You know already that we love books. We also tend to look at the world through the eyes of a writer or a journalist to try to understand it more clearly. Well, we always liked reading! Even so, since we moved to Milano we started to fall in love with bookstores! When we moved to Milano new independent bookstores started to pop up like mushrooms. They started to become more and more multifunctional locations where you can either ask for an opinionated suggestion from the bookseller, sip a cocktail or warm up with a tea while working at your thesis or latest project. They are vibrant places! Are you ready to dip into Milan’s best bookstores?
Our favourite bookstores in Milano
Gogol & Company: the pioneers
This is the pioneer of the new wave of independent bookstores in Milano. It opened in a pretty suburban area of Milano and it changed the appeal of the neighbourhood (at least for me) with its presence: I would definitely move to this area just to live nearer to Gogol & company. It is both a library and a cafe; you can literally spend the whole day here studying or working surrounded by the books. Also, the booksellers’ suggestions are the best!
Address: Via Savona 101, Milano
Verso: the insiders
Verso was opened a couple of years ago by a group of friends who works in the publishing sector: publishing house owners, editors and so on. It is located near Colonne di San Lorenzo, in a lively area that you can reach with 15 minutes walk from Duomo di Milano. I couldn’t be happier to see such a good bookstore opening in the city center and near my place! The selection is great, the bookstore features a cafè and tons of events.
Neighbourhood: Colonne di San Lorenzo
Address: corso di Porta Ticinese 40, Milano
Piazza Fontana Bookstall: the convenient travel guides
This one is the place where I buy all my Lonely Planets guides with a 40% discount. Shhh… it’s a secret!
Address: in front of Bar Cimmino (this cafe is where you can drink the best caffè napoletano in Milano, and eat the best Babà)
Open: bookstore and co-working
Open is amazing because it is one of the last bookstores surviving in Porta Romana neighborhood and it is also a co-working and a design cafè. It is a very nice place to meet a friend, work and buy a book, all at the same time!
Neighbourhood: Porta Romana
Address: Viale Monte Nero, 6
10 Corso Como Bookshop: art e glam
Are you an art lover? Well, then 10 Corso Como Bookstore (on the 2nd floor of the homonymous shop) is made for you! They have a crazily wide selection of exhibition catalogues and books about art. Also, in front of the bookstore, on the same level, there is Galleria d’Arte Carla Sozzani which always feature interesting exhibitions and if you climb up the stair you reach the rooftop of the building; here you can have an amazing view of the newly built skyscrapers of Porta Garibaldi area.
Neighbourhood: Porta Garibaldi
Address: Corso Como, 10 Milano
B**k: not only children’s books
It is a tiny bookstore in the most hipster (off the beaten path and lovely) neighbourhood of Milano, Isola. I love it because it is a unique and brave enterprise! When you enter it looks like a children’s bookstore, and it actually is. But that’s not it! B**k is a bookstore where you breathe the love they have for illustration, graphic novels and creativity in general. Don’t miss it out!
Address: Via Luigi Porro Lambertenghi, 20
Which one was your favourite? Let me know in the comments after you visit Milano!
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