September Fashion Weeks are in full swing, with buyers, editors, designers, models, and TikTok influencers all out and about in Milan. In between runway shows, showroom presentations, and after parties, be sure to make the most of your time and squeeze in some good food and cultural experience in the Italian fashion capital. Some Highsnobiety editors, as well as our local Milanese team, put together only the best destinations.
Also be sure to check out our New York and London staff picks for local shops and restaurants.
This open gallery space co-founded by Slam Jam and Carhartt WIP hosts some of the best local pop-up exhibitions that rotate throughout the year. For Spring/Summer 2023 September Fashion Week, New York-based Jazz ensemble Onyx Collective will hold a live performance along with a screening of their latest film. – YJ Lee, Senior Editor
If you haven’t sampled a negroni sbagliato from the bar that invented the drink, then in my book, you haven’t really been to Milan. Bar Basso has become a Milanese institution over the years thanks to its fishbowl-sized glasses and decor that has remained relatively unchanged since the ’50s. Trying to find a table during Fashion Week is near impossible, but you’ll come home having rubbed shoulders with half of the industry. – Tom Barker, Style Writer
Oliviero Toscani Exhibition
Oliviero Toscani, the pioneer of controversial communications, is celebrated through an exhibition on his career. On display are well-known and exclusive works that show his brilliant and provocative outlook which influenced several generations and spurred worldwide discussions on topics such as racism, anorexia, pollution, and freedom. – Remo Morretta, Milan Brand Partnership Director
ADI Design Museum
Located in an old industrial complex, The ADI Design Museum was created to showcase the entire repertoire of projects in the historical collection of the Compasso d’Oro award. This award was created in 1954 thanks to an idea by Gio Ponti to promote the quality of Made in Italy design, and today it is the oldest and most authoritative form of recognition within the industry worldwide. – Remo Morretta, Milan Brand Partnership Director
Da Giordano will serve you the best pasta dish of your life in a lively and down-to-earth location. The neighborhood is perfect to grab an aperitivo ahead, or a drink after your meal. – Andrea Codurri, Milan VP of Brand Partnerships
Number 14, via Matteo Bandello is one of the best-known addresses among design addicts and those who come from all five continents of Milan. The design world is on full display at the Ro Gallery, which introduces and cultivates designers and artists. It is here that Rossana Orlandi turns contemporary design into collectible design, likening it to the rare and vintage selections made famous by international auctions in the field. – Andrea Codurri, Milan VP of Brand Partnerships
For art and fashion lovers alike, Fondazione Prada is a brutalist, candy-colored wonderland. From the Wes Anderson-designed café to the trippiest art gallery, it’s an experience that should be on the top of your Milan list. – Jake Indiana, Features Manager
Bistrot Della Pesa
Nestled in between the historical neighborhood of Brera, the modern porta volta and vibrant Chinatown Bistrot Della Pesa is an historical establishment. Taste quintessential Milanese dishes in a classy yet laidback and cozy location — You must try the saffron risotto and cotoletta! – Lola Toscani, Milan Brand Partnership Director