Don’t let all the sunglasses fool you. Despite its residents’ cool façades, Milan is a friendly and fun town. Here’s where to go to maximize your Fashion Week experience.

The Principe di Savoia
Piazza della Republica
20124 Milano

Consider the nearly century-old five-star hotel the unofficial headquarters of Milan Fashion Week (or Milano Moda Donna as the locals call it). Some of the industry’s top editors, models and executives stay here during collections week. Head straight to the bar, order a drink, and pretend that you’re killing time before your next show.

Ristorante Da Giacomo
6 Via Pascale Sottocorno
20129 Milano

Looks can be deceptive, as far as this moderately-priced restaurant is concerned. Its modest appearance makes it a great place for the fashion glitterati to go without hassle. Giorgio Armani, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are all regulars here and Victoria and David Beckham have been known to stop by when they’re in town.

Corso Como 10

10 Corso Como
20154 Milano

Editors, models and celebrities all head to this popular shop, which is owned by Carla Sozzani (sister of Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca). If you don’t have the budget to buy the luxury goods for sale inside, take a seat at the outdoor café, have a tramezzini (little Italian tea sandwiches made with crustless bread), and soak in the scenery instead.

Alla Cucina delle Langhe

6 Corso Como
20124 Milano

Arguably the fashion set’s most popular canteen, “Le Langhe,” as the locals call it, it also attracts film stars, politicans and world leaders. Tom Ford, Anna Wintour, Matthew McConaughey and Narciso Rodriguez have all been spotted eating there. Word of advice: Plan ahead. You’ll want to make a reservation.

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