Piazza Duomo, corner of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
This outdoor cafe, located right at the Plaza del Duomo, was founded in 1930 and offers amazing views of the city’s famous cathedral. Terrazza Aperol has an avant-garde decor and offers an interesting gourmet version of small plates: hot crusty bread with cheese; sauce with olives; tomato gelée with slices of burrata, and mustard and figs jam. These are served alongside a wide selection of cocktails, traditional soft drinks, wines, and Italian beers. Terrazza Aperol is well-known as the birthplace of the Aperol Spritz, a cherry red aperitif, made with various herbs and roots with a taste similar to Campari. It comes with orange slices and can be served neat or on the rocks.
Via Piero della Francesca 55
Considered one of the largest bars in the world, with an area of over 17,200 square feet, Roialto opens for the aperitif at 6 PM serving a great selection of Italian cheeses and salads. In its ten gastronomic stalls, managed by ten different chefs, guests can taste all the food and wine they want until 11 PM. Their small, freshly prepared pasta dishes and delicious antipasti, are not to be missed. At night, the party goes on until late with live music concerts.
Corso Garibaldi 105
Radetzky, a busy cafe with a beautiful décor and innovative structure designed by architect Costa Florenzia, opened in 1988. The uniqueness of its spaces and its charming atmosphere make it a favorite hangout for architects, designers and the art set. In fact, it has become a reference point in the Milanese social life. The kitchen delivers light meals with simple preparations and high-quality ingredients, such as wild smoked salmon, fine oysters and exclusive Italian caviar. The exquisite dishes can be accompanied by cocktails, or you can choose from their wide selection of excellent Italian wines. ■