Roof terrace at La Rinascente, Milan Roof terrace at La Rinascente, Milan

Top 10: Bars and Restaurants around Duomo

Avoid the overpriced, low-quality tourist traps and have a great evening with our guide to the best restaurants and bars near the Duomo in Milan.

The Duomo's central location and impressive beauty make it a prime spot for tourists and locals alike, with LUXOS as your guide you'll know what hot restaurants and bars to check out without having to board the metro lines.

1. Bar Straf

Bar Straf, Milan

Bar Straf

Located within Hotel Straf, Bar Straf is one of the few happy hour venues in Milan city centre. A favourite with contemporary style-setters, Bar Straf is decorated with rustic but chic adornments on its concrete walls. The bar often hosts live musical performances and its happy hour is extended into late evening, making it a perfect hang-out spot. www.straf.it

Related: Hotel Straf review

2. Cracco

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Cracco was created by chef Carlo Cracco, who has been awarded two Michelin stars for his work on his innovative cusine. In his restaurant he reinterprets traditional Milanese recipes to give them a modern touch. The elegant simplicity of the décor is reflected into the dishes served at the restaurant. www.ristorantecracco.it

Related: Duomo, Milan: a guide

3. Giacomo Arengario

Mussels at Giacomo restaurant near Milan Cathedral

Giacomo Arengario

Above the Museo del Novecento, you will find a restaurant with amazing views and excellent cuisine. The restaurant’s specialty is its fish dishes, but offers a variety of quicker meals for the casual museum explorer. Dining in this restaurant’s windowed terrace would truly be an experience to remember, with stunning views over the Piazza del Duomo. www.giacomomilano.com

4. Il Marchesino

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Il Marchesino

Housed in the Teatro La Scala building, where Gualtiero Marchesi crafts his cuisine, this restaurant has strong roots to music, as well as food and art. It’s a great restaurant for opera fans who want to eat something before or after a performance, as well as connoisseurs of fine art who can browse the impressive collection that adorn the walls. www.gualtieromarchesi.it

5. Ristorante Trussardi alla Scala

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Trussardi alla Scala

With a wall of windows overlooking the Piazza della Scala, this restaurant is the perfect place to people watch the diversity of people that walk along. With its focus on Italian and regional cuisine that is enhanced with international touches and modern culinary techniques, Trussardi alla Scala presents dining inspired by the modern world. www.trussardiallascala.com

Related: 10 things you never knew existed in Milan

6. Savini

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Savini

Savini's prime position on the first floor of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele means guests are treated to views over the “Ottagono” of Milan. Chef Giovanni Bon creates traditional dishes with raw materials sourced locally meaning that the kitchen, which dates back 1867, has kept its tradition of serving iconic Italian dishes with an innovative twist. www.savinimilano.it

7. Santa Tecla

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Santa Tecla

Besides being a popular café, Santa Tecla is also a popular venue on Friday night with ‘Punks wear Prada’ attracting the fashion set who brave the selection at the entrance. As a café in the daytime, club in the night time – all tastes can be satisfied.

Related: A short history of aperitivo

8. Nepentha

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Nepentha

Want to enjoy a dinner and a party without much hassle? Nepentha is the place for you. A restaurant/club, it serves dinner at 21:30 and starts the party shortly after, ending in the early hours. A high-society favourite above all on Friday nights, it starts to warm up at about 2am, so you can enjoy your dinner as the party-goers trickle in. www.nepenthaclub.com

Related: A local's guide to breakfast, lunch and dinner in Milan

9. Le Banque

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Le Banque

Although originally built as a bank, this venue is now daylights as a restaurant worth trying for lunch and aperitivo but turns into a nightclub once the sun goes down. They host a variety of themed events throughout the year and have weekly menus using different in-season ingredients. lebanque.eu

10. La Rinascente

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La Rinascente

The Rinascente bar and café is located atop its eponymous store. Serving light snacks and other more filling alternatives, it’s great for a break from shopping or just as a stop in and of itself. Sit in its windowed balcony to enjoy views of Milan's cathedral and the countless tourists milling around the Piazza del Duomo. www.rinascente.it

1 Bar Straf
2 Cracco
3 Giacomo Arengario
4 Il Marchesino
5 Trussardi alla Scala
6 Savini
7 Santa Tecla Café
8 Nepetha
9 Le Banque
10 La Rinascente

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