Kitchen offers a wide range of German, Japanese, American and French kitchen utensils, saucepans and small appliances which until this shop opened where impossible to source in Milan. No longer do I have to load my suitcase on my return trips from the UK with Fissler sauce pans or a Le Creuset cassourole dish for my kitchen. Kitchen even has an on-line store if you are feeling too lazy to leave the house. Kitchen also sells a selection of over 1,500 cookery books as well as spices, dressings and condiments to use in your culinary experiments.Kitchen is also well known for its numerous cookery courses which start at 19.30 and last approximately 3 hours. For details of up-coming courses, please look at their website under "Eventi" - "Corsi". You won't need to take anything with you as Kitchen provides all of the necessary equipment and ingredients. You can sign-up for cooking courses no later than 2 days before the course is due to start. Payment can be made directly in the store in Via Edmondo de Amicis 45 or by credit card (call 02 58102849) or by bank transfer. Cooking buffs may also be interested in Kitchen's Kitchen Club which keeps you up-dated as to new products and allows members to enjoy a host of promotions and discounts with the Kitchen Club Card. Cook on!
Via Edmondo de Amicis, 45 Milan
02 58102849
Although Galdina has been around for a decade, this amazing pasticceria has proved to be a new discovery for us. Run by owner and Cordon Bleu patisserie chef Galdina, this small shop is situated at the end of a courtyard tucked behind Corso Magenta. Here you can find a small selection of freshly prepared cakes in various sizes as well as biscuits, quiche and mignon pastries. What makes Galdina special is that each cake etc is made from scratch daily with fresh ingredients and looks like something you could knock up at home for a dinner, but infinitely better and tastier. Galdina has a huge repertoire of cakes and desserts that you can order from her recipe book, such as: banana or pomegranate chiboust, mango mousse, passion fruit and white chocolate mousse, apple and almond cake, apple crumble, dolce popo' (similar to a bonet), cassis, blueberry and cream flan, cinammon and apple bavarois, mint and chocolate bavarois, fruits of the forest bavarois, fruits of the forest meringue, raspberry and milk cheesecake and apricot flan. The type of crumble, flan, cake, bavarois obviously varies according to what is in season. It's just so difficult to choose!So, not being ones to shy away from a challenge we decided to put Galdina's cakes to the test and ordered a "cherry crumble" cake, "Charlotte al cioccolato a piramide" (chocolate pyramid Charlotte), "tarte au citron" (lemon meringue pie), bavarese alle arance amare (caramelised orange bavarois flan) and an amazing chocolate cake. They were all delicious in their own unique way, but the biggest compliment of all was paid by my mother (Cordon Bleu trained cook extraordinaire) when she uttered the words ...."this is probably the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten. It may even be better than Marco Pierre White's chocolate cake...".  For those of you who don't know my mother, that was a compliment indeed. If you are interested in trying to learn how to make any of these mouth-watering delicacies, Galdina organises cookery courses. Contact her directly for further details.   
Via Terraggio, 9 20123 Milan
02 8907 3280
Via Salasco might strike you as an odd location for a trendy florist cum restaurant cum coffee shop, but as soon as you walk through the door you can understand why the owner Rosalba Piccini fell in love with it. This large space is artfully divided so that it is both versatile and spacious yet incredibly intimate. Vases brimming with flowers; plants; cacti; bulbs; flower arrangements; kokedama; candles; plant pots and containers as well as clothing and home accessories adorn every available surface: all of which are for sale. You could quite easily mistake Potafiori for a botanist's front room (one with exquisite taste and who has a thing for hanging coloured garments from the ceiling). We particulary like Potafiori's ingenious 'flower sushi': a selection of freshly cut flowers wrapped in William Morris fabric which make excellent table centre pieces or dinner party gifts.  The day at Potafiori starts at 9am with a delicious breakfast of pastries from Cuki and Longoni, organic teas, coffees, juices as well as bread and jam, followed by lunch served from 12.30 to 14.30 (Potavolo), then afternoon tea and aperativo culminating with dinner. The evening we went to Potafiori for dinner we enjoyed a delicious starter of Salmon tartar with avocado, philadelphia, lime and filo pastry, followed by casoncelli (stuffed pasta) with bacon, butter, parmesan and sage, then braised pork cheek with ginger, mashed potato, bay leaf and shallots. While our dinner companions opted for the Steak tartar with roasted dates, rocket and parmesan as well as the grilled fish with spinach and a citrus sauce. The highlight of the evening, however, was when Rosalba burst into song and treated us to a couple of MIna songs. For those of you who don't know, Rosalba is a jazz singer who used to sing at the famous Blue Note jazz club.  Rosalba also holds 'Potafiori' flower arranging work shops on Saturday afternoons. For more details contact Potafiori directly.In case you were wondering if you were in the right street, just look out for trees, shrubs and wicker baskets full of seasonal plants that line the pavement. 
