12 Cafes To Visit in Milan

12 Cafes To Visit in Milan

The industrial capital of Italy and one of the world's fashion and business centers, today's Milan is teeming with chaotic urban rush on a daily basis. Although it can't compete with Rome in terms of history, art and architecture, there are hidden gems in Milan well worth searching out - the places where the locals like to retreat from the hectic Milanese life for a while. Here are the top dozen of them!

1. Ostello Bello

Ostello Bello
Image Courtesy of: Luca Volpi
Ostello Bello is adored by the young crowd of Milan. It is, in fact, a hostel in the center of the city, but is frequented by the locals for its cafe/bar lounge area. If you find yourself staying in a different hotel or hostel in Milan, do not worry, because Ostello Bello is just a short walk from the Duomo. The main seating area, just through the front doors, is a collage of wooden tables, bookshelves and the great exchange of cultures you hope to find at a fun, young hostel. There is also a large hang-out in the basement where they host concerts, art shows, and even a Christmas market in early December. Many students find it a perfect place to study in the early afternoon and a fun bar for aperitivo or after dinner drinks. It is an ideal place for anyone looking to meet travelers and locals alike while staying in Milan!
Where to find it:
Address:
Via Medici, 4
20123 Milan, Italy
Tel.: +39 02 3658 2720

Opening Hours:
Monday - Sunday: 08:00 am - 01:00 am
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2. Pause

Pause
Pause is the perfect name for this small, cozy cafe north of the city. It is a cafe and clothing shop of unique, simple style. You can find Pause just a few steps from the Lima Red Line Station, a ten minute ride from the Duomo. The shabby chic decor and mismatch seating are the perfect setting for a relaxing break between shopping on the nearby Corso Buenos Aires. Sit and enjoy the good music with a cup of tea or browse the vintage clothing in the back room. Visiting Pause is particularly recommended on a chilly autumn afternoon, as the large front window and small space make it feel even more cozy!
Where to find it:
Address:
Via Federico Ozanam, 7
20129 Milan, Italy
Tel.: +39 02 3952 8151

Opening Hours:
Monday - Wednesday: 08:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday - Friday: 08:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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3. Upcycle Milano Bike Cafe

Upcycle Milano Bike Cafe
Upcycle Milano Bike Cafe is located in a refurbished building near Piola station on the green line. Originally an auto repair shop, it now serves the bike lovers of Milan. The cafe is essentially a large room with beautiful long wooden tables and tasteful bicycle-related decor. It is a nice place to sit for a while on the internet or with a good book, and the communal seating makes it easy to meet other cafe-goers and bike-lovers. They also serve food and beer. Don’t forget to ask about the events they hold, including authors and spokespersons associated with the bike-loving community. On a nice day, you can take advantage of Milan’s bike-sharing program, BikeMi, in place all around the city, and cycle your way to this unique cafe!
Where to find it:
Address:
Via Andrea Maria Ampère, 59
20131 Milano, Italy
Tel.: +39 02 8342 8268

Opening Hours:
Monday: 08:30 am - 08:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 08:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
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4. Bistro del Tempo Ritrovato

Bistro del Tempo Ritrovato
This beautiful cafe is just off the green line of Sant’Agostino. It is situated on the edge of a beautiful neighborhood lined with impressive palazzi within the area just south-west of Parco Sempione. The area is a perfect place for exploring the architecture of Milan. Afterwards, take a break at the Bistro’ del Tempo Ritrovato. The cafe-bookstore has a limited selection of books but a rather spacious reading room with walls decked in black and white photos of jazz musicians. The space serves its customers with a unique philosophy dedicated to literature, art, and music: “The Bistro’ del Tempo Ritrovato was born from the desire to share, from the happiness found in helping people of different stories, dreams and competencies meet.” They also host book readings and other literature presentations every so often. Spend a few hours relaxing with a good book or enjoy the peaceful music with a cup of tea.
Where to find it:
Address:
Via Foppa, 4
20144 Milano, Italy
Tel.: +39 02 3650 3146

Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 06:30 am - 08:00 pm
Sunday: 07:30 am - 03:00 pm

5. Creperia Caffè Vecchia Brera

Creperia Caffè Vecchia Brera
Located in the center of Brera, this classy cafe is the place to indulge. Not only do they make a fine cappuccino, but their assortment of lunch and dessert crepes are to die for. Brera is an upscale neighborhood known for the Academy of Fine Arts school and fancy shopping streets of Via Manzoni and Via della Spiga. Caffè Vecchia Brera is the perfect place to stop for a treat after a nice day of shopping or just wondering this wonderful neighborhood. The chic french bistro decor and jazzy music set the perfect mood. They also serve food from the kitchen, but the crepes can’t be beaten!
Where to find it:
Address:
Via dell'Orso, 20
20121 Milano, Italy
Tel.:+39 02 8646 1695

Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 09:30 am - 02:00 am
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

