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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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