The 5 Cafes You Have To Visit When You’re In Milan
How to find the best coffee in Italy's capital of cool.
We’ve teamed up with @_itsbeautifulhere founder Georgia Hopkins to bring you the best spots across Europe to get your coffee fix. First stop, ‘la bella citta’ of Milan.
If it’s a Starbucks you’re looking for then you’re in the wrong place – Italians take their coffee very seriously. But finding the best drops often needs a little bit of insider knowledge with many of the best coffee shops hidden snugly down cobbled side streets. Although they’re not always easy to find, they’ll always be worth the extra effort to discover. Here are five that you shouldn’t miss.
Where: Via Archimede 59, Milan
For the best apple cake in town, don’t miss this darling little corner spot in a quiet, residential area behind Via Lincoln. Reminiscent of a patisserie you would find in the backstreets of the Marais, Marotin’s gorgeous pastel hues will lure you in, and their equally delicious cappuccinos and croissants, plus the charming Art Nouveau floors and chic floaty design touches, will keep you coming back for more. It’s beautiful here.
#2 10 Corso Como
Where: Corso Como, 10, Milan
It’s hard to ignore the beauty and magic of the courtyard cafe here at 10 Corso Como. A mainstay on the fashion and design circuit in Milano, this romantic spot is surrounded by a world of citrus trees. It’s the most idyllic spot to sip on good coffee and tea after pounding the cobblestoned streets and shopping up a storm in the boutique next door. This is an afternoon worth looking forward to.
For something more traditional there’s no missing Gattullo. We love this spot. Considered by many locals as a stalwart for all things delicious, this pastry shop and bakery has been a Milanese institution since 1961. Come here for excellent coffee (best enjoyed standing at the bar) and a tasty assortment of homemade brioches, pastries, panettone, bigne, cannoli, and rum-soaked baba. The décor is old-school Italy (think colourful, somewhat gaudy, and totally over the top). The uniforms match. It is full of charm, and there’s an energy here that is undeniably Milanese. It’s not only great for coffee, but it’s also the perfect answer for your picnic needs – the sandwiches to-go are worth waiting for.
#4 Pasticceria Sissi
Where: Piazza Risorgimento 6, Milan
Stepping into this enchanting pasticceria tucked down a side street on Piazza Risorgimento is somewhat like walking into a Wes Anderson film. Vintage paintings adorn the pink-coloured walls of this colourful tearoom and the friendly French-speaking staff swan around in a handsome uniform of caps and aprons. The coffee is (obviously) delicious and there is a super romantic ivy-covered garden courtyard where you can enjoy it. Known for having some of the best croissants in town, Sissi’s homemade cakes, cannoli and breakfast brioche will also have you coming back for more. This is a friendly neighbourhood spot where the staff will remember you by name, and you’ll likely be rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of the fashion set, who work nearby. Place your order at the bar, eat, drink and then pay. And keep in mind, they’re closed on Tuesdays (completely devastating if you forget, trust us).
#5 Cascina Cuccagna
It’s hard to believe that you could drink good coffee and enjoy lunch on a farm in the centre of Milano, but at Cascina Cuccagna this is exactly what you can do. Immersed amongst the tall apartment buildings of the Porto Romana neighbourhood, this formerly abandoned 17th-century farmhouse was recently converted into an urban farm, cultural centre and café. It’s a peaceful and relaxing oasis amid the hustle and bustle of the city. The coffee is good, the Campari is even better and there are plenty of beautiful outdoor green spaces to enjoy it. With a rotating,seasonal menu, the food options here are wonderful as well.