Moet & Chandon Milan
After a very long day of eating and shopping we decided to take a break upstairs at la Rinascente and quickly discovered that not only had we discovered the Best Brunch in Italy and possibly the world but also the best Bellini in Italy! We have to admit, it is so much better than the original Bellini at Harry's Bar in Venice.
This was so worth it, especially after our climb to the top of the Duomo--250 steps--which means we get 250 sips of whatever we want. We decided to try two famous Italian favorites which were highly recommended and we are so glad we did:
Italian classic cocktail that was invented in Venice. We prefer the Bellini's from here!
Also an Italian favorite that was created in Naples. This was quite tasty also but the Bellini stole our hearts.
Perfect location for a nice drink - the bar on top is stylish and with a great view to the duomo!
My favorite when in Milan
Great department store... Especially because of its mozzarella bar Obika! I love the burrata with grilled vegetables.. :)
If you go early or late you won't have to queue. it can be really busy around lunch time.. Obviously! ;)
I don't care for shopping at all -- maybe this is why I didn't really like Milan -- but then, there's La Rinascente.
Specifically, the gourmet food store at the 7th floor!
If you're looking for specialty gifts for your foodie friends and family, look no further! Located in Piazza Duomo along the main drag, expect artisanal pastas, high quality chocolates and biscuits, truffle ANYTHING (salt, pasta, mushroom paste, etc) oh man! I went crazy here!!
Don't forget to check out the Moët Chandon champagne bar or if you really want to sit outside and get pizza, there's Obika mozzarella bar. Just know that you will be paying dearly for your purchases here because this is the Bloomingdales of Milan.
Except everything costs twice as much.
Fancy, but what do you expect you're in Milano! From the clothing down to the food it screams out fashionista! Loved going through it and loved the creativity of the food in the cafe! A must go to when in Milan.
Rinascente is the Bloomies/Saks/Neiman Marcus/Barney's/Bergdorf of Milano.
If you go up to the way top they have cafes which are nice after shopping you can come up and enjoy coffee, a cocktail and even food.
I buy all my MAC products here and whatever else I need related to beauty products.
Yes, it's a little pricey but it's probably the ambience you are paying for.
It's clean, has everything you need.
This place is immaculate with floors dedicated to home design, high end men's and women's fashion and cosmetics.
For some reason, I enjoy looking over men's suits to examine the cut and style. Of course they had Hugo Boss and Armani - all drool worthy items on display and not within reach of my wallet. I really loved the winter coats they had on display. I looked over some shirts and sweaters that I thought I could pick up for my brother but obviously the prices were not within my budget. Maybe for another lifetime...
Then I went over to the women's section and was equally impressed with the quality of the coats on display as well however, I couldn't find any in petite sizes. (sighs).
The only things I was able to purchase was Shu Uemura blush which really hard to find in certain NYC dept stores: they don't have it in Macy's and Bloomingdales but I have found it in Nordtrom's in Chicago but too lazy to go to NJ or Westchester just for blush.
Anyway, I also went to the food market section since I didn't have time to figure out where the wine stores are and ended up picking up a Barolo along with some chocolates from Alba for my coworkers. I also picked up some olive oil and dipping oil for myself which I was pretty excited about.
Customer service could be a little bit more accommodating but perhaps it was near closing time and everyone was tired.
Fashion week had just ended so the runway was being dismantled between this building the the incredible Duomo. We were hot, and tired (cabs do no exist in Milan, apparently - ha ha) .
We worked our way to the top floor of the building to find this fantastic rooftop restaurant-bar - named Il Bar.
The setting is spectacular, the vibe is upbeat and they serve a great mojito. Aside from a pleasant and visual place to have a lunch, the adjacent upstairs area is stunning. Chocolate shoes?
If you happen to be downtown Milan at lunchtime, this is a very representative place to get a sense of what the fashion district is all about.
This is a high end department store which I want to compare to Macy's but it honestly only has high end merchandise and I don't think anything mid range. It's got a great selection of clothing for both men and women.
It's multiple floors of clothing, a floor for home furnishings, and a basement with more home appliances and various other items. The top floor has food, a cafe, a few restaurants and bar. It also has a patio which overlooks the Cathedral and the square that it's in. It's a fantastic view and a great place to kick back and relax if you've been in the heat to long. The prices are slightly higher than the bars and cafes in the area but it usually isn't as busy as street level so it's nice to get away from the crowd.
The store is very nice and the bar, restaurant, cafe is alright to. On their own I'd rate each of them 3 stars but as a package I'm definitely a fan of La Rinascente.
Beautiful department store with terrific, fairly priced upscale merchandise and very helpful and pleasant salespeople. Particularly nice is the basement level housewares area. Great gift ideas. Beautiful men's clothing, too. Cannot beat the convenient location steps from the Duomo.
Set in the perfect setting central to Milan's shopping district and opposite the Duomo is the delightful department store La Rinascente. Offering fashion,beauty, interior design and the most exotic Italian food and wine for every palate. check out the restaurants on the top floor which have a terrace overlooking the cathedral. A must see.
la rinascente is a fabulous department store in the heart of fashion-conscious milan between the duomo and the galleria - so easy to find - if you are suffering fatigue from the window shopping or the tourist trek - then go to the top floor to relax and enjoy the view over the piazza whilst enjoying the cafe/restaurant and plan your next sortie
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