Milan has no shortage of delicious spots to eat, drink, and have a good time. Whitewaller has put together a list of the city’s top restaurants and bars so you can make the most of your stay during Salone del Mobile and miart.
Terrazza Duomo 21
A true dining destination just steps from Milan’s iconic church, Terrazza Duomo 21 is a premier venue for a one-of-a-kind experience. Offering everything from casual bites to fine dining fare, the stunning restaurant also welcomes guests to expansive multilevel spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Duomo Square. Known to host fashion shows, corporate events, concerts, and more, the space also shines as an intimate spot where guests can relax.
Whitewaller recommends: Choosing any of the delicious cocktails by Martini.
Bar Luce Vigentino
Designed by the film director Wes Anderson, Bar Luce is a restaurant that evokes the atmosphere of a typical Milanese café. When designing it, Anderson wanted to have many places for eating, drinking, talking, and relaxing, while keeping some original architectural and decorative details.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying a panini.
Ratanà Centro Direzionale
Home to the Riccardo Catella Foundation, Ratanà was once part of a railway station. The restaurant, led by Chef Cesare Battisti, offers reinterpreted Milanese cuisine with creative twists. Its interior design, curated by RGA Studio, also creates an inviting environment for visitors to enjoy.
Whitewaller recommends: Savoring the Risotto Milanese All’antica.
Joia Porta Nuova
At Joia, the presentation is remarkable and precise. The establishment, under the direction of the acclaimed Swiss-born Michelin-starred Chef Pietro Leemann, offers a significant experience to enjoy and return for—from its interiors to its unique cuisine.
Whitewaller recommends: Ordering the famous risotto.
Enrico Bartolini Restaurant Porta Genova
In April 2016, the Michelin-starred Chef Enrico Bartolini opened his restaurant on the third floor of Museo delle Culture (Mudec). With attention to tradition, Bartolini pushes boundaries in the kitchen to heighten innovation, creativity, quality, and balance, while the space’s interior design is heavily influenced by his love for art and design.
Whitewaller recommends: Viewing works by artists from The Capelleschi Gallery on the walls.
Drogherie Milanesi Ticinese
Created by Seven Group, Drogherie Milanesi focuses on putting quality first. At the restaurant, service is impeccable and informal, while attention to detail effortlessly enhances both presentation and flavor. The restaurant also shines with eclectic flair, welcoming guests to sit at tables, in booths, at the bar, or at a long shared table in the center.
Whitewaller recommends: Checking out the new location in viale Monte Nero.
Sant Ambroeus Quadrilatero della Moda
Since 1936, Sant Ambroeus has been Milan’s top sweet parlor. Located inside a building in Corso Matteotti, the bakery welcomes guests to sophistication and superb flavor through a combination of tradition and creativity.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying a selection of sweets.
Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia Primaticcio
An art world hot spot, Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia is known for its rich gastronomy and
creative expression. Unique and innovative, the restaurant shines for both its style of
cuisine and its interior’s artistic and architectural design details.
Whitewaller recommends: Asking sommelier Alberto Piras for a recommendation.
Dry Milano Vittorio Veneto Porta Nuova
Pizza Chef Timur Isayev leads Dry Milano with research and experimentation, quality ingredients, and extreme attention to dough. For its vintage elements, cocktail station, and communal tables, Dry’s interior, curated by Vudafieri-Saverino, is an iconic example of how to reinterpret in a modern style the heritage of historic buildings.
Whitewaller recommends: Trying one of the new cocktails by Federico Volpe.
Langosteria Porta Genova
In 2007, Enrico Buonocore opened Langosteria. Ever since, it has garnered high praise for its ambitious and enthusiastic seafood dishes by Corporate Executive Chefs Denis Pedron and Domenico Soranno. With small and large dining rooms, a private dining room, and a special Oyster Bar, the restaurant remains memorable for locals and visitors alike.
Whitewaller recommends: Sipping champagne at the Oyster Bar.
The historic patisserie owned by LVMH, Cova, is celebrating its 200th anniversary. Complemented by an outside terrace, the establishment welcomes guests inside to explore a selection of products—such as small, handmade patisseries and traditional recipes.
Whitewaller recommends: Trying the panettone.
Giacomo Arengario Duomo
Known for its 20th-century design elements, indoor and outdoor spaces, and classic dishes and fresh seafood, Giacomo Arengario is a Milan favorite. Whether visiting the iconic building for shopping, spending a day at the museum, or coming specifically to dine, travelers love the remarkable view as well as its contemporary and flavorful dishes.
Whitewaller recommends: Tasting a true Italian “aperitivo” cocktail.
Ceresio 7 Paolo Sarpi
Atop the historic Enel building, the house of the Dsquared2 group, Ceresio 7 welcomes visitors to a stunning restaurant and two swimming pools. The dining room wows with its modern skyline, while guests can book cabanas on the terrace to sip cocktails between swims. Delectable Italian dishes are created by Executive Chef Elio Sironi, making the establishment a destination for Milan and beyond.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying a cocktail at American Bar.
Peck Citylife Sant’Ambrogio
Peck—an establishment that’s been highly regarded for its Milanese cuisine since 1883—has opened a new high-rise location in Milan. Designed by the Italian studio Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, the restaurant also offers a delicatessen with a deli shop, a restaurant, a wine bar, and a cocktail bar.
Whitewaller recommends: Shopping an array of Peck products for dinner.
Égalité Porta Venezia
Created by the architect and food entrepreneur Tiziano Vudafieri, Égalité is a new concept that evolves around the idea of a French bakery. With fresh bread from master boulanger Thierry Loy, the bakery is joined by a shop—both perfect for breakfast, lunch, coffee, or an aperitif.
Whitewaller recommends: Grabbing some Gianni Frasi coffee to go.
Seta Quadrilatero della Moda
Located at the Mandarin Oriental, Milan, on the ground level, is Seta—a two Michelin star–awarded restaurant that boasts fine fare by Chef Antonio Guida. Here, guests can enjoy a contemporary twist on Italian classics, either indoors or on the private courtyard patio. Wherever you dine, both destinations provide perfect outposts to watch cuisine art at work.
Whitewaller recommends: Opting for the tasting menu.
The Botanical Club
Less than three years old, The Botanical Club has three locations—one in Quartiere Isola, one in the Porta Venezia area, and one in the Tortona district. The establishment’s fine dining presents small plates of contemporary cuisine, a raw bar, and an exquisite cocktail bar. The destination also has the first Italian small-batch gin distillery, which overlooks the dining room.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying the homemade Spleen et Idéal gin.