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Here is a place that we really like for a number of reaons. Firstly, it has finally bought some life to Piazza Cavour (it is always open from 7.30am until 2.00am). Secondly, it is bright, spacious, modern and furnished in a unique and original way. It also has a great outside seating area just a few steps away from Giardini di Porta Venezia, which you can enjoy even in the colder months  thanks to the outdoor heaters. Swiss Corner is a bar and restaurant that was opened by the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Italy (and situated on the ground floor of the Centro Svizzero - Swiss Centre) to promote Swiss culture, design and style as well as hold cultural events. The space is characterised by large windows that look out directly over Piazza Cavour and Via Palestro; while inside there is a long stainless steel bar positioned in the centre and surrounded by red stools. On either side of the bar is the restaurant area; the walls of which consist of large screens where images of famous Swiss citizens are projected as well as scenes of Swiss towns and countryside. The lounge restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, aperatifs, dinner and after dinner drinks. Some evenings there is a DJ, while on Saturday and Sunday brunch is served between 12 alle 16. The lunch and dinner menu offers dishes accompanied by Swiss cheeses, tartare, salads and crepes, many of which have Swiss names. Our favourites are the Helvetia crepe with gorgonzola, radicchio and walnuts, the Sankt Moritz crepe with mozzarella, ham and olive patè, the Nordica with marinated salmon, avocado, philadelphia and lime, as well as the desserts with fruits of the forest, cream cheese and other delicious combinations.   
Piazza Cavour Angolo Via Palestro
swisscorner@ccsi.it
02 76390698
"Things and cooking" is the motto of this Neopolitan  restaurant, temporary store and chic place hidden on the tree-lined street of Via Castel Morrone, ten minutes on foot from Porta Venezia. Gattò has two rooms as well as an outdoor area set up with tables and chairs in pale grey wood. The entrance area used to be a boutique, whereas now it is an area used for light dinners and aperatifs. Periodically artists and designers exhibit their work in this space and temporary sales of clothes, accessories and bags are held.The restaurant is family owned and the menu is typically Neopolitan, although dishes have been adapted so they are slightly lighter than traditional fare. The most popular dishes are the light parmigiana melanzane (made with grilled aubergines rather than fried ones), Neopolitan ragù, salted cod (baccalà) cooked with milk and oil, curry meat loaf (polpettone), tiramisù and pastiera napoletana at Easter! 
Via Castel Morrone 10 Milan
02 70006870
A few steps from Hotel Diana you will find Ca'puccino, a coffee chain store, named after Italy's most famous drink and renowned throughout the world. It opens at 7 am and closes at 8pm. Ca'puccino offers clients various solutions for breakfast, lunch, snack time and an aperativo as well as the unmissable brunch.The shop is very attractive and spacious with lots of tables, hanging lights, an attractive contrast of colours and a counter which is divided into two parts - one for breakfast with croissants and other delicious looking pastries and the other for savoury lunch specials.  When the weather is fine, Ca'puccino puts tables outside. Take advantage of the fast Wifi connection which you can log onto immediately (simply type in your name and you can surf the web without any hassle).Whether you want to have a quick coffee at the counter or want to linger for a chat with a friend or simply surf the Net, Ca'puccino is the place to go.
Via Malpighi 1, 20129 Milano
02 29533923
Located in Milan's ex-ice factory built in 1899, this warm and inviting concept store is very different from the minimalist design stores dotted around MIilan .  Nonostante Marras is one of those places where you will want to buy everything you see (whether or not it is on sale), from the Sardinian designer's clothes and accessories to the vintage objects, fashion and design books, furnishings, lamps and flowers. This is a great place to find inspiration when buying gifts or home furnishing. We love the "tree" in the centre of the room which is made from chests of drawers and recycled materials and used as bookshelves. If you find the shopping experience tiring, take time out to have a cup of tea in the tea room or some sardines in the café. 
Via Cola di Rienzo, 8 Milan
02 89075002
God save the food is a local neighbourhood bar, restaurant and shop.  It is  large,  luminous and very cool,  with a Scandinavian minimalist feel.  It is perfect for breakfast, a snack, lunch, an aperatif or just to shop. Don't miss out on brunch, which you can enjoy while sitting in a large white room with an open kitchen. It is also great for families with children (who are given pencils to colour with). Also note that God save the food offers free wi-fi.
Via Tortona, 34 20144 Milan
02 8373604
Florist, restaurant, bistrot and coffee bar combined, Fioraio Bianchi Caffé is truly unique. It is located in the centre of Milan and each day the premises are decked with fantastic floral arrangements which are on sale from 9am to 9pm. The restaurant serves traditional Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Look out for the new list of cupcakes that can be tasted any hour of the day in the coffee bar or purchased in a delightful gift box. 
Via Montebello, 7 20121 Milan
02 29014390
Gattullo is Just across the piazza from Corso Italia and located close to the Bocconi University and Navigli. Being a reference point for both young and old, its warm wood panelled interior is a great place to seek refuge in the winter for a  coffee, snack or aperatif; otherwise sit outside on the pavement in the warmer months and watch the world walk by. At lunch time it is hard to come by a table so get there early if you want to sample the delicious "panini" or dishes. Gattullo also makes amazing pastries, cakes and bisuits which you can sample on the premises or take-away to enjoy at home. Also, keep an eye out for the wonderful seasonal products and articles on display in Gattullo's window which make great presents, as well the assortment of dinnerware by brands such as Green Gate and Pip. At the weekends be prepared to fight for a place at the bar as people turn out in hoardes for breakfast to sample the delicious croissants filled with assorted jams, chocolate or cream. 
Piazzale di Porta Lodovica, 2 20136 Milan
info@gattullo.it
02 58310497
Sant Ambroeus is a must when visiting Milan. In-house dining maybe targeted at business clientele, but the mignon cakes, biscuits and coffee make it well worth a visit. You don't even have to break the bank if you stand and are served at the bar. It is a delight just to look at the amazing cakes in the window created by Sant Ambroeus' talented patisserie chefs. 
Corso Giacomo Matteotti, 7 20121 Milan
02 76000540
Feeling a little nostalgic about your summer holiday? When you sample Ciuri Ciuri's amazing Sicilian desserts and ice-cream, it will take you back to those sun-drenched days. The cannoli's are filled on the spot and are simply delicious.
Viale Gorizia, 3 20144 Milan
milanogenova@ciuri-ciuri.it
02 36565666

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