Via Salasco, 17 Milan
02 87065930
Looking to add a little spice to your little one's birthday party? Well, why not give Peperoncina (aka Laura) at Pepe Party a call. Birthday parties can be customised to your child's age and preferences. Children aged 18 months to 3 years can enjoy creative workshops, Kamishibai story-telling and hundreds of bubbles! While 4 year olds and up can dance away to their hearts content with "baby dance", play games, enjoy some simple magic tricks or be mesmerised by bubbles: big and small. Children will all be sent home with a balloon, whether in the shape of a sword, dog, flower etc. On request a make-up artist can transform your child and guests into animals, pirates, princesses etc, adding  a little magic to the event. One of our favourite ideas that Peperoncina has come up with though, is Pepe Party's themed children's parties which are held one Friday per month from 20.00 to 22.30, allowing you to leave your kids to have fun while you slip off to the cinema or go out for a meal. That way you no longer need to worry about finding a baby-sitter or hearing your child moan about being left at home bored. For further details contact Pepe Party direct or check out their website. Pepe Party also holds a host of courses for adults and children: face painting, balloon modelling, bubble blowing, magic tricks, group party games etc. See the website for more details.
349 3173730
California Bakery has become something of an institution in Milan. Dotted around the city, these coffee shops cum restaurants offer consistently excellent homemade, locally sourced American food which appeals to all ages in a warm and relaxed environment. If we had to choose a favourite location, however,  it would have to be Piazza Sant'Eustorgio which gets its name from the beautfiul 13th century church located there. On request you can sit outside under enormous umbrellas and enjoy the hustle and bustle of this recently gentrified area bursting with cool bars and shops such as Clori and Laura Urbinati which are just next door (see our Home Decor and Fashion Shops sections).   As for the food, California Bakery offers: proper American breakfast (pancakes, waffles etc), delicious New York style bagels packed with fresh ingredients such as 'NY Style' (smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomatoes, capers, Tropea red onion); fish burgers, vegetarian burgers and hamburgers in a bun with numerous different toppings and in two different sizes: 100g or 180g; Club Sandwiches; salads; quiches: hand cut chips etc. Oh yes, and how could we forget: the desserts. Luckily for our waistlines California Bakery sells their desserts in two different sizes: regular (aka huge)  and slim (more than enough to finish off a meal). If you love American style cheesecake then you must try the blueberry cheesecake or strawberry and rasperry one, but make sure you get to taste the chocolate and walnut brownie and the tart tartin too. Simply delicious! California Bakery also offers a children's menu with child sized portions of their favourite food. California Bakery in Piazza Sant'Eustorgio also offers a picnic service during the warm weather weekends. Clients can buy a selection of bagels, sandwiches, salads or quiches together with dessert and drinks which are supplied in a gorgeous, wicker picnic basket together with floor cushions and a picnic blanket. What better way to spend an afternoon than in the Parco delle Basiliche just behind the church laid out on a picnic blanket. If you are too busy to pop by to one of their restaurants, then California Bakery is happy to deliver within the city (see  Or if you want to learn how to make your favourite California Bakery dishes, they also organise courses for adults and children (see for more details).California Bakery also has restaurants usually open from 8 to midnight Monday to Saturday and 9 to midnight on Sundays in :Corso Como, 5 (Porta Garibaldi area); Corso Garibaldi 89 (Moscova area): Piazza San Simpliciano 7 (Brera area) (Tuesday to Friday 8 to 18.30 and 9 to 20.00 on weekends);Via Larga, 19 (near Duomo);Viale Premuda 44 (Porta Venezia area) (open from 7.30 on weekdays);Via San Vittore 2 (Sant'Ambrogio area).If you want to go for brunch or dinner especially during the weekends we suggest you make a booking through the central switchboard number (02 39811750).  
Piazza Sant'Eustorgio, 4
02 39811750
This little treasure trove of stamping and printing materials is tucked away out of sight in the pedestrian area behind the Colonne di San Lorenzo. Part of an Italian chain of stores, Impronte d'Autore sells all different types of rubber stamps and ink pads that you can use to make small and large things on your own.  You can also find Rollagraph™ products, moldable foam, embossing powders, pigment and dye inks, Polyshrink™ and a huge variety of paper, card ribbons, cord, card decorations etc. Impronte d'Autore also offers a series of historical rubber stamps, made out of original hand carved metal cliches and their intechangeable lead hand composed text.Here you can find everything you need to make mail art and tag art as well as decorate wood, material, glass and plastic. Upstairs there is a wide selection of Cordenons paper in all shapes and sizes as well as Indian handmade paper. If you don't have time to go to this trendy part of town, most Impronte d'Autore products can also be purchased on-line at .Impronte d'autore also offers different courses which will introduce you to the joys of cardmaking, calligraphy, scrapbooking, tag art etc or help you perfect more difficult aspects of this art form. For further details regarding courses contact the store or go to . 3 hour courses for adults cost Euro 38.00 and courses for children under 10 cost Euro 25. Children over 10 can usually join the adult classes.Opening times are Tuesday to Friday 10:00-14:00 / 15:00-19:30 and Saturdays 10:00-19:30.
