Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Milan

Ada e Augusto
A gourmet farm-to-table restaurant found south of Milan in the historic Cascina Guzzafame, Ada e Augusto serves dinner several nights a week.
The Yard Milano
A stylish hotel in the Navigli district, The Yard Milano is strewn with old-school furnishings and retro curios in keeping with its vintage sports theme.
N’Ombra de Vin
A wine bar and shop with an illustrious history, N’Ombra de Vin offers extraordinary wine, food, and live music in the Brera district of Milan.
A Santa Lucia
A Milanese institution as much as a restaurant, A Santa Lucia recently celebrated 85 years serving classic Neapolitan cuisine in Italy’s capital.
Horse Racing
Scimmie
The relaxed spirit of this grass-roots jazz club is perfectly in keeping with the alternative Navigli spirit. A perfect stopping off point during an evening of bar-crawling along the canals...
Castello Sforzesco
This fortress-museum in Parco Sempione houses collections of art and atrefacts through the ages.
Cova
Milan's most celebrated pasticerria. Expensive but delicious, it's confitteria does a delectable selection of sweets to go - perfect for presents!
Diana Garden
An essential component of any trip to Milan join up to 800 fellow revellers in the beautiful private gardens for chichi champagne cocktails. Equally popular for Sunday brunch booking ahead is essential to join the crowd at this see-and-be-seem hango
Antica Locanda Mercanti
Formerly a merchant's inn charming light rooms ensure there is now nothing businessy about this friendly guesthouse.
Carlton Hotel Baglioni
Stately, but not grand - in a changing world Carlton Hotel Baglioni's old school charm can always be relied upon
Westin Palace
Lavish and well-endowed the Starwood-owned Westin Palace has much to offer business travellers and those with a love of gilt.
Taveggia
Located near Via Durini a specialist interiors street serried with the cream of Milanese design the grandly traditional Taveggia comes as a welcome break from modern minimalism.
Biffi
Join the fabulous ladies of a certain age at the dainty tables of this traditional café. With polished walnut panels antique Murano chandeliers hanging from high ceilings and scalloped white curtains it has changed little since 1847...
La Triennale di Milano
A visit to the Parco Sempione could happily occupy you for at least a day. Alongside La Triennale visit the Torre Branca the Castello Sforzesco and the numerous hips bars and restaurants in between...
Cimitero Monumentale
To stroll through the Cimitero Monumentale is to take a crash course in the social history of Milan.
Luini
Extremely popular for it's delicious panzerotti (pizza dough pockets with various sweet and savoury fillings). A great place to go for a take out snack!
Duomo
The world's third largest cathedral, this awe inspiring building has a long and fascinating history. It's well worth a look.
Giulio Pane e Ojo
A relaxed crowd frequent this friendly trattoria for a raucous evening of rustic Roman cuisine.
Hammam Della Rosa
Have the grime of the city steamed scrubbed and massaged out of you in this charming hammam. With Moroccan and Algerian staff and Middle Eastern products it's a little like taking a holiday on your holiday...
Petit Palais
The family-run Petit Palais is something of a rarity - a lovely hotel in Navigli where they are in desperately short supply...
Pinacoteca di Brera
Located in a charming historic district a visit to the Pinacoteca should be combined with a wander around the well-preserved labyrinth of cobbled streets hidden palazzos small galleries and shops...
Bar Basso
A pre-dinner negroni in the unassuming Bar Basso is a quintessentially Milanese experience. Watch the passing parade of fashionistas and design-types whilst you grapple with the lethal concoction served in now-iconic glasses...yEventWatcher
Teatro alla Scala
A superlatively sumptuous building, tickets to the Teatro Scala are usually booked up two months in advance....
Teatro Manzoni
Frequented by Milan's high society this Theatre hosts both traditional and popular theatre with a variety of music concerts.
Basilica di Sant’ Ambrogio
The bustling Navigli area is relatively short on cultural attractions. Take a break from exploring the canal-side galleries and shops to take in the Basilica and reward yourself with lunch at nearby Boccondivino...
Cigair
To step into Cigair is to walk into another world. A shrine to the Havana cigar this former car workshop is a relaxed haven from the hubbub of Navigli. Kick back with a Mojito and enjoy the live music and simple food...
Ferrari hire
To fit in with the fighetti hire a thoroughbred Italian motor to cruise the streets of the quadrilatero d'oro by day and the clubs of Corso Como by night...
Rinomata
This delightful ice cream parlour has a selection of sorbets, ice creams, smoothies, granite (Sicillian Slush Puppies) and crepes, with a variety of different flavours and fillings.
Fitzcarraldo
If you're looking for a sumptuous space in which to rub shoulders with the beautiful people then you've come to the right place at Fitzcarraldo.
Quattrocento
Located four kilometres south of the Duomo Quattrocento is quite a trek to reach. But it's well worth the effort; chic throughout the party starts in the lounge bar continues through to excellent dining and carries on long into the night.yE
Tano Passami l’Olio
An obsession with extra virgin olive oil is just one of the charming quirks at this lovable restaurant in Navigli. Located between canals football lovers should combine dinner here with a drink at nearby Osteria del Pallone.yEventWatcherDiv
13 Giugno
A favourite of head-in-the-cloud romantics Italian love songs and buckets of oysters set the scene at this charming seafood restaurant in Porta Venezia...
Dolce & Gabbana Barbiere
This designer barbershop puts a spin on the classic cut throat shave.
Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Originally a stately home this museum is packed with art (including masterpieces by Botticelli and Raphael), antique weaponry, tapestries, ceramics, timepieces and books. A great way to find out what life was like for a 19th century nobleperson.
Odeon Cinema
Originally built in 1929 this massive cinema has many of its original features, and is an impressive site to visit, although rather commercial.
The Last Supper
Booking weeks in advance for just 15 minutes of viewing time might seem excessive but this atmospherically ethereal fresco is worth the wait. Nearby cafes Biffi San Carlo and Chocolat provide essential sustenance...
Nepentha
Very much an old money club, it can be hard to get into, but if you can it is worth seeing for the spectacle inside.
Bulgari Spa
Divina
A contrast to the idiosyncratic spirit of nearby Corso Porta Ticinese seeing and being seen is what clubs like Divina are all about. Perfect for a drink after dinner at laid back Cigair or Trattoria Toscana...

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