A look at what’s new and worth staying in town for this summer in Milan.
First things first: Coffee is a serious deal in Italy and for those who seek more than just an “espresso,” Cafezal is the place to go. Located in the central and arty Brera district, this newly launched roastery boutique — which takes its name from “coffee plantation” in Portuguese — brews up specialty coffees harvested in international plantations. The founders are two Italian-Brazilian friends and engineers with a past in managerial roles in multinational companies, who decided to pursue their passion, inspired by London’s “third wave of coffee” scene. This is the Anglo-Saxon movement spotlighting a renovated interest in the artisanal, quality production of coffee, from the farming methods and the selection of raw beans to the direct bond with the farmer himself. An additional bonus is Cafezal’s modern interior, which deserves an Instagram post alone. Conceived by Milan architects Studiopepe, this features bespoke, soft and plush furniture juxtaposed against blue walls, graphic patterns and decorative elements in satin copper and black Marquinia marble.
27 Via Solferino, Milan
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
+39 02 62695506
Taste on Top
This temporary rooftop restaurant is located on the sixth floor of a building in the heart of Milan. Overlooking some of the city’s key attractions — including the Duomo cathedral, the Teatro alla Scala opera theater and Palazzo Marino — Taste on Top is the perfect summer destination for a lunch al fresco or a dinner under the stars. The menu changes periodically, according to the resident chefs bowing each week from all over Italy. If you have a quick pit-stop in mind, indulge in the drinks created by bartender Giovanni Luzzi, named Campari Barman of the Year. Suggested cocktails include 50 Special, blending Aperol, Biancosarti liquor, lemon and patchouli syrup, and Frida, which mixes Campari, mezcal, tequila, lavender and agave honey.
Taste on Top
3 Piazza San Fedele, Milan
Monday to Sunday: Noon to 3 p.m.; 6.30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
+39 392 2527209
“Outfit ‘900” exhibition in Palazzo Morando
If touring cities is for everyone, a trip in time is for expert travelers. Take the fashion time machine and get a different perspective on Milanese culture by visiting the “Outfit ‘900” exhibition, hosted in the Palazzo Morando building in the city’s Golden Triangle. A selection of garments from the 20th century is on display until Nov. 4, portraying an era of style and personal stories of the Milanese ladies and the city itself. Divided in two sections — daywear and eveningwear — all the looks have been worn on special occasions, as galas, soirées and weddings, with vintage photographs flanking the installations to document these moments. Standout pieces include a mid-Fifties pink and ivory ball dress with embroideries and applications of silver sequins by Curiel; a spring 1976 Yves Saint Laurent dress reproducing a beige silk chiffon blouse and a long, red pleated skirt, and a 1988 navy silk taffetas blouson embellished with tulle frills by Krizia.
Palazzo Morando | Costume Moda Immagine
6 Via Sant’Andrea, Milan
Tuesday to Sunday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 2 to 5:30 p.m.
+39 02 88465735
To catch up on the movies missed during the fall, Cinema AriAnteo has selected four en-plein-air locations in key districts of the city to offer a wide schedule of movies — many of which screened in their original version with Italian subtitles — including “Call Me by Your Name,” “I, Tonya,” “Lady Bird,” “Dunkirk,” “The Square” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” among others. Some locations, as the courtyard of the central Palazzo Reale, also periodically host concerts and events before the screenings. For the classics lovers, Cinema Bianchini has set an intimate movie theater for 50 people on the roof of the city’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Films on the schedule include “La Dolce Vita,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Blow-Up,” “Sabrina,” “Some Like It Hot” and “Midnight in Paris,” among others.
2 Via Silvio Pellico, fourth floor
Locations in Milan:
AriAnteo Palazzo Reale, 12 Piazza del Duomo.
AriAnteo CityLife, 1/L Piazza Tre Torri.
AriAnteo Umanitaria, 48, Via San Barnaba.
AriAnteo Chiostro dell’Incoronata, 9 Via Milazzo.
Japan lovers can lose themselves at Tenoha, a multifunctional venue devoted to enhancing contemporary Japanese culture in Milan. Housed in a Thirties industrial building refurbished by the Park Associati architectural studio, the 26,910-square-foot space includes different sections. A lifestyle store offers Made in Japan items, ranging from home accessories to stationery, from tableware to culinary specialties. A restaurant and café, which can accommodate 100 people inside and an additional 30 in a summery courtyard, provides signature plates of Japanese cuisine conceived by chef Hideyuki Manaka, including yakitori chicken skewers, tonkatsu deep-fried pork cutlets and matcha-based desserts. A 4,528-square-foot surface is dedicated to coworking, offering companies and freelancers 66 fully equipped workstations, while an 11,840-square-foot area can host private events, art exhibitions and installations. An additional corner completes the space housing pop-up stores and presentations. The venue’s ultimate goal is to mirror the concept of Tenoha Daikanyama, a store opened in 2014 in Tokyo to spread the Italian culture in Japan and create synergies between the two countries.
18 Via Vigevano, Milan
Monday to Sunday
Store: 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Restaurant: 9 a.m. to midnight
Coworking: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
+39 02 80889147