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Mediateca Caffetteria

Annexed to the Mediateca di Santa Teresa (a free internet library in a beautifully restored 17th-century church) is one of the best modern cafés in Milan, a large glass cube containing the Caffetteria e Libreria degli Atellani. rnrnWith a highbrow ambience, the café serves up the thinking man’s crumpet in a serene, light-filled modern space that’s conducive to profound thought. It also doubles up as a reading room for the specialist cinema bookshop, and somewhere to feed the brain after intellectualizing in the library. rnrnIt is run by husband-and-wife team Piero (who has a classical TV channel) and Valentina (a historian), who will soon also be opening a cinema d’autore to screen art-house films. Even the café’s name has blue-stocking associations, so-called after the owners’ first bookshop in the noble Atellani family house (in Corso Magenta). The Mediateca is one of Milan’s best-kept secrets – it’s always tranquil, with affordable, contemporary cuisine and a summer garden; but then in Milan fashion always prevails over thought.

Via Moscova, 28,
+39 02 365 359 59
Opening Times
8.30am-9.30pm (midnight in summer) Mon-Fri; 9.30am-7.30pm Sat, Sun
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