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Cafe Populaire pop-up at Milan design week

Six delectable food and drink pop-ups at this year's Milan design week

As Milan design week continues, we've selected six pop-up spaces where you can grab a bite to eat while admiring the latest design launches in the Italian capital.

Included in the roundup are restaurant spaces temporarily overhauled by design brands, a cosy dining room set in a Milanese palace and a hot dog pop-up by Swedish retailer IKEA.

See Dezeen Events Guide's guide to Milan design week 2024 for details of the hundreds of events, installations and exhibitions taking place across the city and follow Dezeen LIVE for updates and exclusive previews from the team throughout the event.

Cafe Populaire pop-up at Milan design week
Above and top photo by Matteo Bellomo

Caffè Populaire by DWA Design Studio and Lambert & Fils

Italian practice DWA Design Studio and Montreal-based lighting studio Lambert & Fils have returned to Milan for the third edition of Caffè Populaire, a showcase of the brand's latest designs with complimentary aperitivo and food art.

Taking place in the studio and garden of DWA Design Studio from 14 to 18 April, the practic launched its Unico collection of vessels alongside the Isle lighting series by Lambert & Fils.

Aiming to create an immersive experience for visitors, food-art studio Ananas Ananas and designer Sophie Lou Jacobsen have created a bright orange food bar for the pop-up.

Via Giulio e Corrado Venini 85, Milan

Marimekko Unikko takeover at Milan design week
Photo by Sean Davidson

Bar Unikko by Marimekko & Apartamento

Finnish lifestyle brand Marimekko is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its Unikko print by turning the Bar Stoppani restaurant into a week-long pop-up space named Bar Unikko.

Created in collaboration with interiors publication Apartamento, large-scale prints of the iconic floral design will feature throughout the restaurant from 15 to 21 April, and visitors can purchase limited-edition Unikko espresso cups, coffee mugs and wooden trays.

Bar Stoppani, Via Antonio Stoppani 15, Milan

IKEA hot dogs
Photo by Jane Englefield

Hot Dog Extravaganza by IKEA

IKEA is offering visitors new takes on its classic hot dog dish, including plant-based, shrimp and ice cream hot dogs.

Served around long tables and picnic-style benches from 10am to 11pm local time, the retailer hopes it becomes a space where "strangers become friends".

Via Tortona 58, Milan

Time Travel exhibition at Milan design week
Photo by Alessandra Distaso

Time Travel by Nuova Group

Designed to provide "a "momentary Americana escape" from Milan, the Time Travel installation at the Via Stampa bistro was designed by California-based studio Nuova Group to take visitors back in time to 1971.

Nuova Group overhauled one of the main dining halls of the restaurant with an exhibition of limited-edition furniture and lighting, a dedicated Time Travel's bar and theatrical performances taking place from 13 to 21 April.

Via Stampa 8, Milan

Food at Milan design week
Photo by Anotherview

Trattoria Altra Vista by Anotherview

Art collective Anotherview set out to create a "lived-in" space at Milan's Palazzo Litta for the Trattoria Altra Vista installation, created in collaboration with Italian designers Analogia Project, Andrea Zambelli, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini, Matteo Di Ciommo, Duilio Forte and Simone Fanciullacci.

Taking place from 15 to 21 April, the installation aims to combine design, art, cuisine and lifestyle with a bar, a long dining table and a series of digital windows set up in a room in the baroque palace.

The space will host three exclusive dinners during Milan design week and will be open to the public during the day with talks and presentations.

Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta 24, Milan

Cabana restaurant takeover in Milan
Photo by Cabana

Sant Ambroeus takeover by Cabana

Italian lifestyle brand Cabana has launched its Toscana textile design in a coral hue for its takeover of the Sant Ambroeus restaurant.

The floral print has been added to the table cloths, napkins and curtains in the restaurant for the duration of Milan design week.

The restaurant's private dining room has also been permanently transformed by interior designer Ashley Hicks with colours and surfaces pulled from the Cabana magazine.

Sant Ambroeus, Corso Giacomo Matteotti 7, Milan

Milan design week 2024 takes place from 16 to 21 April 2023. See our Milan design week 2024 guide on Dezeen Events Guide for information about the many other exhibitions, installations and talks taking place throughout the week.