Vanilla Bakery

Vanilla Bakery is all about cupcakes, so if you are into this sweet dessert, you should definitely drop by. The bakery is located near the metro station Buonarroti (red metro line). They have a huge assortment of cupcakes, all beautifully decorated as you can see from the pictures. If you prefer it more salty, you can choose instead between sandwiches, salads, hamburgers and bagels and in the evening hours also an Aperitivo.

So… the next Sunday morning stop by and enjoy the sun and a nice coffee with a cupcake at one of their outside tables!

Via S. Siro, 2
20149 Milano


Straf Bar

The BAR STRAF belongs to the adjoining hotel STRAF, directly in the center near the Duomo. However, you don’t need to pass through the hotel to enter the bar as it has a separated entrance. The bar is very tiny, but there are seats also on the outside in front of the bar. They offer an Aperitivo for € 10 including a drink and the buffet. The buffet is small but tasty. You can choose between for example tacos, dips, pasta, salads, bread (the assortment varies). During the week, the place is full of Italians who go there after their work, so it is difficult to get a seat but the best time for people watching. 

So after your next exhausting shopping tour, enjoy a Spritz there!


Via S. Raffaele, 3
20121 Milano

On a rainy day in Milan…

I wonder what happened to the man who goes with these shoes… He just seems to have disappeared into the blue leaving nothing other behind than them. Did aliens abduct him? Or had he had enough of the terrible rainy weather and decided to zoom out? Or is he still sitting on the bench invisible to our human eyes?


The restaurant Tagiura is one of my favorite places in Milan. It is located in the west of Milan, easy to reach with the bus 90/91 (bus stop Viale Misurata). When you enter the restaurant, it appears to be a normal Italian coffee bar, but as soon as you are led into the back rooms, this impression is reversed. You can choose between a table in one of the two big dining rooms or in the garden (in the inner courtyard). If the weather permits it, you should definitely sit in the garden. Around 13.00 the restaurant is jam-packed, so either come earlier or just a bit later. But even when it is busy, the service is quick and very friendly. The cuisine is simple and home-style. On the menu, you will find a decent range of pasta/rice dishes (primo), meat dishes (secondo) and desserts (dolce). If you don’t want to eat two full courses and you have difficulties to decide which one to pick, you can choose also a combined plate of primo and secondo, under the category “piatto unico”. A meal consisting of a “piatto unico”, a glass of wine, water, a dolce and an espresso will cost circa € 20 (you pay on your way out of the restaurant at the till). As the restaurant is located in a residential area and far away from any sights, mainly Italians visit it and you will get your very own Italian experience.


Via Tagiura, 5
20146 Milano

A Casa Eatery

A Casa Eatery is located near the Piazza Della Resistenza, close to the metro station S.Ambrogio. The entrance is a bit hidden, but once you found it you enter a very spacious restaurant. At lunchtime, they offer a special menu consisting of three artfully served courses (appetizer, main course and dessert, see the pictures below), water, a glass of wine and an espresso. In total, we paid around € 15 per person. I was told that the dinner is more expensive. Although the plates for each course are small, it is enough if you are not extremely hungry. Besides, it is a nice experience if you like to try some special dishes at an affordable price.

Via Conca del Naviglio, 37
20123 Milano


Situated in the heart of Chinatown oTTo offers a nice retreat during the day, where you can work or just relax while enjoying a coffee. The atmosphere is very casual with simple wooden tables and mixed-style chairs. The highlight is a wall covered entirely with plants. At nighttime (from 18.30 on) it gets busier. They do not offer an Aperitivo with a fixed price and a buffet, but you can have a nice meal from € 5 upwards and a glass of wine or a bottle of beer (in total you pay around € 10). You will find the menu on the left side of the counter, where you have to order and pay at once. All their dishes are made of fresh and healthy ingredients and consist mainly of a plate with a mixture of little snacks or a very specially created sandwich. From time to time, they also host events. For more details check out their website.

Via Paolo Sarpi, 8
20154 Milano

Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest is one of the best places in Milan to enjoy a cocktail. But you have to arrive early if you want to avoid a long waiting time to get a free table. We went there at 7 pm during the week and had to wait nevertheless half an hour to be seated. The bar itself is tiny and the decoration is extraordinary… a potpourri of paintings, masks and statures from all parts of the world. You can choose between a place at the bar or at a table. The price of the cocktail seems to vary depending on where you sit (€8 at the bar and €10 at the table during the happy hour from 18.30 until 21.00). Now let’s come to the most important part: the cocktails. You can choose from a huge variety of different cocktails including as well non-alcoholic cocktails. On the menu, I even spotted a cocktail with a real jewel for €3,500 upwards (you have to notify them beforehand). Each cocktail is served in a different and very special arrangement, which is carefully chosen according to the theme of the cocktail. Two examples you can see on the pictures below.

A visit to this bar is an absolute must!

Viale Piave, 1
20129 Milano