Given its reputation for high-end fashion and design, it’s no surprise that Milan is home to countless artistic meeting spaces. Here are 10 of the coolest in the city, from quirky cafés to bohemian bookstores.
A café, bookstore and co-working space, Open Milano occupies the first floor of a large, modern building outfitted with colorful lanterns and designer furnishings. Quality and comfort reign supreme here; this airy, relaxed space was designed to foster interaction and sociability. Ease into a plush chaise longue or take a seat at the communal table, where you can peruse the latest offerings from independent publishers.
Dine in true vintage style at ATMosfera, a mobile restaurant based in a restored tram that tours the city center. Choose a meat, fish or vegetarian Milanese menu and admire the city scenery from your elegant perch on the tram's antique teak-wood benches. Reservations are required and can be made online.
10 Corso Como
Mingle with the fashion jet set at 10 Corso Como, an art gallery, café and shopping complex housed in a converted garage. This chic hotspot was founded in 1990 by gallerist Carla Sozzani. Dine on asparagus risotto in the garden café, tucked into a quiet courtyard surrounded by seasonal flowers.
A panzerotto is a traditional Puglian treat consisting of light, springy dough, folded over mozzarella and tomato sauce, and deep fried. Are you tempted yet? The best place in Milan to sample a panzerotto is Luini Bakery, a family-owned business beloved by locals. Try one of their variations on the classic, such as tuna and corn or speck and fontina cheese.
Like Open Milano, Santeria is a co-working space that doubles as a café. It also sells carefully curated books, records and clothing, and hosts workshops on everything from screen printing to mixology.
Mi Casa Toasteria
You’ll feel as though you’ve walked into a friend’s living room when you enter the cozy confines of Mi Casa Toasteria. Toasted sandwiches are the culinary highlight; made-from-scratch bread is stuffed with tasty combos like salami, mozzarella and organic zucchini.
Gogol & Company
Tuck into a good read at Gogol & Company, a bookstore and art exhibition space. This meeting space is patronized by an eclectic group, drawn by the unique selection of independent works lining the shelves and the seasonal menu at the in-house café.
Beda House and La Miniera
Fans of kitsch won’t want to miss Beda House and La Miniera, a 10-minute drive from our Radisson Blu Hotel, Milan. Beda House is a steakhouse designed to look like an English pub, while next door you’ll find La Miniera, a restaurant done up as a coal mine.
Visitors once traveled through Le Trottoir to pay their tolls to enter the city. This former gatehouse is now a prime meeting place for artists, who congregate in its candlelit salons for a coffee or a glass of wine. On weekends, it hosts live music events and DJs.
Isa e Vane
Fans of brunch, wine, and interior design will love Isa e Vane. This café, deli and wine bar serves up an excellent brunch on Saturdays and Sundays – take your pick from fresh smoked salmon, natural yogurt, or eggs and bacon.