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Aperitif in Brera: 5 spots

The favorite Milanese places to toast at sunset

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With the beginning of September, Milan returns teeming and effervescent, just like its busy inhabitants, to start the year full of purpose and initiative, but without giving up the golden hour of the aperitif, a true Milanese institution par excellence.

Brera, a neighborhood with a bohemian soul and a chic and trendy flavor, hides some of the most popular gems of the Milanese, where you can relax in the warm hours at sunset, in company or alone, sipping a glass of wine or a cocktail, paired with a respectable amuse bouche.

International atmospheres, bold contrasts and original dishes mix in the romantic alleys of the pedestrian area, between secret courtyards, colored doors and small illuminated windows, in a meeting of flavors and smells that will help to restore that desire for relaxation which is typical of the aperitif, in perfect Milanese style.

Whether you are looking for a place to feel pampered at home, want to experience a location “in the spotlight” or immerse yourself in a food and wine trip, Flawless has the right solution for every wish … cheers!


Via San Fermo, 1


A tribute to Provence in this corner of Milan with a boho chic air, typical of the neighborhood in which he lives. The skillful homemade mix is ​​the basis for a seasonally updated drink list, which allows drink lovers to explore innovative combinations, in search of the new cocktail of their heart. For traditionalists, Gin Tonic del Tibi is a classic, prepared with one of the innumerable – about 150 – Gin labels present in the room, to be alternated with the sparkling bubbles from small local maisons. In accompaniment and served on a slate tray, there is a rich selection of tasty appetizers that rotate periodically, alongside the French recipes, always on paper. The perfect place to have a chat with quality drinking and without haste.


Via Mercato, 24


Pandenus in Via Mercato is a point of reference for customers who seek taste and refinement in perfected details. It’s a trendy location, worthy of note for its fresh and updated dishes, which are attentive to the musts of the season. In addition, there’s a drink list that mixes more classic and traditional names with signature cocktails. It should be noted that they’re all prepared with intoxicating ingredients with an exotic and international taste. The selection of wines and bubbles is significant, with a cellar that enjoys a wide national scope, but which also winks to more remote vines. Cutting boards, pancakes and seasonal specialties will accompany your toasts, under the banner of the most beautiful shot to post on social networks.


Via San Carpoforo, 4


For a delicious aperitif, take a walk through the quiet alleys in the shadow of the historic houses of Brera. This is where La Tartina will welcome you. The kitchen – open all day long – prepares numerous types of strictly fresh slices of bread every day, with a wholemeal or white base, and arranging colorful and fragrant ingredients like real paintings to be enjoyed not only with the eyes. The recipes are typically Venetian and change seasonally to follow the rhythms of the territory. They offer combinations of meats, vegetables, sauces, cheeses and fish, ready to irresistibly whet your palate. Take a seat inside this rustic-style restaurant or in the characteristic outdoor terrace. The lively dishes are accompanied by chips and olives. Finally, wash it all down with glasses of fragrant wine and cocktails with an international flavor.


Via Mercato, 3


If in September you still can’t forget your beautiful summer vacations, don’t worry. La Casa Iberica will welcome you at the aperitif time and help you forget. The Spanish influence you taste in its recipes is authentic and delicious. It all starts from the interior design. The dark wood of the tables and details mix with the intense green of the plants and the famous local hams hanging here and there. This all alternates with bottles of local labels distributed on the walls. Jugs of sangria with a strong fruity accent accompany tapas of fish, meat and vegetables. The cellar holds famous Spanish wines, along with a vast international selection. Ultimately, the real centerpiece of the venue is the counter. Between order and preparation, the Spanish accent will be the background for your evening.


Via San Marco, 2


Get carried away by the charm of a place with a story to tell: N’Ombra de Vin. It’s a wine shop with a wine bar. The place was built over the old 16th century refectory of the Augustinian Friars. It’s right next to the Basilica of San Marco. It features original architectural construction, with a vaulted ceiling, pavement and stone walls and columns. Here, large tables host glasses of wines from an exceptional array of labels. They range from small and large producers who entrust N’Ombra with their products. Do not miss the intoxicating atmosphere and the highest quality culinary feats. This spot has a warm and welcoming soul. You might find that you can breathe the Milan of the past that still has much to reveal.

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