Gucci, Prada, Fendi… Milan Fashion Week runs from 22nd - 28th February – overlapping the equally fabulous Paris Fashion Week by one day. So, where’s a good place to sit and have a good cup of coffee (or a cocktail) and watch the ever-fashionable world of Milan sashay by?
Milan Fashion Week is a visual feast of classic fashion, with spectacular shows from some of the world’s most famous designers; and is an important date in the calendar for the biggest names in the world of fashion.
Top of the list must be this combination of high fashion, film and café culture. Set within the Fondazione Prada itself and designed by the famous film director, Wes Anderson, Bar Luce is an homage to the Italian films of the 1950s and 1960s and oozes casual Italian glamour. Furnished with Fifties’ style Formica and serving classic Italian food, aperitivo and, of course, coffee, it’s a great spot to while away some time between shows and watch the very fashionable world go by.
Also owned by Prada, Marchesi 1824 is one of Milan’s oldest cafés, founded almost 200 years ago as a petite pasticceria, which grew into a Milanese icon. Serving coffees, pastries and cocktails, it’s the perfect venue to soak up the lively atmosphere of beautiful Milan and take in all the traditions of the city. Why not enjoy a tasty Italian breakfast before a day at the shows, a hearty, healthy lunch in between, or perhaps early evening cocktails at the end of a long, but very fashionable day?
Corso Como –this stylish street is home to a host of fashionable restaurant, gelateriasand bars, so you can take your pick! A stone’s throw from one of the main venues for this year’s Milan Fashion Week, the UniCredit Pavillion, on Gae Aulenti, saunter through the streets at a leisurely pace to take in the atmosphere, schmooze with fellow fashionistas and enjoy a refreshing drink.
Il vino e la moda
Enoteca Cotti is a highly recommended treasure trove of a specialist wine shop, situated not far from the main fashion shows taking place this year. Specialising in white, red, and sparkling wines, as well as a selection of traditional Grappas, there’s something to suit every palate, and you can easily while away the hours with a wine tasting. Open until 8:00pm, it’s a great spot to enjoy a glass of good vino before enjoying a night on the town.
Caffè Napoli is also a short distance from all the fashion action and provides an authentic and award winning Neapolitan coffee experience. Known for its tasty Arabica coffee and traditional methods for crafting the perfect cup of coffee, it’s a stylish spot to enjoy a relaxing Italian coffee while in town for Fashion Week.
If you can’t make it to Milan for this year’s fashion shows, don’t worry – you can still follow Fashion Week online and enjoy a tasty cup of traditionally crafted Italian coffee. The Chateau Rouge Barista coffee blend is rich, smooth, and unmistakably Italian, in both style and taste. The coffee is made of 100% Arabica beans and blended by a fifth-generation Italian family business, so you can enjoy the shows online and in the fashion magazines over an authentically Italian cup of coffee, in the comfort of your own home. Brava!
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