The Best Bars On Lake Como, Italy

Photo of Luca Pinelli
9 February 2017

Lake Como is one of the most beloved destinations in Italy’s Lombardy and attracts thousands of tourists every year. This means there are many charming local bars to explore, the best of which we list right here.

Varenna | © Floris Oosterveld/Flickr

Varenna Caffè

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Varenna Caffè

Located in the wonderful Varenna, one of the most beautiful towns on Lake Como, Varenna Caffè offers its customers an enchanting view of the lake. Come here to enjoy a drink or a quick bite on the waterfront. Over the summer there is nothing better than relaxing under the shade of the huge umbrellas while sipping one of their aperitivi or coffees.

Contrada Scoscesa 13, Varenna, Italy, +39 0341 830459

Minimalismo Livingroom

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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If it is great cocktails tourists are looking for, then they should head straight to the door of Minimalismo Livingroom. As the name suggests, the decor and the style of this bar are minimalist and uber laid-back. However, when it comes to cocktails and drinks, there are few places as creative.

Aperitivo et Al

Bar, Wine Bar, Pub Grub, Italian, Gluten-free
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Situated in the enchanting town of Bellagio, close to the waterfront but not directly on the lake is Aperitivo et Al. As the name suggests, this place specializes in quality aperitivi accompanied by excellent wines and delicious, locally sourced food. There is an experienced sommelier in the bar who will be able to recommend the right wine at the right time. So, any customer can feel free to entrust him with their decisions.

Caffè dei Viaggiatori

Bar, Bistro, Italian, Pub Grub, $$$
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A great bistro located in Como, Caffè dei Viaggiatori (Italian for Travellers’ Café) offers candle-lit buffets and a refined, charming atmosphere. Staff are more than happy to guide patrons through their offerings and show them to the buffet. That buffet has unusual, even elaborate food rather than the usual nibbles. There’s nowhere better for a stopover in Como and to complete a visit to this wonderful city on the southern end of the lake.

Bar Il Molo

Bar, Pub Grub, Italian, $$$
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For a combination of fine views and good food this spot is perfect. The folk at Bar Il Molo offer patrons a pleasant spot under giant, shady trees to while away their time as they decide what to eat from the menu. Whether patrons want to have a quick bite before plunging back into their tour of Lake Como or just want to relax and have a drink, Bar Il Molo has got them covered.