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After a long winter, the days are (finally) marked by long hours of sunlight, while the summer air envelops Milan in its embrace, bringing a dose of good humor and heat. Now that the sunsets, which let’s face it, are hindered a bit by the imposing city skyline, take on ever brighter colors. Everything about the summer season fuels the desire to pack up your suitcase and leave for vacation.
Although for many of you, your holidays and planned trips are still a long way off, there’s no need to worry. We’ve found a solution to this too. The charming terraces of Milan, unique in their design and international atmosphere, have everything necessary to make you feel like you’re outside city limits and already on vacation.
Help us welcome the best season for lunches, dinners, aperitifs, after-dinners, events, and socializing framed by the Milanese skyline and the lights of the city! You can be sure that no palace nor skyscraper will stop you from admiring every color of the sky.
Here is our ranking.
Piazza della Repubblica, 20
To start our presentation, one of the most exclusive places to be at the moment that only stays open for the summer (hurry to try it!) is the Terrazza PanEVO in the Westin Palace, Milan. On June 5th, the Mediterranean cuisine from the renowned PanEVO restaurant moved to a green oasis terrace of the same name, overlooking Piazza della Repubblica. This terrace is Executive Chef Augusto Tombolato’s kingdom, who will delight you with authentic, simple, and light recipes that pay homage to seasonal ingredients. This place is ideal for both an elegant private event or a simple, al fresco dinner.
Via Ceresio, 7
A true escape from the monotony of the metropolis can be found at this chic rooftop. A short walk from the Corso Como nightlife and charming Brera district, Ceresio 7 Pools & Restaurant is a tranquil oasis where you can relax by the outdoor pools and enjoy quality cocktails and delicious food, with a scenic view of both the city and the Alps. This is one of the most beautiful places for lunches, dinners, and aperitifs with an international flair.
Piazza Duca D’Aosta, 9
Feel like you’re in Manhattan, even when your feet are firmly planted in the Milanese capital. Located on the seventh floor of the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, Terrazza Gallia is one of the most elegant in the city, which will spoil you with great food and drinks at any time of day, from noon until night. With a view of majestic Centrale Station and the new Porta Nuova architecture, their motto is: “drink with a view, dine in style.” Take advantage of this place for a business lunch or dinner with a view. The talented chefs Vincenzo and Antonio Lebano, with the help of the Michelin-starred Cerea company, will delight you with tasty dishes, bringing modern recipes and flavors from Campania, their place of origin, to the table.
Piazza della Repubblica, 13
The right group of friends, a breathtaking view, and house music pumping in the background is the perfect recipe for a memorable evening. On the tenth floor of the ME Milan il Duca hotel, there is Radio Rooftop Bar, an energetic spot with a refined and glamorous atmosphere and an international soul. Their extensive drink list is suitable for a varied clientele, accompanied by tasty snacks and tapas, and a spectacular sunset. You’ll never want to leave.
Via Palestro, 2
While the Swiss Center is open for aperitifs, dinners, and events, La Terrazza in Via Palestro, with its attention to detail, offers a break to those who are looking for an escape from the daily hustle and bustle. The view is one of the most beautiful in the city, with an equally impressive menu full of dishes prepared with a burst of seasonal ingredients, colors, and flavors ready to be explored.
Via Durini, 28
Sophisticated, trendy, and refined in its decor, characterized by geometric prints, poufs, and sofas, the concept of this terrace alludes to the Big Apple with a menu that echoes international inspiration. In the heart of Milanese nightlife, on the top floor of The Brian&Barry Building, there is Terrazza 12, a cocktail bar overlooking the Duomo that embraces the art of food pairing (a drink plus a gourmet dish). Even if the bar’s infectious Mixology style tries to steal the spotlight, you could also opt for a vintage Champagne or Franciacorta.
Piazza Duomo ang. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
For business lunches and dinners, but above all, for aperitifs in the most famous square of Milan, in front of the imposing Duomo, Terrazza Aperol is a landmark for those who are looking for fun at one of the most exclusive locations in the city. Here, everything from the sky’s colors to the city sights creates the perfect happy hour for enjoying a refreshing Spritz!
TERRAZZA DUOMO 21
Piazza Duomo, 21
Terrazza Aperol’s neighbor Terrazza Duomo 21 is perfect for a leisurely break after a shopping trip with friends or for an after-work drink with colleagues in the historic city center. Open all day long, this terrace awaits you with a picturesque view of the Duomo in all its glory. You never get tired of looking at it.
TERRAZZA NH MILANO
Viale Monte Grappa, 12
The terrace at NH Milano Palazzo Moscova is refined in every detail. It is a place where you witness the encounters between the past and the future. While you sip cocktails masterfully prepared by the bartenders in total relaxation, the timeless beauty of this historic building and rooftop embraces a modern design and decor that characterizes the architecture of the area.
ROOFTOP BAR BY HYATT CENTRIC
Via Giovanni Battista Pirelli, 20
This rooftop bar is one of the trendiest places in the city, among where the newest skyscrapers in Milan rise, including Bosco Verticale, in all their glory. When you immerse yourself in the refined design and sit on the comfortable sofas, you can leave the stress of the workweek behind with a cocktail and some finger food. Here, the sky has never felt so close.
SKY TERRACE BAR
Via dell’Orso, 7
Located in the heart of Brera, on the top floor of the first green, emission-free hotel in the city, the Sky Terrace Bar of the Hotel Milano Scala is a green oasis where you can admire the most iconic places in the city and unwind with a magnificent view of the Alps. The terrace is not only a pleasure for the sight, but for the palate as well. The restaurant’s cuisine adheres to the concept of Green&Glocal and offers “zero-step” dishes that are entirely organic and healthy.
