On Milan’s Chinatown – that stretches around Via Paolo Sarpi – there are many misconceptions.
Maybe because this neighborhood, although very central, is little known and is sometimes seen with some distrust.
Here are 3 reasons why you should take a tour in Chinatown District:
Most of the people think that Milan’s Chinatown District is a recent phenomenon.
Wrong: the Chinese community started settling here in the 1920s, devoting mainly to silk processing. A second and more influential influx took place in the ’90s, with far more visible consequences on the appearance of the neighborhood.
Another widespread opinion is that in Paolo Sarpi street live only Oriental people.
Unlike other Chinatowns – such as in New York, London or Toronto – most of residents are still Italian, while commercial shops belong to Chinese citizens.
Via Paolo Sarpi has undergone the so-called creolization: the process of assimilation in which neighboring cultures share certain features to form a new distinct culture.
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Not only Chinese business, but also startups and coworking and comfy spaces.
We suggest you Sarpi Otto, where you can sit talking about work, sipping a coffee or having lunch breaks. Or continue to work, with your pc switched on. Spacious and bright spaces combine Scandinavian aesthetic taste with a bit of green cheer. Taste the appetizers, maybe at the end of the day or between emails and phone calls.
If you want to feel like at home, try Presso, an experience store where you can come to work, for a breakfast browsing the press review, for an hour relax with your book or to connect wi-fi with the world.
We want to offer to design and food lovers the opportunity to experience high-quality design and high quality Made in Italy in an elegant, innovative and welcoming environment. Like and beyond your own home.
Valeria Baggia, Presso CEO
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In 2016 Milan inaugurated the new building by Herzog & de Meuron Studio, who has completely redesigned the area of Milan never recovered after the bombing of ’43.
The starting point was the long and linear stretch of typical Lombard farms:
We wanted to create something very traditional and very modern, which could be simple but also surprising. The real surprise is in normality.
This building hosts Fondazione Feltrinelli, a study and research center and the new Microsoft headquarters, just in front of the ruins of the Spanish walls of Milan: history and contemporary design in the same place.