When you start strolling around in NoLo, the first thing you notice is the diversity: you find Halal butchers in between Chinese restaurants and bohemian style bars. The fun part about NoLo is discovering nice places to go, where you don’t expect them.
Starting at the north end, one of the locations that stand out is the Cascina Martesana: a former farmhouse,immersed into the green of the “Parco della Martesana”, its outdoor area and bar is frequently home to live room-sized indie concerts in an intimate yet relaxed atmosphere over the entire summer and frequented plenty by students of the surrounding universities.
The “Salumeria del Design” instead, open all year long, is a great a location for the favourite habit of Milanese people, the so-called “Aperitivo”: practically a combination of drinks and tapas-style food before passing on to dinner (you probably already figured out, that Italian culture found plenty of time slots to nibble all around the clock).
Close by, walking down the seemingly quiet Via Rovetta from north to south will reveal not only a Centro Arci, one of many community-driven local bars and concert locations spread across the entire city but also restaurants such as the Manna, an untypically posh spot for the neighbourhood, serving classical Italian cuisine. Another staple is Trattoria da Abele featuring a different risotto each day.
On the south end of NoLo, you can find a variety of Chinese and Asian restaurants offering everything from handmade noodles to Hunan (Mao) or Cantonese cuisine.