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The Best Bars To Visit In Brera, Milan

Picture of Carlotta Bosi
Updated: 27 October 2017
Just a short walk from piazza Duomo, Brera is one of the most characteristic neighborhoods in all of Milan, complete with several art galleries and book shops. Brera is populated by models and soccer players, spending their nights out in the trendy bars and joints of the area. A veritable “design district” where Italian creativity comes alive in all aspects, Brera is the place to party when it’s time to flash the cash. Just check out some of these hotspots…

Café Trussardi

A modern and classy design welcomes customers passing by the impressive Teatro alla Scala, beckoning any who want to spend some time in front of a good cup of tea served in a bespoke cup. Café Trussardi offers a wide selection of peculiar hot teas and hot chocolates, which go excellently with the home-made pastries. Open until night, Café Trussardi is also ideal for happy hours or a dinner, featuring great cocktails, such as the traditional Spritz, and tasty burgers besides.

Price: Fine-dining
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 7.30am-11pm, Sat 12-11pm
Watch out for: The fashionable vibe
Address and telephone number: Café Trussardi, Piazza della Scala 5, Milan, Italy, +39 02 8068 8295


Emporio Armani Café

Like the brand name in the title suggests this café is a gem of elegance at the edge of Brera. Despite what could be expected, prices are all very affordable. Emporio Armani Cafè is a great idea either for a coffee after lunch or for a happy hour with friends. The cocktails, all made with excellent ingredients, won’t disappoint and customers can stay and grab a tasty bite if the happy hour runs longer than expected. The café also features a dedicated area for smokers.

Price: Mid-range
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 7.30am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm
Watch out for: Freshly squeezed orange juice
Address and telephone number: Emporio Armani café, via Crocerossa 2, Milan, Italy, +39 02 72 318 680


Fashion Café

This old-fashioned café is a great choice for either a cool breakfast or a happy hour, but the atmosphere and the late opening make it ideal for a night out with friends to enjoy good music and quality drinks in this fashionable neighborhood too. The dark colors, low lights and the stylish decorations are redolent of a New York bar in the 50s, and Fashion café also features a nice dehor to enjoy breakfast on a warm sunny morning, or perhaps a cigarette break after dark.

Price: Fine-dining
Opening hours: Mon to Sun 8.30-2am
Watch out for: the peculiar design
Address and telephone number: Fashion Café, via San Marco 1, Milan, Italy, +39 02 657 2021


Café Marc Jacobs

Café Marc Jacobs is a designer’s bar and it reflects on the stylish cocktail and dishes, all of which come impeccably presented. Customers are welcomed in a cheerful environment, surrounded by color and bespoke furnishings. This café is a great idea for a happy hour or a brunch, featuring a fine selection of liquors and high-quality cocktails served with almost-too-beautiful-to-eat appetizers and mouth-watering desserts alike.

Price: Mid-range
Opening hours: Mon to Sun 7.30-1am
Watch out for: The club sandwich
Address and telephone number: Café Marc Jacobs, Piazza del Carmine 6, Milan, Italy, +39 02 878059

California Bakery

If you feel like having a good American-style meal while strolling down the characteristic streets of Milan’s hip and happening Brera, between an art gallery visit and some good old shopping, California Bakery is surely the place to go. It’s ideal for a brunch or a rich breakfast, or for a sweet afternoon treat and a drink. The cooking lab also offers cooking classes to customers who wish to learn more about the intricacies behind the food served here.

Price: Mid-range/Fine-dining
Opening hours: Tue to Fri 8am-6.30pm, Sat to Sun 8am-8pm
Watch out for: The fine desserts
Address and telephone number: California Bakery cooking lab, Piazza S. Simpliciano 7, Milan, Italy, +39 02 3981 1750

By Carlotta Bosi