The best scoops in Milan (IT)

I have travelled to Milan several times over the years, but I was never able to focus 100% on my quest for the best gelato in town, simply because my visits were mainly focused on work! Each of my visits to Milan gave me a glimpse of a different area of Milan, of different monuments, food, restaurants, bars or shoppings areas.

Places you should visit in Milan

Non gelato places first today. 😉 Scroll down to the “Gelato recommendations” part if you can’t wait!

#1 Must-see places: Milan cathedral & Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

It would be a pity travelling all the way to Milan without seeing these central landmarks! Go there with the underground: get down at “Duomo” and you will immediately see this mighty cathedral! Construction began in 1386 and took as long as six centuries to complete. Today, it’s the largest church in Italy and the third or fourth largest in the world, after St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil.

The beautiful & impressive Duomo di Milano!
The beautiful & impressive Duomo di Milano! (photo from 2012 – those scaffolds are long gone)

Once you are done contemplating the beautiful Duomo, turn 45° to your left: that magnificent passageway is Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, another famous landmark in Milan. Italy’s oldest shopping mall now mostly houses luxury shops (Prada, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, …). Entrance to the gallery is free and doesn’t require any purchase in these shops! 🙂 Go in, enjoy the 19th century iron-and-glass architecture and the nice shop window displays!

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, by night
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, by night
Look up & around and enjoy the 19th century iron-and-glass arcade architecture at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan
Look up & around and enjoy the 19th century iron-and-glass arcade architecture at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan
Glass dome above the Galleria's central octagonal space
Glass dome above the Galleria’s central octagonal space

#2 An area not to miss: Naviglio

It’s a pleasant 25 minute walk from Milan cathedral along Corso di Porta Ticinese to Porta Ticinese: there are some nice shops, cafés and monuments (Columns of San Lorenzo Roman ruins, Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore, Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio) along the way. If walking turns out too tiring, no worries, tramways run on that route!

Corso di Porta Ticinese
Corso di Porta Ticinese
Corso di Porta Ticinese: a street with nice buildings, shops, cafés and monuments
Corso di Porta Ticinese: a street with nice buildings, shops, cafés and monuments

Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese are two active canals that begin near Porta Ticinese. They were built in the 11th and 12th century. Naviglio Grande is 50km long, Naviglio Pavese 33km long.

Naviglio Grande in Milan, on a rainy day
Naviglio Grande in Milan, on a rainy day

The Naviglio neighbourhood is full of lovely little shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants. It’s a nice area to visit during the day, but also after dark, when more lively.

Naviglio Grande, shortly before sunset
Naviglio Grande, shortly before sunset

#3 Shopping in the capital of fashion

You will find all kinds of clothing stores in Milan, near the cathedral, or around Quadrilatero d’Oro (golden shopping rectangle) between Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni & Via Sant’Andrea. Other options include the Brera district near Moscova, and Corso Buenos Aires. I enjoyed a bit of window shopping in those areas.

Nice Hermès shop window in 2016
Nice Hermès shop window in 2016
Nice Louis Vuitton shop window in Galleria Vittorio Emanuel II in 2016
Nice Louis Vuitton shop window in Galleria Vittorio Emanuel II in 2016
Unusual shoe shop in Milan in 2016 (can't remember where exactly)
Unusual shoe shop window in Milan in 2016 (can’t remember where exactly)

#4 Perfect on a rainy day: Eataly store

The idea behind Eataly stores is to gather under one roof high-quality food, celebrate Italian biodiversity, and create a place to eat, shop and learn. Eataly has come a long way since opening their first store in Turin in 2007: they now boast at least 12 stores in Italy, as well as around 18 elsewhere in the world, in Sweden, Germany, the US, Japan, South Korea, Russia, etc.

