First week in Milan and you have no idea where you should go to grab lunch or a cup of cappuccino? Here is a short list of places situated near campus that are famous among Bocconians for the delicious food they offer and their pleasant atmosphere.

  • Sushi Koboo
    Address: Viale Col di Lana 1
    Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 12:00-2:30pm and 7:30-11:30pm
    If you want to get great fresh sushi at reasonable prices you need to stop at Sushi Koboo. The atmosphere is amazing and the staff is very friendly.  However, not all waitresses speak English, so looking up some basic Italian phrases might be useful before going to the restaurant.
    Prices for pre-set menus for lunch: 13-18 euros.
    Credit cards are accepted.
  • Student studying at a coffee shopCalifornia Bakery
    Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 8:00am-12:00am, Sunday: 9:00am-12:00am
    Wifi connection is avaialble.
    This is a very popular café, especially for brunch. Their food is decent. It is famous for its delicious pancakes, bagels, cheesecakes and chocolate cakes.
    However, the place is quite small, so if you want to go there for a brunch during the weekend, you should make a reservation.
    Prices are quite high, but it is worth it.
  • Reef Café
    Address: Corner of Viale Bligny and Via Bocconi
    Wifi connection is available.
    A very small café where people who haven’t found a place in Taxi Blues will usually go to grab lunch or a cup of coffee. It offers really good paninis (Eifel especially) and coffee at very decent prices. The café also offers aperitivo from 6:30 till 9:00pm.
  • Bocconi Giusti
    Address: Viale Bligny 26
    Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-9:00pm
    This is the best place for take out pizza and is very popular among students that don’t have a lot of time.
    If you only have a half-an-hour break between lectures, go there and grab a delicious slice of pizza that will kill your hunger pains.
    Prices: 2-3 euros per slice of pizza
  • Capuccino and pastriesSelf-service canteen
    Bocconi University Dormitories
    Address: Via Bocconi 12
    Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 12:00-2:30pm and 7:00-8:30pm
    This Bocconi canteen offers quite a nice variety of food at cheap prices. The menu consists of main courses, entrées, salads and the desert/water costs only €5.50. The staff are lovely and accommodating. However, only a few workers speak English.
    The place itself is very clean and white. There is a small garden.

Aperitifs
Milano is famous for its aperitivos. Every evening from about 6 to 10 pm there’s a Happy Hour in all the bars/cafes in Milan. All you need to do is choose the place you like, choose a drink you like, pay a fixed amount (usually 8-10 euros) and you can eat everything you want from the buffet at the bar. However, most of the good places for aperitivo are outside the Bocconi area and it takes time to get there. So what should you do if you suddenly feel hungry and there is nothing in the fridge? Here are some places where you can have aperitivo around Bocconi.

  • Exotic
    Address: Viale Bligny 21
    In my opinion it’s not the best place to go for aperitivo if you want to have a nice evening with your friends since the atmosphere is not the most pleasant one.
    However it has a wide selection of snacks, so you can definitely come here whenever you feel hungry.
    Cocktails are mediocre, but there are several big screens, so it might be a nice place to watch a football match.
    Cost: €10
  • Refeel
    Address: Viale Sabotino 20
    It’s a cozy place for aperitivo that offers a buffet full of pasta, pizza-slices and so on.  The food is delicious and cocktails are pretty good. The atmosphere is really pleasant.
    Cost: €10
  • Venti136
    Address: corner of Viale Bligny and Via Roentgen
    Opening hours: Open every day except Sunday
    Wifi connection is available.
    Venti136 is a very good-looking place. The interior is chic and the atmosphere is relaxed and fun. It’s a nice place to grab a coffee or a snack during the day. In the evening it converts into a busy music bar. The café offers aperitivo from 7 pm till 10 pm with good music and good selection of drinks.
    Cost: €8

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