The Best Rooftop Bars & Outdoor Dining in Milan

Updated on 14 August 2017

Milan is one of those cities that doesn’t instantly reveal its treasures to visitors. Many of its attractions are hidden away and the same goes for the outdoor dining in Milan. Not to worry though as we have you covered, with a selection of the best rooftop bars and al fresco Milan restaurants.

Outdoor Dining in Milan – Al Fresco

Our adventures start at the appropriately named Al Fresco Milan on Via Savona. This former warehouse in the Tortona district has been beautifully restored and is now one of the top Milan restaurants. There are regular art exhibitions and a tasty Mediterranean menu. When we visited, the food was pretty good however the service was clinical though efficient. They’ve made some staff changes recently so hopefully the service will warm up a bit.

Outdoor dining in Milan - Al Fresco reviewCeresio 7

Talk about a hidden gem! This place looks like an innocuous office block from the outside but head up to the rooftop of Ceresio 7 and you enter a magical space. With 2 pools and a stylish restaurant and bar, it’s one of our favourite places to visit in Milan.

Ceresio 7 Pools, MilanIt’s the brainchild of Dean and Dan Caten, the creative directors of DSquared2, who also have their business headquarters in the building, as well as an exclusive member’s gym and spa. If it’s particularly busy you may be asked to share a table so remember to book in advance. We certainly enjoyed chatting to the group of Italian friends on ours.

10 Corso Como

Established on the Milan style scene since 1990, 10 Corso Como has since opened branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul. The New York concept store is opening soon, in the historic Seaport District. As for the Milan address, it’s a unique blend of bookstore, art gallery, fashion boutique and restaurant. The charming garden cafe and restaurant is a great place to enjoy healthy dishes such as yellowfin tuna tartare and freshly squeezed juices.

Dolce&Gabbana Bar Martini

Tucked away inside a courtyard on Corso Venezia, you’ll find Dolce&Gabbana Bar Martini. The dynamic fashion duo have teamed up with Martini to create a light and airy eatery with a relaxed vibe, next to the Dolce&Gabbana Man boutique. It’s a great spot to savour an aperitivo while people watching.

Dolce & Gabanna Bar Martini in Milan, ItalyEataly

If you’re looking for a light lunch or snack, then Eataly on Piazza Venticinque Aprile is a good pit stop. Since opening their first market store in Turin in 2007, they have expanded across Italy and to the United States, Asia and the Middle East. There’s a pleasant terrace outside and an impressive selection of eateries inside this former theatre, as well as a huge range of deli items to take away.

Eataly Milano reviewLa Rinascente

Milan’s upmarket department store is worth a visit for the fashion and household goods alone but on the top floor of La Rinascente on Via Santa Radegonda there’s a lovely rooftop bar with a fantastic view of the Duomo. Popular with locals and visitors alike, you’ll need to arrive early to bag a seat!

La Rinascente, Milan rooftop barPorta Nuova Food District

Milan’s business district, near to Garibaldi train station, is popular with locals and has many casual eateries dotted around its circular main square. Piazza Gae Aulenti is raised six meters above street level and linked to Corso Como by an elevated walkway. Take a peek from here at the striking new buildings springing up, including Vertical Wood, awarded most innovative high-rise in the world. One of our favourite places with outdoor seating here is RED la Fetrinelli – aka Read Eat Dream. It’s a cool bookstore cafe that does a great value weekend brunch. If you fancy a gelato, head to Grom, also on Piazza Gae Aulenti.

Porto Nuova, Milan, ItalyTerrazza 12 at Brian & Barry

Another place that is frequented mostly by locals is Terrazza 12 at Brian & Barry on Via Durini. The reason is no doubt due to it being tucked away at the top of this uber cool department store. With a decor inspired by the 1950s, it’s a great place to sample one of their signature cocktails whilst admiring the panoramic views over Milan.

Terrazza 12 Milan reviewUn Posto a Milano

Finally, we couldn’t leave without a mention of our favourite outdoor dining in Milan experience… Un Posto a Milano is a renovated 17th century farmhouse in the heart of the city. This kitchen, bar and guest house is run by a group of Milanese associations and hosts a regular program of cultural events as well as a farmer’s market each Tuesday. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Milan for al fresco dining!

Un Posto a Milano, Italy
If you’re lucky, you might get a seat in the greenhouse as we did. The dessert sharing platter is not to be missed but all the food, with its emphasis on local produce and traceability, is equally impressive…

Un Posto a Milano dessert
Other al fresco hotspots

♦ Erba Brusca for vegetarian food in the Navigli area

♦ Il Bacaro del Sambuco, in a quiet courtyard off Via Monte Napoleone

♦ Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone on Via Santo Spirito

♦ La Terrazza di Via Palestro within the Swiss Centre building

♦ Terrazza Triennale within the Design Museum on Viale Alemagna

Check out our articles on hidden gems in Rome and Venice and our weekend guides to Florence and Verona for more Italian inspiration.

