THE PLACE: Milan, Italy
THE ITINERARY: Porta Nuova to Corso Garibaldi, discovering the trendiest places to eat, drink and shop.
Excited to inspect each single inch of the Versace, Armani and Gucci glam boutiques? There is so much more than designer fashion to see in Milan.
The brand new Porta Nuona neighborhood in the center of the city is home to the hippest spots to dine, sip a cocktail or go on a shopping spree.
Porta Nuova is Milan’s main business center, featuring the futuristic Cesar Pelli complex: three glass towers dominating the impressive Piazza Gae Aulenti with fountains, sculptures and elevated arcades that radically change the Milan skyline.
Just a few steps from the complex is Corso Como, the fashion and design street dedicated to shopping and night life. Take your time, as there is a lot to discover.
The gem of the street is 10 Corso Como concept store, not only a fashion and design store but also an art gallery, bookshop, café, restaurant with a roof garden, and fantastic place for an aperitivo or romantic dinner.
For more than 20 years, the three-story location, designed by Kris Ruhs, has been synonymous with the lifestyle of Milan: a philosophy of seeing and shopping that is meant to entice visitors and customers to leave their hurried mood behind and take the time to enjoy finding small treasures.
Promenade through art, design and fashion in a single space. Stroll through the courtyard and then on to the gallery to see an art exhibition, stop for a drink at the café, shop at the store or visit the bookshop and sit to read. The bookshop is one of the city’s best sources for fashion and design related literature. 10 Corso Como is a multifunctional space, a meeting place. It is culture and commerce in one.
Carla Sozzani—journalist, fashion expert, gallery owner (and sister of Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani)—founded 10 Corso Como in 1990. She personally selects all the items, looking for those that are part of the zeitgeist but haven’t yet become popular.
Sozzani’s store is cool but can be quite an expensive experience. If you are looking for some more affordable trendy items, your destination is a little bit farther in a hidden courtyard off XXV Aprile Square: The High Tech Store.
You can find almost anything in this 2000 square meters full of unique and fun house wares, gift ideas, stationery and furnishings. It is a must see, fascinating place.
If your energy is zapped and you start to dream of a place to sit down and something delicious to taste, you are definitely in the perfect place.
Turn left and you are at Eataly, the temple of gourmet Italian food. Housed in the former Smeraldo Theater, the store is dedicated to music in honor of its history and iconic performances.
Eataly consists of 5000 square meters of Italian delicacies on three floors: breads, pastries, fruit and vegetable markets on the ground floor; fish shop, delicatessen, and a butcher on the first floor; a wine area and many restaurants on the second floor, from fried to pizza to seafood, including the Michelin-star restaurant of chef Alice Viviana Varese.
Not quite exhausted yet? Go farther in your adventure. Continue your walk on Corso Garibaldi to number 79 and enter Lipstick Vintage for haute couture clothing and accessories, bags, sunglasses, belts and jewelry. You can buy rare clothing and accessories or search for inspiration in the historic section. In Lipstick Vintage you can find Antonio and Roy, who will provide you with their best advice and expertise.
WHERE : Milano, Porta Nuova
HOW TO GET THERE:
By Subway :
Line 2(Green) Garibadi Station
Line 5 (Blue) Garibaldi Station
line 2 ( Green) Moscova station
by Train :
There are many trains connecting Milano Porta Garibaldi railroad station with Lake Maggiore, Florence or Rome
Piazza Gae Aulenti to Piazza XXV Aprile = 500 meters
Piazza XXV Aprile to Corso Garibaldi 79 = 700 meters
10 CORSO COMO
Corso Como 10
Store: everyday 10:30 am – 7:30 pm
Restaurant and café: 11 am – 1 am
HIGH TECH STORE
Piazza XXV Aprile, 12, 20124 Milano Italy
Phone: 02 624 1101
Open: 10:30 am – 7:30 pm
Piazza XXV Aprile, 10, 20124 Milano Italy
Corso Garibaldi, 79, 20121 Milano Italy
Mon – Fri | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm | 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sat | 9:30 am – 12:00 am | During winter, Saturday morning only by appointment
Written by Luisa Castiglioni
Edited by Amay Smith
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