Via Paolo Sarpi is the main street in the “small Chinatown” of Milan, a quaint district that continues through via Bramante and the street network formed by via Rosmini, via Giordano Bruno and via Piccolini.
But consider that Milan’s Chinatown really has nothing to do with the world’s most famous Chinatowns. It is one of the most well-kept areas in Milan, which has become a pedestrian zone many years ago, where you can walk safely. In via Paolo Sarpi you can find Chinese and Italian restaurants and fashion shops.
But there are also gourmet restaurants, glamorous boutiques and trendy lounge bars attracting Italian and foreign tourists with refined taste.
Thanks to urban planning and pedestrianization, the area has become a chic and attractive neighbourhood where you can enjoy a pleasant afternoon of shopping and the pleasure of having a drink in company.
In the adjacent streets you can enjoy the charm of a “peripheral” Milan and revive what was once the area of the characteristic railing houses, i.e. buildings with shared staircases and courtyards used until the late 1960s and re-evaluated in recent years.
Via Paolo Sarpi is reachable in a really simple way, a few steps from the Hotel VIU Milan you will dive into a both ethnic and traditional atmosphere, capable to retain the Milanese charm, without renouncing to the taste for the innovation of a continuously evolving Milan.
A truly vibrant and ever-growing area of Milan where you can find everything and more…For example, amongst restaurants and gadget shops, you can try one of the many wine shops displaying the best 100% Italian wine bottles coming from Tuscany or Piedmont just next to selections of Chinese beers and ginseng liqueurs.
In the midst of this vast offer, “Cantine Isola”, a real institution in the city, stands out. For more than 20 years it has offered to all enthusiasts of the “nectar of the gods” the tasting of prestigious white, red and rosé vintage wines.
Thanks to via Paolo Sarpi’s recent pedestrianization, today you can also enjoy the dehors of such premises, a quiet and relaxing area where it is pleasant to linger during the warmer days of Milan’s summer.
All fashion victims, on the other hand, will be happy to know that via Paolo Sarpi also offers a diversified shopping which alternates costume jewellery and clothing shops with such unexpected proposals as Melegari’s woollen dresses and hats, active at No.19 since 1914.
In the three floors of this historic handicraft shop high-quality hats are on display as undisputed protagonists. From the Italian Borsalino to English Lock, not to mention the American Filson and Stetson, Melegari offers a wide choice of renowned luxury brands, ready to satisfy the needs of the most demanding buyers.
In general, you won’t find the most famous brands of Milan’s Quadrilatero della Moda, however, if you love to look for particular clothes and very low prices, via Paolo Sarpi is the right place for you.
If your stay at Hotel VIU falls between 21st and 19th January, you can also find yourself in a colourful costume parade with the inevitable dragons that animate the area on Chinese New Year’s Eve!
So are you satisfied with your day in Chinatown? Now just relax in our spa, sip a cocktail on the terrace by the swimming pool and dine at the Bulk Mixology Food Bar at our Hotel VIU 🙂