In front of Parco Solari, a lovely public garden with a covered municipal swimming pool inside, there is this charming coffee-library with a couple of tables outside.
This is one of my favorite places when I go to the Mercato di Papiniano (check the article), the biggest street market in Milan (Via Papiniano, Tue 07:30 – 13:00 & Saturday 07:30 – 17:00).
After the crowd and the noise of the stalls, I love to sit and sip a tea, a vegetable & fruit juice (try the apple, carrot and ginger one!) or a glass of wine surrounded by books. Lunch is also possible, although there are often so many people that it might take some time to be served.
This coffee shop is also a cultural association and hosts lectures and book presentations. It is owned and run by a couple that, bored of working for a bank and an insurance company, decided to create a meeting-place for enjoying the pleasures of life: food, drinks and culture.