs.

Art, Fashion & Design- 10 Corso Como:

This hidden courtyard is a combination of everything that can be considered ‘trendy’ in Milan.

10 Corso Como, Milano

10 Corso Como, Milano

10 Corso Como, Milano

10 Corso Como, Milano

Temple of Underground Music- Tunnel club:

Of revitalizing music with underground scenes and a series of live concerts and DJ sets.

Palazzo Lombardia-:

The highest and newest skyscraper in Milan which offers a variety of diverse event, especially during fashion weeks.


Private Isola Bella Tour from Stresa or Milan:

Located in Lago Maggiore one of the most incredible and unique palaces situated in the Borromean Gulf.

Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore

Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore

Milan Street Art Tour:

Admire Milan’s unique street art hidden in the city's street, especially around the areas of Corso Ticinese and Navigli.

Duomo Private Tour:

Special private tour in the underground area of the Duomo which then leads you up all the way to the rooftop.

Milano Duomo and Terraces Tickets:

Discover all of the secrets of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpieces on a private tour of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Hanger Bicocca

Contemporary art exhibition space who attracts artsy types with beautiful exhibitions and workshops.

Great Gallery in Villa Reale

A beautiful example of a neoclassical architecture. It has an incredible English garden where tourists can relax and spend a day away from the city noise and chaos.

Castello Sforzesco:

Inimitable and unique original structure of the amazing Sforza castle museums which resemble the 15th century.