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Hoards of design lovers armed with SLRs and thick rimmed glasses are set to descend on Milan during the internationally renowned annual Design Week or Salone del Mobile which happens across the city every April.
Between gadding around the Salone del Mobile and the obligatory Fuorisalone spin off events and parties, refuelling stations are a definite must, particularly of a certain caliber, in keeping with the essential design credentials.
We've gathered some 'on point' design restaurants and bars below not to be missed during the Salone del Mobile, Milan, whether you're just visiting, full time furniture lovers or just there for one week a year.
Here they are in no particular order:
1. BAR LUCE - FONDAZIONE PRADA (METRO: YELLOW LINE 'LODI')
With interiors fashioned by film director Wes Anderson this bar makes for a fitting stop during the Fuorisalone. Head to the Prada Foundation, where you'll find the small bar tucked inside with surprisingly reasonable prices to match. Don't miss the opportunity to take a selfie (we won't judge you), with the wallpaper of the film Grand Budapest Hotel as backdrop.
When to go: for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon coffee
Address: Fondazione Prada, Largo Isarco 2, Milano
2. BERTON (METRO: YELLOW LINE 'REPUBBLICA'; GREEN LINE 'GARIBALDI')
Design and Michelin starred dining go effortlessly hand in hand and no more eloquently so than at restaurant Berton. If you want to experience the cuisine of a great local chef as part of your visit book a table with chef Andrea Berton in zona Porta Nuova, where an elegant and refined, yet comfortable dining room awaits.
When to go: for dinner
Address: Via Mike Bongiorno 13
3. BÉSAME MUCHO (METRO: GREEN LINE 'GARIBALDI')
This spacious restaurant has a focus on design with a few original touches. From the Acapulco chairs on the ceiling to the bathroom which is the dream of every child - you'll understand why once you enter. The menu features good authentic Mexican fare along with a strong cocktail menu.
When to visit: cocktails and dinner
Address: Liberation Avenue, 15 (Piazza Alvar Aalto)
4. BICERIN (METRO: RED LINE 'PORTA VENEZIA')
After having walked for miles in search of the most innovative ceramics or the most revolutionary piece of furniture a good glass of wine will definitely be in order. If you don't want to abandon the elegant surroundings of the design pavilions of the Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone take the red line on the metro to stop Porta Venezia. Walk a small while and you will end up at Bicerin. Good wine and comfortable sofas await to rekindle your spirits.
When to go: for pre-dinner drinks or an after dinner glass of wine
Address: Via Panfilo Castaldi 24
5. CARLO&CAMILLA IN SEGHERIA (BUS 90/91)
Experiencing a moment as one of the most sought after addresses in the city, Carlo & Camilla, merits its industrial location. From the ceramics of Richard Ginori, to the refined cocktails, to the man behind it all: Carlo Cracco, it's a spot deserving of its credentials. The cocktails are good, but what is unmissable is the 'mis en place' of the dining room and the spectacular lighting.
When to go: For dinner or for cocktails after dinner
Address: via Giuseppe Meda 24
6. CERESIO (METRO: VIOLET LINE 'MONUMENTALE'; GREEN LINE 'GARIBALDI')
An incredible city view, sat alongside a swimming pool with a cocktail in hand, what's not to like about relaxing on the rooftop at Ceresio 7. The restaurant and American bar of come courtesy of fashion company DSquared2. Although the spectacular setting is the appeal the interiors are no less desirable.
When to go: For lunch or pre-dinner drinks
Address: via Ceresio 7
7. CICLO SFUSO (METRO: GREEN LINE 'PORTA GENOVA')
Looking for a genuine hipster hangout for evening drinks during Fuorisalone? Try Ciclo Sfuso, half bike shop, half wine bar. Simply decorated, some more demanding designers might turn their noses up, but a selection of bikes scattered adds to a relaxed vibe and will instantly refresh weary design goers after a hard day in the city.
When to go: for evening drinks
Address: Via Sartirana 5
8. DRY & PISACCO (METRO: GREEN LINE 'MOSCOVA')
Two addresses from the same team with the same attention given to the venue as the menu. At Dry eat pizza and focaccia, washed down with excellent cocktails; Pisacco's menu is particularly inviting with a frequently changing lunch and dinner menu.
