Ever since I was a little girl my dream has been to go to Milan. And at the age of 27, I can finally say I’ve been. Was it everything I imagined? Yes. Was the shopping spectacular? Yes. Were the men beautiful? Yes. Was the food incredible? Yes. Everyone use to say, Milan is the fashion capital of the world. In my mind, it still is. But there are many contenders in this day in age for that title. However, I’ll leave that to personal opinion.
The first thing upon our arrival in Milan, we stopped to grab a snack at Caffè Mercanti. It’s interesting to note, the reviews for this place aren’t very good, but we had wonderful service, and the food was fantastic. Additionally, it’s located on a street called Via Montenapoleone. Fun fact, Via Montenapoleone is known as Europe’s most expensive street. Which makes sense, because your delicious food is served with a side of the most breathtaking views of the Duomo di Milano. After staring at this gorgeous cathedral over lunch, it was time to go get an up close view of its stunning architecture. Downing our Limoncello and grabbing a gelato for the walk, we headed onwards to the cathedral.
Of course the Duomo di Milano didn’t disappoint either. It’s a must see when in Milan, and trust me when I say it’s worth taking a break from shopping to admire. You can also take tours, and the people watching is amazing. But look out, those guys giving away the “free bracelets”, they’re not free.
Milan is a great city for walking. Every second door hosts a restaurant or shop on the other side of it; so you’ll never end up hungry or thirsty, or without the ability to purchase an overpriced item of clothing. Which leads me to my next statement about Milan: It’s expensive AF. For those that don’t know what AF means, just know in this case, it means very, very expensive. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Italy’s oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan. And boy oh boy, does it host some incredible shops. From Prada, Versace, Gucci, Louis, Borsalino, Piumelli and many more. The structure and design of the building is worth a walk through, even if you don’t stop to buy a new shirt from Prada.
As I mentioned at the beginning, I’ve been obsessed with Milan because of fashion. So my time spent in Milan, Italy was focused on just that; walking around, people watching, shopping and eating. Away from the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, there’s still a ton of more shops. From Chanel to Moschino, and you know your girl had to pop into Moschino. If you ever go to Milan, please stop in Moschino. You will not be disappointed.
All in all, I highly recommend visiting Milan. For me, someone who’s slightly obsessed with fashion, it was a dream come true. However, I know I could never spend more than 3 days here, or else I’d most likely leave flat broke or probably promising away my first-born for a vintage Chanel. But, if you have the self-control, one can fully enjoy this vibrant city. Just be prepared to spend a little money to enjoy it.