If you’re in the Brera district of Milan during 17– 22 April 2018*, you’re in for a treat. Like fashion week, but for furniture, Milan Design Week is the highlight of the design calendar. Get ahead of the crowd with this handy 36-hour guide to Brera and 2018’s festival.
09.00: Set yourself up for the day with Bianco Latte‘s infamous brunch platter (Via Turati 30, 20100).
10.00: Strike out towards the Basilica San Simpliciano (Piazza S. Simpliciano, 7, 20100). Dating back to the 4th century, it is one of Milan’s oldest churches and, during Milan DesignWeek, home to Mindcraft, with installations from 17 of Denmark’s leading designers and makers.
12.00: Head to Hem Brera Atelier (Via Statuto, 8, 20121) and be the first to see the Swedish brand’s new launches – the Kumo Sofa by Norwegian designers Anderssen & Voll and the Dolina chair by Italian design studio Lucidi Pevere – alongside work by Luca Nichetto and Arthur Arbesser.
13.00: Grab lunch at Fioraio Bianchi Caffe (Via Montebello, 7, 20121), a 40-year-old Milanese institution that combines a café with a florist in style.
14.00: Next up: Associative Design presents the Best of Portugal (Piazza S. Marco, 4, 20121) – an exhibition of Portuguese furniture, lighting and objets d’art.
18.00: No trip to Milan is complete without visiting Corso Como (Corso Como, 10, 20154). The fashion and design destination encompasses a café, restaurant, bar, exhibition space and bookshop.
19.00: If you can bag a table for dinner, all the better. It’s worth the wait for a table (there’s a bar) – and the mixed salami and cheese plates both make great precursors to the grilled beef fillet, which is to die for.
21.00: Grab an Aperol Spritz at Radetzky (Corso Garibaldi, 105, 20121).
10.00: Dating back to the 1930s, Giovanni Cova & C (Via Cusani, 10, 20121) has an interior to match. Make like the Italians and grab cappuccino and a pastry standing at the counter.
11.00: Explore the Orto Botanico di Brera botanical gardens for some peace and tranquility after the chaos of last night.
13.00: Stroll down Via Fiori Oscuri and Via Fiori Chiari and take in the fashion boutiques, street art and fortune tellers.
14.00: Treat yourself to lunch at Osteria di Brera (Via Fiori Chiari 8, 20121). The octopus comes highly recommended and there are plenty of veggie options.
15.00 Skip desert and instead head to Puro&Bio for some of the best gelato in Milan (Via della Moscova 13, 20121).
16.00: For a full afternoon of culture explore the Pinacoteca di Brera, open since 1809 and co-located with the Braidense Library, the Astronomical Observatory, the Lombard Institute, Academy of Sciences and Letters and the Academy of Fine Arts.
19.00: Grab a simple pizza or pasta at Hosteria della Musica (Via Fiori Chiari, 20121) before turning in for an early night.
*Check opening hours before travelling especially on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 April when some events are open for press previews only.