Bianchi Café & Cy­cles Mi­lano

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Ben Andrew

ikes, cof­fee, Italy. Is there a more quin­tes­sen­tial tri­fecta for a cy­clist? The Bianchi Café & Cy­cles shop is a must-visit for those vis­it­ing Mi­lan, Italy. Lo­cated a short walk east of the stun­ning Duomo di Mi­lano, the Bianchi Café & Cy­cles Mi­lano of­fers an in­cred­i­ble mix of tasty bev­er­ages, de­lec­ta­ble din­ing and, of course, a plethora of Ce­leste-coloured Bianchi bikes.

The Bianchi Café & Cy­cles in Mi­lan is the sixth such out­let to open, fol­low­ing the first branch that was opened in Stock­holm in 2010. Since Bianchi Café & Cy­cles Stock­holm was opened, a shop in Tokyo and four more lo­ca­tions in Swe­den have also sprung up. Al­though Bianchi’s head­quar­ters is cur­rently in Tre­viglio, only 20 kilo­me­tres out­side of Mi­lan, the first Bianchi Café & Cy­cles was opened in Stock­holm be­cause owner Sal­va­tore Grimaldi, who bought Bianchi in 1997, has lived in the Scan­di­na­vian coun­try since 1952.

“Grimaldi wanted to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial. He wanted to bring to­gether the best bikes in the world and the best food in the world,” ex­plains Mi­lan store man­ager Kon­rad Iarussi.

Upon en­ter­ing the slid­ing glass door of the Mi­lan lo­ca­tion, one is im­me­di­ately met with the warm aroma of cof­fee, with espresso shots be­ing pulled from a sleek square bar in the mid­dle of the en­trance. Pas­tries adorn the coun­ter­tops, while cy­cling mem­o­ra­bilia hangs from the walls. Far­ther back be­hind the espresso bar is a din­ing room. The Café opens early for break­fast and cof­fee, while full meals are avail­able for din­ner. Al­though it isn’t over­pow­er­ing, Bianchi’s sig­na­ture Ce­leste ties the en­tire space to­gether.

Ven­tur­ing down­stairs, vis­i­tors are greeted with a Bianchi re­tail and ser­vice shop, which car­ries a full range of Bianchi bikes and of­fers me­chan­i­cal and bike-fit ser­vices. Cy­cling kit as well as other ac­ces­sories are also avail­able for pur­chase, all in all mak­ing the Café the per­fect stop for cy­clists while vis­it­ing Mi­lan.

Whether you are look­ing for a quick caf­feine fix or are in the mar­ket for a new ride, the Bianchi Café & Cy­cles is a must when in Mi­lan.

Al­though it isn’t over­pow­er­ing, Bianchi’s sig­na­ture Ce­leste ties the en­tire space to­gether.

Bianchi Café & Cy­cles Mi­lano of­fers a great mix of bev­er­ages, din­ing and Bianchi bikes and ac­ces­sories.

A sleek square bar in the mid­dle of the en­trance wel­comes you.

This cozy at­mos­phere in­cludes a Bianchi re­tail and ser­vice shop.

Tasty pas­tries adorn the coun­ter­tops.

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