The 5 best places for aperitivo in Milan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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