I celebrated my birthday weekend last month in Milan with my boyfriend M, a quiet weekend just the two of us exploring the city, visiting museums and shops (the Memphis showroom was closed though!), and eating gelato. We reserved July 24 – my birthday – for the best part of our trip: a birthday fika at a cafe that Wes Anderson designed himself: the magnificent, pastel-coloured Bar Luce at Fondazione Prada. I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time now, being a big fan of his movies.

It was everything I ever dreamed of and more: a pink and green colour palette, a candy bar (!!!), pink marzipan cakes, an ice cream station, pinball games in the theme of his movies, formica furniture combined with elegant dark wood, USB charging slots on the walls, and an excellent staff whose sleek looks and gentle manners could rival those at the Grand Budapest Hotel. I love it!

Check out my photos and make sure to visit this gem of a cafe next time you’re in Milan.

Fika Friday explores the world’s most beautiful and inspiring cafes. Fika, is a Swedish social and culinary concept which comes close to a coffee break, and usually involves a piece of cake or sandwich. What makes it more special is that Swedes see it as an almost-sacred time to relax, unwind and have a cosy conversation with friends, colleagues, one’s self, or a special someone. It’s the cosy factor that sets it apart. Have a tip? Send me a message!