A couple from the UK with a passion for exploring the world, and enjoying a drink or two while we’re at it!
We want to share our travel experiences to help you plan your next trip, and let you know the best places to enjoy a cold one when you get there!
Milan is a fantastic city, it's home to Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper, is one of the fashion capitals of Europe, has two world renowned football teams, and is a great base to use to visit the rest of Northern Italy. Which is exactly what we did! If you want to read more and plan your own Northern Italian Adventure, click HERE).
Either way you're going to need to know where to eat & drink, and we're here to help These are our picks of the must visit bars and restaurants Milan has to offer. Bon Appetit! or Bottoms up!
~ Must visit bars ~
1. Terrazza Aperol
Check out that view! This is the perfect place to enjoy an Aperol Spritz, overlooking the Duomo
MAKE SURE you book, as from lunchtime onwards this quirky bar on the second level of Galleria Via Mercanti gets very busy! Remember to specify a terrace table for the best views
€12 per person covers the cost of entry and an aperitivo of choice, which given the setting is fair and reasonable.
2. Nottingham Forest
Claimed as one of the world's best cocktail bars. Massive cocktail menu, very quirky and different!💚
🕒 HAPPY HOUR : 6 - 9PM
⚠️ LONG wait times so be prepared to queue! ⚠️
One for the (craft) beer lovers! A tiny bar with a real personal touch - only a few taps and a large bottle selection. Very friendly service and reasonably priced!
4. Drinc. Cocktails & Conversation
Our personal favourite!
Such a suave, sophisticated atmosphere and honestly excellent service.
Amazing original cocktail and the fanciest tequila shots I think we will ever have!
~ Must visit restaurants ~
1. Pizza AM
You have to have a pizza in Italy, right?!
You will definitely have to queue for it though, this place is very popular (always a good sign!) BUT while you wait, the restaurant provides FREE wine, beer and warm panini's
They do the most amazing vegetarian pizzas (so meat-lovers be warned!) Although Joe agreed they were damn tasty and he's the biggest meat eater going!
2. Panzarotti Milano
The prefect quick lunch stop for busy travellers! This small sandwich shop serving traditional Panzarotti, or Panzarotto, a fried dough sandwich with a variety of toppings. These guys also pair your Panzarotti with over 100 international beers, you can't go wrong in our opinion!
3. Granaio Duomo Ristorante & Cafe
Ideal if you need a restaurant close to the Duomo! This restaurant has a small Al Fresco seating area which is great for a sunny afternoon lunch stop.
We must have visited during the Apertivo hour after work as there were several smartly dressed Italian businessmen enjoying a few flutes of beer outside.
In this area of the city close to the centre and the upmarket fashion stores, many of the restaurants seem to offer a very similar menu, with an unfortunate uplift in prices to match. We found this place to be a little cheaper but the food was still good, the pizzas especially!
Special Mention - Starbucks Reserve
Milan is the home of the Espresso machine, so its definitely fitting that the first and largest Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Europe is located right in the centre of the city. If you love coffee, you need to visit!
Built inside the Palazzo Delle Poste building which formerly housed the Milan Stock Exchange, the roastery is an attraction in itself, and even if you aren't interested in coffee (like Joe!) it's still a very impressive building.
So those are our picks for bars and restaurants you should check out if you're visiting Milan. We didn't have very much time in the city, or the budget to explore some of the world renowned restaurants from acclaimed chefs, so there are so many more to choose from! We would love to hear your recommendations for our next visit in the comments 😋