Milan Always | Places to Eat & Drink

Bar Basso | Photography courtesy of Bar Basso

Explore our curated list of places and spaces in Milan to eat and drink during Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile.Milano and year-round.

Bar Basso

Via Plinio, 39, Milano, Italy

Bar Basso has been the most revered Milanese drinking spot for decades. Opened in 1947, it currently lists 500 cocktails on its menu. During MDW, the crowds spill into the opposite square and can number in the hundreds. 

Open everyday except Tuesday. 9 am to 1:15 am. 

Bar Basso | Photography courtesy of Bar Basso

Restaurant 13.10 | Photography by Matteo Imbriani



High-Style Eatery

Restaurant 13.10

Via Sabotino, 2, Vimercate MB, Italy

Restaurant 13.10 is a new, 25- seat restaurant fitted out by Serena Confalonieri in her colourful and eclectic style.

Bars + Street Food 

Via Parlo Sarpi in the Chinatown area, north of Brera in Milan, is a long semi-pedestrian-only street with dozens of hole-in- the-wall-style Asian and Italian restaurants dotted along its length.

The nearby Porta Venezia is a hub for bars and clubs for Milan’s LGBTQI+ community. In Via Lecco, you can find Leccomilano, MONO bar and Red bar. If you venture to the other side of Corso Buenos Aires, you will find some great cocktail places like Eppol and Blanco

Horto Restaurant | Photography by Mattia Parodi

Horto Restaurant | Photography by Mattia Parodi

New Michelin-Star Chef and Rooftop with City Views

Horto Restaurant

Via S. Protaso, 5, Milano, Italy

Opened in 2022, Horto Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant headed by Michelin-star chef Norbert Neiderkofler, situated near Palazzo Clerici with a beautiful rooftop terrace. The restaurant offers a seven-course menu at 185 euro, three-course at 120 euro and two-course at 90 euro. Drinks on the terrace are possible.

A Best-Kept Secret

Piccola Cucina

Viale Piave, 17, Milano, italy

Piccola Cucina is a tiny traditional restaurant near Porta Venezia with great Italian fare from black tagliolini, cuttlefish and peas to beer-flavoured roast pork neck and leg of rabbit Ligurian style.

Open only in the evenings from 7.30pm. Closed Sundays.

Pasticceria Marchesi, Galleria Vittorio | Photography courtesy of Pasticceria Marchesi, Galleria Vittorio


Marchesi 1824

Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II, Milano, Italy

Marchesi 1824 is a classic Milanese café. Founded in 1824, there are three locations in Milan but the one situated above Prada in Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle is easy to get to and offers excellent service, and superb coffee, chocolates and pastries in a sophisticated setting. You can sit and observe all the people passing by through the Galleria’s central cross while sitting in refined surroundings. Well worth the small additional cost over a standard café experience.

28 POSTI | Photography by Delfino Sisto 

Design Meets Philanthropy


Via Corsico, 1, Milano, Italy

28 POSTI delivers contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in an interior entirely created from recycled materials. Opened in 2013, the building works were carried out by the inmates of the Penitentiary Institute of Bollate. The not- for-profit NGO Liveinslums, partner of the project, started up a carpentry workshop in the prison where inmates built tables, doors and cabinets for the restaurant, designed by Francesco Faccin and made with the contribution of the master cabinetmaker Giuseppe Filippini.

In January 2020, designer Cristina Celestino was invited to create a new interior continuing the restaurant’s core concepts of authenticity, matter, simplicity and origin; using the products of Fornace Brioni and Matteo Brioni. The food is excellent too!


This feature originally appeared in the Milan 2023 Special Issue of est magazine. 

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