Although brunch is not as popular in Italy as it is elsewhere in Europe, the trend is quickly catching on and Bologna has quite the glamorous selection of bars, cafés and restaurants offering brunches and late breakfasts to try out. Here are 10 of the best.
Homesick Americans need look no further, as Bakerystation serves the quintessential American brunch. Pancakes and maple syrup with berries make up the sweet side of this brunch, whilst a sesame-seed topped bagel with salmon and cream cheese is the introduction to the savory options. The menu includes staple brunch foods such as bacon and scrambled eggs and, of course, the obligatory American coffee. However, the food is not boringly traditional, for example the pancakes here are vegan, made with almond milk.
Address: Via Don Luigi Sturzo 30, Bologna, Italy, +39 051 614 9253
Grand Hotel Majestic
Located in one of Bologna’s best hotels, this brunch is a classy affair. But despite the hotel’s luxurious surrounding and the elegantly presented food, the price tag that comes with it is not too extravagant. From Italian crostate to eggs Benedict, the buffet at Grand Hotel Majestic covers a wide range of cuisines for a fabulous brunch experience.
Address: Via Indipendenza 8, Bologna, Italy, +39 051 225445
Red Brick is fairly new to the Bologna brunch scene, but it has quickly caught up with its competition and established itself as one of the go-to places for a quick and easy brunch at a very affordable price. Visitors will be able to select a variety of food items, ranging from quiches to cheeses, roast beef and even some vegetarian options.
Address: Via Frassinago 2, Bologna, Italy, +39 051 580950
Zoo Caffe is one of those quirky locales that not only serves great food, but also puts a lot of emphasis on creating a unique environment. On Sundays, the sisters who run this establishment serve a tasty brunch for a small price. From veggie and vegan bagels with tofu to soups, salads and desserts, travellers have a wide selection of choices, and can even get this brunch as take-away.
Address: Str. Maggiore, 50, Bologna, Italy, +39 320 618 6279
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Palazzo Albergati is a beautiful historical building that is located on the outskirts of Bologna and has lovely views of the surrounding landscape. The brunch here differs from all the others on this list because the price includes a guided tour of this stunning architectural gem, making for a very cultural brunch. Visitors will be able to wolf down some of the most elegant and sophisticated brunch foods imaginable, ranging from risotto croquettes to frog gnocchi and awe-inspiring desserts, and then burn off some of the calories on the tour or strolling around the calm countryside.
Address: Via Angelo Masini 46, Bologna, Italy, +39 051 750247
Bag’s American Breakfast
At Bag’s customers can choose whatever they want to start their morning with from a pretty extensive brunch and breakfast menu christened the ‘American Breakfast’ since it is only served until 11.30am. Scrambled eggs with bacon and toast, smoked salmon with cherry tomatoes, French toast, pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup or chocolate and whipped cream, and a delicious club sandwich are all great options for an unforgettable breakfast at Bag’s American Breakfast.
Address: Via Augusto Righi 24, Bologna, Italy, +39 3386723531
If you are one of those people who just need a Bloody Mary with their brunch to kick off the morning in style, Casa Minghetti is the place for you. It is known throughout the city for having some of the best cocktails, and now it also does a delicious brunch to go along with them. Fluffy pancakes dripping in maple syrup, creamy yoghurt, freshly squeezed orange juice, filled flatbread, and exquisite desserts combine here to make one of the best brunches in the city.
Address: Piazza Minghetti 1, Bologna, Italy, +39 51 5876685
Well Done has a unique brunch offer. There is no set menu, here visitors will be able to pick and choose items from their great selection to custom-make their own brunch depending on their appetites and dietary requirements. From simple yet classically delicious bagels to healthy yoghurt or fresh fruit salads and sweet or savory pancakes, Well Done has all the typical brunch fare; but on top of that they also serve some snazzy sandwiches that are difficult to find anywhere else and are a great option for a hearty Sunday brunch.
Address: Via Capraie 3, Bologna, Italy, +39 051 265722
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The Ex Forno is an original café in Bologna’s city center, providing a great base from which to explore the city’s top sights. It has been designed so that visitors feel at home when walking in, with recycled furniture and vintage touches here and there, that are complimented by an obviously contemporary influence. On Sundays, from 12.30pm to 3pm, it is brunch time, with a great selection of food made with seasonal ingredients to guarantee the best taste.
Address: Via Don Giovanni Minzoni 14, Bologna, Italy, +39 051 649 3896
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