6 Milan haunts you need to visit this winter Rebelot del Pont

6 Milan haunts you need to visit this winter

It might be the city of aperitivo, but that doesn't mean Milan isn't teeming with other drinking and dining opportunities

Pay no heed if someone happens to tell you that food is not as good in Milan as other parts of Italy; the city's cosmopolitan inhabitants and forward-thinking outlook often mean it's not considered a 'true' Italian city. But look a little closer and you'll realise that an Italian heart beats in this city. You just need to know where to go. Whether you are looking for the richest plate of the freshest tasting pizza, or you just want to cosy-up with a drink and enjoy the best buffet spread after a long day, we have it covered right here:

Rebelot del Pont

While most Milanese aperitivos offer a drink with buffet, Rebelot del Pont dares to be different by coming up with à la carte gourmet tapas, fine wines and specially crafted drinks. Sounds normal enough? Wait till you try the 3-, 4- or 5-dish experience, and you will see Rebelot’s unique approach to ‘high cuisine in small bites’. Expect the unexpected. Have a seat at the kitchen counter and experience the culinary/oenological magic as it happens. www.rebelotdelpont.com

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

Ceresio 7 Pools & Restaurant

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Ceresio 7

Happy hour at Dsquared2’s Dean & Dan Caten’s Ceresio 7 strikes the perfect balance between chill and chic. Whether you decide to have a seat by the bar counter and watch barmen Francesco and Daniele whip up a drink of your choice, or kick back on the couches outside by the pool, Ceresio 7 offers a unique yet equally relaxing experience whichever spot you choose. Expect all the classic Italian aperitivo bites here, always served with a sophisticated twist and attentive service. www.ceresio7.com

Related: A short history of aperitivo

Mag Cocktail Bar

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Mag Cocktail Bar

This truly unique venue is located opposite the atmospheric church Santa Maria delle Grazie al Naviglio, in Milan's canal district, Navigli. MAG Cocktail Bar, with its cosy seating and eclectic décor that recalls a bygone era, serves up directional libations with a contemporary twist by Flavio and his team. If you are visiting from out of town, don’t miss one of the 13 exclusive creations, each inspired by a country around the world. Discover what Japan, Peru, Mexico and others have to offer.

Related: Milan nightlife: a guide

Just Cavalli Milano

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Just Cavalli

Just Cavalli Milano is celebrating a decade of decadence. The glass and steel house of fun, located at Torre Branca in the heart of Parco Sempione, is still a hot spot for revellers and curious visitors looking for a great night out. Stop by at 8pm for aperitif buffet, or come by at 11pm to get the party started. milano.cavalliclub.com

Related: A guide to Milanese food 

Bar Luce

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Bar Luce

This venue designed by director Wes Anderson is not only a great place to soak up Fondazione Prada’s arty vibe: there are also references to film-making maestros like De Sica and Visconti amidst the 1950s décor, adding to the uniquely Italian experience. A pleasant surprise with respect to other museum cafés, Bar Luce offers Gambero Rosso- approved lunches, cold cuts and classic aperitivo. With this opening, Prada has officially stepped into the food arena. www.fondazioneprada.org

Related: Best aperitivo spots in Milan

Al Mercato Taco Bar

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Al Mercato

Just when you despair over Milan’s choice of authentic Mexican venues, Al Mercato comes to the rescue with its Taco Bar. Giant stone bass baked in a wood- fire oven wrapped piping hot into a delicious taco... sounds too good to be true? Chef Eugenio Roncoroni and his team prove that ethnic cuisine delivered with the right touch can shine in Milan. Come for happy hour, and munch on crispy nachos and tortillas while sipping on Mexican libations sourced straight from their country of origin. al-mercato.it

1 Mag Cafè
2 Ceresio 7
3 Just Cavalli Milano
4 Bar Luce
5 Rebelot del Ponte
6 Al Mercato