The Eataly Smeraldo store on Piazza XXV Aprile in Milan is the only Eataly store I have ever been to: it’s a lovely multi-storey shop with restaurants on each floor, and with areas dedicated to all types of food: chocolate, pasta, olive oil, spices, cheese, ham, spices, wines, etc, as well as recipe books, kitchenware, fresh fruit and veg… You will probably get to sample a few things. I loved trying some really cool and tasty modular chocolate, some delicious grilled cheese and hams.

Big multi storey Eataly store in Milan. A great place to wait for the rain to die down.
Big multi storey Eataly store in Milan. A great place to wait for the rain to die down.
Looking up from the ground floor of the Eataly store
Looking up from the ground floor of the Eataly store

Useful information

Eataly Milan address: Piazza XXV Aprile 10, 20121 Milan, Italy
Website: www.eataly.net


My gelato recommendations in Milan

These are some of the gelato shops you should try in Milan. Many thanks to all the people who gave me suggestions of places to try! 🙂 It will take a few more visits to Milan to try my way through all the Milan gelateria marked in my google maps gelato list…!

#1 Gusto 17

Gusto 17 has many appealing flavours which you can’t find anywhere: blood orange sorbet with caramelized peel, white chocolate gelato with liquorice and fruits of the forest, carrot gelato with almonds and pistachio, apple and calvados sorbet…

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Most of the 17 gelato flavours on offer when I was at Gusto 17

Gusto 17 presents a new #gustodeidesideri every week, a “taste of the desires” named after the person who submitted the flavour. I love this concept! There were possibly two #gustodeidesideri when I was there:

  • “Christian” – white chocolate gelato with a caramel sauce and caramelized almonds
  • “Crema di Paolo Parisi” – a tasty egg-cream gelato with a subtle taste of lemon. This was one of the three flavours that I chose

I don’t remember ever trying any carrot ice cream, so when I spotted the carrot-almond pistachio gelato, it was obvious that I had to try it! 🙂

Gusto 17, in Milan
Gusto 17, in Milan

Gusto 17 was initially recommended to me via Instagram: I was told they make delicious liquorice ice cream and I would have been disappointed if there had not been any that day, so I was even happier when I saw there was liquorice with fruits of the forest gelato! It sounded like a lovely combination and it tasted great too! However I have to admit that the best flavour I tried from Gusto 17 was not one of the flavours I picked myself: the blood orange sorbet my colleague picked was SOO good! Possibly the best orange sorbet I ever tried! 🙂 It was refreshing and the sweetness level was perfect! She also tried the Piemont hazelnut gelato: although hazelnut ice cream is not my cup of tea, I have to admit that it was quite good!

On the left: Crema di Paolo Parisi, Carrot-almond-pistachio & white chocolate-liquorice-fruits of the forest gelato. On the right: blood orange, intense chocolate and Piedmont hazelnut gelato.
On the left: Crema di Paolo Parisi, Carrot-almond-pistachio & white chocolate-liquorice-fruits of the forest gelato. On the right: blood orange, intense chocolate and Piedmont hazelnut gelato.

To sum up, we both LOVED our gelato and were really happy we went there! It felt as if all things on that day just fell into place perfectly: we made it to Gusto 17 on a wet and windy day in March, after it seemed like our (or “my”…) gelato tasting plans might fall through. But then the sun made a short appearance, and Gusto 17 was one of the closest ice cream shops from my must-try list…! Shortly after finishing our gelato the rain was on again.

The gelato at Gusto 17 is made freshly every day, with quality raw ingredients and seasonal fruits. It is made without any artificial flavours or colours, nor with any preservatives.

Gusto 17's gelato shop: small but with an original selection of 17 gelato flavours
Gusto 17’s gelato shop: small but with an original selection of 17 gelato flavours

Useful information

Gusto 17 shops:
via Savona 17, 20144 Milan, Italy
– Via Luigi Cagnola 10, 20154 Milan, Italy
Website: www.gusto17.com
Instagram: @gusto17_ilgelato


#2 Gelato Giusto

I had to try one last gelato parlour on my last day in Milan! Most gelato shops from my wish list don’t open until around noon on Sundays. Gelato Giusto is a convenient 12 minute walk away from Milan central station: I picked up a cup of gelato minutes after they opened, before heading on to the train station. Look out for the shop sign with a cute cow!

