A place to stay without the anxiety of eating. Where you can read and work without the pressure of time. Where a word with a stranger is the norm. Where the food is simple and unpretentious, but always genuine. Where you can ask for the bathroom without necessarily ordering a coffee. Where you can go (and stay) by yourself without feeling judged. Where you can rediscover the meaning and taste of shared time.
It’s not exactly Amsterdam, but the people of Milan still love to cycle. Those spending their commutes on two wheels have their own sanctuary in the middle of the city, where they can grab a cup of java among their fellow bike lovers. But even if you haven’t been on a bike since you were a kid, you’ll still be welcomed at Upcycle.
Located in a former garage, the café isn’t the easiest place to find. But once you spot the concrete ramp lined in bike wheels, you’ll know you’re in the right place.
Two long wooden tables generate a communal vibe, and the staff are more than happy to be there. Upcycle serves up a mean coffee and pastry, and even offers dinner, but its services don’t end there.
It’s also a screening room for cycling races. It’s a point of repair, training, and information on bike maintenance. It’s a co-working space for creatives who reject the notion of spending 40 hours a week in a stuffy office.
The café’s philosophy is one that can surely be shared by anyone who dreams of a more accessible Milan.
“We want a city more livable, more viable, and more breathable, and we know that such a city can only be reached by bicycle,” Upcycle writes on its website.
Even your pooch can take part of the vision, with Upcycle advertising on its door that it is extremely dog friendly.
Address: Via Andrea Maria Ampère, 59