Brera District
Brera District
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
This elegant and artsy district is a charming area in the heart of Milan. Here, you'll find quaint cobbled streets and historic 18th-century buildings, lined with fashion houses, cafes, restaurants, and galleries. You'll also find iconic landmarks like the Santa Maria del Carmine Church and the Pinacoteca di Brera, to name a few. You can even have your fortune told by a fortune teller—they're hard to miss! Discover some of the city's best street food in Brera on a walking food tour, or simply sit by any of the quaint cafes to people-watch over a spritz or glass of wine. – Tripadvisor
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Neighborhood: Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
How to get there
  • Montenapoleone • 6 min walk
  • Lanza • 6 min walk
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Philip G
Tristan da Cunha1,450 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
I lament the changes in Brera. A decade or so ago Brera was an artistic neighborhood, centering around the wonderful Pinacoteca Art Museum. Authenticity was evident in the bars, restaurants, shops and cafes that filled the lovely neighborhood. Today, developers have turned Brera into an ersatz mall catering to tourists and the well heeled. There is nothing real or authentic about Brera, and sadly it has transformed into a Disneyesque version of itself, not unlike the Marais in Paris. Why urban developers in Europe feel the need to transform neighborhoods into something that may cause Americans to spend money is obvious. It’s crash capitalism, and that avarice will eventually ruin all travel. Culture is inherently important to a country’s identity. When you lose your identity, I don’t know what’s left. Have pride in what you are and don’t try to emulate the worst of American culture. It’s tacky.
Written December 21, 2022
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ARose
Charlotte, NC886 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
YOu will likely wind up walking through here hitting the main sites of milan. There are plenty of restaurants and a lot of shopping boutiques. About a 12 min walk to the main duomo piazza, less to castle Sforza. The streets are very well light and stay pretty busy into the evening. Safe area to stay if you are looking for vacation rental to stay.
Written January 6, 2020
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1957
Ottawa, Canada829 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Part of our City Bus sightseeing tour on yellow line, we stopped here. As a tourist , I enjoyed the vibe, atmosphere . It’s a pedestrian area with lots of shops, cafes and restaurants. It certainly does not feel modern, it’s more a older contemporary Milan…but a must to see!
Written October 16, 2022
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Vineeta D
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
If you are looking for boutique stores in milan , This is the right place . There so many designers here . You can find clothes , shoes , homedecor , furniture you can find it all . It is the design hub of milan . It is worth visiting during the milan design week . There are a lot of events here in different places. Look for the map and follow it
Written April 25, 2023
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JRMADA
United States3,326 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is a nice area with shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars. There are a few tourist traps like Osteria Fortunata (from Rome serving bad food with awful service), so avoid them. It is not as busy as the Duomo area, so you have a better chance at having a more relaxed time here. The prices are more wallet friendly here too. This is a 10-15 min walk from the Duomo. One of our favorite places in Milan.
Written November 2, 2022
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Karim Maarouf
Cairo, Egypt851 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This is such a nice part of Milan. Lot's of really good restaurants that the locals would visit. Had dinner there once, great food and reasonably priced. There are also many boutiques and shops in the narrow streets. The neighborhood is just great for a stroll, some shopping and having a meal. Very lively and local authentic feel.
Written October 3, 2020
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ROULA A
Athens, Greece104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Brera is a beautiful neighbourhood.
It's only 10' walk from Duomo.
It's very elegant, full of galleries, italian shops, restaurants, cafes. Of course you must visit Pinacoteca di Brera.
It's worth to go for a walk.
Written January 7, 2023
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paolovbossi
The Hague, The Netherlands849 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I love Brera, in particular Via Fiori Chiari. The shops and the restaurants are amazing and even during Xmas holidays there is not the crowd of Duomo and Galleria. It is possible to stroll, looking at the shops and even have a lunch/dinner at reasonable prices. A must do in Milan
Written January 5, 2020
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Alexander K
Atlanta, GA141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Beautiful area to spend a day. Or at least few hours. Many boutique store for designers I’ve never heard of, which was a nice change. Places to eat or just get coffee are on just about every corner, lovely architecture, museums…. If you are in Milan definitely worth a visit.
Written May 12, 2023
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kc2501996
Linz, Austria10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Three years ago I've been visiting Milano, Brera is my favourite area I stayed in. Very saved historical arhitecture, nice shops, modern restaurants. Easy place to manage trips.
Written January 19, 2023
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