Nestled in the foothills of the Italian Alps, some two-and-a-half hours’ drive east of Milan, Lake Garda remains one of the most famous destinations in Italy. Riddled with jet setter villas, picturesque vistas of the Trentino highlands, and traditional towns, the region has plenty to offer. Here are 10 of the best bars for you to try.
This bar offers a wide and diverse selection of breakfast combinations, catering to different palates and different wallets. They range from cheap, simple combos of freshly-squeezed orange juice, espresso and croissants, to pricier, full-on platters of bread and cold meat carpaccio. What’s more, the modern décor here bursts with bright colours and creates a jovial and welcoming atmosphere.
Whether you want to have a fancy aperitivo on the lakeside or just want to hit the Garda shores for evening drinks in a charming location, Golden Beach is a place you cannot miss. The view of the lake is wonderful, the garden is elegantly decorated and the lights in the evening create the perfect atmosphere for chatting away under the Italian sky. There is always music and food, so you can swing by after a restful day on the beach and enjoy a jive with the locals, too.
Address: via Zamboni 7, Desenzano, Italy
Il Cappellaio Matto, the Italian for ‘Mad Hatter’, is a hidden gem in Salò, one of the most-visited towns on Lake Garda. It boasts a rustic décor which is reminiscent of old times and good wine. This rather old-fashioned look is complemented by an attention to detail and quality that is hard to find elsewhere. Cocktails are prepared meticulously and the result is overwhelmingly delightful. The proprietors welcome their guests whole-heartedly and accompany them on a journey through an odd, pleasant mix of tradition and modernity which will leave a mark on any holiday.
Address: Vicolo Tomacelli 15, Salò, Italy, +39 340 664 4735
If it is a journey through Italian flavors that you’re looking for and you don’t mind splashing out for an evening, this is the perfect place for you. It offers three different organized aperitivos comprising drinks and different platters of food, each at two hours apiece. Alternatively, patrons can opt for a classic à la carte dinner in a wonderful setting on the lake. Pure romance.
Address: via privata Eugenio Bravi 8, Barbarano di Salò, Italy, +39 0344 43166