Dolce & Gabbana, Bulgari, Trussardi, Armani — these fashion leaders are known all over the world for their style. But what about their cuisine? Off the runways, fashion brands are making their mark in the culinary world with their own restaurants and bars. And where better to find them than in Italy's fashion capital? Home to great shops, Milan has also a plethora of eateries offering fantastic Italian food served in style. This is also the season for pre-holiday travels, a time of the year when we can explore new, chic places. And in our eyes, there's nothing better than exploring spots where food meets fashion. Here's the first part of our list of the best fashion designer restaurants, clubs and coffee bars in Milan.Replay – The stage
Designed as a real stage, a place where there are not fixed structures, but as in a cinema space, everything changes, this fine food & beverage corner puts at its center the guests who can interact actively with Replay products by enjoying artistic performances and art shows while experiencing some great food of a modern Milanese cuisine. The restaurant - located just off the main shopping area of Corso Como and Porta Nuova – is the perfect place to relax after a hectic shopping day.
Where: Piazza Gae Aulenti, 4Bulgari Restaurant
You can’t go wrong with a dish in Bulgari’s Restauant. This simple yet luxurious space is a great place to sit outside (weather permitting) eating a Langoustine risotto with melon and Sorrento lemon or a Tiramisù enriched with raspberries and chocolate and watching the faces of Milanese passing by on the busy streets of Milan. The wine list vaunts more than 500 cases of the most carefully selected vintages, as well as a fine selection of champagnes and sparkling wines. Connoisseurs of fine spirits will also find much to choose from.
Where: Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7/bArmani/Nobu
Located within the Emporio Armani Store in the heart of the Quadrilatero d’Oro district, the Nobu Restaurant opened in 2000. Its interiors combine the simple warm elegance of the Armani style with traditional Japanese design as well as its cuisine that mixes elements of South American cuisine with the Japanese tradition thanks to the Chef Nobu Matsuhisa – a sushi chef turned into a global star for bringing a whole new trend in Japanese cuisine
Where: Via Pisoni, 1Pasticceria Marchesi – Prada
This 200-year-old pastry shop - one of Milan’s most iconic cafes – opened in 2014 by the Italian fashion house Prada. Designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, this fairy elegant shop offers delicious treats, aperitifs, and candy-colour pastry boxes beautifully placed amid wood-and-glass cases. Try the famous Panettone Christmas cake, the Amor Polenta breakfast cake or the 10 different variations of brioche. Coordinate with your Prada items, if you please.
Where: Via Monte Napoleone, 9
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