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My 10 Favourite Breakfasts in Milan

It is very important to kick off the day well, so here is a list of 10 cafés in Milan for a good start of the day!

Here are my 10 favourite breakfasts in the city!


Pasticceria Castelnuovo Breakfast Milan A Place in Milan

Croissant and cappuccino at Pasticceria Castelnuovo | © Caterina Zanzi

It has been a place of reference in the city for 67 years now and I discovered it behind the not very central via Lorenteggio only few months ago. Since then, I go back as soon as I can during my weekends for a great breakfast and to buy the classical pastries for Sunday evening. Here you’ll find more than 40 different types of freshly baked pastries and croissants to start your day in the best way possible, besides the ‘torta Enrico’, specialty of the house, a cake with pears, chocolate and cinnamon. It is paradise for sweets lovers, but also for their wallet: very honest prices, impossible to find them elsewhere.

PASTICCERIA CASTELNUOVO. Via dei Tulipani 18, Milan. +39 02 48950168.


Pavè Breakfast Milan A Place in Milan

Breakfast at Pavè | © Caterina Zanzi

I was one of the first fans of Pavè: way before it turned into a hipster place at any time of day and night, before it became impossible to find a free table, before it turned into the most pronounced word in Milan, well it was one of my favourite spots for breakfast. This place behind Porta Venezia offers mainly oven baked products, all in the name of sour dough. There are cakes, cookies and most of all there are butter croissants with jams and Madagascar vanilla creams (the best one the famous ‘160’). A piece of advice? If you happen to be here at Christmas time don’t miss their panettone: simply amazing!

PAVÈ. Via Felice Casati 27, Milan. +39 02 94392259. Open every day (Tue/Fri 8:00-20:00 and Sat/Sun 8:30-19:00) except on Mondays.


Cantun de Milan Breakfast Milan A Place in Milan

A morning at Cantun De Milan| © Caterina Zanzi

Zero marketing, zero advertising, zero presentation and 100% quality. It is one of my favourite breakfasts in Milan, Cantun de Milan deserves it and it is just behind De Angeli. I found it by chance thanks to a friend who lives close by, I found it and never left it since. The staff are very nice and polite, they offer smiles and pastries and the tranquillity is the typical one of a neighborhood café. Honest prices and no frills. The cappuccino is very good and I already can’t wait to be back.

CANTUN DE MILAN. Via Rubens 3, Milan.


Cantun de Milan Breakfast Milan A Place in Milan

Pasticceria Cucchi| © Caterina Zanzi

There is a reason Cucchi is on the list of the Historical Cafés in Italy. This café represents a piece of Milan, they have stayed at the same address since 1936, on the corner between Corso Genova and Piazza Resistenza Partigiana. You notice it by the clientele represented mainly by the old Milanese ladies, by the waiters wearing a uniform and by the prices of the time the crisis hadn’t arrived yet. But anyway I feel it should be on my list because it a like a journey back in time followed by a walk in the neighborhood.

PASTICCERIA CUCCHI. Corso Genova 1, Milan. +39 02 89409793. Open every day from 7:00 to 22:00.


Pasticceria Giacomo Breakfast Milan A Place in Milan

Pasticceria Giacomo Milano | © Gianmarco Grimaldi

Judging by the pastries I have tried, Giacomo – the historcal place in via Sottocorno with a ‘dépendance’ in Piazza Duomo – get it right whether we are talking about savour or sweet choices. Entering you are offered a wide range of delicious choices: they don’t offer coffee service, but it is ok for quickly grabbing a morning pastry. The interior resembles a Parisian boulangerie or, simply, an Italian pasticceria of the olden days. If you pass by don’t miss the house specialty, the famous ‘bomba di Giacomo’ – ‘Giacomo’s bomb’ (a delicious puff pastry filled with mascarpone cream and wild strawberries) or the tarte tatin: for real connoisseurs!

PASTICCERIA GIACOMO MILANO. Via Pasquale Sottocorno 5, Milan. +39 02 76319147. Open every day (Tue/Sat 8:00-13:00 and 15:00-20:00; Sun/Mon 8:00-13:00).


Dulcis Breakfast Milan A Place in Milan

Breakfast at Dulcis| © Caterina Zanzi

The only negative side of this tiny place in via Marghera is the space, too small and maybe to be improved on the furniture design side. But focusing on the important side, here you can try excellent whole wheat croissants stuffed with fresh ricotta and pistachio, or for Sicily fans the hazelnut cannoli. Staff are a little bit too hurried, prices a little bit high, but the quality of the croissants pays for the way too fast service and for the few euros more.

DULCIS. Via Marghera 49, Milan. +39 02 43911377. Open every day (Mon/Fri 09:15-22:00; Sat/Sun 19:00-22:30).


Panini Durini Breakfast Milan A Place in Milan

Cakes at Panini Durini| © Caterina Zanzi

I already told you I find Panini Durini a successful format when I wrote about their great sandwiches. They are great also when it comes to cakes, at their three locations (soon opening other two) you can find great rolls, pain au chocolat and muffins, in addition to delicious croissants (the one with raspberry jam is my favourite!). It is now also possible to order a cappuccino and a macchiato Matcha, a super energizing ‘green’ beverage to start the day in the best way!

PANINI DURINI. Opening hours depend on the location.


Pasticceria Sissi Breakfast Milan A Place in Milan

Breakfast at Sissi | © Caterina Zanzi

I wrote about my discoveries of 2014, among which there is Pasticceria Sissi, an institution in Milan in Piazza Risorgimento. Go there in summertime, when they open the internal garden, or during the week when it is less crowded than on Sundays. No matter which day you choose to go there, don’t miss the apple puff pastries and the bignès!

PASTICCERIA SISSI. Piazza Risorgimento 6, Milan. +39 02 76014664. Open every day from 6:30 to 20:00 (Monday earlier closing at 12:00) except on Tuesdays.


Pandenus Breakfast Milan A Place in Milan

Breakfast at Pandenus| © Caterina Zanzi

With four different locations in Milan, Pandenus is a reference point in the city. In the morning, in my opinion, the best one is the one in via Melzi D’Eril, more pleasant and spacious than the other locations. After a morning walk in via Sempione, here they serve great croissants and foamy cappuccinos to enjoy while reading a newspaper.

PANDENUS. Via Tadino, 15. Corso Concordia, 11. Largo La Foppa, 2. Via Melzi D’Eril, 3. Milan. Opening hours depend on the location.


Marotin Breakfast Milan A Place in Milan

Marotin |© Fb Marotin

In Porta Vittoria area, Marotin is the ideal place for foamy cappuccinos, croissants and apple pies. The interior is retro and relaxing, maybe to tiny, but if you are in this area it is worth giving it a chance. Especially because the choice of chocolates is superb! And it reminds me so much of Parisian boulangeries. 

MAROTIN. Via Archimede 59, Milan. +39 02 73957790. Open every day (7:30-19:30, Saturday 8:30-18:00) except on Sundays.

I have tried other great hotspots: to always stay updated follow my Instagram profile! 

Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. All English versions are translated by Tamara Ilic.

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