In order to fight any further diffusion of COVID-19
, people are advised to be very cautious when meeting others, even outdoor. A distance of a meter or so
must be kept - and a face mask
(better if surgical) worn - in case of any personal encounters.
Milan and Lombardy are still at risk, though bars, restaurants, shops and even museums began reopening from June 3
. Schools started again on September 14. Yet, though we kept our fingers crossed, a new lockdown
has been enforced starting from November 5. This second lockdown has been partially lowered stating from Sunday, December 13.
Official news at the YesMilano
.:. Bar Basso
Off the beaten track, yet on top of the Milanese cocktail scene since 1947. All-wood rustic setting in one room, 19th century posh style in the other. The house's special is called Negroni sbagliato, i.e. wrong Negroni; sparkling white wine instead of gin.
Via Plinio 39
Città Studi district
[+39] 02 29400580
.:. Bar Jamaica
When the Brera district was like a small Milanese Montmartre, here you could meet painters, intellectuals, bohemians and poets. Now the crowd has definitely changed (and prices, too). Small, with a verandah and outside tables in the summer months.
Via Brera 32
open daily, 8am-2am
[+39] 02 876723
.:. Camparino in Galleria
Right where the Galleria starts, Duomo side, this used to be to the historic Zucca bar, established in 1919. Toscanini was among the habituès in bygone days. The art déco setting is still the original one. Though since January 2012 the venue has been under the flag of a competitor - the world-renowned Campari, of course - you can still order the most Milanese of aperitifs: a Zucca (rhubarb based) with crushed ice, soda water and orange peel.
Piazza Duomo 21
7:15am-8:40pm, closed Monday
[+39] 02 86464435
.:. Corso Como Cafe
Designed by American artist Kris Ruhs, the courtyard café is part of Carla Sozzani's complex which includes a photographic gallery, a bookstore, a boutique selling clothes, accessories and luxury goods, a restaurant and a b&b. The ultimate in style. Excellent cocktails, try their N. 1
Corso Como 10
[+39] 02 29013581
.:. Dolce & Gabbana Martini Bar
Shop till you drop... in. Walk through the D&G menswear store and head to the courtyard bar to enjoy a cocktail (made with Martini, the business partner) while sharing the stage with posturing supermodels and fashionistas. Black and red setting, leather sofas, small tables and a huge Murano glass chandelier.
Corso Venezia 15
Monte Napoleone district
Mon-Sat 7:30am-10pm, Sun 9am-9pm
[+39] 02 76011154
.:. Emporio Armani Caffè
A taste of the 'gorgeous Giorgio' style. On the ground floor of the Armani mini-mall, this small café is the ideal spot for an after-shopping drink.
.:. In the same premises, the Japanese Nobu restaurantt is a must for after work drinks and sushi.
Via Croce Rossa 2
Monte Napoleone district
[+39] 02 72318680
Not far from Porta Ticinese, established 1961, Gattullo is renowned as one of the best pastry shop (pasticceria) in town. But it's strong on apéritifs too. Try a Rose (dry vermouth, kirsch and cherry brandy), and indulge on the yummy titbits.
Piazzale di Porta Lodovica 2
7am-9pm, closed Monday
[+39] 02 58310497
.:. Just Cavalli Hollywood
Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli boasts the best location in town for his café-cum-restaurant, a glass shell at the foot of the Branca Tower, surrounded by the oak trees of Parco Sempione. Try it for a drink - the restaurant's not easy on your pocket - and you can mix and mingle with the glitzy, well-tanned vip crowd.
Viale al parco Luigi Camoens
open daily from 6pm
[+39] 02 311817
.:. Le Biciclette
A crowd of creatives and professionals in their 30s flock here for a Milanese-style happy hour that goes on until 10pm. Take your time, keep informed about their events, and take a look at the artworks exhibited. The music's sometimes too loud.
Via Giovanni Battista Torti 2
[+39] 02 58104325
Not far from the Fiera. From the outside you would expect to see a Fiat in the windows - it used to be a car dealer. Inside, the style is Spanish colonial, with a huge Cuban bar counter. Crowded with under-40s, packed in for after-work apéritifs (the buffet is generous but not worth a fight) and all-night drinks. Try the Piña Colada, served in a fresh sliced coconut. Music not too loud, chatting's ok.
Via Piero della Francesca 55
Paolo Sarpi district
[+39] 02 34936616