10 Corso Como Café (main photo)
Lounge bar (with adjoining restaurant) located inside a vast complex dedicated to shopping and entertainment (art, fashion and design) founded in 1990 by the publisher and gallerist Carla Sozzani.
Corso Como, 10
M2 (green line) Garibaldi FS
T: +39 02 29013581
The street bar of the STRAF design hotel in the heart of Milan. The bar echoes the basic materials used inside the hotel, such as concrete walls and floors, although here the interior designer Vincenzo De Cotiis has created a sort of spatial overwriting by using a hyper-decorative style.
Via San Raffaele, 3
M1 (red line)-M3 (yellow line) Duomo
T: +39 02 80508715
A pasticceria established in 1847, its name is linked to the invention of “panettone”, the famous Milanese Christmas cake, exported throughout the world. A taste of old Milan: quality and impeccable service. In the late afternoon, it serves traditional aperitivi accompanied by a buffet.
Corso Magenta, 87
M1 (red line) Conciliazione
T: +39 02 48006702
Camparino in Galleria
One century after it was first opened, Camparino – historically known as the “bar of the Campari brand” – has returned to its original spot in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. In the early 20th century it was a meeting place for musicians, artists and men of learning, and the place that gave birth to the tradition of the Milanese aperitivo. The new modern interpretation of the famous original sign has been designed by the master Ugo Nespolo. A place where visitors can experience a true Campari “full immersion”.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II corner of Piazza Duomo
M1 (red line)-M3 (yellow line) Duomo
T: +39 02 86464435
Founded in 1817, by none other than one of Napoleon’s soldiers. Thanks to its strategic position, in the heart of the Quadrilatero della moda, this venue is a true Milanese classic. Established as a pasticceria, it also offers a house aperitivo: an infusion of herbs and flowers based on a secret recipe.
Via Montenapoleone, 8
M3 (yellow line) Montenapoleone
T: +39 02 76005599
This elegant, crowded lounge-restaurant is situated just a few metres from the Arco della Pace. Boasting a sophisticated setting, it offers delicious cocktails and a rich buffet. It also has a small tobacconist’s counter for the joy of smokers.
Corso Sempione, 2
T: +39 02 315164
El Tombon de San Marc
This historic Milanese establishment was opened in 1963, in the picturesque Brera district. A restaurant and American bar, it serves typical Milanese fare until 11pm.
Via San Marco, 20
M2 (green line) Moscova, M3 (yellow line) Turati
T: +39 02 6599507
An elegant lounge bar and restaurant with a panoramic terrace on the 8th floor of Coin, one of the city’s best-stocked and trendiest department stores. The aperitivo comes with a rustic buffet including cold cuts and cheeses but also platters of select raw fish and upmarket wines.
Open daily noon-midnight; aperitivo from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.
Piazza Cinque Giornate, 1
T: +39 02 55181969
Bar-foyer of the hotel Sheraton Diana Majestic, renowned for its Sunday brunch and its happy hour which goes on until 10pm.
Viale Piave, 42
M1 (red line) Porta Venezia
T: +39 02 20582034
Formerly a favorite haunt of artists and poets such as Giuseppe Ungaretti, Salvatore Quasimodo, Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Manzoni, Fernando Fontana, beat generation poet Allen Ginsberg and photographer Ugo Mulas, Jamaica today hosts photographic exhibitions and cultural events accompanied by an “aperitivo” in an atmosphere that continues to retain the intellectual appeal of years gone by.
Via Brera, 32
M2 (green line) Lanza
T: +39 02 876723
A traditional meeting place, since 1936, just a few steps away from the Teatro alla Scala. The aperitivo spread includes international cocktails and delicious appetizers based on the theme of the day: oysters, salmon or Parma ham.