14 of the most Instagram-worthy places in Milan
We take a look at the most stylish cafés, restaurants, bars and shops in Milan that are top contenders for the most photogenic spots in the city. Whether you are looking to create a top social media post or take some unusual holiday snapshots, these are the best places to visit in Milan
Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone
Located just around the corner from the bustling Via Montenapoleone is one of Milan’s prettiest lunching spots. Found in one of the city’s hidden courtyards, restaurant Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone has become a popular haunt with off-duty models and fashion-industry thanks to its ideal location in the city. With tiled flooring, verdant plants and some of the best risotto in Milan, this is a must-see.
Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone, Via Santo Spirito 10, 20121 Milan, +39 02 7600 1123
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II is one of the oldest and most impressive shopping centres in the world. Housed within a four-storey double arcade, it was built in 1877 and its mosaics, marble floors and glamorous designer boutiques afford numerous photo opportunities.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milan
Founded in 1824, Marchesi is one of the oldest and finest pastry shops in Milan. Bought by Prada in 2014, the stunning location is a favourite among the city’s fashion elite and is a Milan Fashion Week hotspot. This elegant café features displays of colourful sugared almonds on cherry wood shelves, apple-green walls and sleek marble floors.
Marchesi, Via Santa Maria alla Porta 11A, 20123 Milan, +39 02 862770
10 Corso Como
No trip to Milan is complete without visiting the 10 Corso Como high-fashion boutique. The clothing collection is edited by Carla Sozzani and this eclectic venue is also an art gallery, bookshop and courtyard café, not to mention one of the most stylish locations in the city – all in all, a truly inspirational place.
10 Corso Como, Corso Como 10, 20154 Milan, +39 02 2900 2674
The quirky Japanese-style Macha Café is one of the coolest, most Instagram-worthy eateries in Milan and its interior features kitsch Japanese figures, long wooden tables and pretty cushions. The real draw here, however, is the food, with a healthy menu dedicated to matcha green tea. Guests can enjoy everything from matcha cocktails to cakes, energy bowls and delicious matcha pancakes.
Macha Café, Viala Francesco Crispi 15, 20121 Milan, +39 02 4547 3046
Fancy Toast is another top contender for the most Instagram-worthy café in Milan. The unusual eatery specialises in toast with a variety of both traditional and innovative sweet and savoury options, including avocado or Nutella. Fuchsia neon signs, black and white graphic tiling and stylish coffee cups also feature at this highly Instagrammable venue.
Fancy Toast, Via Alessandro Volta 8, 20121 Milan +39 02 6208 6072
Duomo di Milano cathedral
The Gothic spires of the Duomo di Milano cathedral dominate the city’s skyline and the must-see building is one of Milan’s most popular attractions. For a truly breathtaking experience, why not go up to the rooftop from where you can see the Alps on a clear day?
Duomo di Milano, Piazza del Duomo, 20121 Milan, +39 02 7202 2656
Pisacco was designed by architect Tiziano Vudafieri and this stunning bistro incorporates bold colours, prints and top-quality materials, as well as delicious food. Artist Gabriella Ciancimino’s impressive murals offer the perfect photo opportunity.
Pisacco, Via Solferino 48, 20121 Milan, +39 02 9176 5472
Bulgari Hotel Milan
Timeless glamour and Italian design combine at the Bulgari Hotel Milan, one of the most stylish hotels in the city and the perfect place to escape from the busy city streets. Located in Milan’s artists’ quarter, with verdant, picture-perfect private gardens, this elegant hotel also offers chic interiors and charming courtyards.
Bulgari Hotel Milan, Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7B, 20121 Milan, +39 02 805 8051
Located in the heart of Milan’s fashion district, the Boscolo Milano hotel is a favourite with the city’s fashion set. With its elegant, avant-garde design, the hotel offers guests a relaxing, stylish and highly Instagrammable stay.
Boscolo Milano, Corso Giacomo Matteotti 4-6, 20121 Milan, +39 02 7767 9611
Café Trussardi is a chic destination for a coffee, and it shares floor space with the elegant Trussardi concept store. With hanging verdant flowers and floor-to-ceiling windows, this is a stylish place to refuel as you explore the city.
Café Trussardi, Piazza della Scalla 5, 20121 Milan, +39 02 8068 8201
Bar Luce was designed by acclaimed film director Wes Anderson, and you may feel as though you have walked on to one of his film sets when you enter this striking building. It is one of the most photographed locations in the city thanks to its extraordinary interior design, which features traditional elements, such as the reproduction Galleria Vittorio Emanuele glass roof, creatively juxtaposed with pastel colour-block accents and 1960s-style furniture.
Bar Luce, Largo Isarco 2, 20139 Milan, +39 02 5666 2611
Maio Restaurant is located on the top floor of La Rinascente, one of Milan’s most prestigious department stores. The superb restaurant offers stunning views of the magnificent Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Piazza del Duomo square – an unbeatable, must-visit dining location.
Maio Restaurant, Piazza del Duomo, 20121 Milan, +39 02 885 2455
The Navigli district is renowned for its network of canals and is a beautiful part of the city. Navigli presents a wealth of photo opportunities, from charming streets to one-of-a-kind food shops and, of course, the canals themselves.