Gelato Giusto shop in Milan
Gelato Giusto shop in Milan

Gelato Giusto promote a “flavour theme” every month, which is declined in different actual gelato flavours every week. I really like this approach! If good ice cream shops in my neighbourhood did this, I would have to go there every week! 🙂

  • March flavour theme – tea
    • week 1: chai tea gelato
    • week 2: genmaicha tea gelato
    • week 3: jasmin tea gelato
    • week 4: matcha tea gelato
  • June flavour theme – dried fruits
    • week 1: Sorrento walnut gelato
    • week 2: Sicily pistachio gelato
    • week 3: pine nut gelato
    • week 4: black sesame gelato

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Since I was there in March, I tried the genmaicha gelato, as well as pistachio gelato. They were both very good! In case you are not familiar with genmaicha tea, it’s a Japanese brown rice green tea where green tea is combined with roasted popped brown rice! This was an interesting gelato to try!

The pistachio and genmaicha tea gelato I tried
The pistachio and genmaicha tea gelato I tried

Gelato from Gelato Giusto is made freshly every day, with seasonal ingredients and without hydrogenated fats, artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.

Nice drawings inside of Gelato Giusto shop
Nice drawings inside of Gelato Giusto shop

Useful information

Gelato Giusto address: Via San Gregorio 17, 20124 Milan, Italy:
Website: gelatogiusto.it
Facebook: fb.com/gelatogiustomi


#3 GROM

In case you don’t know Grom: Grom is not a small gelato shop as the ones mentioned above! Grom is part of the Unilever group and employs over 600 people worldwide. Despite this, I will mention them here because I tried my first Grom gelato in Milan six years ago and I liked it!

Grom gelato in Milan, 4 and 2 years ago!
Grom gelato in Milan, 4 and 2 years ago!

I can’t remember very well the flavours I tried, but I reckon I tried:

  • Crema di Grom – a custard cream gelato with chocolate chips and corn biscuits
  • Torroncino – gelato made with Italian almond nougat
  • Crema coma una volta – a egg cream gelato flavoured with lemon rind

The concept of Grom is to prepare liquid gelato mixtures in their lab in Turin, then distribute them to all Grom gelato shops, where the ready-to-eat gelato is produced. Grom doesn’t use any artificial flavourings, colourings or emulsifiers in their gelato and sorbet. To be honest, I am not 100% sure whether they use preservatives or not: Grom French website states that they don’t.

Grom is currently celebrating 15 years since its creation, Happy 15th Birthday Grom!

Useful information

Grom store addresses (in Milan): are all listed on their website. But I tried the following:
– Via Molino delle Armi 48, 20123 Milan, Italy
– Piazza Gae Aulenti 8, 20124 Milan, Italy
Website: www.grom.it
Facebook: fb.com/GromItalia

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Christian says:

    Very nice!
    Didn’t know yet that Gusto 17 realized my flavour suggestion 🙂
    Two further stunning sights I liked very much in Mailand and want to recommend:
    Bosco Verticale (two residential towers with hundreds of trees on the floors!) and the roof terrace on corso como 10 (a blossoming oasis amid dozens of fashion stores – their store with books and art is also worth a visit)!
    And my personal gelato tip after a visit of the Milan cathedral and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Ciacco (Via Spadari 13): the two flavours Gianduia and Principe Beugré were excellent!!

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    1. Denise says:

      Hello Christian! I agree that Bosco Verticale is pretty cool! I’ve walked past it mainly by night and have no good photos of it…
      Yes… Ciacco looks very promising from the outside! But they opened too late for me on Sunday… couldn’t go there AND catch my shuttle to the airport on time! It is one of several shops that I have yet to try! 🙂

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  2. Shelley says:

    Love your night photo of the Galleria. Nice job.

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