When I was in Italy, I’ve picked up this new habit – Italian Aperitivo!
As talked about in my last posts, the concept of the Italian Aperitivo is one where you meet up with your friends and social over a glass of drinks and some snacks. It is a simple idea, yet a great way to relax and to meet people. It is very similar to Happy Hour I’d say, just more elegant.
Talking about elegant, how can we miss the famous Palazzo Parigi Hotel and Spa in Milan? According to the hotel’s website, it is “re-constructed on the former site of the historical Palazzo Cramer from the 1600, the Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa is set in the heart of Milan, in the fashionable Brera District. Facing a private park and surrounded by residences, banks and offices, it is close to the glittering shopping district Via della Spiga, art galleries, bars and night spots. Designed by Pierre Yves Rochon, featuring a classic style of the ’30 with a private garden and fountain, the new palace hotel embodies the very best of Milanese style with subtle French influences.”
Now, staying in this hotel may not be for everyone, as it could be quite pricey, but having a drink here is absolutely affordable, and you still get the amazing services by the staffs, and to enjoy the lovely decoration and atmosphere of the place, while sipping on your favourite glass of wine.
The hotel consists of two dinning area, one is the “Gastronomic Restaurant”, which is an Italian fine dining restaurant; and the other is the “Bistrot Lounge Caffe Parigi”, which is where afternoon tea and aperitivo are being served.
It seems like not many people know about the aperitivo of the hotel, so the cafe seems quite empty most of the time, which makes it easy for walk-in. If you want to be sure, you can always give them a ring to make a booking. The aperitivo is served from 6pm to 9pm here, so even if you had a busy day at work, or you’re packed with sight seeing schedules, you can still come here later the night to chill and unwind for the day.
A glass of wine or cocktail start from around €15, and if you are not into alcohol, they also have a wide range of soft drinks and specially blended tea to choose from. To be honest, the drinks and snacks here weren’t anything super special, but with such nice setting and atmosphere in a historical building, it’s all worth it!