Article (D) guide: Milanese Cafes

Milanese Cafes
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Milan is a modern city. It is an industrial capital and center for world fashion and international business. It is teeming daily with the chaotic rush of a city that never stops working. Although it has its share of history, art, and architecture, it won’t keep you on your toes with things to see. Therefore, when in Milan, search out the hidden gems of the city, the places where the locals like to find some peace from the hectic Milanese life.

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Guide Name: Milanese Cafes
Guide Location: Italy » Milan
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (D))
# of Destinations: 15
Author: Alexa Ahern
Author Bio: I’m a 22 year-old recent graduate living in Milan since August. I enjoy traveling and finding the hidden gems of the cities I visit. I studied anthropology and Italian and am inspired by places with historical, cultural, and artistic significance. I currently study and work as an au pair, while my true goal is to become fluent in Italian.
Ostello Bello

1) Ostello Bello

Ostello Bello is adored by the young crowd of Milan. It is in fact a hostel in the center of Milan, but is frequented often 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 fun, young hostel. There is also a large...

2) 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. I recommend visiting Pause on a...
Upcycle Bike Cafe

3) Upcycle Bike Cafe

Upcycle Milano Bike Cafe is located in a refurbished building near the Piola station of 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...
Sofa Cafe

4) Sofa Cafe

The Navigli Area of Milan is known for its excellent restaurants and lively, young crowd. The area is frequented most often at night, but can be a nice place for a walk during the day. Sofa Cafe is a small, but cozy cafe at the beginning of Naviglio Grande, the larger and more popular canal. In the warmer seasons, they have a great seating area next to the canal, with sofas for chairs. If you are looking for a more relaxed evening, as opposed to a rowdy night at the many other aperitivo bars in...
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Bistro del Tempo Ritrovato

5) 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. After, take a break at the Bistro’ del Tempo Ritrovato. The cafe-bookstore has a limited selection of books, but a spacious reading room with walls decked in black and white photos of jazz musicians. The space serves its...
Cafe Vecchia Brera and Creperie

6) Cafe Vecchia Brera and Creperie

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. Cafe 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...
Libreria del Mondo Offeso

7) Libreria del Mondo Offeso

You most definitely will 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 piece of chocolate cake, I recommend the Libreria del Mondo Offeso. The seating area is surrounded by 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...

8) Frida

Frida is a place like none 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. I recommend taking the yellow line to Zara and then...

9) Pave'

Pave’ is a pasticceria and known for their deserts. It is definitely worth checking out for the variety of pastries and sweets they have to offer. It is also a great place for a coffee and has a comfortable seating area. The lunch menu is also delicious. 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...

10) Scriptorium

A cozy atmosphere, book lined walls, and a spacious study room make Scriptorium a favorite hang out for the students who attend the near by Cattolica university. Its is always filled with young people studying or in deep conversation. It is located in the historical center, not too far from the Cadorna station, but 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...

11) Peck

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...

12) Camparino

Deemed an institution in Milan, the now entitled Camparino cafe has history in the Piazza del Duomo. Originally the historical home of Campari, it switched between owners before returning to the Campari namesake in the past few years, over a hundred years after its founding. 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 in Milan being such a historical landmark in Milan. It is reputed also to have one of...
Cascina Cuccagna - Un Posto a Milano

13) Cascina Cuccagna - Un Posto a Milano

Cascina Cuccagna is a beautiful establishment found near the Porta Romana stop along the yellow line. Located in a 17th century farmhouse, it is more than just a place to eat. It preserves a small piece of Milanese history and architecture, while working for sustainable development and the environment. Within the cascina, there is courtyard where one can eat in the warmer months from the trattoria/bar inside, called Un Posto a Milano. Their dishes follow their careful ideology of sustainability...
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14) Sant'Ambroeus

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 at 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 in Milan. However, you will get your money’s worth here as it is highly reputed to be one of...
Gogol & Company

15) Gogol & Company

Gogol & Company is another bookstore cafe in Milan, a fairly recent trend borrowing from the typical Northern European cafes of Amsterdam and Copenhagen. It is located near the Navigli area a little walk from the Porta Genova stop on the green line. If you are in the area, stop in for a coffee or just a look around. The space also serves as an art gallery and holds special showings every so often. They also serve food and are open...
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