Piazza Risorgimento, 6, Zona Risorgimento
If you have time in the morning for more than a café at a bar (the Italian version of breakfast), come to this charming little spot in the Porta Monforte area. You’re here mainly for the prosciutto-filled brioche, a specialty of the house, which is so good that even busy Milanese locals will break their no-breakfast rule to sit down and have one (or two) of these freshly baked treats.
Il Massimo del Gelato
Via Lodovico Castelvetro, 18, Bullona
In a city with so many gelato choices, it’s worth doing some research before committing. One of our favorites is Il Massimo, just north of Chinatown. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but once you try it, you’ll understand why it’s worth the trek. All forty flavors are made fresh every day—including several variations on chocolate (dark chocolate, chocolate cherry, chocolate with cinnamon, etc).
Via Spadari, 9, Cinque Vie
One of Europe’s finest food emporiums, Peck has been offering all manner of quality prepared foods, produce, meats, pastas, and cheeses since opening in 1883. Even if you don’t come to shop, take a walk around to see what the best Italian ingredients look like. Afterward, head upstairs to the on-site restaurant and bar for some risotto and osso bucco.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Centro Storico
At this historic, nineteenth-century bakery, cakes, cornetto, biscotti, chocolates, and tarts are displayed like jewelry behind glass-covered casing. And the sense of history is strong—the bakery has operated continuously here since 1824. A second location opened a few years ago in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, outfitted in green jacquard silk floral wallpaper and velvet armchairs and sofas that feel both welcoming and opulent.
Largo Isarco, 2, Morivione
Since opening in 2015 in Fondazione Prada, this Wes Anderson-designed café has almost become synonymous with Milan—at least, for those in the worlds of fashion and design. Stepping through its doors feels like walking onto one of Anderson’s film sets, with jukeboxes, Steve Zissou (a character from The Life Aquatic)–themed pinball machines, pastel Formica chairs, and terrazzo floors that all give off a kind of retro, 1950s sense of nostalgia. It’s certainly one of the prettiest spots you’ll find for a biscotti and espresso break.