Navigli, the picturesque canal district of Milan, is not only known for its romantic waterside ambiance but also for its vibrant culinary scene. It is also considered as one of the most romantic Italian neighbourhoods in Milan. As the sun rises over the shimmering canals and the city awakens, Navigli comes to life with an array of charming cafes and bistros ready to serve up the perfect brunch experience.
Gogol & Company
Gogol & Company, located in Navigli’s Via Savona, is a typical Milanese breakfast spot. Locals come to drink their espressos while reading the daily newspaper in the relaxed and laid-back setting. Gogol & Company’s interior is decorated with comfortable sofas, reading chairs as well as book shelves, where guests can peruse through a range of classics. In addition to great coffee, the cafe serves delicious pastries, most notably brioche. It also offers sandwiches and other light snacks – perfect for brunch.
God Save The Food
God Save The Food, which started out as a small business, has slowly taken over the whole city of Milan with its outstanding food and great service. The cafe offers everything from delicious pancakes, in a savory version with salmon, or a sweet version with Nutella and bananas to a full English breakfast, which also comes in a vegetarian variation. Most notably, God Save The Food does some of the best eggs Benedict you can eat in Milan. They promote special morning pick-me-up drinks, such as a Bloody Mary, mimosa or Bellini, which make a nice addition to the breakfast menu. Every Sunday, from noon until 6pm, God Save The Food offers a rich brunch buffet.
Fonderie Milanesi is a stylish Italian restaurant and cool pub that is particularly popular with the young in Milan. Mostly frequented for aperitivo hour or a late dinner during the week, Fonderie Milanesi serves a great late breakfast and brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. There, guests can enjoy all the classic Italian breakfast options side-by-side with excellent coffee specialties as well as a glass of champagne or two to make your Sunday brunch experience even more special.
Luca & Andrea Café Bar
Luca & Andrea, a cafe and bar that is located directly at the Naviglio Grande, not only offers great food but breathtaking views of the canal by day and night. Luca & Andrea Café Bar serves a tasty lunch menu with all sorts of antipasti, soups and small pasta and risotto specialties. The menu also includes a wide range of homemade desserts that regularly change. However, they always include classics like tiramisu, torta di mele (apple pie) and strudel di mele e canella (apple strudel).
Gelacreperia, a combination of ice cream shop and traditional creperie, is a great addition to the food scene on Ripa di Porta Ticinese. While the ice cream admittedly makes for a rather interesting brunch experience, it is one of the most typical desserts you can enjoy in Italy in general, and Milan specifically. Crwpes, on the other hand, are and always have been a popular breakfast classic all around the world. Here, they come in endless shapes and forms. It is recommended to go for the most classic version: the crepe with Nutella and bananas.
Al Fresco, a restaurant and cafe, is located in an old, abandoned warehouse that has been transformed into a green oasis and a meeting place with fine cuisine. Al Fresco is a place where friends can get together or where guests can just relax and read a book in a quiet and friendly atmosphere. The food at Al Fresco reflects a dedication to fresh, native and natural ingredients that are used to cook delicious sweet and savory dishes. The salads, cheese plates and wide choice of homemade desserts are perfect for a late breakfast experience.
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