Point your compass to Nordest for great cocktails & aperitivo

The atmosphere changes throughout the course of the day, but the pleasure of coffee remains.

A café that appreciates art and coffee. An aperitivo that puts others to shame. Live music. Sunday brunch. Tasty cocktails. Do yourself a favor and add Nordest to your long list of reasons to visit Milan’s Isola neighborhood.

Named for its geographic position from the Duomo, Nordest is frequented by locals who fancy a laid-back atmosphere and good food.


Morning coffee is followed hours later by a lunch menu consisting of burgers and pizza, among an array of other tasty dishes. Aperitivo is served every day from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., offering a wider spread than many other establishments in Milan.


Photo Credit: Nordestcaffe.com

You’re invited to stay and relax for as long as you like. Every Thursday, as well as the last Sunday of the month, you can enjoy live jazz while you sip a cocktail.

Up to 70 people can sit outside when the weather is nice or when you’ve had enough drinks to forget it’s actually quite cold outside.


Brunch is served on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. You can opt for the full option or choose a single course from the menu.

Nordest showcases rotating art exhibitions on the walls of its sharp interior, if you fancy adding a bit of culture to your visit. Otherwise, just sit back and enjoy the delicious food and drink.

Top tip: Try the mojitos. Nordest specializes in a number of twists on the classic cocktail.

Address: Via Borsieri, 35

Lynsey Free

Lynsey Free is founder and editor of Postcards from Milan. As a freelance journalist and copywriter, her work has been published on RT.com, RT television, Sky News, News Corp sites, and MyFox channels. She is based in Milan, Italy.

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