When to go: Dry for dinner or after dinner; Pisacco for lunch or dinner
Address: via Solferino 33,48
9. Felix Lo Basso (Metro: Red or Yellow Line, 'Duomo')
With a dream panorama, set directly on Piazza Duomo, the minimalist black and white interior is enlivened by the colorful dishes of chef Felice Lo Basso. At Felix - 1 Michelin star - you are always surrounded by elegance and wonderful food: and during April / May, if the weather is clement, ask to sit in the wonderful terrace directly overlooking the duomo's spires.
Where to go: lunch or dinner
Address: Piazza Duomo 21
10. FILIPPO LA MANTIA (TRAM LINE 9 'PIAZZA TRICOLORE')
Chef Filippo La Mantia's restaurant is not just an address for lovers of Mediterranean cuisine: two floors come decorated with pieces of modern Sicilian crafts, 1950s and 60s sofas and Richard Ginori porcelain as well as Virginia Casa. Lunch is excellent, with windows overlooking the sunny Piazza Risorgimento.
When to go: for lunch
Address: via Poerio 2/a
11. Liberty (Metro: Yellow Line, 'Repubblica', Tram 10/33)
Liberty might not have always been considered a design address, but after the summer the historic Andrea Provenzani restaurant has been given a total makeover thanks to architect Carlo Donati, focusing on a more metropolitan environment with some hints of art- deco. A play on the past and the future, perfect for the chef, who doesn't renounce to the classics, but invests his energies in new dishes.
When to go: lunch or dinner
Address: Viale Monte Grappa6
12. MAM (METRO: YELLOW LINE 'PORTA ROMANA')
You won't find a sign above the door for Mam - Milano Amore Mio, a vegetarian restaurant in the Porta Romana area, open from morning until evening. Though from the street you'll get a glimpse into the kitchen and the retro interiors blending a mix of eclectic furnishings to create the feeling of a comfortable living room in times past.
When to go: All day from breakfast to dinner
Address: via Ludovico Muratori 7
13. MI-CUCINA DI CONFINE (METRO: VIOLET LINE 'TRE TORRI')
If you're dreaming of a Chinese restaurant where you can indulge in some Dim Sum whilst soaking up design delights, this is the place for you. Take the metro (violet line) alighting at the stop for MI-Cucina di Confine. As you enter notice the iconic wallpaper from British fabric design house 'Osborne and Little', and enormous lamps suspended from the ceiling adding a touch of Eastern Asian elegance.
When to go: for dinner
Address: Viale Cassiodoro, 5
14. Nordic Grill (Metro: Green Line 'Sant'Ambrogio')
Embracing country chic, not shabby chic, Nordic Grill, Sant'Ambrogio area / St. Augustine, is a great local for dinner or Sunday brunch. Not only is the meat simply divine, but there are many variations on the menu that can satisfy the tastes of discerning designers.
When to go: aperitif, dinner and brunch on Sundays
Address: Via Edmondo de Amicis, 34
15. Officina Cocktail & Bar
Via Giovanale 7 is a courtyard with several different rooms inside; the first you encounter is the Cocktail Workshop & bar where the re-claimed decor blends with the large industrial areas giving a New York vibe. Not only designer place, but also a place to drink well even tailormade cocktails.
When to visit: aperitif, after dinner
Address: Via Giovenale, 7
16. OTTO (TRAM 12 /14 'BRAMANTE-SARPI')
A perfect destination for the more youthful Fuorisalone crowd is Otto, in Paolo Sarpi, China town. The fare is an unusual offering of squares of bread with a selection of toppings along with decent cocktails. The relaxed daytime environment livens up come the evening, often in tune with a live DJ set.
When to go: for breakfast, lunch, drinks or brunch at the weekend
Address: via Sarpi 8
17. PACIFICO (METRO: GREEN LINE 'MOSCOVA')
The best Peruvian restaurant according to a well known Peruvian magazine: from the Pacific, as well as dishes like Ceviche and Tiradito the opulent and elegant surroundings are an equal attraction. An ideal choice for the in crowd.
When to go: for dinner
Address: via della Moscova 29
18. POTAFIORI (TRAM 9 'SABOTINO - RIPAMONTI)
At Potafiori - the bistrot of flowers - nature is the king. The place ranks somewhere between a restaurant, concert space and a small flower shop. Perfect for the bucolic designer.
