A pleasant walk or a short ride on the metro through the city leads you to the Navigli district, south west of the Duomo.
Navigli is known for its restaurants, cafés and bars that all along the streets lining its canals. It is a great place to people watch, anytime of day. The whole neighborhood buzzes with life after dark, it is a well known nightlife hotspot in the city.
The neighborhood of Navigli also hosts a monthly antiques market on the last Sunday of each month. Its treasures spill out along the Naviglio Grande canal, which was designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
This historic neighborhood is a photographers and shoppers dream. Wander the hundreds of stalls and find everything from old records, antique furniture and vintage telephones, to furs, books and jewelry.
As is everywhere in Italy there is no shortage of places to eat or drink.
Eat & Drink:
Taglio: A lovely café of mine, also a gourmet store, bar and restaurant. A great place to stop any time of day.
El Brellin: A beautiful restaurant with traditional Milanese cuisine and some modern menu items too. I love their romantic garden, tucked away from the canal, it is secluded and peaceful after the hustle and bustle of the main streets.
See & Do:
After you have had a good look around the Navigli, walk to the Chiesa San Lorenzo Maggiore. The oldest church in Milan, dating from the 4th century A.D. and is unique with its octagonal floor plan.
Another reason this place is so special is the Colonne di San Lorenzo, a spectacular Roman ruin in the center of Milan. This Roman wall is even older than the church and is a popular meeting spot as there are many bars and restaurants in that area.
Are you familiar with the Navigli district?