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A CITY GUIDE TO MILAN: STYLE AND CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE IN EUROPE’S LEADING FASHION CAPITAL

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MILAN

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The Milanese public Tram in Central Milan

Not forgetting AC and Inter Milan Football Clubs for all you avid sports fans out there. For those intrigued about discovering Milan, if you like Paris then you came to the right place for sought after luxury designer shopping and high end restaurants take your fancy

Ciao Milano.

The city’s historical landmarks the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral testify to centuries of art and culture including Leonardo da vinci’s mural ‘the last supper’ housed in the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent pays homage to the grandeur of Italian Renaissance.

 

THE BEST HOTELS IN MILAN

NYX HOTEL MILAN

This stylish new concept and contemporary hotel in the heart of Milan’s city centre is every fashionista’s dream as it’s very close to all the main attractions and just a stone’s throw away from the shopping Mecca of via Corso Buenos Aires and Central Station area of Eateries, bars and bustling nightlife.  Metro station access Republica, Centrale and Porto Venezia are all within walking distance from the hotel.

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THINGS TO TRY AND EXPERIENCE

DUOMO DI MILANO CATHEDRAL

The historic Landmark Duomo di Milano is one of Milan’s most treasured gems being the most grandest Cathedrals in the world that you will ever encounter with its Gothic architecture is quite impressive in all it’s all awe and beauty. I really do think it’s worth visiting and you can gain access to the inside of the building by buying a ticket pass for a couple of hours at a price of 3-4 Euro’s. Tickets can be purchased by the issuing tourist ticket office nearby which is not alot as you get to admire the art work of the cathedrals stained glass windows and visit the Crypt in the lower levels of the building. Separate passes for lift access to the roof is also available at a extra cost too for great views over the city.

Top image: Stain Glassed Window. This image Rooftop of Milan’s Cathedral

 

 

 

PORTO GENOVA

Just imagine the streets aligned with an array of your favourite restaurants and bars to cater to all cuisines both local and international taste this would be where it’s at. It’s like a mini Amsterdam situated along the canal as you watch the day go by. But just remember restaurants close at 3pm and re-open at 7pm to bear this in mind compared to what you’re used to elsewhere in the world. But you must try The Apitervo bars and restaurants who offer a complimentary drink and a food buffet offered at various places along the canal and rather enjoyed taking a stroll along the canal and worth exploring day or night.

 

MILAN FASHION WEEK
Arriving in Milan for Men’s Fashion Week over the summer I just did not know what to expect as it was my first hand experience of visiting the city while doing a bit of sightseeing in between the shows. Already I just knew there was so much I wanted to see and experience during the next few days before returning home to London. Just out of curiosity I was so keen to compare how the Italian’s do fashion week over here in Milan compared to us Brit’s in London. It really took me by surprise how good it actually turned out – no words. Camera Moda the equivalent of the British Fashion Council organise the bi-annual Fashion Week Schedule which require accreditation for both Press and Photographer’s if you happen to get approval is a great way to take in shows and atmosphere during the duration of Milan Fashion Week. But, if you’re not one of the lucky few who can secure an invitation you can still hang around outside the shows and do some street style spotting of fashion influencers on the scene and participate as a blog photographer.
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Edith Marcel Spring Summer 2020 Menswear / Womenswear Show at Camera Moda #MFW

 

 

DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE

 

OSTERIA MAMMA ROSA

The first thing which comes to mind when you think about living the Italian way of life is culture through cuisine and only the finest authentic food can be found at this Top Milanese Restaurant Osteria Mamma Rosa just off the trendy Corso Buenos Airies. My favourite signature dish here has to be the Sea Bass prepared the Liguria way served with potatoes’  as an alternative to the Grilled Seabass which is also delightfully sumptuous. On arrival prosecco is served before dinner as a gesture of good will and the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming at this family run restaurant in the heart of Milan.

Ligurian way Sea Bass Fillet with violet potatoes, olives, and “pinoli” pine nuts

 

GELATO ICECREAM

In Italy there are so much choice when it comes to desert especially the selection of Gelato Icecream you can find in various icecream palours dotted around the city such as this place I found ‘Vechi’. The mango sorbet and strawberry with a bit of chocolate was the best way to cool off during a hot summers day in the city while sight seeing in Milan.

