Back in my Uni years (“only” 15 years ago, gosh!) I had this dream where I would pontificate with my friends about the best translation of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land or something while enjoying an Americano sitting on a sofa, as seen on the best sit-coms.
A few years later, I get my MA and move on to real life, and there comes a dreamy cafè that also sells lovely books: I’m talking about Colibrì, the literary coffee shop that might as well be my dream come true.
Colibrì is close to the main branch of the Università Statale di Milano. There’s another coffee place not far from here, but it doesn’t have half the personality Colibrì has. This is a small and colourful bookshop/bar/bistrot that is comforting enough when your brain hurts from reading too much Hegel, and serves as the coziest post-lecture aperitivo place. Morning to evening, there’s always a good excuse to pop in and browse between the books or have a slice of that wonderful cheesecake they serve.
The barley+spelt salad and the carpaccio are the most popular dishes. To be honest, I think it’s a bit too expensive to have lunch here, especially if you’re a student, but if you’ve just passed that awfully difficult exam, it could be worth the treat, wouldn’t it?
Back in my Uni years, in my dreams we also had bunks to sleep in between the lectures. See if they can make that happen in the near future too!