POULAKIS’S GUIDE TO MI­LAN

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STAY

I’ve stayed at The Best Western Ho­tel Galles

( Pi­azza Lima, www.galles.it/ en) for more than 15 years so it has a homely feel for me. It’s out­side the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city with a great se­lec­tion of lo­cal res­tau­rants, and the ser­vice and hos­pi­tal­ity is al­ways 10 out of 10.

EAT

The food is al­ways amaz­ing at Non Solo Lesso ( Via Gior­gio Jan, www.non­solo­lesso.it). It is owned and run by a small Ital­ian fam­ily and they serve rus­tic Mi­lanese food; very tra­di­tional. Keep in mind the por­tion size is quite large, so an en­trée will eas­ily cater for three or four peo­ple. Another favourite is Pa­per Moon ( Via Bagutta, www. pa­per­moon­restau­rants.com).

DRINK

When you need a pit stop dur­ing a shop­ping spree, Terrazza Aperol ( Pi­azza del Duomo, Cnr Gal­le­ria Vit­to­rio Emanuele, Floor 2, www. ter­raz­za­ap­erol.it/en) is a good choice — it has the best view of the Duomo.

VISIT

No mat­ter how many times I visit Mi­lan, the Duomo ( Pi­azza del Duomo, www.duo­momi­lano.it/en) never gets old. Ac­tu­ally you ap­pre­ci­ate it even more each time you see it. It has this abil­ity to amaze you so that, for me, it’s a must. I also re­ally en­joy the area of Br­era which at night comes alive with var­i­ous res­tau­rants and bars to visit.

SHOP

You must visit Via Monte Napoleone. I’ve never for­got­ten the first time I walked down this fa­mous street. Noth­ing but de­signer brand af­ter de­signer brand. I in­stantly fell in love and to this day I still get that same feel­ing. I es­pe­cially love this street at Christ­mas.

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