5 coffee shops in bookshops in Milan

1) Joy Bar

Situated in the Lambrate district, this is both a library cafe and a cultural project. The spaces, which were designed by the students of renowned architect Stefano Boeri, are fresh and bright, even outdoors. Read under the covered terrace or in the sun, and in the evenings there’s always something on, including courses, workshops and concerts.

a cup of coffee on a wooden table

Via Carlo Valvassori Peroni 56

+39 366 981 6519

2) Libreria del Mondo Offeso

Since it moved to Piazza San Simpliciano, this independent bookshop, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, has only become even more beautiful. The perfect place for children’s activities, readings and concerts, or simply to sit at a table in the sun and browse a new book.

terrace and window of Libreria del Mondo Offeso

3) Moleskine Café

Another literary coffee shop, inspired by Moleskine notebooks, including the walls which, so we’re told, recreate the neutral tones of the Moleskine paper. There is also space for art, relaxation and socialising at the large communal table. And it has a Moleskine gift shop, of course.

people at the Moleskine Café in Milan

4) Colibrì Caffè letterario

A cosy corner behind the State University that draws a young crowd. This literary cafe has a pleasant patio in the evenings, at aperitivo time. There’s a free book exchange, they often organise events and live music concerts. In Italian, colibrì is a little bird, but also the contraction of the words ‘coffee’ and ‘books’ (libri in Italian).

interior Colibrì Caffè Letterario

5) BookCity

Publishing is the core business of BookCity, but the pleasure of reading is also an ‘event’ here. At BookCity you can meet writers, attend performances, listen to readings by the author, take workshops, and see exhibitions. And of course participate in a reading marathon.

Bookcity Milan

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