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Breaking News: American Students Leave Their Rooms to Study

October 23, 2016

For a city with a bar/café on every corner, it can be difficult to find a café similar to Starbucks where it’s acceptable to pull out a laptop and study. As American students, we’re used to having libraries on our campuses and other various places that are study-friendly. In Italy, most university students study at home. In response to the struggle of finding the perfect study spot in Milan among IES Abroad students, I did a little field research and compiled a list of my favorite places that I discovered. The best part is not only are they great places to study (all with free wifi of course) but they also serve delicious food in case you need a study-break snack. Most of these locations are under the radar so keep your eyes open when attempting to find them!

1. Mood - Via Andrea Solari, 2

  • Walking distance from the IES Abroad Center or one stop by metro
  • Right next to the beautiful Parco Solari
  • Outdoor seating
  • Wide variety of baked goods and full menu


2. Scriptorium Café - Via Sant’Agnese, 12

  • Right next to Catolica and IES Abroad center
  • Great lunch options
  • Has a room specifically for study tables
  • Open from 8 am - 7:30 pm, closed on weekends


3. Dahlia Lab Milano - Via Ferdinando Bocconi, 4

  • Right next to Bocconi
  • Open every day of the week from 7:30 am -10 pm
  • Offers aperitivo and gelato (!)


4. Mint - Viale Bligny, 15

  • Right next to Bocconi

  • Asian cuisine/sushi

  • Open Monday-Saturday from 7 am - 9 pm


5. oTTo - Via Paolo Sarpi, 8

  • In the heart of Brera
  • Busy around lunch time and late evenings
  • Open every day of the week from 10-2 am


6. Gogol & Company - Via Savona, 101

  • Accessible from Porta Genova by a quick tram ride 
  • Open from 9 am -10 pm, closed on Mondays
  • Bookstore, café, and study space 


7. Open - Viale Monte Nero, 6

  • Near the Porta Romana metro stop
  • Open from 9 am - 9 pm, closed on Sundays
  • Café, bookstore, and coworking space 

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