Swide reveals 5 top places to enjoy good drinks, food and company in Italy’s fashion capital. Which one do you want to try first?
Don’t call it happy hour. Serious foodies don’t go to the “happy hour”, a very Italian habit of nibbling from a usually not-that-great buffet while sipping wine or cocktails. But the people who really care about food shouldn’t worry, because they can still find solace in a few magical places where food and beauty get along and the chaotic city seems far, far away.
Caffè Letterario Piccolo Teatro
In the city centre between the Duomo Cathedral and Castello Sforzesco not many know that just next to the Piccolo Teatro of Via Rovello, an historical theater of Milan, there is a Renaissance palace, Palazzo Carmagnola, with a beautiful cloister"
Via Rovello, 2
Tel. 0039 02848 800 304
Sheraton Diana Majestic
One of the most beautiful gardens of Milan hidden from the chaos of Porta Venezia, Sheraton Diana Majestic is not only a hotel but a must-see stop for all the visitors who are serious foodies. With a fountain and huge trees, the garden is lively and calm during the good season and can be enjoyed from the inside during winter thanks to the big windows that allow ample light. High quality food is served, cooked by the chefs of the restaurant.
Viale Piave, 42
Tel. 0039 02 20581
No, it is not New York: you are in the centre of Milan, near Porta Romana. And yet, the atmosphere of hipster bar and restaurant surrounds you, with white-bricked walls and a cozy atmosphere. But don’t get fooled: the menu is all-Italian and you can enjoy it for aperitivo or for dinner. Order the tagliere (wooden cutting board) with all kinds of prosciutti and a good glass of wine.
Via Ludovico Muratori, 11
Tel. 0039 02 4549 1088
Terrazza La Rinascente
Want to really see Milano’s beauty at its best? Enjoy it from the top of the terrace of La Rinascente, the historical high-end shopping mall of Milan. Reach the top floor and before sitting in the terrace with a stunning view of the Duomo while sipping your wine, check the floor with a wide choice of high quality gastronomy.
La Rinascente Piazza Duomo
Via Santa Redegonda, 1
Via San Raffaele, 1
Tel. 0039 02 8852471
Bar Martini is a hidden gem in Corso Venezia with a lovely courtyard that will make you forget you are in the city. Born of the collaboration of Martini and Dolce&Gabbana, be sure not to miss also the interior Sicilian Garden and to try the creative cocktails while enjoying the delicious finger food for aperitivo and the summer atmosphere.
Via Corso Venezia, 15
Tel. 0039 02760 11154
Written by: Elisa della Barba