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Sometimes life can become all about “same old” and full of mundane errands, which is especially bitter to admit after all the stories of summer adventures are still fresh like they happened yesterday.
Long gone is the lavish habit of parties every night by the pool, and drinking wine for lunch is giving way to boxed meals in the office. When evening hours after a workday seem to slip through your fingers before you even start relaxing, the only desire is to turn back to feeling glamorous, cosmopolitan and luxurious, and prove to yourself and everyone around that #summervibes in Milan are no more charming than those of autumn.
We think it’s done best from the top, rising above the hustle, sipping on the world’s best spirits and reveling in the last mild rays of the sun with all of Milan at your feet. Here is our list of the most sought-after rooftops in town – which one will make you feel on top of the world?
We are at Terrazza Gallia, on the seventh floor of the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, loved by the most famous personalities from all over the world. Here you can climb over the hectic life of the Central Station and observe the whole area of Porta Nuova. At any time of the day, let yourself be accompanied by an excellent cocktail with even an all-day dining service available! If you are here for an aperitif, the drinks cared for by the team of brilliant mixologists will be served with “mini” versions of the menu items. In the restaurant room, furnished in Fendi and B & B Italia to recall just a few names, you can enjoy a lunch or dinner from the Lebano brothers, developed with advisory from Cerea brothers (three Michelin stars). After immersing yourself in this unique environment of timeless luxury, you will be undecided if you are on the seventh floor or in the seventh heaven!
On the tenth floor of the hotel ME Milan il Duca there is a unique place in Milan with an international soul, the ambiance of extreme elegance and minimalism, where music vibes go directly to the heart: the Radio Rooftop Bar. A breathtaking view of the area of Porta Nuova – Varesine unfolds as we enter, the right mix of conversations in all the languages of the world and the deep-house in the background, together feel like the recipe of a perfect evening. Let’s add a rich drink menu with fine spirits from all over the world, accompanied by delicious aperitifs, and a small but sophisticated dinner menu, and the rarest ingredient that will make you come back several times: the spectacular sunset.
The open air, the green, and the attraction of those who know they’ve got it all but are used to keeping it under wraps: Ceresio 7. The city’s skyline, that gradually defines itself with the seasons, is unfolding before you at 360 degrees. We’re in the Monumentale area, inside the project in the historic palazzo Enel, born from the genius of the canadian stylists Dean and Dan Caten – Dsquared 2 – has a basic common theme: creating a unique space, where you’ll feel good and want to hang out. Get enchanted by the skyline having lunch, an aperitif (dinners are served in the adjacent restaurant, with a few outside seats for the summer), or a late-night cocktail by the pool – you’ve conquered the Olympus of Milanese glamour!
“Inside the Centro Svizzero, open for lunches, aperitifs, dinners and events, the sought after Terrazza di via Palestro is refined down to the last detail to offer a break to everyone in search for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The breathtaking view is one of the most fascinating in the city and the menu matches the standard: typically Italian in its ingredients, the selection follows the seasons offering dishes always in line with the colors of nature that paint the park below.”
Simplicity, modern elegance, transparent glass opening a 360 degree view of the magnific Parco Sempione – Terrazza Triennale “Osteria con Vista” is like a crystal ball from under which to admire the beauty of nature, getting a glimpse of which in Milan sometimes means having to climb all the way on top of La Triennale museum. Refined Italianity is mixed with contemporary vibes: your plate is full of plants from the roof garden grown a few meters away, and in addition to the sophisticated regular menu by Stefano Cerveni (different for lunch and dinner) a small selection of foods is available “fuori orario” (“after hours”). Cocktail list by Luis Hidalgo – a mixologist from Venezuela – will take your aperitif to the next level!
Inspired by the cool and lively New York, Terrazza 12 in the Brian&Barry building dazzles us with its skyline view, with the centerpiece of Duomo. The latest fashion, trends in mixology and gourmet proposals come together to form an atmosphere that you will immediately embrace. Skillfully blended cocktails with global spirit, as well as pure champagne, will be stars of your aperitif or after dinner drinks and a complement to lunch. A gourmet touch is added by combining your cocktail with a sophisticated sample of finger foods, perfectly in line with the trendy concept of “food pairing”. And if you are craving for a special gourmet experience, go down a floor to the splendid Asola restaurant – chef Matteo Torretta is waiting!
The Duomo square, the queen of Milan, nowadays is so packed with restaurants and bars that making a choice becomes a real challenge. But if you happen to be in the area after 6pm, this is the place to be: Terrazza Aperol! The designer, Antonio Piciulo, captured the very epitome of the perfect cocktail in form, structure and furnishings as shades of orange flow through the space only to emerge onto the amazing terrace. Just like this, with Duomo “at arm’s length”, let’s get this party started!… “One Spritz, please!”
