Colibrì Milan

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Colibrì – A cozy literary coffee shop

Back in my Uni years (“only” 15 years ago, gosh!) I had a dream: that I would pontificate with my friends about the best translation of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land while enjoying an Americano sitting on a sofa, as seen on TV.

A few years later, I get my MA and move on to real life, and there comes a dreamy coffee shop 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, in via Laghetto. 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, or 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.

To be honest, I think it’s a bit too expensive to have lunch here, but if you’ve just passed that damn exam, it could be worth the treat, wouldn’t it? The barley and spelt salad and the carpaccio are the most popular dishes.

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 too in the near future!

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Details about this spot



Via Laghetto 9, Milan

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Opening Times

Mon 08:00 - 22:00, Tue - Fri 08:00 - 00:00, Sat 15:00 - 00:00


Barley salad: € 13


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