APEROL SPRITZ

The signature drink when you come to Italy had to be my favorite always the Aperol Spritz that really reminds of summer and it’s so refreshing with its blend of Aperol liqueur, Prosecco and Soda Water combination is my go to drink during Milan Fashion Week.

 

 

DESIGNER FASHION LABELS & SHOPPING

 

GALLERIA EMANUELE VITTORIO II
The Galleria Emanuele Vittorio II is Milan’s premiere shopping destination that houses all under one roof the world’s most exclusive designer label boutiques from Prada, GUCCI to Chanel and more. Inside this elegant four storey arcade you’ll find high end restaurants if you want to experience authentic Italian cuisine and luxury cafes to unwind after an afternoon of shopping. It’s also a short stroll just outside of the Duomo di Milano piazza which connects  with Teatro alla Scala if you want to admire and catch a glimpse of Milanese renaissance in all its splendor.

 

CORSO BUENOS AIRES

The Corso Buenos Aires the equivalent of London’s Oxford Street you’ll find everything from high street brands, independent small boutiques to designer labels and shop till your heart’s content if you wish. Compared to the shopping streets of London it’s less overcrowded and a bit more laid back so you can shop with ease.

 

VIA MONTENAPOLEONE MILAN’S DESIGNER SHOPPING STREET

When you come to Milan I highly recommend checking out the Montenapoleone District for its luxury fashion boutiques serving the well heeled and discerning clientele. If you’re after the latest styles from the international catwalks you will find it here from big name luxury fashion houses such as Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabanna, Missoni, Versace and many more. This neighborhood is rich in history showcasing fine craftsmanship based on tradition to luxury fashion where money talks in this town.  Once a upon a time the street was home to aristocrats and the choice of wealthy families who resided here to open ateliers, boutiques and jewelers.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

 

Milan has two Airports Malpensa and Linate that serve both Europe as well as connecting International destinations worldwide. The airport with the closest proximity to the City is Linate which is 20 mins a Taxi to the city center and Malpensa 45 mins drive away.

From the U.K Milan is easily accessed by a short haul flight journey duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes from London Gatwick Airport with EasyJet and cost approximately £ 89 return which is fantastic value. You can always rely on EasyJet for competitive price and great customer service with a warm welcome from it’s friendly staff who are always very helpful.

I really recommend booking the extra add-ons when booking your flight through EasyJet such as extra leg room and speedy boarding as it makes all the difference so you can travel with ease and not need to worry about being in held up so you spend less time at the Airport.

Airport Transfer’s from Linate into the City Centre I would suggest taking a Taxi outside the Airport as it’s the easier option than taking public transport and cost approx 20 – 30 Euro’s or there’s the option of using an UBER which is available in Milan too if you prefer using this service is present in many countries worldwide.

 

 

For more information and booking inquiries on Flights to Milan Linate or Malpensa please visit EasyJet Airline

 

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Disclosure: #AD I would like to Thank EasyJet.com for sponsoring my Travel during Camera Moda Milano Men’s Fashion Week and making this trip possible. All Opinions Expressed will be my own and prices quoted in this article will be subject to change by the companies mentioned e.g. EasyJet

RELIVE NINETIES POP CULTURE WITH BRITAINS MOST ICONIC BRANDS THIS SUMMER

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If you grew up in the Nineties like me then I assume you were part of this exciting era when popular culture thrived at it’s very best as Britain’s most celebrated Icons dominated the scene from style, music to our most beloved lifestyle brands that helped shape Britain Cool Britannia.

Any thoughts on what your fondest memories were growing up? Mine were indefinitely sharing my clothes, music CD’s and 90’s memorabilia from Smash Hits magazine to Pepsi with my younger sibling. I admit we did fight over it, but which Brother or Sister does not squabble over things. We all had our favourites growing up.

