The Brera neighbourhood is situated north of the Duomo and often described as bohemian and artsy.
It is filled with galleries, shops, restaurants, and the historic Pinacoteca di Brera.
Brera is a favorite place to wander and get lost. Although it is small and it is close to the Duomo, you feel in another world as you stroll down narrow streets and alleys, popping into shops or art galleries.
You can reach it from the center by walking to La Scala Opera house and turning down via Guiseppe Verdi which runs right into Brera.
Eat & Drink:
Fioraio Bianchi Caffè: Try stopping off for lunch, dinner, coffee or aperitivo. You will love being surrounded by flowers in a lovely retro atmosphere.
Tramé: A newcomer to Milan, this casual and cozy place serves Venetian style sandwiches, snacks and delicious cocktails including the Spritzetti, the Milanese version of the Venetian spritz.
What to See & Do:
Pinacoteca di Brera: An important collection of Italian art at the historic Palazzo Brera in the heart of the Brera. Walk into the courtyard to see the bronze statue of Napoleon as the Roman god Mars.
Thursday mornings host the neighbourhoods market at Piazza San Marco.
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