From New York to London and now Milan, fashion month has upped and left for the glamorous Italian fashion capital. With brands such as Fendi, Gucci and Prada showing their wares on the catwalk, Milan is an economic powerhouse for the fashion industry. There's a plethora of pizzeria's in the city to satiate your carb craving but it's the independent café's that keep us fuelled during fashion week. When our body and mind is craving proper food at a time of high stress and high-energy expenditure, nothing beats a natural, nourishing meal. We've rounded up some of our favourite food options to visit in Milan:
Commissioned by Prada and designed by world famous film director Wes Anderson, Bar Luce is one of the most Instagrammable places to dine-out at in Milan. The pastel-heavy colour scheme is a playful nod to Anderson's aesthetically stunning films and combined with chintzy 50s inspired fittings, Bar Luce temporarily transports you back in time. A playful coffee pit-stop that doesn't take itself too seriously, perfect for escaping the fashion pack for an hour or two.
Everything at this popular hipster hangout is made in-house at Pavè's pastry 'lab' and is cooked to order to ensure optimum freshness. Although not the healthiest of options, the pastry-laden menu is an indulgent but satisfying way to start the day. Wash down your fresh-out-the-oven baked goods with a proper Italian coffee for the authentic Italian breakfast experience.
UN POSTO A MILANO
A charming lunchtime spot set in the grounds of an old farmhouse, Un Posto A Milano utilises the best seasonal ingredients to create a daily-changing menu. Specials are available to order from the menu or try something different from the salad buffet; you can eat with a clean conscience knowing that the meat is all certified organic, the vegetables come from the biological cultivation scheme and the bread and pasta are made on site.
MANTRA RAW VEGAN
Mantra Raw Vegan is Italy's first raw restaurant and cold-press juice joint and boasts a super healthy, all-day menu to satisfy any appetite. Featuring everything from probiotic cashew yoghurt with buckwheat granola to kelp noodles and green curry, we'd happily eat
First and foremost a bike shop, Upcycle Cafe is a popular cyclist meeting point with a communal-style restaurant serving contemporary, Swedish food. Great for informal meetings and freelancers, the relaxed vibe makes the cafe a cozy spot for lazy weekend brunching. Though the menu changes daily, standout dishes include the smoked mackerel with melon and the beef carpaccio.
Known locally for its wide selection of vegan meals, Tathagata is a small but perfectly formed shop serving quality food to takeaway. If you have time during your stay, the shop also offers a host of cookery courses and can provide bespoke catering.
MINT GARDEN CAFE
A stones throw away from bustling Corso Beunos Aires, Mint Garden Cafe is a gourmet florist-come-restaurant serving affordable, local produce. Though the menu is relatively small, the floral backdrop makes for a beautiful dining experience.
GOD SAVE THE FOOD
A bright and modern restaurant in the heart of Milan's trendy design district, God Save The Food is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Traditional brunch options include pancakes and eggs although it's the alternative tuna tartare, smoked salmon and anchovies that really caught our eye. The bar also has an extensive juice menu designed to help energise, revitalise, detox and cleanse the system.