Everywhere in Milan you can find a plenty of lively small cafés and bars with a great atmosphere, especially in Navigli and Brera district or Porta Ticinese and Sempione area. Nightlife in Milan starts early; you cannot miss the typical “aperitivo” starting from about 6.00 pm. A pre-dinner drink, meant to “open” the palate and it gives you a chance to socialize, relax, and nibble something. Milan offers lively bars, restaurants and nightclubs; moreover, some of them include live music. Clubbing starts at about 11.00 pm running to about 4 am.
When it comes to shopping in Milan one primarily thinks of fashion; after all, this is nerve center of the “Made in Italy” industry. The showrooms of all Italian manufacturers are located here, where buyers for worldwide distribution find the one and only “Italian style”. Milanese fashion is about luxury, but it also offers innovative ideas. The fashion district: Via Monte Napoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia are the four streets that make up an imaginary square where the shops and ateliers of the most important names in fashion are concentrated. Corso Buenos Aires is 1,200 metres long and has more than 350 shops to meet everyone’s needs. It is one of Europe’s most famous shopping streets. Corso di Porta Ticinese is the right place for those looking for alternative shops and boutiques, for vintage clothing and ethnic and natural products. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is a classic for downtown promenades. Here you will find numerous shops, especially for clothing and low cost department stores, in addition to Rinascente, the true “temple” of Milanese shopping.