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Historic pastry shops with vintage furniture, new openings by talented, trendy pastry chefs and luxury Milanese institutions where you can enjoy something for just €3 – so, don’t have breakfast in the hotel!
In Italy, coffee is always good! Wrong. That’s why finding a bar for breakfast that combines good confectionary and excellent espresso is not that easy.
Espresso is a commodity, to be served at the counter and drunk in one gulp, without even knowing the coffee blend. Today, however, things are changing, and the culture of having a coffee sitting down relaxing, working or simply seeing a friend has become a new trend. It sounds almost amusing if we think about how Starbucks has spread successfully around the world, but in Italy it will only arrive in 2018, in Milan, and until a few years ago, people didn’t even know what filter coffee was. But historic pastry shops are still here, where time seems to stand still and the Christmas panettone is served all year round.
Peck is an institution for the Milanese people as the city’s most famous (and luxurious) deli with an authentic gastronomic café in the heart of the shop. Drink real espresso, made of 5 different Arabica freshly ground coffee beans and a butter croissant. But the real specialty is the Veneziana cake. All for € 3.30.
Recently renovated, the pastry shop in via Montenapoleone is now part of the LVMH group (but nothing has changed inside). Order a traditional sandwich and sit in the internal courtyard designed in the late 17th century by Piermarini, the same architect who designed the Teatro alla Scala.
New trendy pastry shop, decorated with second-hand furniture, hosted by tattooed men and serving divine desserts: the panettone is delicious, as well as the Centossessanta brioche with la Rossa jam. The cappuccino is great and for those who want a taste of childhood, there is a glass of milk + dark chocolate and chocolate chips.
Old Milan style, vintage, timeless, with a legendary rice pudding and delicious pastries. Panettone all year round, even to take home as a souvenir.
The Darsena is Milan’s new harbour and a quiet location on the water (in the Navigli district). Home-made pastries, cakes and a divine chocolate, hazelnut and caramel Caprese cake. But the best part comes after 10.30 am: a Ligurian-style breakfast with Genovese focaccia.