Which of our al fresco Milan restaurants would you like to visit? Do you have any other restaurants that you would recommend to visitors looking for outdoor dining in Milan?

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  • Oooh you fit in so many places!! We loved Ceresio 7 and the D & G bar. I love the look of 10 Corso Como!

    • Suze

      I know, we certainly crammed in a lot! 10 Corso Como is very chic and great for design inspo

  • I’ll have to keep all of these rooftops in mind if I ever make it to Milan! My dad’s been to the city a few times for work and he absolutely adores Milan!

    • Suze

      I can see why your Dad likes it, would be interesting to know his fave haunts!

  • Maggie Alexander

    What a great list! I love outdoor dining in the summer, there’s no better way to enjoy the meal. I’ve been to Eataly in NYC, I wonder how this one compares.

    • Suze

      I love the NYC Eataly, we spent so much time there. This one is really good too, there’s a concert stage for music performances inside!

  • Untold Morsels

    I loved Un Posto a Milano too! There’s something to be said for the Aperol Bar – you cant beat the view, the aperitivo is delicious and you can’t beat the original spritz!

    • Suze

      I’m such an aperol fan, it goes down all too easily!

  • These just sound so wonderful!

    • Suze

      I was surprised how many outdoor places there are there!

  • Adrianna Vogel

    Those rooftops looks wonderful! Now I am glad I haven’t visit Milan yet so I can see all those great bars! I think la Rinascente would be my favorite!

    • Suze

      La Rinascente is great if you can arrive early enough to nab a seat . They don’t even mention on their website that there’s an outdoor terrace as it’s already so popular 😉

  • How have I not heard of any of these?!! I love Milan so if ever there was an excuse to return it’s this post – I love outdoor dining and bars/restaurants with a view. What a wonderful selection!

    • Suze

      I’m glad you like it Maggie, that’s the thing about Milan, everything is hidden away but worth seeking out

  • Hayley Rubery

    Love your pictures are always bloody amazing! I’m bookmarking this as I’m determined to visit Milan this year or next, so many good spots you’ve mentioned! Thank you for sharing!

    Hayley xo

    • Suze

      You’ll have a fantastic time if you do go and make sure to walk on the Duomo roof!

  • Wow, there are so many options here in Milan, a foodie heaven. As a first time visitor I would have to visit La Rinascente, the view of Duomo looks incredible.

    • Suze

      It could well be the best rooftop bar view in the city, so you won’t be disappointed if you go

  • I love the Eataly in New York City! These are some great suggestions for Milan! I’ve always wanted to go.

    • Suze

      Yes I’m a fan of the Flatiron branch too, and this one is just as cool!

  • These outdoor dining locations look amazing! It definitely makes me want to visit Milan someday!

    • Suze

      Hope you get the opportunity, Valerie

  • Currently in Milan and now desperate to go to Un Posto A Milano for dinner tonight! Where is the phone… (looks like rain tonight but I don’t care haha). This is a great round up of the best spots 🙂 I also love La Brisa for al fresco dining, I really really really recommend you try them next time you’re here! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua

    • Suze

      Ooh hope you get there! Thanks for the tip about La Brisa, it looks charming

  • This is indeed a comprehensive rooftop food guide to Milan! 🙂 🙂 . I liked Ceresio , the roof top with two pools. I have been to Italy but never to Milan. I guess this should at the reasons for visiting Milan.

    • Suze

      I think you’d be pleasantly surprised by Milan, it’s got a lot more to it than meets the eye initially

  • I need to make a trip to Milan just for these rooftops!! So many cool spots xx

  • Edward

    Hi Suze,
    Dining al fresco is a great way to usher in summer! Each one is a must-try, no doubt. How’s the food by the way? Is there something you’d recommend to try out first? And are there as many tourists or did they seem more local?
    Thank you for finding these hidden gems!

  • When Jasiminne and I went to Milan on our girls trip we absolutely loved the D&G bar, and Obica on the top of the department store next to the Duomo was also great – fab mozarella and pizzas!

    C x

  • Summers are best enjoyed on rooftop terraces 🙂 Lovely selection of bars & restaurants in Milan ♡

    Miriam xx

  • Ok well, whilst designer label clothes and shoes may not be my cuppa, clearly designer label cafes are because the D&G bar looks like such a lush place to enjoy a coffee or aperitif in the sunshine!