Milan, the fashion and design capital of Italy, captivates travellers with its seamless blend of history, art, and modernity. While iconic landmarks like the Duomo and La Scala Theatre may dominate postcards, the real charm of this bustling city lies in its diverse neighbourhoods. Each district offers a unique perspective on Milan’s rich cultural heritage and contemporary lifestyle. This is our pick of the best neighbourhoods to explore in Milan.

Cloister of the Brera Academy


Great for: Art and Elegance

Nestled in the heart of the city, Brera exudes an air of sophistication and elegance. This charming neighbourhood is a haven for art enthusiasts, with its picturesque streets adorned with art galleries and boutiques, where its well-heeled residents go about their day-to-day. 

The Pinacoteca di Brera, a prominent art museum, houses masterpieces by Italian greats like Raphael and Caravaggio. After a healthy intake of art, take a leisurely stroll through Parco Sempione and admire the grand Sforza Castle or join a tour with a local guide to get a real feel for the fabulous sights of the city. Brera’s enchanting ambience is complemented by chic cafés and restaurants, making it the ideal place to spend a relaxing afternoon.

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Great for: Canals and Bohemian Vibes 

Step into Navigli, and you’ll find yourself transported to a picturesque scene of canals, footbridges, and vintage shops. This vibrant neighbourhood is renowned for its energetic nightlife, featuring trendy bars and clubs along the canal banks. Grab a table at a local trattoria and savour authentic Italian cuisine while watching gondolas glide by. It’s like a little slice of Venice! 

On Sundays, the Navigli Antique Market takes over the banks of the Navigli Grande Canal, luring treasure hunters with a captivating array of vintage finds and curios. You might just pick up a bargain!

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Great for: Urban Exploration

Once an industrial district, Isola has undergone a dramatic transformation, emerging as one of Milan’s hippest neighbourhoods. Artistic murals adorn the walls, and contemporary architecture graces the skyline. The futuristic Bosco Verticale towers, covered in greenery, redefine urban living. Discover independent boutiques, quaint cafes, and multicultural eateries that reflect the diverse community residing in Isola. Don’t miss out on the vibrant street food scene at the Mercato dell’Isola, a sprawling market offering organic food and international culinary delights.

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Porta Romana 

Great for: Hidden Gems 

Porta Romana boasts a more laid-back atmosphere, making it an ideal escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Home to historic landmarks such as the Porta Romana Gate, this neighbourhood combines the charm of the past with contemporary influences. Wander through the Giardini di Porta Venezia, a peaceful park surrounded by neoclassical architecture. For a truly local experience, explore the streets around Via Orti, where you’ll discover hidden gems, including charming cafés and traditional trattorias.

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Quadrilatero d’Oro 

Great for: Fashion and Luxury 

Fashionistas and luxury enthusiasts will find their haven in Quadrilatero d’Oro, or the “Golden Rectangle.” This glamorous neighbourhood houses Milan’s most prestigious boutiques, showcasing the latest collections from top designers. 

Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, and Via Sant’Andrea are legendary shopping streets where you can indulge in high-end fashion. Beyond the storefronts, the neighbourhood boasts elegant architecture and refined dining establishments.

Stay here: Apartment Bocelli

Corso Como

Corso Como

Great for: Trendsetting Paradise 

Corso Como, a haven for trendsetters and fashion-forward individuals, pulsates with energy and creativity. As one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Milan, Corso Como is packed with trendy bars, art spaces, and concept stores. The Corso Como 10 concept store, curated by fashion icon Carla Sozzani, is a must-visit for design enthusiasts. By nightfall, the area comes alive with a vibrant mix of live music venues and stylish clubs.

Stay here: Apartment Fedez

Milan’s diverse neighbourhoods offer an abundance of captivating experiences for every traveller. From the artistic ambience of Brera to the bohemian vibes of Navigli, the city’s neighbourhoods are an invitation to explore its multifaceted identity. Whether you’re an art lover, a fashion aficionado, or simply seeking an authentic taste of Milanese life, these neighbourhoods will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on your heart and soul. 


That’s our pick of the best neighbourhoods in Milan. Check out our collection of city apartments in Milan and jet off for a city break in this eternally awesome fashion capital. Not had your fill of Italian adventures? Check out all our villas in Italy and get in contact with our friendly concierge team who will be happy to advise how best to explore this perfect peninsula!

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