MILAN: Fashion Week for Foodies

As we pass the half-way point of this season’s fashion weeks, the fashion elite have landed in the slightly sunnier climes of Milan. Kick back and unwind in between shows at these chic foodie havens where the cuisine is well above average and the cocktails are even better. –Emily Cater & Cassi Bryn Michalik

Via Conca del Naviglio, 37 20123 / 39 02 36743350
Neighbourhood: Zona Tortona/Porta Ticinese/Naviglio

Another hidden and stylish space, A Casa Eatery is discreetly marked by a blue door, and has the warm and cosy feel of a stylish friend’s apartment. Enter through the large space brimming with colourful retro furniture and expect an eclectic menu of simple Italian food made from quality produce. The service is friendly and down to earth, making this a favourited local spot.

Panfilo Castaldi, 20 20124 / 39 02 49457424
Neighbourhood: Brera/Isola

Björk is a contemporary Swedish Brasserie project and deli by Giuliana Rosset and Nicola Quadri, celebrating their shared love of Nordic food and culture. The dishes are typically Scandi, with must-trys including toast Skagen with Nordic shrimp and tartar of venison with Jerusalem artichokes, while the deli counter sells gourmet treats as well as kitchen accessories and home wares.

Via Giuseppe Meda, 24 20136 / 39 02 36743350
Neighbourhood: Zona Tortona/Porta Ticinese/Naviglio

Headed by Carlo Cracco, Tanja Solci and Nicola Fanti, this new restaurant and cocktail bar is situated in an impressively refurbished sawmill in the heart of the Navigli area. The building’s raw cement and brick structure lend it a pared-back industrial look, while the interior designed by Solci features two long cross-configuration tables that seat 65, plus antique chandeliers, Richard Ginori tableware and Cappellini chairs. The food is beautifully presented and boasts an array of flavours and unexpected combinations, making this restaurant a must-visit.

Via Solferino, 33 20124 / 39 02 63793414
Neighbourhood: Brera/Isola

This trendy Milanese cocktail bar with its stripped-down, shabby and industrial aesthetic designed by Tiziano Vudafieri offers an array of tantalising cocktails and pizza, with the specials written on sparse concrete walls. The only decoration in fact, comes from video installations curated by local art centre Peep-Hole. A firm favourite with fashionistas and creatives, this casual eatery is at its best late into the night.

Via Piero della Francesca, 74 20154 / 39 02 45476898
Neighbourhood: Fiera

Iyo is the first Japanese restaurant in the city to earn itself a Michelin star for its delectable Asian cuisine, with chef Haruo Ichikawa at the helm. Iyo boasts an impressive open kitchen, from which guests can see the robatayaki grill, as well as the raw fish section. Dishes include the red shrimp from Mazara del Vallo, yuzu mayonnaise, squid and tomato.

Via Conca del Naviglio, 7 20123/ 39 02 58114843
Neighbourhood: Tortona/Porta Ticinese/Naviglio

In this eclectic bistrot-atmosphere, all products on display are for sale, while the menu offers everything from gourmet-tapas to steak frites or fresh fish dishes, alongside a great beer and wine selection. The service is quick yet friendly, while the set up features long communal tables great for socialising.

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