|Marcel Wanders for Alessi, on show at the newly relocated Alessi flagship store in Milan|
With only a few days to go before the design world arrives in Milan, it is important to plan ahead. However, Italy's design capital also offers less well-known places that are worth visiting, from small shops to spectacular restaurants and quiet hotels.
|Il Cuchaio di Legno, Milan|
Top of our list for retail will be Alessi's flagship store, which is moving from its historical premises in Corso Matteotti to a new space on Via Manzoni designed by Martí Guixé. The store will be officially open to the public in May 2011, but guests can catch a preview at the store's launch party on the evening of April 11.
Another great retail destination while you're in Milan is Il Cuchaio di Legno: this kitchen store has an amazing selection of utensils, specialty books and food design-related objects, not to mention a mouth-watering selection of cheeses, wines and spices. The shop also hosts tasting events, book parties and even cooking classes run by famous chefs.
In terms of restaurants, a good choice would be Yacout, whose luxurious environment has seen it widely acclaimed as one of the top 20 most beautiful restaurants in the world. A must for Mediterranean food lovers.
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