When summer rolls around, get yourself to one of the city’s best rooftop outdoor dining spots, for an aperitivo with a view over the city’s skyline.

A map of these venues follows

1. A' Riccione Terrazza12

Located on the 9th and 10th floor of The Brian&Barry Building, the A’ Riccione Terrazza12 restaurant and Lounge bar combines fish-based delicacies typical of the Mediterranean cuisine with a panoramic view of the city, overlooking the central Piazza San Babila. Here, the most demanding palates can indulge in the aperitivo ritual or in a dinner, up to an after-dinner drink.

Address: Terrazza12 (The Brian&Barry Building) – Via Durini, 28
GPS: 45.46567, 9.19848
Phone: 02 92853651
Public Transport: M1 (red line) San Babila
Open daily 12pm-1am

2. Rinascente: Foodie Paradise

On the 7th floor of Rinascente you can enjoy a unique view over the spires of the Duomo and choose from among the myriad options that its gastronomic corners offer.

Address: Rinascente Food Hall (Piazza Duomo)
Entrances: Rinascente Piazza Duomo (until store closing time)
Via Santa Radegonda 1 (entrance until midnight)
Via San Raffaele 2 (entrance until midnight)

GPS: 45.46517, 9.19172
Phone: 02 8852471
Public Transport: M1 (red line) – M3 (yellow line) Duomo

3. Duomo 21 Terrace: Restaurant, Wine Bar and Lounge

With its multi-level indoor spaces, two spectacular open-air terraces and the Highline Galleria, providing stunning views of the city skyline from the Galleria rooftops, Duomo 21 stands out as one of Milan’s most premier venues. With an extensive offer of restaurants and bars, Duomo 21 is a truly all-season destination that celebrates diversity in the art of fine dining.

Address: Piazza Duomo, 21
GPS: 45.46482, 9.18956
Phone: 02 4539600
Public Transport: M1 (red line) – M3 (yellow line) Duomo
Open daily 11am-1am.

4. Globe in Milano: Lounge Bar and Restaurant

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. A nice moment, perhaps to be spent on the terrace, heated in winter, with a view over the city.

Address: Piazza Cinque Giornate, 1
GPS: 45.46253, 9.20642
Phone: 02 55181969
Aperitivo daily 6.30pm-9.30pm (Mon 6.30pm-9pm).
Lounge bar till 2am. Brunch Sun 12pm-4pm. Reservations advisable.

5. Sky Terrace (Hotel Milano La Scala): Lounge Bar and Restaurant

A 180 sq.m. panoramic terrace boasting a fabulous view over the whole of Milan, the city’s romantic Sky Terrace is located at Hotel Milano Scala, the first “zero emission” hotel in Milan. The terrace offers a unique perspective from a 19th century palazzo in the heart of Brera that is the perfect spot to chill out and relax. Open from Spring to Autumn.
Watch a drone flying over the terrace

Address: Via dell’Orso, 7
GPS: 45.46893, 9.18688
Phone: 02 870961
Public Transport: M1 (red line) Cairoli

6. Ceresio 7: Pools, Restaurant and American Bar

Ceresio 7 is a surprising, innovative James Bond-style location by fashion twins Dean and Dan Caten – aka Dsquared2. It offers an array of delicious extremes ranging from baccalà to ragù.

Address: Via Ceresio, 7
GPS: 45.4835, 9.18014
Phone: 02 31039221
Public Transport: M2 (green line) – M5 (purple lines) Garibaldi FS
Open daily. Restaurant: 12.30pm-3pm and 7.30pm-11pm.
Bar: 12.30pm-1am

7. La Terrazza di via Palestro, Restaurant

La Terrazza di via Palestro offers a fab view over gardens and the new skyline of Porta Nuova. Its cuisine is a perfect melange of surf and turf, with a great selection of wines (see the main picture).

Address: Via Palestro, 2
GPS: 45.47275, 9.19644
Phone: 02 76028316
Public Transport: M1 (red line) Palestro – M3 (yellow line) Turati
Open Mon-Fri 12.30pm-2.30pm and 6.30pm-11.30pm. sat 6pm-12am.

8. Giacomo Arengario: Restaurant

Very elegant restaurant atop of the Museo del Novecento.

Address: Via Gugliemo Marconi, 1
GPS: 45.4635, 9.19019
Phone: 02 72093814
Public Transport: M1 (red line) – M3 (yellow line) Duomo
Open daily 12pm-12am.