Being fashion-forward and first to the hottest new trends attracts a certain crowd to Milan. To say they’re cosmopolitan, bustling and keen to snack on sushi would be a sweeping generalisation, but you’ll see why when you hit the streets. Asian gastro-influences have snuck into menus from brunch ’til midnight – this is a city that likes to eat late. And cocktails, craft beers and botanicals are edging out Italy’s Soave on the drinks menu. Though, so far, the galleries are clinging onto their masterpieces by the greats. You can, of course, hop on a walking tour of the city to take in works by the next generation of celebrated artists, though these tend to be spray painted rather than crafted from oils and watercolours.
Though, let’s not forget, Leonardo da Vinci’s most memorable piece was daubed on a wall rather than a canvas, so there’s something historic to be found in the murals too. Straying away from Milan’s art and food for a moment, though, really, why would you want to? Bring your deepest pockets for a revamp of your entire wardrobe. There’s a wealth of aperitivo options waiting to revive you, if not your wallet, when the shops close.