DUOMO 21 | Via Silvio Pellico, 2
Duomo 21 is another gem in the landscape of the majestic Piazza Duomo, nestled by the arch of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the entrance to it hidden behind a narrow hall hardly noticeable between ground floor showcases of watches and jewelry. Multi-level indoor spaces tastefully decorated in an avant-garde style lead to a spectacular open terrace, perfect for a satisfying after-shopping break with a view among girlfriends, or an after-work drink with colleagues, with absolute protagonists being cocktails and martinis. It’s open all day giving you the chance to admire great panorama on Duomo in all shades of sunlight, which, let’s be honest, one can admire forever.
TERRAZZA NH MILANO – PALAZZO MOSCOVA | Viale Monte Grappa, 12
The NH Milano Terrace is a lavish open air space in the Moscova area, inside a historic palazzo that once was the first railway station of the city. Here the historic scenery is combined with a splendid view on the modern glass mirrors of skyscrapers, and accompanied by the heavenly unmistakeable smell of truffles – coming from the Truffle Restaurant & Cocktail Bar by Savini Tartufi. While savoring this amazing delicacy, black or white, both in unbeatable classics and in innovative combinations, let it be accompanied by a top quality drink by local expert mixologists.
TERRAZZA MARTINI | Piazza Generale Armando Diaz, 7
Years go by, trends change, just like generations change one another, but Terrazza Martini, since its inauguration in 1958, always stays where it was: in Piazza Armando Diaz and among one of the most elegant terraces for a night out in Milan. A minimal environment finished in wood, glass and metal shines with the bright red designer sofas, which recall the familiar red Martini logo. Excellent cocktail aperitifs and gourmet proposals for dinner are combined with probably one of the highest panoramas in Milan from the 15th floor with all three hallmarks of the city in full view – Duomo, Torre Velasca, and Castello Sforzesco.
LAGARE ROOFTOP BAR | VIA GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRELLI, 20
13th floor of the LaGare hotel, open air, stylish over-the-top constructions are opening a 360 degree splendid view on the skyline, where the surrounding skyscrapers – including the vertical forest – seem to be at arm’s length, and up on the sky. Are we in New York? Far from it. In Milan, too, you can feel cosmopolitan and modern in all simplicity that goes with it. So, lay back on these comfortable sofas and pillows, appreciate the luxury of your life, and sip on a great cocktail accompanied by five delicious finger foods – one of the trendiest aperitivos in town.
SKY TERRACE | VIA DELL’ORSO, 7
At the eighth floor of the Hotel Milano Scala in the heart of Brera you will find the gorgeous Sky Terrace, from where to enjoy the most amazing 360 degree view on the most landmarks of the city and beyond, all the way to the Alps. The pleasures for the sight are accompanied by those for the palate and for the mind – the cuisine of the restaurant adheres to the concept of Green&Glocal. Come here for a sunny lunch, a dinner after dark or an aperitivo at sunset, to enjoy the best international cocktails accompanied by finger foods made even more delicious by ingredients from the Hotel’s rooftop garden (which you can also visit), in perfect accordance with the philosophy of the Hotel.
TERRAZZA BOSCOLO MILANO | Corso Matteotti, 4/6
Do you fancy a night out dressed in white? We do, and we know a perfect spot: the dazzling white Boscolo terrace, with a no less dazzling view on the Duomo spires. The terrace is ideal for a refined lunch break with a daylight view, watching full moon during a haute cuisine dinner, or for a classy aperitif with little treats from the kitchen, where no detail has been left to chance. And for true connoisseurs of dolce vita, all of this luxury could be enhanced by giving a visit to the gorgeous Boscolo SPA!
Attending a fashion event in Tortona? Visit Al Fresco, a place that is unique and full of emotions, where the keyword is nature and open space. A rustic chic style with a location where once was a showroom: it was restored with the desire to have a space outside, with a marvelous garden built from scratch, a veranda and a cosmopolitan wood-finished terrace. The latter is dedicated to aperitivos, which you can book any evening from Thursday to Saturday. Here the best labels of alcohol are accompanied by oysters, caviar, raw fish and other upscale sought-after delicacies. Just the right balance between classy and relaxed!
TERRAZZA HOTEL DEI CAVALIERI | PIAZZA GIUSEPPE MISSORI, 1
The terrace on the 10th floor of the central yet less known to the public Hotel dei Cavalieri is for those who want something different from the usual Duomo view, offering a splendid panorama starring the stunning and historic church of Sant’Alessandro and the old town. A place of choice for cinema production sets, on the regular days the terrace offers splendid lunches, dinners and, of course, aperitifs – it is waiting for you for any moment of the day, from a coffee or gelato, to cocktails, to exquisite proposals of Italian traditional dishes revisited in a modern key from the Chef Paolo Scaccabarozzi, whom you will see at work in the open kitchen.