The roots of this gorgeous pasticceria lie in Milan’s famous La Scala theater—it was the place for the opera and ballet crowd to go after hours to discuss the latest aria. Today it’s a go-to spot for the fashion flock and those who want a taste of Milanese café culture. In addition to the piles of fluffy, buttery pastries, they serve a mean, quick lunch perfectly washed down with a glass of prosecco.
Just off Corso Como, this trendy cocktail bar functions just as well for a post- work drink (although, nota bene, the decor is a bit aggressivo) as it does for a late night out.
On the fringes of the city center, Bar Basso isn’t fancy, but its Negroni—served in a gigantic glass with a signature snowball-sized ice cube—attracts an ecclectic crowd of locals. This is our top pick for cocktails, and it shouldn’t be missed.