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Brera District

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As featured in 3 Days in Milan and 2 other guides
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Address: Via Pontaccio, Via FatebeneFratelli, Via dei Giardini, Via Monte di Pieta, Via Ponte Vetero and Via Mercato., Milan, Italy
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

An artsy, bohemian-type neighborhood hosting a number of high-quality...

An artsy, bohemian-type neighborhood hosting a number of high-quality leather shops, great for purses, shoes and clothes.

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Nice area to walk around

Beautiful shops and restaurants off the main fashion district not far from the opera and Galleria - in good weather an outdoor patio would be perfect to enjoy the buildings and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Paul P
London, Canada
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London, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful shops and restaurants off the main fashion district not far from the opera and Galleria - in good weather an outdoor patio would be perfect to enjoy the buildings and people

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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice streets in Milan where you can walk through, explore streets and squares and to have lunch or diner in one of the many restaurants.

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Warwick, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in an apartment in this area and it was fabulous. There are so many little shops, boutiques, restaurants on the quaint little streets. You instantly feel part of Italian life with people stopping for their espressor and brioche on their way to work. Easy walk to the Duomo. Would highly recommend staying here if you could.

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Ipswich, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This area is near the Castle Sforza and the quadrilatero della moda area. It nice to walk around the streets s there are many shops, restaurants and cafes. There are some high end shops but the district also contains some museums and artist shops. The district is a little quieter than some others in the centrl area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just wander around the shops, especially interesting in Via Solferino, and stop for a cup of coffee or a meal in one of the many restaurants this area offers. All you need is curiosity and a map - this is a part of town that is rewarding to explore. Don't miss Palazzo Radetzky, the home of the Governor of Milan,... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cool and quirky area and good for a general stroll, but nothing too really talk about apart from the shops and cafes

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

pedestrian area with lots of shops and restaurants also the pinoctectura is there and is a good destination before or after your meal. really charming in every way

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best neighborhood in the city. Beautiful shops, galleries, bars and restaurants for a well spent day.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was close to the castle and I had a walk round to look for a restaurant. There were lots to choose from and lots of back streets and coffee shops to explore. It's much quieter than the main city.

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Wimborne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Brera is a trendy district of Milan with plenty of small restaurants and bars. We simply meandered through the narrow streets on our way to see Bosco Verticale, but would think it would be a lovely (and expensive) area to spend an evening.

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Brera captures the real essence of the city. It is an excellent mix between history and modernity, where tradition meets innovation. Here design and beauty reign. On Via Brera there are the famous Pinacoteca (galleries), the National Gallery of Modern and Antique Art, and the Academy of Fine Arts. Interior design boutiques and intellectual cafes are typical of the district. Walking along Via Madonnina is a must to admire the architecture of buildings and the design stores. On Sundays, going to the local market is an unmissable opportunity for fashion, style and art. Tucked away, there is the Orto Botanico di Brera botanical garden that seems like a painting framed in an ancient fairy structure. Last but not least, it’s worth a visit to Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli with its Planetarium, the Civico Museo di Storia Naturale (Natural History Museum).
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