6. Libreria del Mondo Offeso

Libreria del Mondo Offeso
You most definitely would feel at home in this cozy bookstore-cafe. Located near the Moscova metro stop, essentially Milan’s Chinatown, it is a short ride from the center. If you are looking for a relaxing place for a good coffee and a piece of chocolate cake, Libreria del Mondo Offeso is highly recommended. The seating area is surrounded with beautiful vintage black and white photos and flanked by a piano, available for anyone who wants to tickle the ivories a bit. After a good cappuccino, take some time to explore the bookstore on the other side of the shop. There is a healthy variety of books and even a shelf of books with Italian and English translations. They also offer delicious dishes for every meal of the day. You will not be disappointed with the Libreria del Mondo Offeso.
Where to find it:
Address:
Via Cesare Cesariano 7
20154 Milano, Italy
Tel.:+39 02 3652 0797

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:00 am - 09:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm

7. Frida

Frida
Frida is the place like no other, yet similar to so many other places in Milan; it utilizes its space for many purposes, combining the cool, relaxed cafe atmosphere of the early afternoon, with a lively, alternative, bar scene at night. It is located a little far out of the center, but with public transportation, which is easy to navigate, it is easy to reach. The neighborhood, Isola, is home to many unique restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops. Consider taking the yellow line to Zara and then walking a few blocks. Frida is perfect in the summertime for the shaded patio outside. Be sure to also stop into the vintage clothing store next door, also run by Frida. You will also want to check out the upcoming events at Frida, as they often have some great live music that varies in genre.
Where to find it:
Address:
Via Pollaiuolo, 3
20159 Milano, Italy
Tel.: +39 02 680260

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 03:00 pm and 06:00 pm – 02:00 am
Saturday: 06:00 pm - 02:00 am
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 01:00 am

8. Pave’

Pave’
Pave’ is a pasticceria well-known for its deserts. The place is definitely worth checking out for the variety of pastries and sweets they have on offer. It is also good for coffee and has a comfortable seating area. The lunch menu is quite delicious too. Like Pause, it is near the busy Corso Buenos Aires, but tucked back into one of the side streets where you can find some peace for a lunch or coffee break.
Where to find it:
Address:
Via Felice Casati 27
20124 Milano, Italy
Tel.: +39 02 9439 2259

Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 08:00 am - 08:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday: 08:30 am - 07:00 pm

9. Scriptorium Café

Scriptorium Café
A cozy atmosphere, book-lined walls, and a spacious study room make Scriptorium a favorite hang-out for the students who attend the nearby Cattolica university. It is always filled with young people who are studying or in deep conversation. The cafe is located in the historical center, not too far from the Cadorna station, but is tucked out of the way from the hustle and bustle. It is a perfect place to enjoy a cappuccino and a brioche after a walk around the city center. If you find yourself in Milan during the cold season, you will find Scriptorium a great place to escape the cold and have a mouthwatering, Italian hot chocolate. In the summer, on the other hand, you can come and enjoy a refreshing gelato available in numerous flavors.
Where to find it:
Address:
Via Sant'Agnese, 12
20123 Milano, Italy
Tel.: +39 340 170 3751

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:00 am - 07:30 pm

10. Peck Italian Bar

Peck Italian Bar
Peck is located just around the corner from the Duomo and, when it comes to Italian food, this place really has it all. It is a heaven for Italian food fanatics. Within this one locale, you can find just about every type of Italian eatery: a cafe, restaurant, gastronomy, butcher, pastry shop, fruit and vegetable stand, rotisserie, and even a wine cellar. They serve an excellent cappuccino in the cafe area. After a short break, take a walk around the rest of Peck to really immerse yourself in Italian food culture. It is an experience like no other and a great way to get accustomed to what makes up the Italian cuisine. There is so much more than just pasta and pizza!
Where to find it:
Address:
Via Cesare Cantù, 3
20123 Milano, Italy
Tel.: +39 02 86 93 017

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 07:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 09:00 am - 10:00 pm

11. Camparino in Galleria

Camparino in Galleria
Deemed an institution in Milan, the now entitled Camparino cafe has the history in Piazza del Duomo. Originally the historical home of Campari, it changed several owners, over the course of a hundred years since founded, before returning to the Campari namesake in the past few years. The cafe and bar is found in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele with fantastic view of the Duomo. It has a reputation of class and dedication, being such a historic landmark in Milan. The place is reputed also to have one of the best cappuccinos in the city. Although on the pricier side, it also serves fantastic, traditional, Italian dishes. Camparino certainly cannot be missed!
Where to find it:
Address:
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele angolo Piazza Duomo
20121 Milano, Italy
Tel.: +39 02 86464435

Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday: 07:15 am - 08:40 pm
Closed on Monday

12. Sant’Ambroeus

Sant’Ambroeus
Image Courtesy of: Antonio Bonanno
Sant’Ambroeus is a cafe/bar in the center of Milan’s shopping district. Much like the shops around it, Sant’Ambroeus has a reputation of offering the high class ambiance and good quality products that Milan is known for. If you are looking to catch a glimpse of Milan’s elite, this is the place to go. They have the typical Italian sweets, like brioches and cakes, as well as dishes commonly found throughout the city. However, you will get your money’s worth here as it is highly reputed to be one of the best places for a meal and is high on the list of best cappuccinos in Milan.
Where to find it:
Address:
Corso Giacomo Matteotti, 7
20121 Milano, Italy
Tel.: + 39 0276000540

Opening Hours:
Monday - Sunday: 07:45 am - 20:45 pm
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