When to go: for lunch or dinner (reservations advised)
Address: via Salasco 17
19. Risoelatte (Metro: Red Line, 'Cordusio)
We change the era with Rice and Milk, an old-style restaurant that does everything possible to replicate the atmosphere of old houses and particularly the '60s, playing with vintage furnishings. Pastel colours accompany a simple dinner and enjoyable menu including homemade gnocchi, tagliatelle with vegetables, meat skewers and abundant choice of desserts.
When to go: for lunch and dinner (reservations recommended)
Address: Via Camperio 6
20 and 21. SETA E IL BAR at MANDARIN ORIENTAL (RIGOROSAMENTE IN TAXI)
Two areas on which the Mandarin Oriental Milan is undoubtedly focused is design and the food. On the one hand the presidential suite is almost a museum, dedicated to Fornasetti with all original parts and on the other, Gio Ponti - the symbol of minimalism and elegance - the bar and restaurant Seta and Antonio Guide which has one Michelin star. Soak up the food, and be dazzled by the peacock-colored marble and armchairs.
When to go: Seta for dinner, the Bar at any time
Address: Via Andegari, 9
22. Soulgreen (Metro: Yellow Line 'Repubblica')
A design led Milanese venue that stands out for its choice of green, both in the kitchen and in the dining room. Soulgreen's dishes are based only on vegetal elements, with forays into the world of Asian and South American cuisine. Their must try their vegan bowl and the "Big 5" await in a plant-filled, bright and naturally colouful dining area.
When to go: for lunch, brunch
Address: Piazzale Principessa Clotilde
23. SPAZIO (METRO: YELLOW/RED LINE 'DUOMO')
Good quality cooking at reasonable prices: the decoration is simple but the windows facing the Duomo's iconic spires do their job more than adequately. The restaurant employs young people with an impressive level of training from three Michelin-starred Niko Romito.
When to go: for lunch and dinner
Address: Piazza Duomo
24. Sushi B (Metro: Green Line 'Lanza')
One of the best sushi restaurants in Milan, Sushi B is not just a good restaurant, it's also a beautiful restaurant. Thanks to its vertical garden just inside the entrance and its different rooms: the main one housing the bar being bright, with that below designed for sophisticated dining. Not to be missed, are the dishes of maestro Niimori Nobuya and the refined cocktails.
When to go: for drinks or dinner
Address: Via Fiori Chiari 1 / A
25. TAVERNA GOURMET (TRAM 9 'MONTENERO-BERGAMO')
For a good, if expensive pizza, in a refined setting somewhere between nordic minimalism and a touch of opulence, head to Taverna Gourmet.
When to go: for dinner
Address: via Maffei 12
26. TERRAZZA TRIENNALE (METRO: RED/GREEN LINE 'CADORNA')
Clean lines and a blend of wood and iron characterise the terrace on top of the modern design museum. But the real reason to go to Terrazza at Triennale is the view. The skyline of Milan surrounds the green of Parco Sempione below, with the Duomo, with the Unicredit Tower and the Velasca tower all within easy sight. The kitchen is managed by chef Stefano Cerveni, whilst Luis Hidalgo is the man behind the cocktails at the bar.
When to go: For lunch or evening drinks
Address: Viale Alemagna Emilio 6 1
27. THAI GALLERY (METRO: YELLOW LINE 'REPUBBLICA')
Lovers of oriental design will not want to miss the Thai gallery, a new entry on the Milan dining scene opening its doors in the last few months. The restaurant boasts a selection of interesting artwork from young Asian artists as well as a spacious layout, tatami flooring, vibrant fabrics and a giant Buddha who will watch over you while you enjoy some authentic Thai cuisine.
When to go: for lunch, drinks or dinner
Address: Piazza Alvar Aalto, Via Amerigo Vespucci 12
The now famous Milanese speakeasy with Marco Russo cocktails will not reveal where it is, only that the environment does everything to a trace a Prohibition bar with an Italian accent never hurts. And if there is not enough the interior design, we assure you that you will find creative leaps and bounds, especially in the presentation of cocktails.
When to go: after dinner