The best things in Milan happen behind closed doors. But without the key to the private gates guarding the city’s most impressive spots how does one crack the code to this amazing but secret city? Ask the coolest locals of course! We took to our trusted rolodex and dialed up Milan’s most connected Insiders — a mix of the fashion flock, design gurus, ace architects and Milanese mainstays — and took ferocious notes on their go-to spots across the fashion capital. Here, they reveal the little-known corners where they live, eat, drink, shop and breathe their very own bella vita.

-Meredith Nichols