The 5 best places for aperitivo in Milan

1) Frida

A place with a long-standing history, in the Isola neighbourhood, with a courtyard full of tables. In the summertime it is buzzing with people. An informal setting, affordable prices and plenty of beer, including several Italian brands. Start with some nibbles for aperitivo and spend the night chatting and listening to good music.

terrace bar Frida

Via Antonio Pollaiuolo 3

+39 02 680 260

2) Mag Cafè

A Bohemian atmosphere, with a wooden counter and antique furniture. A well-known address for quality mixed drinks and a list of cocktails that changes seasonally. Owned by Flavio Angiolillo and Marco Russo who also own the 1930 and BackDoor43.

interior Mag Cafè

Ripa di Porta Ticinese 43

+39 02 3956 2875

3) Fonderie Milanesi

Go down a private road and you’ll suddenly find yourself in an inner courtyard, which becomes a charming and romantic place in the evening. But the atmosphere is relaxed, like the people at this bar: young people (from the nearby Bocconi University), who enjoy tucking into the moreish portions of pasta and focaccia at a large wooden table.

garden Fonderie Milanese

4) Café Gorille

Once upon a time there used to be artists’ studios and craftsmen’s workshops on these premises, which opened in 1882. Today that relaxed atmosphere is still very much retained in a bistro with informal furnishings and style, and which is run by a group of friends. Open from morning till evening.

interior Café Gorille

Via Gaetano de Castillia 20

+39 02 6887 627

5) Panificio Davide Longoni

While this may be slightly off the beaten track, it is still fashionable. The shop with its little garden is a popular haunt for connoisseurs when the clock strikes five. Of bread connoisseurs of course. At Longoni, all the bread is sourdough, made from organic flour and ancient grains.

Italian aperitivo

Via Gerolamo Tiraboschi 19

+39 02 9163 8069

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