I’m quite proud of having discovered this new place dedicated to bike riders and Scandinavian style lovers. It is not easy to find: no banner outside, no signs, absolutely nothing until you arrive at the entrance: a concrete slope with bike racks. The fact that you have to discover it is quite typical of Milan: in the city of the Italian advertising industry it is considered posh to be hidden to the crowds, so that only few know about you … and then pass the word on to friends, friends of friends and so on till the place becomes popular.
Upcycle is located in a former garage (this is the reason for the concrete slope and the name). The eating area is a long, rectangular lounge with big windows and pipes all around (even the table legs are made of pipes). There are three long wooden tables that go from one side to the other and everyone sits beside strangers, as is apparently common in the northern countries (not in Italy).
Upcycle has delicious home made cakes (try the Bavarese, a cream and strawberry cake with a dark chocolate biscuit base) and Scandinavian dishes. Food is delicious but don’t go if you are in a hurry: waiters are really friendly but extremely slow, and this is done on purpose to make this a social place, not an eat-and-run bar.
Live music every Sunday evening from 18:00 – 21:00.