the armchair traveller
JULIA AHTIJAINEN SHARES HER MILAN SECRETS
Nasomatto PR officer and Milanese resident Julia Ahtijainen shares her insider secrets of Milan
Where should we stay?
Senato Hotel Milano
Where’s the best place to get a cocktail or two?
Historical Bar Basso, trendy Dry or one of the newcomers, like KANPAI in Porta Venezia
How about the buzziest restaurant table?
My latest favourite is Altatto, but Da Giacomo never fails, Carlo e Camillo is always pretty, and for the best casual treat Pastamadre in Porta Romana
Where to go for Milan’s best Osso Buco?
I’m not a fan, so wouldn’t know how to judge
What’s the one shop you couldn’t be without?
One of the many interior design shops. Milan offers the best inspiration with its design milieu, be it Flos, Nilufar or BDDW
Where can we find the coolest local artists work?
Go North, towards Centrale
Is a hip label on the streets right now?
For me its whatever label carries decent hoodies and sweatpants in cashmere
Your perfect Milan day?
Take a coffee at Marla in Porta Romana, taking in the architecture, a stroll towards Villa Necchi. Do some shopping in Quadrilatero della Moda and then its pasta and a glass of wine for lunch. Browse some galleries like Massimo De Carlo or pay a visit to Fondazione Prada. An early aperitivo, with like-minded culture vultures, at Bar Basso. This will inevitably flow into an improvised dinner, which could end up being a private gallery opening after-party on someone’s rooftop or balcony
How does Milan influence your work?
It sets a certain bar of aesthetics, design, quality and demand towards oneself to deliver perfection. Even if you surpass the deadline, the final result is what matters and speaks
Best trip out of town?
The closest would be a hike at Como/Lecco or towards Valtellina on the Swiss border
Don’t leave without seeing?
Villa Necchi, where “I am love” with Tilda Swinton was filmed
Something we must take home?
A stolen foulard from that house party / gallery opening that still smells like Milan, cigarettes, negroni and perfume