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There is a great new place in Milan called Riad Food Garden, where surrounded by flowers, plants, vases, jugs, lanterns and other furnishings, you can have breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or an aperatif and Sunday brunch.Riad Food Garden is simply decorated with a creative use of black and white. The large marble washbasin behind the counter is reminiscent of an old flower shop and throughout the store you can find delightful objects and furnishings collected by the owners from all over Europe and Morocco and on sale. We especially like the ceramics!  Riad's cuisine is simple with distinctly Italian flavours, using fresh seasonal vegetables, fresh mozzerella and genuine ingredients. The menu varies often and according to the seasons. We love Riad as it's like a small conservatory full of plants and flowers where you can enjoy a coffee in peace while reading the newspaper or one of the many books on show or while browsing the unique and fun items from all over the world that are on sale. Also make use of the free wifi and tablet and cellphone chargers. One word of advice: given that Riad Food Garden is very small, make sure you book in advance for lunch or Sunday brunch. You can also book Riad Food Garden for private events, birthdays and private dinner parties.Open Mondays to Fridays from 8am until 8pm and on Sundays from 10am until 3pm with brunch served at 12.
Viale Piave 17 20129 Milano
02 76340504
Located near the Martesana Canal, Pasticceria Martesana is a great place for breakfast, a light lunch, afternoon tea, an ice-cream or to stock up on cakes, biscuits, chocolates etc to take home and enjoy alone or with friends. What renders Pasticceria Martesana so special is head pastry chef, Davide Comaschi, winner of World Chocolate Masters 2013 and Pasticcere dell'Anno 2014 (Cake Chef of the Year). Davide is renowned for his amazing chocolate creations, cakes and decorated Panettone. At Christmas time why not try Martesana's traditional Panettone with raisins and candied fruit (Panettone tradizionale con uvetta e canditi) or Panettone al Arriba 62% con cubetti di arancio e copertura fondente (chocolate covered Panettone with chunks of candied oranges) or Panettone ai marrons glacès Cremonese con ananas candita e pinoli (Cremonese Panettone with marrons glacès and candied pineapple and pine nuts) or Veneziana classica con arancia candita, glassa alle mandorle e mandorle tostate (Venetian style Panettone with toasted almonds) or Martesana's new creation - Panetùn Sacher® con albicocche in confettura e candite e cioccolato fondente (Sacher Panettone made with plain chocolate, candied apricots and apricot jam). Whatever the occasion, Pasticceria Martesana is happy to make any type of cake you require or cater the whole event. See the website for further details. 
Via Cagliero, 14 Milan
02 6698 6634
Viva stores are popping up around the city and offer clients great fresh snacks, lunches and juices throughout the day. Try their selection of salads, ready prepared dishes, pasta and grain salads, rolls and sandwiches made from fresh bread, quiches, soups, cakes, probiotic yoghurt with fresh fruit and much more.As well as their store next to Crocetta metro station, VIva also has stores in Via Cesare Correnti 20 (Tel. 02 89015379) and Piazza di Porta Lodovica 6  (Tel. 02 58312036).If you don't have time to drop by then take advantage of Viva's bike delivery service. For more information about this service see Viva's website.  
Largo della Crocetta, 2 Milan
02 58437953
For over 40 years the Crino' family have been delighting the Milanese with their delicious cakes, biscuits, pasticcini, chocolates, croissants and desserts. And like Milanese fashion, Massimo changes the delicacies they prepare to reflect the seasons. In autumn you will find Marron Glacé, chocolate pralines and Sacher torte; while wintertime brings la Veneziana, and one of the best Panettone's Milan has to offer as well as chocolate desserts. While springtime offers colour and flavour with Massimo's creamy cakes, fruit flans and chocolate eggs and summer boasts  icecream, mousse cakes, zuccotto as well as granite caffè with cream  and strawberries and cream.Having said that, whatever your poison or whatever the occasion the Crino' family are happy to make to order for however many people you want. Otherwise just pop in for a coffee and cake if you are in the area.
Via Giuseppe Ripamonti, 5 20136 Milan
On the corner of Via Archimede and Via Mameli, tucked away from the traffic of Via Fiamma is Marotin. This delightful little bar is reminiscent of a sophisticated French cafe' and offers delicious croissants and cappucino for breakfast, light dishes for lunch and scrumptious cakes and biscuits for afternoon tea. Mameli also offers a few outdoor seats with low tables, which are fun to sit at in the warmer weather. 
Via Archimede, 59 20129 Milan
02 73957790
If you're wandering around Brera for work or pleasure, Botega Caffé Cacao is a great place to stop for a drink, snack, breakfast or light lunch. This friendly, spacious bar sells a large assortment of fresh pastries, biscuits, cakes, filled sandwiches and croissants, salads, pasta dishes etc. Part of a chain that is slowly expanding, Botega Caffé Cacao has definitely come up with a formula that works. The food and drinks are of excellent quality and just to make things a little more fun, drinks are served in jam jars in true botega style. You can also enjoy one of Botega's flavoured coffees such as the Castagnino  with marron glacé or its liquoroso del Ciocopito (orange flavoured chocolate liqueur served in a chocolate cup). Botega Caffé Cacao also has a large number of chairs and tables outside that are covered by an awning so that you can sit and people watch in this lovely pedestrian area in all weathers. Botega Caffé Cacao is open Monday to Saturday 7.00 - 20.00 and 8.30 - 20.00 on Sundays.
