Escape to Japan from Milan with a Quick Coffee Stop
The Tenoha café in Milan stands out from the crowd for two reasons; firstly, co-working spaces are rare in the centre of the Italian fashion capital, but also because Tenoha’s décor will leave you feeling like you’ve travelled 5,600 miles just by opening the front door. Located in a former wallpaper factory measuring 8,000 ft2, the café is in the heart of the Navigli district near the canals.
While a number of the design elements were created by the Italian architectural cabinet Park Associati, the project was made in collaboration with the Japanese owner Hiroshi Sato. The aim? Simply to create a space where Milan and Tokyo might meet. As the owner of a number of cafés in his native Japan, Sato wanted his Milan space to exude a similar esthetic, all the while utilising materials firmly anchored in Italian culture.
The result is impressive, more than a simple café, the space is dedicated to Japanese culture in all its forms. The shop has on offer a range of glassware, stationary and products imported directly from Japan. The restaurant menu was conceived by the chef Hideyuki Manaka, the owner of Tokyo’s Italian restaurant Da Fiore, and features dishes such as tonkatsu pork cutlets, udon noodles or yuzu tofu salad. I think we will try all three.
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