Founded by former skater Matteo Rancilio, Dictionary opened in 2011 and very quickly became a point of reference for emerging, high quality streetwear. Italian, Japanese, Korean and European brands are the focal point for the Milanese store, which is located in lively Porta Ticinese. The atmosphere is cozy and the scope of attire is vast, despite the store's small size. The selection of clothes and accessories—for all genders—changes often, so there's always something new to discover.
HangarBicocca is one of the most interesting contemporary art spaces in Milan. Pirelli is the sponsor of all the exhibits and guarantees free access to the venue, thanks to a dedicated foundation. Many of the installations in this huge post-industrial space are site-specific—like the monumental permanent installation The Seven Heavenly Palaces by German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer. The gallery has hosted artists including Marina Abramović and Tomás Saraceno since 2004.
Born from the passion of a group of friends who love art and cuisine, Pisacco is a charming restaurant and bar. It's a place characterized by a direct relationship with contemporary art: from the name (an intentional misspelling of Picasso) to the presence of important works of art in every corner of the space—restrooms included. The food is modern Italian that is simple but sophisticated.
10 Corso Como needs no introduction—Carla Sozzani's brain-child was born more than 20 years ago and is considered to be the very first concept store in the world. A passionate art collector and fashion enthusiast, Sozzani has created a unique place to discover style, accessories, design objects and cosmetics, all while enjoying good food, sophisticated drinks and art exhibitions. The true gem, however, is the bookshop, where you'll find incredible tomes on fashion to comics, photography to design.
GUM is a collective of hairdressers that owes its name to the special grease used in the States back in the 1950s to shape extreme hairstyles. Located in Milan’s Porta Ticinese area the venue—despite its old school appearance and the vintage furnishings—offers high-quality and innovative services for both men and women. Stefano Terzuolo, the senior director, takes care of haircuts and artistic direction, while his team is in charge of all the treatments; from experimental coloring to beard trimming (and "hangover treatments" in between). The overall experience is tailored, luxurious and always ahead of style.
Pavé is a "living room with a laboratory" and is one of the yummiest places in town for sweets and pastries. Located in Milan's Porta Venezia area, this bakery and pastry shop represent a singular case of successful young entrepreneurship and quest for quality in food. The hit of this informal yet sophisticated eatery is La 160—an incredibly crisp croissant stuffed with a special homemade apricot marmalade. The menu also includes paninis at lunchtime, bread (exclusively from aged yeast) as well as cheese and salami platters, wines, beers and soft drinks.
Isa & Vane are Isabella Coppini and Vanesa Pellizza Tricarico, two friends and colleagues who conceived and now run one of the most interesting delis in Milan. Food is freshly prepared each day by kitchen staff who also takes care of other external services for events and companies. You can eat-in or take away and the quality and taste of everything here is guaranteed for 48 hours—even when heated in the microwave. For this reason the recipes are simple and made on-site everyday, with just a few quality ingredients and no added artificial flavors. Grab a few snacks and wander to one of Milan's vibrant piazzas.