Summer in Milan is famously hot so it’s best to make the most of the city’s coolest spots. Plan your summer trip to Milan with our guide to the best outdoor dining in Milan. From cool rooftop settings to top al fresco spots, these are the best outdoor restaurants in Milan
Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone
Not only is Il Salumaio de Montenapoleone one of the best outdoor restaurants in the city, it is also heralded as one of the prettiest. Located in a tranquil courtyard, just off one of Milan’s most exclusive shopping streets, it offers a peaceful retreat from the hubbub of the city. Tiled flooring, orange trees and mint-green garden chairs set the scene, while its famous signature risotto draws in the fashion crowd.
Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone, Via Santo Spirito 10, 20121 Milan, +39 02 7600 1123
Those looking for a romantic meal in Milan will be hard pushed to find a more romantic setting than La Brisa. The elegant restaurant is located in the historic centre, offering a discreet place to while away an evening. Head past the bar and restaurant to reach the stunning, secluded ivy-covered courtyard, a true oasis in the city, complete with lime trees. Guests will be able to make the most of the seasonal Italian menu, including typical Lombard recipes of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. Save some room for the dessert menu – with plates including chocolate and chestnut mousse, puff pastry with apples and Calvados mousse you’ll won’t want to miss out.
La Brisa, Via Brisa 15, 20123 Milan, +39 02 8645 0521
For outdoor dining with some of the best views in Milan, head to Maio Restaurant. After browsing the summer collections at the prestigious Rinascente department store, head to the top floor for a meal to remember. Set against the evocative backdrop of the Duomo cathedral, the restaurant has a contemporary aesthetic and serves traditional Italian cuisine. Diners can expect Milanese-style dishes from risotto with pure saffron and marrow to breaded veal and grilled octopus. The exclusive terrace offers spectacular views of the stunning cathedral, making it undoubtedly one of the best outdoor restaurants in Milan.
Maio Restaurant, Rinascente, Piazza del Duomo, 20121 Milan, +39 02 885 2455
Milan’s Bulgari Hotel is undoubtedly one of the most stylish destinations in the city. Located on a private street, the hotel grounds feature beautiful courtyards and green spaces – a far cry from the busy shopping streets. The Bulgari Hotel garden offers the perfect place to relax and dine al fresco at Il Gazebo, the perfect dining spot in the warmer months. Featuring a dedicated menu, it is a great choice for a memorable meal in Milan.
Bulgari Hotel, Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7B, 20121 Milan, +39 02 805 8051
Located on the southern outskirts of Milan, U Barba specialises in authentic home-cooked Genoese food in a warm and inviting setting. The fashionable restaurant stands out from other Milanese eateries thanks to its rustic interior and outdoor bowls court. U Barba is the perfect place to gather with friends, eat hearty food in the open air and even enjoy a game of bocce, a traditional Italian game that was much loved by Genovese youngsters in the 1950s and 60s. Eat traditional Ligurian dishes such as sea bass with pine nuts, anchovy stew, or layered seafood salad, and relax in the magical setting.
U Barba, Via Decembrio 33, 20137 Milan, +39 02 4548 7032