Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Milan

Hotel Straf
A pioneer of the 'unfinished industrial' look the Hotel Straf is popular with professional creatives. Modern, minimalist and very hip.
Maison Moschino
Elegant, minimal and very original... great if you are in the mood for something a little different.
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...
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...
D&G Gold
The newest star in Milan's fashion-restaurant firmament Dolce & Gabbana Gold is located in Porta Venezia and is just a short walk from the Sheraton Diana Majestic and Townhouse 31.
Magazzini Generali
Housed in an unprepossessing industrial estate Magazzini Generali is one of the few clubs in Milan that takes music seriously. Go late prepared to dance the night away...
Soul to Soul
This charming little club is in the pretty Brera district just off the quirky shopping street Via Solferino. Within striking distance of Corso Como's bars and restaurants it's a pleasingly different experience...
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.
Piscina Solari
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.
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
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Combining tradition and taste, this hotel is perfect for star-spotting...
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.
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...
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...
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
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"
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...
Trattoria Toscana
Despite a romantic setting love-birds should go elsewhere as this new Navigli institution is firmly aimed at party-loving crowds.
Tunnel
After 6 years of salsa Tunnel is now dancing to a different beat - from hard rock to electronica and trance / techno. A small loft space by Stazione Centrale Tunnel is a welcome alternative to Corso Como's more stylized clubs join an energetic relaxe
Cimitero Monumentale
To stroll through the Cimitero Monumentale is to take a crash course in the social history of Milan.
Piscina Solari
A glass covered swimming pool looking onto Parco Solari - the perfect place too cool off during summer time...
Glitter @ Hd
Glitter, the Saturday night event formerly held at Cafe Dali has now moved to Hd, a club in the North of Milan. It remains as wild and as popular as ever.

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