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An abandoned ex-garage has been transformed into Upcycle, a bike café inspired by Northern European examples, and according to a favourite Milanese term-of-the-moment, it is very “hipster”. Large tables welcome diners, readers or even workers, there is a bar with delicacies abound, and several comfy areas to kick back and relax. The owners wanted to create a space where people could meet and socialize, rather than a bar where consumption was obligatory in order to sit and stay. Upcycle also organizes concerts, special events, cultural presentations and of course, cycling groups! Upcycle is not like other bars: it is a gathering place, dedicated not only to cyclers, but anyone who lives sustainably. Those who drive cars or scooters are welcome as well, as there is parking behind the space and a ramp that leads up to the relaxing, and relaxed, locale, where spending time is pure pleasure.

Upcycle promotes using bicycles, but further, a more relaxed life outside of the home, much like the Northern Europeans. Photo S’Notes - www.s-notes.net
I proprietari si sono ispirati al LookMumNoHands, un bike cafè di Londra. Foto S’Notes - www.s-notes.net
The owners were inspired by LookMumNoHands, a bike café in London, Photo S’Notes - www.s-notes.net
I lunghi tavoli invitano a scambiare quattro chiacchiere con i vicini, a lavorare in team o a prendersi un caffè da soli ma senza sentirsi soli! Foto S’Notes - www.s-notes.net
The long tables invite people to socialize with their neighbor, to work in teams, or even have a coffee alone without actually feeling alone. Photo S’Notes - www.s-notes.net
Senza l’ansia della consumazione obbligatoria, Upcycle è il posto ideale per lavorare, leggere e fare amicizia con i vicini di tavolo. Foto S’Notes - www.s-notes.net
Without obligatory consumption and the anxiety it brings, Upcycle is an ideal place to work, read, and make friends with tablemates. Photo S’Notes - www.s-notes.net
Upcycling significa riconvertire materiali di scarto in qualcosa di nuovo. In un certo senso, il recupero del garage di via Ampére fatto da Upcycle segue lo stesso concetto. Foto S’Notes - www.s-notes.net
Upcycling is the conversion of trash into something new. The conversion of the garage on via Ampére follows this concept. Photo S’Notes - www.s-notes.net
Situato tra Lambrate e Città Studi, il locale è in una delle zone più vive e giovani di Milano. Foto S’Notes - www.s-notes.net
The bar is found between Lambrate and Città Studi, one of the younger areas in Milan. Photo S’Notes - www.s-notes.net

WHERE: Via Andrea Maria Ampère, 59, Milano

An abandoned ex-garage has been transformed into Upcycle, a bike café inspired by Northern European examples, and according to a favourite Milanese term-of-the-moment, it is very “hipster”. Large tables welcome diners, readers or even workers, there is a bar with delicacies abound, and several comfy areas to kick back and relax. The owners wanted to create a space where people could meet and socialize, rather than a bar where consumption was obligatory in order to sit and stay. Upcycle also organizes concerts, special events, cultural presentations and of course, cycling groups! Upcycle is not like other bars: it is a gathering place, dedicated not only to cyclers, but anyone who lives sustainably. Those who drive cars or scooters are welcome as well, as there is parking behind the space and a ramp that leads up to the relaxing, and relaxed, locale, where spending time is pure pleasure.

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