The area around Milan’s former city gate, Porta Ticinese, offers a varied choice of breakfast and brunch places. From traditional cafes to high-class restaurants that serve elaborate Sunday brunches, here are the best spots in Porta Ticinese.
The Bagel Company specializes in America’s favorite breakfast classic. The natural, hand-rolled and vegan-friendly bagels and choice of different spreads mean every guest can customize their breakfast themselves. Bagels range from chocolate chip and cinnamon raison on the sweet end to garlic, multigrain and sun-dried tomatoes on the savory side. This choice can be complemented by parma ham, roast beef and pastrami for meat-lovers, or fetta di formaggio (cheese) and humus di melanzane (hummus) for the vegetarian costumers.
Piazza XXIV Maggio, Milan, Italy, +39 02 3981 1951
If you are longing for a real American-style breakfast, God Save the Food is the place to go. From pancakes and eggs Benedict to French toast and even hamburgers, God Save the Food’s elaborate menu offers all you can imagine for a fantastic breakfast and more. On Saturdays and Sundays there is a special brunch buffet from 12pm to 4pm. However, if you should miss that, God Save the Food’s kitchen is open every day all day.
Via Tortona 34, Milan, Italy, +39 02 8942 3806
With their motto, ‘Who’s gonna be the first one on the sofa?’, Sofa Café invites guests into a relaxed and friendly atmosphere right on Naviglio Grande. The small and comfortable interior, as well as the tables out front, create the impression that you have just stepped into someone’s living room. The staff are very hospitable, coffee specialties are excellent and the brioche is always fresh. So if you should happen to be in this area, don’t miss out on a chilled morning at Sofa Café.
Via Ripa di Porta Ticinese 7, Milan, Italy, +39 02 3658 9107
Il Panzerotto di Ettore, central on popular Ripa di Porta Ticinese, makes for a different brunch experience with pizzas, focaccias and, above all, their specialty dish: the panzerotti. Panzerotti, a savory type of pastry that comes with various fillings, have their origins in southern Italy, especially the Apulia region. If you want to try this traditional example of Italian cuisine, Il Panzerotto die Ettore is the one place to go to in Milan. Panzerotti comes with a large range of fillings, such as the classic version with mozzarella and tomatoes or with spinach, mushrooms or ham.
Ripa di Porta Ticinese 13, Milan, Italy, +39 02 5811 8352