Food and Entertainment
From its cafe culture to its vibrant late-night atmosphere, Milan is a truly social city. Enjoy an afternoon espresso with friends, welcome the evening with drinks in a piazza, or see out the night in one of the city's clubs or bars.
Explore a World of Food
Italian cuisine is well known around the world. Milan offers fine food from every region, ranging from it’s own saffron-laced risotto alla milanese to specialties from far-off Sicily or Sardinia. There are also many places to sample the city's fine gelato, or munch elegant pastries while sipping a cappuccino. In addition, Milan last year hosted EXPO2015, the Universal Fair with the theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. This immensely successful event placed Milan at the center of discussions about nutrition, sustainability and cuisine at a global level. This is fitting for one of Italy's most international cities, home to a variety of dishes from around the world. Tastes from Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East rub shoulders with traditional Italian dishes here in Milan.
Start Off the Night with an Aperitivo
Aperitivo is a pre-dinner drink or two, enjoyed with a delicious range of snacks laid on by bars and restaurants. Times may vary, but it often starts at 6pm and runs on for a couple of hours...or until you're ready to head to your meal. Whether you're visiting Corso Como, the Brera district or the Navigli canal area , order your drink and dive into the buffet – you may forget about dinner altogether.
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An Evening to Remember
Milan's nightlife is a dizzy blend of exclusive nightclubs and intimate bars. Corso Como is home to many of the city's more expensive venues, while students often flock to the small bars in the Navigli area – an easy walk from Bocconi’s campus. Visitors can sample the dance spots of Largo Cairoli, or catch live music in local bars, piazzas or venues such as Alcatraz. Big name jazz artists play at the Blue Note, and there are a number of places that offer live jazz at reasonable prices.
A Year of Wonders
As we have seen, Milan is home to many permanent museums, galleries, and venues. However, there are also many periodical events on the Milanese calendar that bring the city to life. In early spring, the Settimana dei Beni Culturali opens up Italy's public museums and galleries for free, while the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in mid-April is one of the world's largest exhibitions of furniture The Oh Bej! Oh Bej! street market in December fills the piazza Sant'Ambrogio with traditional food as well as crafts and antiques. Night owls will love La Notte Bianca in mid-June, where bars, shops, restaurants and cinemas extend their opening hours to 6am. A huge open air antiques market occupies the Navigli area once a month, as does a flower and plant market twice a year in April and October.