Top ChoiceItalian in Como

Il Comacino

A new venture affiliated with the plush Avenue Hotel, Comacino offers food as theatre, especially if you sit at the chef’s table (technically a couple of bar stools), which brings you eyeball to eyeball with the...

Top ChoiceItalian in Como

Cascina Respaù

Amid the lush greenery high above Como, this small rustic restaurant feels like an idyllic escape from the sometimes maddening crowds along the lake. Charming hosts, delicious homemade dishes and a cosy setting...

Top ChoiceItalian in Como

Osteria del Gallo

An ageless osteria (casual tavern) that looks exactly the part. In the wood-lined checker-clothed dining room, wine bottles and other goodies fill the shelves, and diners sit at small timber tables to tuck into...

Top ChoiceCafe in Como

Natta Café

Atmosphere counts for a lot in this old stone-arched cafe-cum-bistro-cum–wine bar. Add mood lighting, mezzanine tables, and a trance-y music soundtrack to the fast-appearing, simple-but-effective food and you've...

Top ChoiceCafe in Como

Brothers Cafe

The charm factor is high in this hip little cafe and drinking den. Stop by in the morning for fresh pastries (including vegan-friendly options) and espresso, then pop back in the evening for cocktails mixed by...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Como

Duomo

Como’s awesome marble-clad cathedral is one of the most important buildings on the lake, incorporating a variety of styles – Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic topped by a rococo cupola – over its centuries-long...

Area in Como

Brunate

Como is flanked to the east and west by steep and thickly wooded hills (scarred in part by the spread of residential housing). Northeast along the waterfront from central Como, the Funicolare Como–Brunate takes...

Tuscan in Como

Ristorante da Rino

When the (acclaimed) specialities of the house all involve truffles, you know you're onto a good thing. They're all over the menu here, including truffles with tagliolini (thin ribbon pasta), risotto and eggs....

Fashion & Accessories in Como

Lopez Vintage

On one of Como's most atmospheric streets, Lopez Vintage lures you in with its whimsical window displays. Inside, the tiny jewel box of a shop has elegant vintage pieces – slim-fitting dresses, oversized...

Bar in Como

Vintage Jazz Food & Wine

Flickering candles, walls covered with bric-a-brac, and a jazzy (often live) soundtrack make a fine setting for an evening drink and/or snack (burgers are best). Anyone vaguely hip in Como has passed through here...

Italian in Como

Enoteca 84

Set outside Como's pedestrianised core, Enoteca 84 is a snug local restaurant carrying a well-curated list of local wines. It serves a handful of traditional dishes, which might include lavarello (white fish) in...

Trattoria in Como

Crotto del Sergente

Although it's a bit of a trek (4km southeast of Como's centre), the delectable Slow Food cooking at this characterful crotto ('grotto') makes it well worth the effort. Set in a barrel-vaulted brick dining room,...

Christmas in Como

Citta del Balocchi

Como's Christmas festival consists of dozens of activities, beautiful Christmas lights, and an ice rink and Christmas market in Piazza Cavour. Concerts take place around town, there's a fireworks display on New...

Theatre in Como

Teatro Sociale

Como’s neoclassical theatre attracts culture vultures from as far away as Switzerland and has been enlarged three times to its present 900-seat capacity to accommodate them. Throughout the winter it hosts a...

Burgers in Como

Mystic Burger

Come the weekend and you’ll be hard-pressed to squeeze into the grotto-style dining room of this burger joint where young comaschi come to down Baladin craft beers and scoff gourmet hamburgers stuffed with...

Market in Como

Mercato Coperto

Como’s largest and best food market is this Fascist-era covered market crammed with fruit, veg, meat, bread and cheese purveyors. One hall is entirely devoted to organic, local produce that has to come from a...

Basilica in Como

Basilica di San Fedele

Hemmed in by houses these days and enclosing one side of what was once a medieval grain market, this Lombard Romanesque basilica dates back to the 7th century, although what you see now was built in 1120 after...

Basilica in Como

Basilica di Sant'Abbondio

About 500m south of Como’s city walls is this austere 11th-century Romanesque church, once the seat of a bishopric built on the orders of St Amantius of Como in order to house precious relics of no less than Sts...

Museum in Como

Museo della Seta

Far from being a flashy collection of silk scarves, this highly educational study of Como’s long-standing textile industry explains the full silk-making process from mulberry leaf–eating silkworm to debonair tie....

Historic Building in Como

Villa Sucota

A grand villa overlooking the lake, northwest of the centre, Villa Sucota was built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It has been home to various aristocratic families over the years, including...