If you don’t know her name, you’ve certainly recognized her from one of a few hundred street style snaps outside of every fashion show from New York to Paris (you may know her boyfriend, Giotto Calendoli, who often accompanies her). As you’ll learn over the course of this week, the Italian native is eschewing her fashion background for something a little musical—and she’s got plenty of advice, both style- and career-minded, to dish out along the way. So let Patricia be your tour guide to the finest shops, sights, and bites in one of her favorite cities, Milan.
"I didn’t like Milan at first, since I was used to living in the south of Italy, which I always found much more authentic than the bigger cities. But I ended up falling in love with it and now it's my second home.
What’s so charming about it is that there’s always something to do and you can keep yourself busy, between vintage markets or new cafes or exhibitions. It’s not just a fashion capital, it's a cultural capital—a place where you can feel both very Italian and very international. These are my favorite places."
BAOBAB ORGANIC BURGER
Corso Garibaldi, 12
If you want the best hamburger in Milan, go there! Make sure you order the ''Cheeseburger con Bacon e aggiunta di cipolle caramellate.'’ Simply show them this in writing and I swear you will love me for it.
Via Conca del Naviglio, 7
Another one of my favourite places, especially for dinner. It’s very 50s diner-chic. After dinner, ask at the counter for the secret room. They’ll take you to a speakeasy where you can have a drink and play pool.
Via Sottocorno 6
You’re going to want to take your parents to this. If you’re looking for something almost Parisian, with red light, velvet chairs and the best dessert in the world, go there for dinner.
The Rollover event takes place every Friday and it’s where you’ll have the time of your life in Milan. It’s nothing too fancy, it’s all about having fun—so HEELS OFF!
Piazza XXIV Maggio, 8
My favorite hotel in Milan. Its interior design is to die for and if you’re also looking for a place to have a photoshoot at, this will be perfect. So why not do both? Also, the bartender there makes the best cocktails.
Via Monte Napoleone, 8
The historical cafe in Milan—simply the best Italian breakfast you can have.
10 CORSO COMO
Corso Como, 10, 20124
The best concept shop in Milan, hands down! It was conceived by Carla Sozzani, Franca Sozzani’s sister, with the idea of a space where you could have coffee on the terrace, lunch, dinner, healthy meals and also take a look at design, art, accessories and clothes.
Via Giuseppe Sacchi, 3
Franco Jacassi’s collection of clothes and accessories is said to inspire some of the most important and influential stylists and designers today. It’s so big you get lost in it, but you can find the most unique pieces. Best vintage store in Milan.
Via Brera, 5
You have to go if you’re looking for an unique unconventional perfume.
Largo Isarco 2
Have a light lunch at Bar Luce and a walk through the artwork that inspires Miuccia Prada.