Directly from the United States, it is the must-have weekend meal: to keep up with the times, here is a guide to the best brunch in Milan.
Half breakfast, half lunch, straight from the Anglo-Saxon word, brunch is now the coolest meal. A mix of sweet and salty, to be savoured slowly on Saturday or Sunday. In Italy too this habit is growing more and more popular, becoming a real trend. If you were late on the night before, brunch is the glamour alternative to more traditional meals.
But what do you eat for brunch? There are loads of choices. For the sweet side, you may have one of the American patisserie specialities, such as maple syrup pancakes, muffins or a slice of cheesecake. For the salty side, you may choose a typical dish from the English breakfast: for example, bacon scrambled eggs, mushrooms and beans. But also bagels, maybe with salmon, eggs Benedict and French toast are very trendy right now. During the meal, you must drink of course orange juice and American coffee.
In Milan, an international city always up-to-date with new trends from abroad, the places for the weekend brunch are multiplying. And you have many offers: from the most traditional American plates to the typically Italian ones. Here you will find a guide to the best brunch in Milan, suitable for couples, groups of friends or families, for every taste and need.
At Les Pommes, you will find a hipster and polished ambience. Located in the Isola District, the avant-guard area of Milan, this place, perfect in every detail, is where you must head for brunch during the weekend. It places among the best brunches in Milan for those who are looking for a radical chic atmosphere and refined food. Always crowdy, it is better to make a reservation, otherwise, it will be difficult to find a table.
First of all, you will have orange juice, American coffee and bread with butter and jam. As the main course, you may choose an egg plate, a pancake, a bagel, a toast or a sandwich. And while eating, you may read a magazine or a book from the shelves around the tables.
Via Pastrengo, 7, Milan
+39 02 87074765
In Porta Genova, close to the Navigli, That’s Bakery is a tiny place with a Newyorker taste. It sports a greater hall downstairs, where you may eat what you want at every hour of the day.
Brunch at That’s Bakery is definitely one of the best brunches in Milan for those who want to try an original American breakfast/lunch. The main plate, hamburger, sandwich or eggs, is served with some tasty sides. They bring you sweet fried potatoes, baked potatoes, an ear of corn, the daily purée, sausage and onions and salad. Together also come water, orange juice and American coffee. But above all, a cupcake of your choice, the very home speciality, is included in every menu brunch. You must absolutely taste the red velvet cupcake, that is typical of American patisserie.
Via Vigevano, 41, Milan
+39 02 8394890
As it is suggested by the name, OTBP Fuorimano, where OTBF is for off the beaten path, is not in a central area of Milan. Located in the Bicocca district, this place, a sort of old warehouse, is a meeting and exchange place. It is a relaxing location that reminds of a garden, furnished in an eccentric way and open all day long.
For brunch, you may choose among continental, American, veggy or baby options. The American one includes bacon with potatoes and beans, pancake with maple syrup and bread and butter with jam. Moreover, you’ll have eggs, American coffee and orange juice. OTBP Fuorimano proposes undoubtedly one of the best brunches in Milan, recommended for those who would like to walk away from the chaos of the city.
Via Roberto Cozzi, 3, Milan
+39 02 36523460
Ripamonti area, at Fonderie Milanesi it seems to make a step back in time into the Old Milan. Hidden at the bottom of a courtyard, the venue is an old foundry converted into a magical spot with a wonderful dehors.
Among vintage pieces of furniture and on-sight bricks, this post-industrial place proposes the weekend brunch. It classifies rightfully in the chart of the best brunches in Milan, most of all for the extraordinary frame. It includes an American style buffet with salty and sweet foods; then you can order the main plate (club sandwich, omelette, humburger, etc.) served with a cup of coffee.
Via Giovenale, 7, Milan
+39 02 36527913
A multi-cultural, young and informal corner at the heart of Milan, in the Ticinese area. This is a hostel that organises events for guests and for everyone longing to spend some hours in a relaxed and cosmopolite location.
Besides the daily aperitif, Ostello Bello is the place for the low cost brunch on Saturday and Sunday. It deserves a position among the best brunches in Milan particularly for the casual and international atmosphere. Here you’ll have a continental style breakfast buffet (milk, yogurt, cereals, juices, bread, Nutella, jams, butter, fresh fruits, American coffee, tea etc.) and a plate to be chosen among the classics from America (hamburger, club sandwich, omelette, Cesar salad etc.).
Via Medici, 4, Milan
+39 02 36582720
Capra e Cavoli
It is a restaurant proposing vegetarian and vegan plates for veg lovers but also for omnivorous. The setting alone deserves a visit: a lush indoor garden with huge plants, beach umbrellas, tables and shabby-chic pieces of furniture, located in the Isola district. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm you go to Capra e Cavoli for brunch, original and unusual.
The brunch here features the all you can eat formula with four posts: firstly of all, a big sweet and salty buffet, then salty cakes and vegetables, next to fresh fruits and finally sweets that are the very home specialities. Many innovative and high-quality proposals await you.
Via Pastrengo, 18, Milan
+39 02 87066093