The World of Illy in Milan
By Giulia MineroA city reporter born and raised in Northern Italy keen on travels and culture, in love with Milan’s vitality. She collaborates with Where Milan to share her passions with international visitors and to promote the most thrilling experiences, to make each trip in the capital of fashion unique.
Espresso or – more widely speaking – lovers of fine Italian coffee should definitely pay a visit to Illy Caffè. A ‘must’ stopover for those who wish to savour top-quality coffee made from precious blends or purchase the full collection of Illy branded products such as coffee machines, coffee cups, including limited edition or designer collections, accessories or special tea or preserves selections.
Now that the coffee brand has increased its presence in the city, real gourmands can enjoy a unique coffee experience embracing the five senses in two trendy stores in the heart of the city, plus others located in some of the most vibrant areas just steps away from the hustle and bustle of the centre:
Illy Caffé Gae Aulenti
The innovative flagship store located in the vibrant piazza Gae Aulenti spread over 200 s.m and two storeys is the place to be for those in search of a quiet venue to sip delicious coffee creations in a relaxed atmosphere. Besides coffee, the real jewel in the crown of the brand, Illy Caffè Gae Aulenti also boasts a rich gastronomic offer, skilfully adapted to the different times of the day, featuring a selection of sweet treats for an invigorating breakfast or to be paired with a cup of tea or hot chocolate for a tasty afternoon break. Moreover, the store features a selection of salads, cold cuts and cheeses for a quick lunch or hot bistro recipes, plus the traditional aperitivo ritual or the truly Milanese appointment with the Sunday brunch.
Open Mon-Wes 7.30am-8pm; Thurs-Fri 7.30am-9pm; Sat 9.30am-11pm and Sun 9.30am-9pm.
Sunday brunch 12pm-3pm.
Piazza Gae Aulenti
M2 (green line) – M5 (purple line) Garibaldi F.S
T: +39 02 65560331
Illy Caffé Montenapoleone
The second born Milanese store of the Trieste-based company has found its seat in the heart of Montenapoleone fashion and design district. Nestled in an elegant and relaxing inner courtyard this meeting point for savvy gourmets is the perfect place for a post-shopping pick-me-up. Here, coffee is the absolute protagonist, the result of an accurate selection of fine grains mixed and matched to create a unique flavour which can be enjoyed in all its variations, from espresso to cappuccino, as well as fanciful gourmet creations. Lunch is also the perfect time to enjoy a break at Illy, whose menu also features a selection of seasonal delicacies and quick meal options, which can also be savoured in the elegant patio and followed, in summer by the distinctive Illycrema, refreshing and soft iced coffee cream.
>> Check our article on the new opening here
Open daily 8am-11pm
Via Montenapoleone, 19
M1 (red line) San Babila
T: +39 02 83549386
Illy c/o Il Centro
Lovers of shopping and coffee at the same time might find the right destination to satisfy both their whims at Il Centro. The majestic shopping mall located just a stone’s throw from Milan is indeed home to a special Illy corner where shopping addicts in search of an energising pause can savour the best of Illy coffee-made creations, foamy latte beautiful works of art and Illycrema. Moreover, the most demanding ones who wish to enjoy a top-quality coffee experience can opt to purchase one of the brand’s coffee machines and, why not, a collection of designer limited edition coffee cups, to experience a true bar-style coffee ritual even at their homes.
>> Read our article to discover Il Centro
Open daily 9am-10pm.
Via Giuseppe Eugenio Luraghi, 11
Arese [roughly 20km from Milan]
External links: www.illy.com