The Brera district in Milan has always attracted both local and international artists that used to meet in the bars and cafés in the area to have a drink together while discussing literature. Today, Italy’s Brera district is one large pedestrian zone that is full of charming little cafés, gelatarias and excellent restaurants. Find out where the 10 best places to have brunch in Brera are below.
Crocetta Panini d’Autore 1982
Cafe, Italian, $$$
Crocetta Panini d’Autore 1982, first opened in December 2013, and is just a few steps away from the famous Milan Cathedral. The café is especially known amongst locals for its excellent paninis and high-quality coffee that make for a great breakfast or a light lunch. Crocetta Panini d’Autore 1982 serves an incredibly diverse choice of paninis, ranging from prosciutto crudo or prosciutto with shrimps to smoked salmon.
Creperia Caffè Vecchia Brera is a Parisian retro-style bistro that serves authentic cuisine and is located in the heart of Brera’s historical center, just a few steps away from the city’s most important sights. Caffè Vecchia Brera is the perfect spot for breakfast, brunch, a quick lunch break or just a morning coffee with its diverse drinks and food menu. However, the crêpes are by far the café’s greatest specialty. They come in over 80 different savory and sweet variations, including the creola, which is Prague smoked ham, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and olive pâté, or portofino with hazelnut cream, ice cream, strawberries and whipped cream.
Fruteiro is a tropical juice bar in the heart of the Brera district that uses directly cultivated fruit from its very own fazendas in Brazil. The Fruteiro juice bar prepares delicious vitamins, the Brazilian version of smoothies, by combining the pulp of tropical fruits with fresh fruit and other ingredients. Fruteiro also serves a great variety of ice cream and sorbets, as well as fruit salads and toasts. Guests can also purchase the frozen fruit pulp to enjoy the delicious drinks in their home. Fruteiro makes for an extraordinarily healthy breakfast option.
Located in Via Brera, the New Art Café is especially popular with young Milanese citizens, who come for the very affordable prices, relaxed atmosphere and laid-back attitude of the servers. New Art Café, in the center of the pedestrian part of Via Brera, actively contributes to the lively street scene in Brera with its charming outdoor seating area and background music. New Art Café serves a classic Milanese breakfast, consisting of the traditional espresso and croissant, as well as a number of light lunch dishes, such as hot and cold sandwiches, salads and pastas.
Fioraio Bianchi Café is a charming café with a French-style ambiance that has been a fixture in Milan’s café and restaurant scene for the last 40 years. It offers a very unique experience with its concept: flower shop meets café. Fioraio Bianchi Café’s interior is beautifully decorated with an extraordinary attention to detail in its floral collection. All the floral items, which are arranged much like a museum exhibit, can also be purchased. The café serves classic breakfast options from eight in the morning everyday and is also open for lunch and dinner. The menu is adapted seasonally, but is also orientated towards classic Milanese cuisine with modern influences.
Al Teatro Café is located right next to Teatro Fossati, one of the most beautiful historic buildings in central Brera. The new café not only has the capacity to seat at least 60 people, but it also has a renovated attic, where visitors can enjoy a rich happy-hour buffet and performances by local DJs. Although especially popular during aperitivo hour, Al Teatro Café is also a great place to have a quick breakfast on weekday mornings with its convenient location and elegant atmosphere.