9 Things to do on a Hen Party in Milan

I recently planned a hen party to Milan for my best friend Naomi. As one of her Bridesmaids and a travel fanatic, it was my job to plan the whole weekend. Naturally, I turned to the web for ideas and inspiration for our weekend and became the reader instead of the blogger. Other than the usual sightseeing Top 10s, I was surprised to find that content about hen parties in Milan was non-existent. I wasn’t planning on blogging about Milan or the hen party, but when I discovered the lack of information online I couldn’t resist. Here are 9 great things to do on a hen do or bachelorette in Milan, all of which I included on our own hen do itinerary.

1. Do a Segway Tour

For something fun and cultural at the same time, book yourself onto a Private 2 Hour MIlan Segway Tour. Our friendly tour guide took us through the most iconic areas of central Milan including the Castello di Milano, Sempione Park, The Porta Sempione, The Duomo di Milano and the iconic Galleria Vitorio Emanuelle II shopping mall. We learnt a bit about the history of the city whilst having so much fun in the process.

It costs £60 per adult for a 2 hour guided tour

2. Aperitivo Hour in Navigli

This is one of the most fun and authentically Italian things you can do on a hen party in Milan. Navigli is one of the most picturesque areas in Milan and sits on a series of canals. Alongside the canals are an abundance of bars, restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy al fresco food and drink.

Many of them take part in Aperitivo hour, which typically runs from 6-8pm. If you buy one drink during this time (for about 9 euros), you’ll also get free access to a buffet of unlimited Italian food. Imagine delicious pastas, salad, meats, cheeses, breads. If you get involved in Aperitivo hour, I would recommend making this your evening meal as you certainly wouldn’t need to eat again afterwards. By night Navigli really comes alive so expect bustling scene with crowds and street entertainers.

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3. Take an Italian cooking class

If your bride is a foodie, why not book an Italian cooking class and learn to make fresh pasta, or the perfect pizza? Some cookery classes are combined with food tours of the city for a full day experience, and you’ll get to enjoy your cooking with a glass of wine at the end. If your hen party is a large group, you may be able to make an exclusive cooking class booking and have it all to yourself.

4. Window shop or splurge in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Milan is the fashion capital of Italy, so no hen weekend would be complete without a little retail therapy. Start your shopping trip at the iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. With a glass dome ceiling, classical paintings and marble floors, it feels more like a palace than a shopping mall. Prada’s original flagship store has been in business here since 1913 and it was recently joined by the likes of Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Even if you can only afford to window shop, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a must-do.

5. Join the in-crowd at Cereiso 7

Cereiso 7 has to be the most stylish rooftop bar in the city, which is no surprise as it was opened by the design duo Dsquared2. Located on the top of a skyscraper, its two chic outdoor pools are the ultimate place to see and be seen. Inside there is also a bar and restaurant, so you can come for lunch, dinner or drinks. We came to Cereiso 7 to start off our night in style, and sipped prosecco poolside. If you want to stay for the day and swim in the pool, you have to pay for a guest pass. If you want to just come and enjoy drinks and food, there is no charge but the menu is expensive. For a setting as beautiful as this though, what else would you expect?
Address: via Ceresio, 7, 20154 Milano

6. Picnic in Sempione Park

Sempione Park is a tranquil escape from the busy streets of Milan. Located right in the city centre, it’s an expanse of manicured gardens, pathways, rivers, bridges and woodland. There are cafes within the park, but you can set up camp almost anywhere in here. Head to an Italian deli for some bread, meats and cheeses or a panini, then pick up some local prosecco and enjoy a picnic in the park. This is a low-cost activity that will be sure to include lots of giggles. Why not bring or think of some hen party games to do whilst in the park?

7. Sip Aperol Spritz at Terazza Aperol

I’ll start by saying that the Terazza Aperol is incredibly touristy and quite expensive, but for good reason. Situated in the Piazza di Duomo overlooking Milan’s famous cathedral, it’s location is absolutely incredible. We queued for about 30 minutes to get a table for 6 out on the terrace, but it was totally worth the wait. A glass of Aperol Spritz (or any other cocktail) will set you back 13 euros, and then they become 9 euros for the second and all subsequent rounds. If you’re looking for things a little off the beaten track, it may not be for you, but I personally loved it.

8. Party at Hollywood Club

Take your bride-to-be for a glamorous night out at Hollywood Rythmoteque Milano, one of the most famous clubs in Milan. The club feels something similar to what you’d find in London’s West End, with everyone dressing to impress. You can hire a table with a minimum spend or just turn up and dance. Either way, if you’re looking for a great club for a hen weekend in Milan, this is it.

Address: Hollywood, Corso Como, 15, 20124 Milano, Italy

 9. Book an apartment rather than a hotel

As we were a group of 6, we decided to book an apartment instead of a hotel. It was a much cheaper option and being self-catered meant that we didn’t have to eat out all the time. Being in a large group, the Vrbo apartment was much more inclusive and sociable compared to being in separate hotel rooms. It was my first time using Vrbo and I loved how much more authentic it felt compared to staying in a hotel. We stayed in a spacious apartment on the Corso Italia which sleeps 6 people (unfortunately it’s not currently available to book so I’ve removed the link).

