A concept store, flower shop, restaurant and concert venue – all rolled into one – Potafiori is the brainchild of florist and jazz singer Rosalba Piccinni. It is a multisensory experience in every way. The space holds weekly concerts, during which guests can sample the seasonal ‘cibofiori’ surrounded by the luscious botanical art installations. Also on sale are homeware, books and clothes that celebrate Piccinni’s relationship with botanicals.
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Mint Garden Cafe
With plants and flowers in every aperture, the ethereal Mint Garden offers exceptional food, coffee and wine from breakfast until the early hours. Owners Renato and Lucia wasted no time in turning their small shop into one of Milan’s best-loved bistros. The menu is full of Italian staples, enhanced by earthy elements and organic ingredients.
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The gold standard of greenhouse restaurants, Michelin-starred Al Fresco is a showroom and allotment as well as an eatery and wine bar located inside a former warehouse. An eclectic mix of rustic charm and urban sophistication, the menu features home-grown produce with an international twist. The inner courtyard is a delight in any season.
Capra e Cavoli
If anyone can take on the ‘twee’ theme and make it chic, it’s the Milanese. This fairytale restaurant serves the best vegan/vegetarian brunch in town, with flowers and charms that hang from the ceilings and lovingly adorned patchwork tables. The buffet is sumptuous, full of creative dishes that you’ll long to recreate. Booking essential at weekends.
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Designed to be a union of country and city dining, this low-key gourmet restaurant has a bucolic charm. The terrace is warm and inviting in the winter months, offering spectacular views over the fields that lie beyond. The 6-course menu is packed with northern Italian food from the Slow Food® movement, ensuring an atmosphere of utmost relaxation.
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