A Travel Guide for Milan for Salone del Mobile
As a hub of design and fashion, it’s no surprise that Milan is home to some of the world’s most spectacular interior design showrooms, museums, and galleries. With the start of Salone del Mobile, Milan’s annual design event from April 18th to April 23rd, we’ve compiled a few must-visit places around town.
Start your day with breakfast at Cova Montenapoleone. Founded in 1817 and located in the heart of the city, Cova Montenapoleone is one of Milan’s oldest and most iconic cafes. The cafe’s interior showcases marble floors, antique furnishings, and sparkling chandeliers for a glamorous introduction to a day around Milan.
Only a short walk away from the café, Nilufar Depot is a vast showroom in a former factory that showcases an impressive collection of vintage and contemporary pieces. With a focus on art and design, this space is a must-visit for any design enthusiast.
Fondazione Prada is a museum dedicated to contemporary art, culture, and philosophy. It hosts exhibitions, performances, and events in a campus designed by architect Rem Koolhaas. We recommend hailing a cab to this spot, but art aficionados looking to immerse themselves in the avant-garde will be glad they took the trip to Fondazione Prada. Be sure to stop at their Wes Anderson-inspired café for an early afternoon pick-me-up.
Inside of the trendy Isola district, about 20 minutes west of the Piazza del Duomo, Rossana Orlandi is a unique space that showcases cutting-edge design and emerging talent. This space with indoor and outdoor areas offers the best in contemporary design.
Ready for a well-earned dinner? In the heart of Milan, Da Giacomo is a prestigious restaurant that has been delighting guests since 1958 with its Milanese cuisine and sophisticated design. The restaurant is renowned for delivering on regional delicacies that celebrate the flavors of Italy.
End your night with a drink at Bar Basso. With a reputation for being the birthplace of the Negroni Sbagliato, the historic bar with retro décor and live piano music is a known meeting spot for visitors attending Milan’s Design Week.