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If you’d prefer to book a hotel in Milan, check out booking.com for the best rates and free cancellation.


Milan is not the most typical place to go on a hen party (you won’t see many other hen do or stag groups) but with a little planning and research, you can throw your bride-to-be a fabulous weekend in true Italian style. Some of these tips and ideas would also work well for a stag do in Milan.

What did you think of our 9 things to do on a hen party in Milan? Are you planning a hen weekend to Milan or just trying to find some inspiration? If this post has helped you in anyway or you can add some extra tips, please leave a comment in the box below. Travelista x

Jessica Ruth Gibson is the Founder and Editor of Travelista and an award-winning travel content creator of 10 years. She lives in York, UK with her son and has travelled to over 50 countries; her favourites being Italy, Canada and Vietnam.

25 Comments

  • Rose, you can’t remeber the name of the villa can you? or who you booked through? That sounds perfect and just what I am looking for for my friends hen party? xx

  • what was the name of the apartment you stayed in please?

  • Hi! I am planning a hen for August… We have a really nice villa on the outskirts of Milan with a pool and garden, as I think will spend most of the time there… I have looked up the Segways and they are fully booked 🙁 I cant think of anything else to do now and I dont know how far the lakes are or if they are worth visiting? Would love love some more help and guidance for a hen in Milan! Sounds like you had the best time though and SO well organised!
    Thanks so much 🙂 xx

    • Hi Rose! I would definitely reccomend going into central Milan at least once. You could start with a look around the shops in the amazing Galleria Vittorio (such an iconic sight) followed by drinks at the Aperol Spritz bar overlooking the cathedral. Then head for a picnic in the park where you could play games / take your own prosecco picnic and then head to Navigli for Aperitivo hour (this is the absolute highlight). Also there may be more than 1 segway company so do a quick google search on this. Hope you have a great time! x

  • Hi Jessica! Thank you so much for this blog post! I am currently planning the hen do for my best friend in Milan, and you have helped me so much!
    I do have one more question though… I am looking for a nice place in Navigli for the Aperitivo Hour, but there are so many places that I am struggling to decide. Do you remember which one you girls went to?
    Thanks a lot! Robina

    • Hi Robina. So glad it has been useful for you! For the Aperitivo Hour…. don’t worry about booking anywhere. It’s very casual. When you get there stroll up and down the both river banks and then pick out a place that is busy and has a good atmosphere. All the deals and prices are very similar. So just pick somewhere with a good vibe 🙂

      • Sorry to jump onto this thread. We have 14 of us so would you recommend booking then?

        • Hi Lucy. You can if it gives you a better peace of mind but you will definitely be catered for as a group of 14 walk-in ladies. I would still say to just turn up and go for a stroll and pick out the one with the best atmosphere x

  • Hey, these places are spread out quite far. How did you get around? Was it expensive? Just trying to sort my hen do for this coming May

    • Hi Sarah! We found everything was pretty much in walking distance to our apartment which was also great. Milan is pretty expensive but we did a few things on the cheap like going to the park and having a prosecco picnic! Have an amazing Hen Do x

  • Hi – I see no mention of entertainment in the form of a male strip tease / show. Struggling to find anything for a group of girls in Milan. Any suggestions?

  • Anything else you wish you had done? My sisters hen is in July…. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Ooh babes this sounds AWESOME! Definitely going to keep it in mind if I need to plan a hen party.. or just bookmark it for a holiday haha! Loved this post girl – you look amazing as always!

    Hayley xo
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    • Hey babe! Do keep it in mind as I am sure some of the ideas you can do in different cities too e.g. the segway and the beer bike, so it’s good for ideas in general! Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday x x

  • I do love Navigli at night and Cereiso 7! I also enjoyed Terrazza Aperol, particularly at night when the Duomo lit up! =) Sounds like you definitely created a great time for your friends, Jess! Well done!

    • Hey Honey! I bet Terrazza Aperol looks amazing at night with the Duomo lit up. Glad you’re on board with my recommendations 🙂 Thanks for the comment xx

  • Oooh Jess, this couldn’t have come at a better time! I’m off to Milan in three weeks, albeit not on a hen do. I’d already noted down Cereiso 7 as a good bar option. So glad you had fun, what an awesome idea for a hen do.

    • Hey Angie! So glad this has come in useful. Everything listed would be great for any city break in Milan, not just a hen do! So hope you can tick some off the list. You’ll love Cereiso 7 so make sure you go there. Have the best time! x

  • Hahaha I’ve seen the bike beer bar thing go past so many times but I’ve never done it! I love that you can take your own drinks too, this is definitely one to drag my friends onto next time 😀 glad you had a great time, Milan is the best! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • Hi Lucy! Yes it’s a bit of an eyesore but it’s great fun! Also pumps out some good tunes too! Can’t imagine the locals to like it all that much though. I’m sure you’d have loads of fun doing it with your friends. Absolutely love Milan! Thanks for your comment x

  • Saturday evening by the canal is excellent – I agree!

    • The Navigli canal was my favourite part of Milan 🙂 Glad you agree! x

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