Hailed as a fashion capital, Milan’s food and drink scene is wrongly overlooked. Whilst in other regions of Italy passions lie in wine, Milan has adopted a micro brewing culture and joined the cities of the north to revolutionise the country’s beer industry. Nowadays a wealth of local craft beer flow into the city’s bars alongside the rich selection of wines visitors would expect to sample. Pair these with Milanese classics of melanzane alla parmigiana and cotoletta alla milanese and the result is a rich gastronomic experience.
To ensure guests to the city don’t miss out on both the new and classic culinary offerings, we’ve put together a list of five of the best food, wine and beer tours; selected to offer alternatives for those on differing budgets and with different palates.
FROM: €59/per person
Known as the artistic district of Milan, Brera’s creativity extends to its cuisine. Over 3-hours, navigate the intimate streets and markets, while learning about Milan’s gastronomic history from a local foodie. The tour will include six food-stops, where guests will sample authentic Milanese dishes. After filling up on popular treats, move on to sample the city’s craft beer, followed by a stop at a local bar for an aperitivo: a glass of wine accompanied by bitesize pre-dinner snacks.
From €120/ per person
The host for this experience, Aurora, invites a small group of culinary enthusiasts into her house in central Milan. The two and a half hour cooking session will see chefs collaborate with one another to create seasoned sauces, tender meat, perfectly shaped bread and sweet, creamy desserts: each meal authentic to a different region of Italy. The 4-course menu will be accompanied by wine or beer, selected by the host to compliment the each dish’s flavours. This experience gives guests culinary skills to take home with them, as each of the recipes are chosen specifically to ensure guests can recreate them in their home countries.
From €65/ per person
Craft beer and micro brewing are taking off in Italy, with more than 500 micro breweries in the country’s north. This 3-hour walking will navigate footbridges, canals and the Roman ruins of Colonne di San Lorenzo, stopping at local eateries to pair Italian delicacies with local craft beer – wine and craft sodas are on offer too. Wandering through the streets of Navigli district, the tour will include a visit to the local market to sample fresh produce: cheeses, meats and fish.
From €59/ per person
As the evening begins, enjoy a glass of wine with your guide and other guests. Starting in Porta Genova, the following two and half hours will introduce guests to the history of Navigli: learn about Leonardo da Vinci’s links to the areas, Napoleon’s time spent there and, of course, the local wine and food. The tour will stop off at an enoteca to sample locally sourced wine, cheese, meat and bread, whilst learning about their origins. Moving on, the tour will pass by many bars filling-up with locals for aperitivos: your final stop too. The guide will select a popular local bar, with an all-you-can eat aperitivo, for the tour to finish in.
From €72/ per person
Over one and a half hours, sample the delicious pairings of local wine with cheese, salumi, olives and fresh breads. In one of Milan’s central wine bars, your knowledgeable sommelier will provided insights into the winemaking and tasting process. The three wines and their accompaniments are selected to reflect the rich gastronomy of Italy. Beginner or expert, your sommelier will be able to introduce or educate guests on all wine related interests and curiosities.