Milan fashion week has just finished and seeing all the photos and videos of the event and all the after parties on Instagram and Snapchat have made me super nostalgic, but also super excited to return in June. One of the things I loved best about Milan was its varied and vibrant nightlife, and whilst Milan is spectacular in the daytime it’s worth taking the time to explore it when the sun is setting, the aperitivo is being prepared and the cocktails are being poured. There really is something for everyone after hours in Milan, whether it is sipping cocktails in designer bars or just chilling with a beer with friends. Here is my guide on some of my favourite areas to go to have a ‘bella serata’ in Milan.
The canal network in Milan is always thriving with life and there really is no surprise why as it is full of restaurants and bars, with most offering a rich buffet for aperitivo and an extensive drinks menu. There is everything at the Navigli (even karaoke bars!) and places to suit all budgets and all tastes of food. And if at the end of the night you’re feeling a bit peckish head to one of the pasticcheria’s or geletaria’s that are open for a yummy pastry or gelato – beats a greasy kebab at the end of the night any day!!
Colonne di San Lorenzo
Colonne di San Lorenzo, or simply ‘colonne’ is the perfect place if you just want to grab a beer, sit in the square and just chill out with friends. Not only is at stunning location (where else can you have a drink sitting amongst Roman ruins) it is close to the centre and navigli making it a perfect location to spend a chilled out evening. If you’re not really into clubbing then Colonne is the perfect place to spend the evening, especially in spring/summer when the weather is warmer.
This is one of my favourite areas in Milan as it is great for aperitivo with bars such as Deseo (my personal favourite) providing a huge buffet full of mouth-watering food, fantastic cocktails and a really chilled out and sophisticated vibe for only 10 euro (for one drink and aperitivo) – what more can you want? For any sushi lovers, I’d highly recommend ‘Bomaki’, a Brazilian Japanese fusion restaurant where both the food and cocktails are AMAZING. And if after you feel like going clubbing (andare a ballare) then nearby you have the clubs in Parco Sempione, or in the other direction there is Gattopardo, an absolutely stunning place that was once a Church but now is a club!
The park isn’t just for sunny days but for stylish nights as inside the park are some of the most famous and prestigious clubs ‘Just Cavalli’, and ‘Old Fashion’ which are likely to be frequented with world famous djs, celebrities and models (One of the best destinations to go during fashion week for a night of glitz and glamour). In summer they’re even better as the clubs are opened up outside so you get to dine and party in an exclusive setting hidden away in the beauty that is Parco Sempione.
Corso Como is yet another stunning road worth exploring if you are in Milan; full of restaurants, bars, clubs where you can enjoy your evening. It is also walking distance from Moscova, yet another place that is thriving with bars, restaurants and the ‘The Club’ (I know original name for nightclub). My favourite place to eat here is 10 Corso Como, a shopping and dining complex which combines art, fashion, food and culture.
If you prefer the finer things in life then head over to Brera where you’ll find top of the range eateries and designer bars such as Armani and the Bvlgari hotel. Also, if you’re into design then this district is a must to head to during Milan’s design week (Fuori Salone), where artists exhibit their works in a series of cutting edge exhibitions. Brera is a hub of creativity and style making it a perfect location for a sophisticated serata milanese.
If there is one thing that Milan knows how to do well, its style, and what is more stylish than spending a night in the fashion capital at one of the many rooftop bars and restaurants that are scattered across the city, instantly adding a touch of glamour to any evening. Whether it is Terrazza Aperol in Duomo square where you can sip a spritz and admire the Duomo at sunset, or Ceresio 7 in Brera where its rooftop has a pool, you really are spoiled for choice. If you ever are in Milan it is worth spending at least one evening at a rooftop restaurant or bar to admire the city from above with a cocktail in hand.
Aperitivo at Terrazza di via Palestro, one of the many rooftop bars across the city.