Via Pio IV, 3 Milan
02 8378416
We came across this store, with its window display complete with an oasis and palm tree, by chance and couldn't resist going inside. Surf Industria mainly sells clothes and equipment for kitesurfers, surfers and windsurfers, but unlike other sports shops it's really warm and inviting. The walls are covered in photos and letters that spell out the word "surf", while original accessories and clothes line every wall, such as: cool t-shirts for kids and adults with animal prints; handmade jewellery from Puglia; coloured scarves; 100% natural Australian body lotion and sun creams; sunglasses, hats, cool miniature surfer VW vans and really useful poncho towels designed by Erika (the owner) as well as cloth bags which make great presents.  Last but not least Erika sells everything you need, equipment wise, to surf, kitesurf and windsurf - even the boards!We were especially taken by a small black coat made from Neoprene which is great for rainy days!Surf Industria also organizes summer and winter camps as well as workshops with international athletes and instructors and summer camps on Lake Garda for children!At the back of the shop above the till, videos are shown of the staff at Surf Industria surfing in some of the most amazing places in the world. You could stand there all day watching the amazing acrobatics if you're not careful. Surf Industria is a great place for both those of you living in Milan who would rather spend their days in flip flops with a board tucked under your arm looking for the perfect wave, as well as the rest of us who would like to learn a little more about these incredible sports! 
Via Gustavo Modena 1 20129 Milano
02 29534014
If your child's dream is to become a ballet dancer and you're looking for a ballet school that offers something more in the way of instruction than basic lessons for amateurs and with qualified, professional dance instructors, why not go to Happy Yoga Dance and have a chat with (our dear friend) Paola. Paola is a professional ballerina of international repute who studied at the Teatro alla Scala ballet school, obtained her Professional Ballerina teaching diploma at the Jonh Cranko Schule in Stuttgart and opened this school ten years ago. Paola works together with the most important international theatres as well as professional ballet dancers. Happy Yoga Dance has two studios. The larger of the two is in  Via Prati and is a modern structure covering over 300 square metres with a huge screen in the reception area that allows parents and others to watch the children while they are having their lessons. The other studio is in Via Abbondio Sangiorgio. Although it is smaller it is just as attractive, modern and functional as the other studio in Via Prati.As well as classical ballet lessons, Happy Yoga Dance offers children modern dance, hip hop, tap dancing, yoga and rhythmic gymnastics lessons while adults can enjoy modern dance, tango, yoga, pilates, step, gag, belly dancing and many other lessons.Happy Yoga Dance also rents out its studios for birthday parties, work shops, seminars, performances etc. For more information please look at the website  
Via Prati 7 20145 Milano
02 33602047
Founded in 2009 by British cake decorator Sarah Horton, Estrele Cakes produces bespoke biscuits, cakes, cupcakes, marshmallows, scones and many other delicious goodies for every occasion. Estrele Cakes is renowned internationally for its high standard of decoration including 3D cakes, sugar figurines and flowers, with no challenge being too great.Each order is carefully handmade with love and great attention to detail both in the design and the taste, catering also for special dietary needs.Estrele Cakes also offers lessons in decoration for both adults and children.
340 0640608
Until a few years ago Cascina Cuccagna was just an abandoned green area. Now thanks to a group of volonteers it has become a little green oasis where you can pass your free time in familial surroundings and forget that you are in the middle of a large city.Cascina Cuccagna is a versatile place which encourages people to come together and participate in cultural, artistic, cooking, origami and carpentry workshops as well as recycling projects... to name but a few.Cascina Cuccagna also organises workshops and courses for children such as: drama, English, toy making, cooking etc. Don't forget to book the themed workshops organised at Easter, Christmas, Halloween etc. Numbers are limited and they are well worth taking your children to. The Mercato Agricolo della Cuccagna  has been an enormous success. Every Monday, from 15.30 to 20.00, farmers with small holdings and artisans sell their fresh seasonal produce, much of which is organic. Cascina Cuccagna is a great place to go for lunch or an afternoon snack with kids as, if the weather permits, they can play on the lawn. Otherwise why not go for an aperatif or dinner? The restaurant "Un posto a Milano" offers vegetarian dishes, pasta based dishes and a wide selection of main courses, many of which are glutin free. There are also dishes specifically for children This little corner of countryside in the heart of Milan is definitely worth checking out!   
Via Cuccagna 2/4 angolo via Muratori 20135 Milano
02 83421007


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