|Cappuccino and cornetti at Sant Ambroeus|
|Gucci on Via Montenapoleone|
There's no doubt that Milan is an elegant city. Strolling down via Montenapoleone is where you'll witness that elegance firsthand. Here is where you'll find all of the most famous, high-end designer boutiques, as well as many of their head offices. Rub elbows with fashion's elite at two of the area's most bustling cafes, Sant Ambroeus (7 Corso Giacomo Matteotti) and Cafe Cova (8 Via Montenapoleone). See where the well-known New York Sant Ambroeus cafes got their start at the original outpost, just off of the main strip. Choose a treat from their variety of fresh pastries to go with a creamy cappuccino. The barista serves the drink with one of their signature chocolates as well. Or step inside the ornate sitting room at Cova for an intimate breakfast or a quick espresso at the marble bar. Each morning the cafe - which opened its doors in 1817 - is filled with a mix of tourists and locals alike.
|Espresso break at 10 Corso Como|
Regardless of your budget, there's one address that is sure to inspire any fashion-lover. Tucked behind a greenery-covered archway is 10 Corso Como, the brainchild of Carla Sozzani (sister to Vogue Italia's Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani). Exploring the three-story concept store for the first time is an experience that will leave you breathless. Witness some of Milan's best street style among the well-heeled here inside the boutique, book store, gallery or cafe. Since opening 10 Corso Como in a converted garage in 1991, Sozzani's emporium has been the address to know for quirky housewares, artistic coffee table books, statement-making shoes and the latest from houses like Balenciaga. Should your senses become so overwhelmed that you never want to leave, Sozzani opened the intimate hotel called 3 Rooms in 2003.
Visit the southwest end of the city for a stroll through the neighbourhood surrounding Porta Ticinese. Small restaurants and shops line the streets, but these aren't the chains and big brands found near the Duomo. Style is much less manicured in Ticinese, and the independently-owned boutiques reflect that. Scour the vintage clothing stores for oversized sunglasses, sequinned blouses and Gucci bags. After taking in the area's laid-back vibe, it's time for a gelato at Grom (51 Corso di Porta Ticinese). With several locations throughout the city, you'll have multiple chances to indulge in any of their monthly flavours.