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Narrow cobblestoned streets, flowers trailing down the front of pastel-hued buildings and an abundance of charming cafés make Brera one of Milan’s prettiest neighbourhoods. Come to Brera for the fashion and elegant streets, and stay for the abundance of food choices.
Once the city’s artistic heart due to the 18th-century fine art academy-turned-gallery, now Brera is renowned as the luxury fashion district, home to every high-end designer in the world. One enormous pedestrian-only zone, there’s no better way to discover Brera than an afternoon or evening on foot in search of a delicious meal. But to save you the extra legwork, we’ve rounded up a list of the best restaurants to check out.
There are few better places to people-watch than at the Bulgari Hotel. Elegant, refined and overlooking their spectacular garden, the Il Ristorante Niko Romito is one of the fashion crowd’s preferred hotspots for good reason. Three-Michelin-star chef Niko Romito’s menu draws on traditional Italian flavours for signature dishes including Cotoletta di vitello alla Milanese (crispy suckling pig with orange caramel sauce).
Be transported back in time as you feast among marble statues in the expansive courtyard of a stunning 19th-century palace. Keeping it in the family for three generations, Il Salumaio Di Montenapoleone’s menu is simple, but expertly executed. If you’re not ready to commit to a full meal, grab some melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto, burrata and marinated olives from the attached deli, open since 1957.
For meals that conjure home cooking by Nonna with a distinctly Tuscan flair, Bice is a must-visit. Watch the chefs work their magic in the open kitchen as they create silky homemade pasta to mix with bottarga cream or fragrant basil pesto. Comfortable and unpretentious, the restaurant has been a favourite among Milan’s rich and famous for over eight decades.
If you need a night off from the pasta and pizza, head to Michelin-recommended Pacifico for Peruvian meals with an Asian influence. Low light, velvet and leather, with a predominantly black and navy blue colour palate dominate the spaces, making it feel as if you’ve been welcomed into an exclusive gentlemen’s club. Don’t miss the succulent sea bass ceviche, washed down with a pisco sour.
Since its conception in 1977, family-run restaurant Paper Moon has maintained its status as one of Brera’s best eateries. Situated in a beautiful Neoclassical palazzo, on nice days make sure to snag a seat outside to dine under the stars in the warm air. For a decadent twist on a classic, try the pizza tartufata, with mozzarella, porcini and white truffle cream.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Sophia Karner.