Do you want to try the Korean cuisine? Then visit HANA, a Korean restaurant near the Duomo. They offer a great range of different Korean plates: e.g. Bibimbap, rice topped with seasoned vegetables and – as a variation – additionally with beef and egg, or Bossam, a pork dish, which is eaten by wrapping the meat and sides in vegetable leaves such as lettuce. If you prefer a soup, try the Naengmyeon, a cold noodle soup with vegetables. But attention: it is a little bit spicy. Seafood lovers will enjoy the Haemul pajeon. Pajeon is a batter of eggs, wheat flour, rice flour,scallions and often other ingredients. For the haemul (hae = sea) pajeon, various seafood (e.g. shrimps) are used in the batter and toppings. Order different dishes and share them with your friends, like this you can taste a great variety of dishes! And absolutely don’t miss out on the Makgeolli, the oldest traditional Korean rice wine! Delicious!!!
Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 12
This video by a Roman actress jokes a little bit about the peculiarities of the Milanese, which distinguish them from other Italians and especially Romans. Unfortunately, this video is in Italian, so that knowledge of the language is required to understand it.
The Cimitero Monumentale, near the train station Garibaldi, is one of the largest cemeteries in Milan where you can spend some peaceful hours. Besides the very pleasant atmosphere, the cemetery houses some artistic or otherwise renowned tombs. You get to see artistic tombstones, some modern, some traditional, monuments, artistic mausoleums, funerary shrines and monuments as well as a representation of the Last Supper. The graveyard is surrounded on one side by the Famedio, a Hall-of-Fame that contains the tombs of the city’s and the country’s most honored citizens, such as the tomb of the novelist Alessandro Manzoni.
Stroll between the graves and discover it for yourself!
You spend your morning shopping in and around the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II or enjoying the view on the terrace on the top of the Duomo and now you long for a short break and a little snack? Then you should drop in at Luini located in a side street of the Piazza del Duomo. Luini offers a wide range of panzerotti, a pastry that resembles a calzone. The classical panzerotto is fried and filled with tomatoes and mozzarella. However, you can get also baked panzerotti and you have the choice between different fillings, such as ham, vegetables or sweet panzerotti etc. If you are indecisive, take the daily special.
This place is always very crowded, but don’t be put off by the long line. They are very well organized and very quickly, it’s your turn. Besides, their panzerotto is worth a little wait!
Via Santa Radegonda, 16
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Do you feel like having a Japanese dinner? Then, Nozomi is the right place to go. It is known for its Ramen, a traditional Japanese noodle soup, of which they offer a great assortment. Ramen consists of Chinese wheat noodles, a meat- or fish-based broth, vegetables and/or meat. Besides that, you can try various other beautifully arranged Japanese dishes and desserts (see the pictures). And don’t miss out on the Japanese beer!
Via Pietro Calvi, 2
If you have seen the film “I Am Love” with Tilda Swinton, you will recognize this place. The villa with its small pool was the main location of the movie. You can visit the villa, though the tickets have to be booked in advance as you can enter it only with a guided tour. But even if you don’t visit the villa, you can have a nice time here. The villa is surrounded by a little park and is adjoined by a little café/restaurant. Sit beneath the pool and enjoy a little breakfast with a cappuccino and a cornetto (also called brioche in the north of Italy and similar to a croissant). Unfortunately, you are not allowed to swim in the pool.
From time to time, especially in summer, Villa Necchi Campiglio hosts public events. For more information, visit the website of FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), where you can find also other beautiful FAI properties. The Fondo Ambiente Italiano (= The National Trust for Italy) takes care of special places in Italy for the benefit of present and future generations and was inspired by the National Trust for England, Wales & Northern Ireland.
Via Mozart, 14
Vanilla Bakery is all about cupcakes, so if you are into this sweet dessert, you should definitely drop by. The bakery is located near the metro station Buonarroti (red metro line). They have a huge assortment of cupcakes, all beautifully decorated as you can see from the pictures. If you prefer it more salty, you can choose instead between sandwiches, salads, hamburgers and bagels and in the evening hours also an Aperitivo.
So… the next Sunday morning stop by and enjoy the sun and a nice coffee with a cupcake at one of their outside tables!
Via S. Siro, 2
The BAR STRAF belongs to the adjoining hotel STRAF, directly in the center near the Duomo. However, you don’t need to pass through the hotel to enter the bar as it has a separated entrance. The bar is very tiny, but there are seats also on the outside in front of the bar. They offer an Aperitivo for € 10 including a drink and the buffet. The buffet is small but tasty. You can choose between for example tacos, dips, pasta, salads, bread (the assortment varies). During the week, the place is full of Italians who go there after their work, so it is difficult to get a seat but the best time for people watching.
So after your next exhausting shopping tour, enjoy a Spritz there!
Via S. Raffaele, 3