DINING AT THE TOP
As the weather gets warmer, everyone wants to be outdoors: blooming gardens, gorgeous patios and, above all, terraces are the perfect locations to indulge in a pleasant moment's relaxation with a view over the city!
Terraces are the perfect locations to indulge in a pleasant moment's relaxation with a view over the city!
You'll be spoilt for choice if you want to lunch (or dine) alfresco. Whether you're looking for a secluded spot or a prime streetside locale for people watching, Milan offers numerous locations renowned for their style, taste and beautiful views.
In addition to being stylish, several of Milan's top restaurants are located in highly prestigious settings, including Osteria con Vista. Housed in the Triennale di Milano, this design-oriented, gourmet eatery offers diners a lovely view over the green spaces of Parco Sempione. The restaurant features top-quality cuisine in a warm, friendly environment and is the ideal spot for an informal meeting with friends even late at night (viale Alemagna 6, www.terrazzatriennale.org). And while we're talking of ‘greenery', another great spot for alfresco dining is La Terrazza di via Palestro. Overlooking the Indro Montanelli Gardens in Porta Venezia, from the fourth floor of the Centro Svizzero building, it offers authentic Italian cuisine and a breathtaking perspective of the city. Highlights at this must-visit restaurant include its striking interior design and stunning outdoor terrace with a lounge area that is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner aperitivo. Its cuisine will satisfy even the most demanding palates when dining with friends or attending a corporate event. Its menu varies according to the seasonal products on offer. Guests can take their pick from the restaurant's extensive wine list boasting several of Italy's finest wines, champagne and French wines (via Palestro 2, www.laterrazzadiviapalestro.com). We now move to corso Como, one of Milan's trendiest districts, where, just a short distance from the eye-catching glass pyramid (the new headquarters of the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation), we find Ceresio 7. The former Enel building, now the headquarters of haute fashion brand Dsquared2, is a unique location with its restaurant, lounge bar, spectacular terrace and two swimming pools (via Ceresio 7, www.ceresio7.com). Finally, if you don't suffer from vertigo, you can travel up to the 20th floor of the WJC Tower (Portello area) where the property's fabulous
Unico Milano restaurant raises the bar with a spectacular view of Milan's skyline. Renowned for its contemporary ‘vibe' and scenic open-view kitchen, this panoramic location is a go-to address for connoisseurs of fine dining (viale Achille Papa 30, www.unicorestaurant.it).
OVERLOOKING THE DUOMO A compulsory stopover for visitors to Milan, la Rinascente is a perfect synthesis of shopping, design and taste! Boasting a magnificent view over the spires of the Duomo, the Food Hall on the 7th floor of the city's famous department store is the ideal location for a romantic dinner, a business lunch, a meeting with friends or a coffee break. Its magnificent terrace is the ideal setting for all occasions. Every day until midnight, you have a wide choice of dining options including a sushi bar, a wine bar, a Champagnerie, a steak house, a mozzarella bar, a sandwich bar, an international restaurant, and a juice bar. A cosmopolitan floor where no detail has been left to chance! (www.rinascente.it). Our itinerary takes us to San Babila, where, on the top floor of The Brian&Barry Bulding, Terrazza12 dominates the beating heart of Milan with a stunning view over the Madonnina and the new skyline. At this sophisticated lounge bar, inspired by a 1950s atmosphere, you can also, in addition to classic drinks, sample an array of innovative cocktails, created especially for Terrazza 12 by professional mixologists, accompanied by an assortment of delectable, high-quality snacks (The Brian&Barry Building, via Durini 28, www.terrazza12.it). An offshoot of the classic Tuscan restaurant Da Giacomo, Giacomo Arengario is the restaurant at the Museo del Novecento, the sensational museum of 20th-century art set in a converted palazzo. Located next to Palazzo Reale, its pays tribute to the Art Déco movement with its evocative steel and glass patio overlooking piazza Duomo. Its menu, dedicated to the 20th century, offers traditional Milanese dishes to discover the flavours of a bygone era. (Via Guglielmo Marconi 1, www.giacomoarengario.com). Only steps away, almost directly opposite the Museo del Novecento, Duomo 21, with its terrace, restaurant and lounge bar, is one of the newest additions to the city's culinary scene. Its menu includes everything from casual pub fare to fine dining entrees, and a great selection of highquality cocktails, global wines and beers. Its comfortable lounges and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking piazza Duomo are the perfect spot to relax, while sipping one of its signature martinis or cocktails (via Silvio Pellico 2, www.duomo21.it). An absolute ‘must' for pizza aficionados is the I Dodici Gatti, Grill & Pizza, the first restaurant and pizzeria located on the roofs of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (www.duomo21.it).
HOT HOTEL BARS WITH A VIEW If you want to experience the luxury of the city's most exclusive hotels, then we suggest that you try an aperitivo on the panoramic terrace at the Excelsior Hotel Gallia. After a multimillion-dollar revamp, this historic reference point of Milanese hospitality has just reopened its doors to the public, and its design is unapologetically space-age luxe. The hotel entrusted its food sector to the longstanding experience of the Cerea brothers who boast 3 stars in the Michelin firmament (piazza Duca d'Aosta 9, www.terrazzagallia.com). Lying next to Teatro alla Scala, in the picturesque Brera district, we find the Sky Terrace & Bar of the Hotel Milano Scala, the first green, zero-emission hotel in the city. On arrival at the eighth floor, you will find a delightful surprise: an urban vegetable garden where herbs, vegetables and edible flowers are grown and then used to enhance the culinary offerings prepared by its executive chef (via dell'Orso 7, www.hotelmilanoscala.it). With its Terrazza Dama boasting a splendid view over the Duomo, the Boscolo Hotel in corso Matteotti exudes Italian-style panache. Located on the 8th floor of the hotel, the Terrazza Dama lounge is the ideal spot for an aperitivo, a gourmet meal or a relaxing afterdinner drink (milano.boscolohotels.com). We now find ourselves in the Missori neighbourhood. The venue in question is Arya and it's the restaurant at the Hotel Dei Cavalieri: a bright, friendly location with a wonderful view over the ruins of the church of San Giovanni in Conca. The restaurant offers a menu of traditional Italian recipes with a contemporary twist. It only uses locally sourced, authentic ingredients. During summer the restaurant on the 10th floor of the hotel is open for alfresco dining with a beautiful view over the city! (Piazza Giuseppe Missori 1, www.deicavaliericollection.com).
Urban vegetable garden, Milano Scala