Where To Drink At Milan Fashion Week

by Georgia Bobley · February 23, 2012

Two down, two to go! London Fashion Week is officially over and the stylish set has moved on to Milan. Often looked at as the fashion capital of the world, Milan is home to design houses like Armani, Prada, and Versace, and this Fashion Week is sure to put out some of the best shows of the season. We know that there's not much down time during Fashion Week, but when the fashionistas are able to steal a few minutes for themselves, here's where they're going to grab a quick drink (or 3...)

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Designer Bars

Just Cavalli: Known around town as a model hangout, this Cavalli designed bar and café is a perfect place to relax after a long day of shows without having to part from the stars of the runways. Just Cavalli, Via Luigi Camoena c/o Terre Branca 20121 Milano

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Armani Privé: When it first opened in 2003, this exclusive Armani club was members only-- and you had to be invited in order to become a member. Basically this meant that no one could get into Armani Privé, and the rules have now been changed, allowing more (though not many more) people in. The door policy is strict, but with great food and drinks and decor by Armani Casa, it's worth the tough competition to get in. 1 Via Pisoni 20121 Milano

Bar Martini, Dolce and Gabbana: Dolce and Gabbana's cocktail bar Bar Martini is one of a few of the brand's bars and restaurants throughout the city. But Bar Martini, located inside the Dolce and Gabbana flagship store, is more elegant than the others, and is one of Milan's best cocktail bars. Just be careful: after a few drinks it's a bit too easy to step out of the bar and into the store to pick up some designer duds. Bar Martini,  Corso Venezia, 15, 20121 Milano

Hotel Bars

Il Foyer at the Four Seasons: Is there anything the Four Seasons doesn't do right? I don't think so, and Il Foyer is no exception. This restaurant and bar is popular year-round, but it becomes a gathering place for models, editors, and designers each year during Fashion Week. Il Foyer, Via Gesu, 6/8, 20121 Milano

Principe Bar at Principe de Savoia: Located in one of Milan's most chic hotels, Principe Bar proves that in Milan, style isn't confined to the runways. Recently renovated by artist Thierry Despont, the Principe Bar is cool enough to turn even the most tired heads. Principe Bar, Piazza della Repubblica, 17, 20121 Milano

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Where the Locals Drink

La Bella Aurore: This tiny, French-inspired café has been a favorite spot for local writers and artists for almost two decades, but the Fashion Week goers who can't wait till the Paris shows start next week go to La Bella Aurore for a preview. La Bella Aurore,Via Privata Giuseppe Abamoni 20129 Milano

Il Baretto: Located on the ground floor of the uninspired Hotel Baglioni, this little bar is where the fashion insiders have been going for years. What Il Baretto lacks in design it makes up for with lots of local flavor. Il Baretto, Via Senato, 7 20121 Milano

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