Paula Cademartori’s Milan

The Italian-Brazilian accessories designer worked at Versace before launching her own brand, known for playfully kaleidoscopic shoes and bags – now stocked globally in over 200 stores

Paula Cademartori photographed at Ceresio
Paula Cademartori photographed at Ceresio | Image: Valentina Sommariva

“I eat very healthily during the week, so I like to start the weekend with a treat for breakfast at Cucchi, a traditional Milanese pasticceria in Porta Genova, one of the city’s prettiest and most artistic districts. It’s a 30-minute walk from where I live, which is good exercise for my puppy Apollo, an Irish setter with lots of energy. I’ll have saccottino alla mela, an apple brioche that melts in your mouth, and a cup of their amazing macchiato coffee.

Then I’ll go to Bahama Mama, a beauty salon and juice bar-cum-cool fashion boutique, for a manicure and maybe a massage. Vintage clothes hang on the exposed brick walls behind the nail stations and I recently bought some transparent green vintage earrings and a multicoloured Missoni blazer. The body treatments take place in cabins downstairs, each space different – one decorated with white porcelain, another in marble.

I might meet my fiancé Carlos for a glass of champagne at Marchesi, a famous pastry shop and café just bought by Prada. It’s a cosy Milan institution, now all perfectly done out by Miuccia with beautifully upholstered green chairs and walls covered in a fabric of little flowers.

For a proper lunch I’ll go to Bàcaro del Sambuco, my favourite restaurant in the city. It’s only open for lunch but the food is unbelievable – contemporary Italian dishes full of flavour; they serve a polenta and Gorgonzola amuse bouche when you arrive and then I like the tortelli di zucca – pumpkin pasta. The tiramisu is so good I could never eat it anywhere else again – the layers are very thin. There’s a winter garden with lots of flowers, and heaters so you can eat outside, with just a few tables indoors. It really feels like home.


If there’s a good exhibition on I’ll go to Palazzo Reale in the afternoon, but the weekend is the only time I get to discover new places, so I’ll also go for a wander and do a little shopping. I like Wait and See’s fun mixture of clothes and homewares and the porcelain dishes at Funky Table; I’ve already bought a set with a pug design.

Later I’ll meet friends for an aperitivo – a bellini or lychee martini – at Ceresio, a rooftop bar and restaurant set around a pool with beautiful views. Dinner could be some great seafood and good wine at Langosteria 10 Bistrot; it’s modern but with high ceilings and murals and a great bar that draws a young crowd. After I might go to Tom for drinks and to dance a bit – it’s a sort of metropolitan loft and I like the atmosphere. On a dream Saturday night I’ll get home at 4am.

On Sundays I like to go to the Giardini Pubblici in the Porta Venezia area with Carlos and Apollo. There are several monuments in these historic gardens and it’s especially nice in spring. We’ll relax there all morning before a late brunch of scrambled eggs, toast and a green juice at Pandenus. Then I’ll go home to read a book or watch a film. At the moment I’m rewatching the Harry Potter series; I love the costume details.

In the evening I’ll have a cocktail at the Mandarin Oriental – which has just opened so there’s quite a buzz – or an Aperol spritz at Bar Basso, which is full of designers and architects. It has a 1940s vibe, with leather sofas and old-school bartenders in white aprons.


Then I’ll go out for dinner – maybe Japanese, which I’ve always loved. At Finger’s it’s very contemporary – they mix sushi with other cuisines or flavours, like foie gras. For traditional Japanese I’ll go to Ristorante Osaka for miso soup and tuna carpaccio. I’ll get home by 11pm to relax with a cup of tea and read Corriere della Sera or La Repubblica on my iPad.”

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