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My Beloved Places in Milan’s Duomo Area

Is there anything more overrated than a city center? And how difficult is it to find places without tourist scams? It is the way it is in the whole world and Milan makes no exception. But if you are in Milan’s city center, don’t fear! I will show you around the heart of the city, in the Duomo, San Babila, Università Statale area, up to Crocetta and Missori! In this article, that is part of a series in collaboration with Nike (here you find the previous one with my beloved places in the Navigli area), we make you discover the lively center of Milan, unveiling the places where you can work out, eat well, shop and end the day with a drink in your hand!

It is right in the Duomo area that Nike is organizing the next event of the new Hoodwaves Session project, that was launched last January. The brand is organizing training session of the Nike+ Run Club and Nike+ Training Club, and they will touch down in different areas in Milan. The goal of this initiative? Seeing the city with fresh eyes, with the chance of training in unexpected locations, discovering the different neighborhoods of our Milan.

Duomo Milano

A view of the Duomo from Piazza Fontana | © Caterina Zanzi

Duomo Milano

Piazza Duomo with the recently planted palm trees | © Caterina Zanzi

Duomo Milano

A view on the Duomo from Museo del Novecento | © Caterina Zanzi

In this second episode, we take on the discovery of the Duomo area, with its pretty stores far from the ‘usual’ brands, restaurants with amazing views that won’t be a rip-off and cocktail bars for a good drink. And also with its special places for some training and working out. Here are the favourite places we have selected!


Nike Milan

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  • RUN WITHIN THE STREETS BEHIND THE DUOMO. The area close to the Scala theatre and Via Manzoni offers perfect places for running with its pedestrian and unfrequented streets. If you prefer to train in good company, there will be a new special run on March 26th, with the starting point at Teatro Principe in Viale Bligny, organized within the Hoodwaves Session project. You can’t miss it (click here to sign up), also because there will be an after training party with Gue Pequeno, Marracash and Sfera! A super event to celebrate the Air Max Day, the 30th anniversary of the Air Max, and the launch of a new running model, the VaporMax. And if you are still hungry for more, a special run will take place on April 6th, the Alleycat.
  • INDRO MONTANELLI PARK. It is the most central park in Milan, very close to the Duomo. Visit this green heart of the city on a sporty lunch break, for an after work run or after some shopping in Corso Buenos Aires. You can run around the Planetarium, the Natural History Museum and a space that was once a zoo. Gorgeous!


Spazio Restaurant Milan

Linguine pasta at Spazio Milano | © Caterina Zanzi

  • SPAZIO MILANO. I just recently wrote about this restaurant, but I don’t mind saying it again. Spazio Milano is one of the best discoveries I made recently: reach the last floor at Mercato del Duomo, right in front of the Cathedral, and reserve a table with a special view. The dishes are outstanding and the bill will be less high than what you could expect at a place like this!
  • YOKOHAMA. If you are in the center and dying for some sushi, Yokohama is a good Japanese restaurant behind the Duomo. It will amaze you with the beauty of the interior and the creativity of the dishes. Don’t miss the many makis, they are all so good and so well presented!
  • CORALLO LOBSTER BAR. While shopping, get on the seventh floor of La Rinascente and try a proper sensorial experience: the lobster burger at Corallo, a lobster bar located at the department store. Don’t fear, there are also other proposals on the menu: salads and some delicious linguine pasta with shrimps for example! Delicious!

If you want more. Write down these names: Panini Durini (for a quick lunch or a matcha latte), Pasticceria Marchesi (for a dessert moment in the Galleria), Slow Sud or Vico Street (for the parmigiana and the typical Mediterranean dishes).


Maschio Gioielli Milano

Jewelry shop Maschio Gioielli | © Maschio Gioielli Fb

  • MERRY GO ROUND. Very original, always up to date with new brands, with gorgeous windows, Merry Go Round in Via Larga is a big yes: from the kindness of the owners to the variety of the garments and accessories, leaving the store with no purchases is frankly impossible! 
  • HUMANA VINTAGE. I have added this shop to the list of my favourite vintage shops in Milan. It is in a very central location, full of second hand clothes with right prices, from leather jackets to dresses and all kinds of accessories. Give it a chance, be patient and most importantly remember that ‘seek and you shall find‘!
  • MASCHIO GIOIELLI. If you love minimal pieces of jewelry I strongly suggest to have a look at Maschio Gioielli, a beautiful store in Via San Pietro all’Orto. Gorgeous rings, very minimal bracelets, necklaces and splendid earrings!

Is this not enough? Keep in mind also: Anaconda (for some other beautiful jewelry), Noberasco, Peck, Ladurée e Giovanni Galli (for foodies), Excelsior (for a luxury moment).


Signorvino Milan

The view from Signorvino | © Signorvino

  • SIGNORVINO. I will never get tired of repeating it: Signorvino is one of my favourite places in Milan. You can find it both in Duomo, with a beautiful and romantic view on the cathedral, and at a short distance from there, in the Via Dante location. Their new aperitivo with tapas is a bomb, the wine bottles have ridiculous prices (read very cheap) and the atmosphere is very nice. Try it and you will thank us!
  • VISIT A TERRACE. We will be honest here and say that you won’t drink the best cocktail of your life at the terraces in the center, nor will you have the most satisfying and cheapest aperitivo ever. But one time you’ll have to indulge because the atmosphere and the view are something you will remember forever: try Duomo 21, Terrazza Aperol, Boscolo and the terrace at Rinascente, or why not the last floor at Brian&Barry or Terrazza Palestro: there are many options to choose from, but the view will always be memorable!
  • LACERBA. It is slightly out of the closest center, but with a 10 minutes walk, passing by Università Statale, you can reach this bar and it will be worth it. I have already said it many times: Lacerba has the best cocktails in Milan. The best.

If all these suggestions were not enough, keep in mind these names tooStraf (because in summertime you can sit outside), Camparino in Galleria (for olden time atmosphere lovers), Colibrì (for an aperitivo surrounded by books).

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Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. This English version was translated by Tamara Ilic.

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