Looking back it all influenced our individual style and taste even when it comes to pop culture. This summer it’s all about getting together and sharing experiences. Which reminds me the other day when I turned on the television where Walker’s the UK’s favourite crisp brand, and the Spice Girls teamed up in a 90 second ad that premiered yesterday evening on ITV during Britain’s Got Talent’ ad break. What do you make of it, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and if you ever felt the same as I do reminiscing about favourite memories of growing up. It was perfect timing ahead of the Spice Girls Re-union tour – the biggest cultural movement of 2019 in partnership with launching Walkers Best Ever Cheese and Onion Flavour is the ideal way to celebrate don’t you think.

Who doesn’t love the Spice Girls as they will always go down in history as the most beloved successful girl band in the world even to the most obsessed Superfan which the Advert expresses with great humour and revisits 90’s nostalgia. The advert reveals Britain’s most biggest Spice Girl fan Dev that even he has to decide between the Spice Girls over his mouth-watering Walker’s crisp before becoming embroiled in an argument with the Spice Girls Mel B. It seems they are just too tempting to part with and missing out on the chance to win his VIP Ticket.

If you had to choose between The Spice Girls or Walkers Crisp I’ll let you decide that one because iconic brands mean something to us all and that’s why we love them too much! Who would you share your Walker’s with?

 

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A CITY GUIDE TO SHORT BREAKS IN PARIS: HOW TO ENJOY THE CITY OF LIGHTS WITH STYLE

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PARIS

 

Hey guys I’ve just returned from a recent trip to Paris for Haute Couture Fashion Week and can’t wait to share with you what I got up to while I was in town for the shows. It was my first ever haute couture catwalk show in Paris and season with Fashion House Atelier Rani Zakhem who showcased his latest Autumn Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture Collection. Let me take you on a chic tour of the city and the best bits that Paris has to offer as there is lots to see and do. But time permitting wise I could only make the most of the time I had available in between the shows which were my main intentions for coming to Paris for Fashion Week at the same time do some sightseeing. Getting around Paris is easy on foot via the Metro but being Fashion Week I would much prefer to use UBER France who kindly contributed towards my short trip in Paris to ensure my journey ran smoothly getting me to the Airport and the shows at Fashion Week.

HOTELS IN PARIS IDEAL FOR SHORT STAYS & BUSINESS TRIPS

 

MECURE HOTEL GARD DE LYON  

 

During Fashion Week in Paris location is crucial as you need to be able to get around as easy as possible especially if you’re new to the city. A central location in Paris works best and is close to all the main attractions and within easy reach of the Eurostar at Gard Du Nord station via the TVG overground train that runs from central Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport takes just under an hour.

The Mecure Hotel Gard de Lyon is a great hotel that is very welcoming with it’s friendly staff and the rooms are very clean and cosy too with modern contemporary interiors including the separate wash room / bathroom. Security at the hotel is imperative to ensure the safety of its staying guest such as swipe entry card system for the main hotel entrance after hours. Most importantly all bloggers need Wifi with fast internet access so we can stay updated on social media and share our amazing experiences of our travels with you.

 

 

THINGS TO TRY AND EXPERIENCE

 

MUSSEE DU LOUVRE

 

The Louvre Museum has to be one of the most iconic landmarks in Paris and the perfect Instagram selfie opportunity to take some holiday snaps for my readers. Just like Somerset House in London as you enter the grounds of the Louvre you go through an archway to see beautiful grounds, breathtaking scenery and the Louvre within walking distance. During a hot summers day it’s a very good idea to cool off by the Louvre Fountain and take in the atmosphere and amazing architecture. There are some interesting buildings nearby and footpaths where you can also catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower.

  Photo Credit: Nadia Rashid

HAUTE COUTURE PARIS FASHION WEEK

When people think of Paris they imagine a city that is very Stylish with lots of culture and has a reputation for high luxury fashion that competes with other fashion capitals of the world London, New York and Milan. If you’re lucky to get an invite to any of the Couture shows don’t miss out the opportunity to see the latest international trends dominating the Parisian Catwalks is very special indeed.

