Secrets of the Brera

The Brera is one of my favourite areas of Milan.
Found just beyond the Duomo and La Scala, it is an area full of fabulous art galleries, fun shops, excellent restaurants and small B&Bs.

The Pinacotera di Milan, Milan’s famous art gallery is in Via Brera. The gallery houses a world renown collection of renaissance art.

The atmosphere of the Brera is best reflected in Via Fiori Chiari. This cobblestone street, with it’s planter boxes is lined with boutiques, restaurants and antique shops. My favourite shop, ‘Candele Mum’ at No 16 sells beautiful candles of all different shapes and sizes.

Via Fiori Chiari in Milan

Via Fiori Chiari

Cobblestone Streets in the Brera in Milan

Cobblestone Streets in the Brera

Welcome Mat at Torre di Pisa in Milan

Welcome Mat at Torre di Pisa

Another cobblestone street, Via Madonnina leads off from here at Ristorante Il Cestino, winding past intriguing shops and buildings, eventually taking you to the Church of the Santa Maria del Carmine and it’s piazza.

Church of the Santa Maria del Carmine in Milan

Church of the Santa Maria del Carmine

Near here are a couple of my favourite spots, both in Via Cusani.
Da Claudio: By day, it is a fish shop and quick lunch stop. At night it becomes a popular bar where prosecco is on tap and seafood antipasti available. In summer the crowd spills out on to the pavement

Ristorante Da Claudio in Milan

Ristorante Da Claudio

Antonio: Over the road from Da Claudio are three fabulous shops under the name Antonio – Antonio Shoes, Antonio Donna and Antonio Uomi – all displaying the latest fashions

Window at Antonio Uomo in Milan

Window at Antonio Uomo

Milan has a fabulous aperitivo culture. Bars offer a selection of antipasti with drinks, none more so than those in the Brera. The Brera comes alive at night, especially on the weekend. Restaurants and bars are full and people are window shopping or perusing the street markets that line Via Fiori Chiari.

Aperitivo in Milan

Aperitivo snacks

Via Solferino is another busy street in the Brera. There are some interesting shops here. Look out for Jamin Peuch for fabulous bags, AG Spalding & Bros for luggage accessories and L’Artigiano di Brera for great flats. Further up the street, you will find Antica Locanda Solferino, a popular B&B.

Fioraio Bianchi Caffè, is not far from here. Dine amongst the flowers or relax with coffee and cake.

Fioraio Bianchi Caffè in Milan

Fioraio Bianchi Caffè

On Monday or Thursday morning, the Via San Marco markets take place.

Fruit and Vegetables at the San Marco Markets in Milan

Fruit and Vegetable stall

Zucchini Flowers at the Via San Marco Markets in

Zucchini Flowers

On the outskirts of the Brera, Corso Como is where you will find Milan’s eclectic fashion emporium,10 Corso Como. This is also another interesting area with many boutiques, bars and restaurants.

Inside Dieci Corso Como, Milan

10 Corso Como

To get here, take Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi which borders the Brera on one side.
On the way, stop at Radetzky Cafe for coffee, lunch or aperitivo. I can highly recommend Sunday brunch!

Radetzky Caffe in Milan

Radetzky Cafe

Don’t want to explore the Brera on foot. Hire a bike instead!
Like many European cities, Milan has their own bike sharing programme called BikeMi. Dotted around the city are many bike stations where you can pick up or drop off your bike. Hire it for as long as you like, it’s a great way to get from one spot to the other. The first thirty minutes are free!

BikeMi station at the Duomo in Milan

BikeMi station at the Duomo

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18 Responses to Secrets of the Brera

  1. Amanda Kendle September 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Gorgeous pics. Love the sound of the candle shop, I would enjoy that one!

    • Jenny September 17, 2011 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks Amanda. The candle shop is fabulous but the best ones are always too big for the suitcase!

  2. bagnidilucca September 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    I love the Brera area in Milano!! I have walked on those streets. Thanks for the reminder. Did you see “The Kiss” in the gallery. It is worth going there just for That painting. 10 Corso Como is a fabulous shop – I always go there.

    • Jenny September 17, 2011 at 10:13 am #

      It’s a great area to wander round in, isn’t it. Antonio is also one of my favourite shops, especially the shoe shop. Have you been there?
      If you like 10 Corso Como, you’d love it!!

      • bagnidilucca September 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

        I haven’t been to Antonio, but I will look for it when I go to milan next time.

  3. Krista September 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    The zucchini flowers are beautiful! What lovely color – just waiting to be stuffed with something creamy and delicious. 🙂 I’ll be heading to Milan next weekend for the first time. Can’t wait to explore! 🙂

    • Jenny September 18, 2011 at 9:05 am #

      Thanks Krista. Milan is one of my favourite cities, I hope you love it too. I have written a few posts on what to do, restaurants etc in Milan that you may like to check out. Have fun!

  4. Corinne @ Gourmantic September 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    Just been catching up on your blog when i saw Bike Me… brought back memories of Milan. Such a good idea having them!

    • Jenny September 21, 2011 at 12:09 am #

      Thanks for dropping by again, Corinne. They’re a great way to get around, aren’t they. A lot of cities in Europe have them now- I wonder if they’ll come to Oz. The helmet rule could be a problem!

  5. Jenny September 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    We’ve just returned home after two weeks in France and Italy which included a very fleeting two day visit to Milan and this post was hugely helpful! We loved the Brera area and this post enabled us see as much as possible in a very limited period of time, thank you!

    • Jenny September 26, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      Thanks Jenny, great it helped you. We enjoy the Brera and spend a lot of time here when we are in Milan

  6. Jan Macnish January 7, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    Am in Sicily and friend needs hotel/bb in Milan. What was fabulous one we stayed in?

  7. jan May 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    F. Bianche Caffe looks right up my Alley!

  8. Miret January 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    I love Brera – such a pretty district!

    And I checked out Fioraio Bianchi Caffé last month. It’s a very cozy spot and ideal for a lazy morning chatting with friends 🙂

    • [email protected] January 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

      I’m glad you loved Fioraio Bianchi Miret. It’s one of my favourite spots.How fabulous for you to be back in the Brera!Did you get to Dieci Corso Como?

  9. Pawel June 4, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Really nice pics. I’ve spent a whole week in Milan in may and liked the place a lot. Here’s few of mine own photos of Brera:

    • Jenny Freedman June 7, 2013 at 5:21 am #

      Thanks for your fabulous pictures Pawel.It’s great that you were able to spend some time there and get to know’s a fun city, isn’t it!

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