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!

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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.

EX­CLU­SIVE SPA­CES

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

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