Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Milan

Boccondivino
Set aside a whole evening to really linger over a decadent dinner at Boccondivino. The constant stream of food is matched with appropriate wine so the odds are that a trip to clubbing mecca Corso Como won't be top of your agenda afterwards...
DesignLibrary
A cafe paired with a library! With wifi throughout this is a very cool place to be seen checking your email.
Anderson
To stay at the Anderson is to step into a black lacquered Wallpaper*-style world. With 106 chic rooms and every practical facility provided it's a great option for business travellers...
Ex Mauri
This venue perfectly encapsulates the alternative laid-back vibe of Isola. Mediterranean-influenced food is served to a crowd of regulars at Ex-Mauri. =display:"
Hotel Straf
A pioneer of the 'unfinished industrial' look the Hotel Straf is popular with professional creatives. Modern, minimalist and very hip.
Karma/Borgo del Tempo Perso
From privé club Karma an oriental inspired space accessible by reservation only to the more eclectic Borgo 'get lost' with 10000 fellow partiers...
Maison Moschino
Elegant, minimal and very original... great if you are in the mood for something a little different.
Sadler
Located just off Naviglio Pavesi Claudio Sadler's small simple restaurant is rather at odds with the alternative bohemian vibe in Navigli.
Via Brera / Solferino
Running almost from La Scala in the Centro due north to Corso Como the character here is much more individual with unique boutiques selling younger more affordable fashion...
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Combining tradition and taste, this hotel is perfect for star-spotting...
Mediateca Caffetteria
Located in the charming historic area of Brera just off the quirky Via Solferino this elegant modern greenhouse café /bookshop serves up affordable contemporary cuisine...
Don Juan
Liberally decorated with cowhides cowskin drums cow lassoes and serving pretty much nothing but beef this popular South American ranch-style restaurant pays homage to the steak.
Westin Palace
Lavish and well-endowed the Starwood-owned Westin Palace has much to offer business travellers and those with a love of gilt.
Juiss
Blinging leopard print walls and a banging soundtract of R&B hip hop rap and nu-soul come as standard at this newly reborn club.
Piscina Solari
Cuore
This retro-fabulous bar in Navigli is a sibling to cult bar Atomic and discorama club Rocket. A great contrast to Milan's oh-so-chic bars head here for a classic 70's cocktail served with a smile...
Antica Locanda Mercanti
Formerly a merchant's inn charming light rooms ensure there is now nothing businessy about this friendly guesthouse.
Le Jardin Au Bord Du Lac
Milan's clubs often move to summer venues taking the beautiful people out-of-town to party under the stars. Part restaurant part club Les Jardins is the summer home of Jetlag Magazzini Generali's best night... =displ"
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.
Carlton Hotel Baglioni
Stately, but not grand - in a changing world Carlton Hotel Baglioni's old school charm can always be relied upon
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
Il Vicolo
It might be a bit of a trek to reach Il Vicolo but this small charming modern Italian restaurant more than repays the effort.
Townhouse 31
Part of a nascent chain of family-run hotels a stay at Townhouse 31 is something akin to a house party...
Osteria del Pallone
A mini football hall of fame this Navigli bar is a must for lovers of the beautiful game. Matches are screened to a rapt crowd of fans surrounded by memorabilia from their favourite teams...
Joia Leggero
Following hot on the heels of Michelin-starred Joia younger cheaper sibling Joia Leggero offers healthy almost vegetarian cuisine in a minimalist setting.=displ"
Spazio Oberdan
A classic movie theatre with a dash of comfortable modern style. All movies are in their original languages with subtitles.
Livet
This indoor/outdoor space caters to both summer and winter wardrobes but dress-up is not the only reason Milan's fashion set flock to Livet.di
Teatro Franco Parenti
Works from the likes of Beckett and Alfred Jarry take place almost nightly here...
Teatro Litta
Located on Corso Magenta just south of the Castello Sforzesco, round off an evening of theatre with cocktails and dinner in Parco Sempione's hip bars and restaurants...
Chandelier
One of the few restaurants that Hg2 recommends around high-streety Corso Buenos Aires Chandelier sits between two of Milan's best aperitivo bars - the Diana Garden and Bar and Bar Basso - and is the perfect place to line your stomach at.
Galleria d’Arte Moderna and PAC
Spread over three floors the Galleria d'Arte Moderna shows mainly 18-19th Century European art, while the smaller  PAC exhibits an array of conceptual art.
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...
Scooter Hire
Practical and stylish there's something rather idyllic about pottering around an Italian city on a scooter. Just remember to look out for trams...
Compagnia Generale
One of a clutch of fashionable bars and restaurants near Porta Romana the stylish Compangnia Generale is popular with a trend-friendly crowd.d
Luminal
Stylishly decorated this monochRome be-chandeliered club just off Corso Como is another option for a night out.
Executive Lounge
Located in the midst of Corso Como's clubs Executive Lounge is a popular option for warm-up drinks or to relax between venues and decide where to go next. Stop off after dinner at Antica Trattoria della Pesa before heading into neighbouring Hollywood
Enterprise Hotel
Newer more central properties have diverted attention from this innovative design hotel but there's a lot to like in the linear styling of its 109 rooms...
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!
Palco
Fabulous cocktails served with a smile what more could anyone ask for from a cocktail bar? Handily located near Joia restaurant and the Westin Grand and Sanpi hotels...

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