DESIGNER SHOPPING

RUE FAUBOURG SAINT HONORE 

For those of us who love to shop our favourite designer labels you can find all the big names of International Fashion House from Dior, Chanel to Gucci if you happen to take a stroll in this exclusive shopping area of Paris. It looks very charming and pretty and night.

 

RUE DES FRANCS BOURGEOIS

In Paris you are so spoilt for choice when I comes to leading brands as well as smaller brands and local boutiques can be found in this street is a shopping mecca for fashionistas to shop and drop all day long then take a break by finding somewhere to have a spot of lunch nearby is within easy reach of restaurant in the Saint Paul area.

 

ROOFTOP BARS WITH THE BEST VIEWS OF PARIS

LE ROOFTOP BAR – THE PENINSULA PARIS

 Photo: Nadia Rashid

Before coming to Paris I already planned on making a visit to The Peninsula Hotel in Paris which is a luxury hotel within walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe. Le Rooftop bar is perched on the 6th floor of the hotel with panoramic views over Paris and the perfect opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

It has to be one of my favourite hotels in town because the view of the Eifel Tower is rather breathtaking from the hotels roof terrace equip with separate restaurant and bar. The hotel staff were very polite and attentive during my late afternoon drinks as I enjoyed my cool glass of Tattinger Champagne with views overlooking Paris. It’s very grand here but I feel so much at home with it being in the middle of Haute Couture Fashion Week and is the place to be scene. Definitely check it out next time you’re in town and who knows I could be staying here next time.

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THE BUDDHA BAR PARIS

The Buddha Bar Paris brand is widely recognised for its cool ambience and stylish playlist catering to the fashionista crowd and International Jet-set clientele. It’s a very relaxing place to have drinks in into the late evenings and dinner too downstairs in the restaurant. This restaurant serves a selection of Pan European Asian Cuisine and I recommend that you make a reservation as it can get very busy but the atmosphere is such a great vibe and all you would expect from a luxury restaurant and bar. The decor interior is very tranquil and gives you that feeling of transporting you to South East Asia and founded by the same owner of Barfly Bar Paris.

 

 

 

DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE

 

MIZNON PARIS

If you’re near Saint Paul in Paris you need to check out Miznon an Israeli restaurant specialising in grilled cuisines which is the best pita I have ever tasted. Everything is prepared with amazing fresh ingredients and full of flavours such as the house style Kebab garnished with red onions, beef meat, mint leaves and assorted vegetables. This restaurant is located in a Jewish quarter of Paris but we also discovered the upmarket boutiques some French and International fashion brands can be found only a stone’s throw away within walking distance.

 

LA VOLTIGEUR

As it happens if you take a stroll through the streets of Paris there are so many restaurants and cafe’s to try and you are so spoilt for choice. Sometimes it’s best not to plan where to eat and just find somewhere which is how I came across La Voltigeur. This restaurant is situated in the Stylish shopping area of Rue Des Francs Paris also in the Saint Paul Area and is the perfect place for a spot of lunch as you do some designer shopping. They have very yummy treats here such as cakes and my favourite dish Croque Monsieur which is a famous cheese and ham toasted French sandwich that comes with a delicious side salad dressing.

 

EAST MAMMA

If you’re a fan of authentic Italian food you will find exceptional food and friendly service at East Mamma Restaurant  and is very popular on the Parisian Scene with the locals too. East Mamma is part of the Big Mamma Restaurant group and serves the most exquisite dishes from Fresh Pasta, Pizza, Salads to sumptuous Deserts. During my dinner I decided to try their Pizza Napoletana Red Hot Burrata which comes with a spicy tomatoes sauce, hot sausage and topped with plenty of Mozzarella cheese for texture.  If you like pasta I would highly recommend the Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina served with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. All portions of food served is a very large size suitable for 2 people to share which is very filling.

 

Paris will always have a special place in my heart and would like to immerse myself in the language and culture next time I visit again for Fashion Week.  They call Paris the City of Lights for a reason so come visit this wonderful intriguing city and experience it for yourself.

Disclaimer: A special thank you to UBER for partnering with me during this trip and contributing towards my travel journeys in Paris. In any case, as always, all opinions will be my own.