Via Savona, 50
At this “meeting place with a kitchen,” you can taste Mediterranean dishes while immersed in a green oasis that leaves the chaos of the city behind. Al Fresco helps you share moments of relaxation and food with friends, partners, and colleagues, all framed by a magnificent garden. The terrace here, reserved for private events only, is just as impressive; you might want to celebrate a special occasion here! The chef will satisfy your palate with his natural and simple dishes, prepared with quality ingredients that celebrate the local culinary tradition.
Piazza San Marco, 6
This new Milanese hotspot is not to be missed and offers a glance at the picturesque Piazza San Marco, where you can enjoy creative dishes and original cocktails, made-to-order by the skilled staff. At Clotilde Brera, you can take part in a taste journey that blends tradition and innovation through the art of food pairing. Here, the tasty creations of chef Domenico della Salandra, the head of the culinary team, meet the drink list by chef Filippo Sisti of TALEA, while you are enchanted by the view and romantic atmosphere of the Brera district.
TERRAZZA HOTEL DEI CAVALIERI
Piazza Missori, 1
Due to its charm, it is often chosen by numerous directors and filmmakers as a set for their advertisements and international film productions. Terrazza Hotel Dei Cavalieri, overlooking the baroque Church of Sant’Alessandro and some of the oldest buildings in the Milanese capital, offers a unique perspective of the city. This place is perfect for refined lunches, dinners, and special events that deserve to be celebrated in an exclusive setting.
Via Privata Giovanni Ventura, 15
This newly opened Milanese rooftop is a fresh new arrival for the summer. Visionair awaits you in the heart of Lambrate for dinner on the terrace, with the picturesque city skyline in the background. If you would prefer an aperitif or after-dinner stop, rest assured the cocktails here (as well as tasting amazing) can be enjoyed by the pool overlooking the view. Have we convinced you yet?
TERRAZZA HOTEL VIU
Via Aristotele Fioravanti, 6
Get a drink in your hand and look towards Piazza Gae Aulenti, as the sun slowly sets on the new modern architecture right before your eyes, illuminating the winding curves of the Alps. On the 8th floor of the Hotel VIU, the keyword is relaxation. The mixology cocktails and the delicacies offered are a temptation to give in to with no regrets.
Via Guglielmo Marconi, 1
One of the newest additions to the Milanese “Giacomo” empire, Giacomo Arengario, by Laura Sirtori and Roberto Peregalli, is the restaurant inside the Museo del Novecento that pays homage to the Deco period and is divided into rooms characterized by the era. Among these rooms is the outdoor terrace, which offers a priceless view of the historic city center. This place is perfect for a break after shopping or after a visit to the museum.
On the rooftop of one of the most famous buildings in the city, climb to the top floor of the Rinascente and find the Food Hall. At La Rinascente, a paradise of delicacies awaits you, along with a terrace that overlooks the spires of the Duomo from up close. From morning until night, you can stop here for a few tasty dishes from the menu, which include both light and more substantial meals, as well as indulge yourself in their extensive drink list.
Corso Como, 10
Inside a public multipurpose space, 10 Corso Como opened a small world where shopping, art, and food intersect. Climb to their roof garden (there is no bistro service provided), and it will seem like you’ve been transported to a peaceful haven, equipped with all the essentials to help you forget the frenzy of city life. Stop here for a chat with your friends, or use the opportunity to amaze your partner with a walk through nature and contemporary artwork.
Via Lorenzini, 14
A “collage of pre-existing themes and elements” that combines works of art with designer furniture, the Torre restaurant, housed on the sixth and seventh floors of the new Fondazione Prada building, offers customers with 215 square meters of taste, divided on two floors between a bar and a restaurant. Decide between dishes from the best Italian regional traditions, quality drinks, and an excellent selection of local and international wines. Everything is ready for you to have a special evening.
Via Alessio di Tocqueville, 11
With gazebos and tables in statuary marble, as well as sofas with relaxing seats framed by green hedges, 11rooftop is a place where the summer atmosphere feels at home, and whose artistic soul is illuminated by the enchanting light of the sunset. From this terrace, you can enjoy a unique view of the glamorous scenes taking place in the vibrant Porta Nuova district, while the cocktails by the expert mixologists offer incredible sensory experiences, from the afternoon until late at night.
TERRAZZA ARIA – SINA THE GRAY
Via San Raffaele, 6
Located inside the Sina The Gray boutique hotel, the Terrazza Aria is an open-air lounge where the aperitifs are lively and accompanied by live DJ sets on Wednesdays and Fridays with themes including “Home Sweet Home” and “Weekend in the City” (keep an eye on the calendar of events here, which will keep you busy until July 19)! This is the ideal location to face the summer heat from the city center, relax, have fun, and most importantly (like the name states) enjoy a bit of fresh air.
LATITUDE 45 ROOFTOP
Corso Matteotti, 4/6
The dinners and lunches are filled with fresh homemade pasta and the scent of freshly baked cakes, the aperitivo is an elegant affair, and the events, cocktail parties, and private dinners you could organize here are sure to be a success. On the eighth floor of Palazzo Matteotti, the Latitude 45 Rooftop terrace overlooks the Duomo and spoils its customers with a modern and creative cuisine (albeit linked to local culinary tradition), impeccable service, and, last but not least, a breathtaking view.
CAVOLI A MERENDA
Corso Magenta, 66
Housed in a noble palace from the late 1700s, the terrace at the elegant Cavoli a Merenda restaurant reflects its lavish style in its decor and atmosphere. Despite the majesty, it is a warm, inviting place that tastes like home, so be prepared to be tempted by traditional dishes made-to-order according to age-old recipes, designed to enhance the qualities and flavors of each ingredient.