TRAVEL ATTACHÉ | A TASTE OF MILAN / by Brackett Bilodeau

In honor of Milan Fashion Week, our Travel Attaché took the city by storm to scout out the season’s best in dining and nightlife. Cin cin!
 

1. CERESIO 7
The long-awaited rooftop hangout brought forth by the duo behind Dsquared2 is finally open -- and quite the feat to get into. The unassuming structure stands tall in the heart of Milan, perpetually guarded by an impeccably suited doorman and two equally dashing front desk associates. Going up: the top floor awaits. Flanked by two pools and an ultra-mod glass-ensconced interior, Ceresio 7 is the Dsquared2 brothers incarnated in the form of a fashion week hangout dream. Whether grabbing dinner for two in the retro dining room or a day-to-nightcap by the lap pool, Milan’s newest rooftop is definitely worth a shot.


2. FONDAZIONE PRADA
Two words: Wes Anderson. With the arrival of Prada’s new art and mixed media compound nestled in the outskirts of the city comes, of course, an unparallelled dining experience. Though casual and unpretentious, the kitschy space has already made its mark on the art and social scene, drawing art aficionados and socialites alike. Grab a negroni and a panino and pull up a seat on the patio -- let the people watching ensue.


3. 10 CORSO COMO CAFÉ
No trip to Milan is complete without a foray into the continent’s coolest shop. After browsing the endless selection of curated curiosities, one will most certainly be in need of a refreshment or three. 10 Corso Como Café is the perfect combination of peaceful and buzzing -- a garden respite nestled behind an inviting barrier on one of the city’s most populated streets. Make it a point to stop here for a spritz by day or a bottle of something Italian at night.


4. CAFÉ MARC JACOBS
The only thing missing from Marc’s lifestyle portfolio is a gorgeous café overlooking a historic piazza...oh wait, he’s got one. When in Milan, be sure to get a proper dose of al fresco beneath the glorious umbrella that is Café Marc Jacobs’ outdoor patio. Classic Italian fare with slight American influences make for a wonderful leisurely afternoon lunch or weekend brunch -- the view of Piazza del Carmine doesn’t hurt either.


5. DRY
Calling all cocktail lovers: we’ve officially found mixology paradise. While it may be difficult to order anything outside the usual something-with-Campari or glass of wine, this ironically named wealth of cocktail prowess is anything but the norm. Sit at the bar for an up-close-and-personal view of the action while the sole barman and his three assistants hack away at impressively large clusters of ice and shake/stir to their heart’s content. Bonus: the kitchen also makes a mean pizza.