If there was one thing that was probably created with your Instagram feed in mind, it just might be Bar Luce in Milan. The place oozes adorable, from the perfect pastries to the movie-themed pinball machines down to the simple napkins with pretty pink script writing.
Yes, there is a cafe Wes Anderson created in Italy, and yes, we know you have to go to there, because that's basically exactly what I said when photos started popping up in my newsfeed about a month ago. Imagine my excitement when I realized that not only was it cute beyond reason, but that it was within a reasonable drive from my house. Girls' day trip: engage.
My amazing sisters came to visit a few weeks ago, and I oh-so smartly told my sister that it would be totally okay for her to fly into Milan, because I fly out of Milan sometimes for trips and it was definitely doable for me to pick her up at the airport. Two and a half begrudging hours in the car later (her airport is on the opposite side of the city and not the airport I usually go to!), we embrace at the airport and set off to Bar Luce to make this trek worth while. Also: coffee to fight jet lag and highway hypnosis.
And yes, Bar Luce lived up to all the worthwhile praise it's getting all over the internet; my eyes could not handle all the cute. We sat down after gawking through the windows at the Fondazione Prada where the cafe is located and were greeted by a waiter who was definitely hired based on his uncanny similarity to Gustave from the Grand Budapest Hotel (is Bar Luce secretly just Mendl's? Probably). Then, it was time for caffè shakeratos (you know they're our new favorite), pastries including a cherry-flavored crostata (pie) and a carmel-filled krafen, and sifting through a giant menu of amazing-sounding sandwiches. We settled on the exstasy for me (it was good) and the penelope for sister Annie (she thought it was too salty).
So, if you find yourself in Milan, make sure you swing by the Expo and then make a pitstop sometime at Bar Luce and selfie your cares away. Instagram the shit out of your coffee drink while you pretend you're a Tenenbaum. Extra points if you dress in character.