Corso Garibaldi, 12 20121 Milan
02 89013477
Ottimo Massimo is on the corner of Via Hugo and Via Spadari, the so-called Gourmet Road ("Spadari - Via del Gusto") which boasts some of Milan's most famous food shops. Ottimo Massimo is a great place to grab breakfast, coffee, lunch, a snack or a drink if you are near the Duomo.Great care has been given to the menu which has been created by some stellar chefs such as Michelin Star Felice Lo Basso and the raw ingredients are of the finest quality. Ottimo Massimo also places great emphasis on the environment and uses  Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee and recycled packaging products for its take-away food. Salads, cooked dishes, artisan bread, fruit salads, pastries and juices are all made daily to ensure that they are fresh and delicious. If you work nearby and don't have time to go out for lunch, why not order your food on-line and get it delivered to your door (minimum orders of €25)! 
Via Victor Hugo, 3 20123 Milan
02 49457661
This tiny bar, cum restaurant, is hidden away from the heavy traffic of Corso di Porta Romana in a quiet pedestrian area which boasts a small oasis of trees and roses. Re Fosco Bar is one of the few places in this part of town where you can happily sit outside on vintage picnic chairs and watch the world pass by while sipping a cappucino, munching on a light lunch or enjoying a glass of wine. Seating is limited as the inside of the bar is extremely small, however, the owner has found a way round this problem by providing outdoor seating - which is even covered and heated in the colder months. We suggest you book,  however, if you want to avoid waiting. Re Fosco Bar is open from 7 am to 10 pm everyday and offers its clientele freshly baked croissants for breakfast which are filled on the spot with jam, cream or cooked hams and served together with your choice of coffee, tea or juices. While a selection of interesting dishes are on offer if you fancy a light lunch or dinner, such as Re Fosco's Cheeseburger made from Vagyu beef, foccaccia di Recco (stuffed with stracchino cheese), smoked salmon with sour cream and blinis, Fassone steak tartar, foie gras mousse as well as pasta dishes, a selection of salads or cheeses and hams. Re Fosco Bar is particularly popular at aperativo time, even though unlike other bars they only offer a small selection of salami, cheese, cruditées and foccaccia with your glass of wine or cocktail. However, if you are particularly hungry you can always order one of the dishes on the menu. Although we've never had dinner here, Re Fosco Bar is a great place to have coffee, lunch or an aperativo with friends in a relaxed an informal atmosphere. 
Via San Calimero, 7 20122 Milan
02 36633079
For those of you looking for something a little different, check out RED, i.e. Read, Eat, Dream, - the key words that sum up this Feltrinelli concept store which opened in Piazza Gae Aulenti, underneath the Unicredit building which towers over all the other buildings in the new Porta Nuova complex. RED is a spacious, unique and bright store, where in addition to the books adorning the shelves and tables, there are  numerous stationery gadgets as well as wine and beer on sale. As well as being a book shop and mini supermarket, RED is also a bar and restaurant where you can order something at the bar or lounge about on one of the large armchairs or sit at a table, or simply get one of the waiters to serve you something from the menu. The atmosphere is very laid back, and mornings and afternoons are the best time to go to RED to spend a few hours alone, or with someone, browsing through and buying some of the many books on display. Why not settle back in one of the chairs in RED to enjoy your book or go outside into the piazza and sit at one of the tables. Otherwise you can fire up your PC or tablet and use the free wifi service (you will need the password so be prepared to buy something). Going to RED is also a great way to explore Piazza Gae Aulenti, which is becoming a busy hub, especially for tourists, thanks to the opening of Grom (ice cream shop), Sephora, Nike Store and Esselunga.For those of you that love walking through the streets of the city centre, you can go from Piazza Gae Aulenti up through  Corso Como to Via Pontevetero thanks to the pedestrian walkways and from there it is a five minute walk to Piazza Duomo and Corso Vittorio Emanuele.   
Piazza Gae Aulenti 20124 Milano
199 151 173
Open first thing in the morning for breakfast until after dinner, Anche is part bistrot, part coffee bar, part wine bar with a Hipster vibe. Located in the heart of Isola, Milan's latest up-and-coming district, Anche is a few minutes walk from Porta Garibaldi station.Anche takes its food very seriously and all of Anche's suppliers are scrupulously chosen to ensure  that the quality of  their meat, cheese, vegetables and baked goods is of the highest standard and that producers conform to certain ethical guidelines.Unlike many other restaurants the ingredients take central stage at Anche rather than the chef. Often receipes are created thanks to the discovery of a new ingredient or the desire to try something new, such as Anche's signature piece: cotoletta alla milanese Sbagliata di Maiale Nostrano con mandorle e arance (Milanese "wrong" Pork Escalope with almonds and oranges). Simply delicious! The menu changes regularly depending on the seasons, so you may find anything from: cruda di chianina o fassona con fiori e germogli (steak tartare with flowers and shoots), tortelli di zucca con crema al castelmagno e polvere di amaretti (pumpkin tortelli with castelmagno cheese and a dusting of amaretti biscuits), beetroot canederli and ubriacone cheese with chocolate shavings, 8 verdure cotte e affumicate (8 cooked and smoked vegetables) or petto d'anatra con il suo fondo e ristretto al Balsamico e uva con purè di patate viola (duck breast with balsamic vinegar and grape jus and purple potato puree).On the dessert menu you will find mouthwatering dishes such as: budino di ricotta con biscotto croccante e salsa di cachi  (ricotta blanchmange served with crunchy biscuits and persimmon sauce) or mousse al cioccolato fondente con pere caramellate e salsa mou. (plain chocolate mousse with caramalised pears and mou sauce)Every Monday to Friday from 17 alle 19 Anche broadcasts live on radio.Anche is also open on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch, when in true American tradition sweet and savoury are mixed together in a very Italian way. Prices are very reasonable. Lunch starts at €10 and includes water and coffee, while you can enjoy a three course dinner for €30 plus or brunch for €20. 
Via Carmagnola, 5 20159 Milan
331 8224002


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