Category Archives: Milan

D Magazine Outlet

Everyone knows bargain hunting can be very rewarding. Especially in an expensive city such as Milan, great deals on high-end brands will make your trip worthwhile. D Magazine Outlet has three stores, two of which are located within Milan’s Golden Triangle and one a little further away on Via Forcella. If you have time and don’t mind going out of your way, try the latter. This store appears to have the best items and is relatively quiet and well-organized. All stores have racks that are labeled by designer so you can save time by skipping the ones you don’t like or just sprint towards your favorite one right away. Designers include – but are definitely not limited to – Galliano, Prada, Gucci, Burberry, Helmut Lang…and prices are usually around 50% off. How can we resist?! Be aware: outlet shopping requires a great deal of patience and perseverance. But, wouldn’t a pair of Lanvin peep toe shoes marked down to $250 make up for that?

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Excelsior Milano

If you could compose your favorite store, what would it look like? It would definitely be located in the heart of fashion capital Milan. And you would like the store to be filled with emerging fashion brands and some trusted classics. The design of the store would be an architect’s dream: courageous and innovative, making you feel like you’re shopping inside an art gallery. The beauty department must have a wide selection of exclusive brands that can’t be found elsewhere. And to top it off, you would throw in those colorful Ladurée macaroons that you love so much and – what the heck – a Tiffany’s. This must have been the trail of thought of the founder of Excelsior Milano, which is the name of your favorite store to be. With labels including Sergio Rossi, Proenza Schoeler, Christian Louboutin and contemporary American designers such as Rag & Bone and Theory, this store will most definitely be a success. In true Italian tradition, Excelsior also makes a tribute to food with Eat’s, a supermarket filled with the most delicious meats, fish, vegetables and wines. Excelsior Milano opened in september 2011 and is planned to open in several other Italian cities over the next few years.

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QC Terme Milano

OK, going to a spa might not be the first thing on your list when visiting Milan. At QC Terme Milano however, you will feel like a Roman goddess (or god for that matter) in this beautiful building surrounded by 16th-century walls. So you can actually consider this a cultural outing. Besides the large number of pools, jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms, Terme Milano has a beautiful Spanish garden with hydroactive mineral baths. Between massages and dips in the pool, there are tempting buffets of fresh fruit, cheeses and juices to keep you going. This is not the most fashionable or trendy spa in town but the great location combined with friendly rates makes this a top choice. Instead of spending an entire day plunging, scrubbing and relaxing in the spa, you can also opt for a quick massage after a hard day of…well, shopping.

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La Fabbrica Pizzeria

La Fabbrica Pizzeria should be your last stop before hitting Milan’s clubs. This factory-turned-restaurant is located just off Corso Como, the center of Milan’s nightlife. The crude industrial interior and friendly staff account for a laid-back atmosphere, the food and wine accomodate everyone’s taste and budget. They serve a wide choice in pizzas and other typical Mediterranean dishes. Whether you want to hang out here for the evening or just grab a late night pizza before going out, La Fabbrica is the place. Did you ever hear the advice “never to drink on an empty stomach”? After having eaten their tasty Calzone Peppina you’re good to go on all night!

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