Raseel Gujral’s Milan & Delhi
Cathedral Square, Milan. Image courtesy: © Thinkstockphotos/Getty images
“Fashion, art, life, everything [about Milan] is a stimulus," says Raseel Gujral, who visits the Italian city for the Salon de Mobile Fair. Here’s what’s on her must see-must do list for Milan:
I like the Four Seasons hotel in Milan. It is a great blend of old-world charm and high-design modernity, a mix of the stylish with a sophisticated party atmosphere where you can sip on anything from coffee at the fine restaurant to cocktails at the swanky bar. The handiest reason is simply that the location dovetails nicely with what many consider to be the main reason to visit Milan: it’s near the most luxurious shopping district.
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I love the red and black vibe of the Armani cafe or the Dolce Gabbana store café with its electric retro influences and signature tongue-in-cheek flourishes. The Art book store at Armani is generally a must, as is the bookstore in the Gio Ponti store.
For a tea time reprieve, head to the historic Pasticceria Cova on Via Monte Napoleone (For Salone del Mobile this year, they had a group of marzipan sofas and armchairs on their display windows).
I enjoy dinner at the gorgeous Bulgari restaurant, which is glamour meets luxury.
You can find me shopping at Via Monte Napoleone, Via della Spiga and Via manzoni which covers it all when it comes to the best in fashion, atmosphere & retail design. Shops I love are Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Gucci, Prada and Armani.
To soak up the atmosphere, the Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) with its monumental ambience is a must-visit.
Safdarjung Tomb, New Delhi. Image courtesy: © Thinkstockphotos/Getty images
‘It’s about the drama of everyday life,’ says Gujral, while describing her home city. Here’s what’s on her must see-must do list if you’re visiting the capital
I like the Aman for its contemporary environment accented with elegant Indian touches and The Leela Palace for its antique, yet opulent architecture and design; also head to the Imperial Hotel for old-world, colonial glamour and charm.
You must head to China Kitchen (Hyatt Regency) and Le Cirque (Leela Palace) for the view, it overlooks Delhi’s gorgeous skyline; head to Spice Route (Imperial Hotel) or Olive if you’re looking for a fun, upbeat environment.
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Emporio is great for a relaxed shopping experience at a high ticket, Ogaan Hauz Khas should also be on your list as should Evoluzione, Sunder Nagar Market and Gallery on MG (which has the Casa Paradox flagship store).
I love Safdarjung Tomb, Purana Qila and the Lodhi gardens among many, they are truly inspiring architectural gems in Delhi.