A guide to the best cafés in Milan

Milan has always been a lively city full of trendy restaurants, pubs and cafés. The city provides many opportunities to enjoy a relaxing break during the day: different places and proposals, with diversified options, from the traditional Italian cuisine to international dishes, in elegant or informal locations, ideal for studying and working.

But you need to be in the loop on where to go to enjoy a cool aperitif or a special brunch.

One of the most interesting places is the Cafè & Cycles – Via Felice Cavallotti, 8 – a concept store combining the charm of Bianchi bikes to Italian wine and food. This bar is considered to be one of the most innovative in Italy. Spread over 570 square meters on several multifunctional floors, it includes an outdoor area. Cafè & Cycles offers a wide dining area and features an open plan kitchen. Its main focus is on the quality of service, which throughout the day covers the rich breakfast, the well-stocked wine cellar with more than 150 labels, appetizers, happy hours, finger foods and Sunday brunches etc.


In some coffee bars one can also study and work. An ideal example being PavéVia Felice Casati 27 – where all the tables are provided with outlets for smartphones and laptops and various newspapers are available for reading. The setting is comfortable and casual, ideal for morning breakfast and afternoon tea with its wide variety of tarts, pastries, teas and infusions.

Pavè - Il panino all'amatriciana
Pavè – Il panino all’amatriciana

Another option is even OpenViale Monte Nero 6 – which targets the same clientele and provides a space to work, read and study, with a library, free connection and many workstations equipped with electrical outlets. It is really worth stopping here for breakfast. This coffee bar is not only suitable for students but also for managers and business men as there are 3 convention halls available for business meetings.

Brunch e giornale
Brunch e giornale

The Mint Garden Cafè *Food and Flowers in Milano*, – Via Felice Casati 12 – is a café-bistro, with its interiors designed as a greenhouse, full of flowers and plants. A place which has been deliberately designed to be different, with a green exotic and pretty relaxing atmosphere.


Noteworthy is also Parma&Co, – a wine tasting and gourmet store offering a wide selection of wines and a range of typical Italian food products. Their brunch is definitely a special one, worth a try, with food products coming directly from Emilia, like Culatello Salami, Parmesan Cheese and Fried Gnocchi.


Dulcis in Fundo – Via Zuretti, 55 – is a place where quality is given first priority. Brunch can be booked only on Saturday and is mainly based on home-made desserts. The venue is very attractive, cosy and comfortable.


Finally, it is worth mentioning the Bar Liberty – di via Carlo Farini 38 – which has become an international meeting place for its traditional Russian, Uzbek and Korean brunches.

Today’s coffee bars and dining places in general need to be able to offer much more than just a breakfast, a quick snack or an aperitif before dinner. They must be a meeting place, which can be enjoyed at different times of the day and now with help of the above listed suggestions you just need to choose one.