The 10 Best Places For Brunch In Sardinia

Photo of Luca Pinelli
9 February 2017

Sardinia is an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea which is famous for the beautiful beaches and the enchanting natural scenery it boasts. Nonetheless, eating can never be neglected in a country like Italy. For this reason, here’s a selection of 10 places for brunch on this rugged island.

Caprera | © Michela Simoncini/Flickr

I Mille

Located in the wonderful archipelago of La Maddalena, right in the middle of the sea, I Mille is a ‘paninoteca’, a panini-sandwich bar with a wide and diverse offering of bread, burgers and sandwich combinations. Situated amidst a typical Sardinian pinewood, this bar is the perfect choice for a cheap, simple brunch before plunging into the very best of beach life. They also have the Sardinian beer, Ichnusa, to side any sandwich or burger with a local, pleasant note.


Situated in La Maddalena, a town and commune in the northern part of the island, Mono is a bar which specializes in mono-portions of desserts, especially different varieties of tiramisù. There are 12 different flavors in order to cater to different palates, thus creating a unique, but at the same time diverse offering of little indulgences. If customers prefer to have a standard Italian breakfast, no need to fret. Mono also has croissants and cappuccinos to satisfy any customer with traditional expectations. There are no seats inside as it is only a take-away bar.

via Italia 9, La Maddalena, Italy

Etoile Bar Pasticceria

Bar, Pastry Shop, Dessert, Pastries, $$$
With affordable prices and a central location in Alghero, Etoile will astound any customer, whether local or foreign. It is situated just across from the railway station, so it is a convenient place for travellers too. Just ten minutes’ walk from the beach, Etoile has something to offer everyone, with a modern décor, several seats available and a counter filled with delicious desserts and pastries.

Caffè Del Principe

With a modern, refined décor, Caffè del Principe is a great place for breakfast. It offers croissants, cappuccinos and coffee in a captivating setting. It is also a destination for lunch, aperitivo, a beer, or simply a cocktail. It boasts a wonderful veranda where customers can enjoy a breath of fresh air during an early, drowsy morning, whilst sipping their coffee and eating pastries. This café is in Alghero, a town in the province of Sassari, in the north-west of Sardinia.

via De Curtis 1, Alghero, Italy, +390799894101

Cerica Dolci Di Casa Mia

Located in the hub of tourism and nightlife that is San Teodoro, in the north-east of the island, Cerica specializes in Sardinian desserts, biscuits and pastries, with a special focus on ‘seadas’. These are typical biscuits filled or topped with honey or sugar and made out of pecorino, which is the reason why they were created and are still produced today mostly in areas where there is a pastoral economy, something which marks Sardinia out among the Italian regions.

via degli Asfodeli 8, San Teodoro, Italy, +390784851088

Ambra Day

Bar, Restaurant, Pastries, Coffee, $$$
This open-air café and restaurant is surrounded by nature and makes connections between its customers and the wonderful natural setting in which they are seated. Ambra Day is a natural oasis amid the hustle and bustle of San Teodoro, and represents the perfect occasion for a connection with nature during a holiday on Sardinian land. Patrons are seated on the ground on giant cushions, while breakfast means croissants or pastries with coffee or cappuccino.

Bar Pasticceria Alexander

Pastry Shop, Pastries, Dessert, Vegetarian, Italian
One brunch option at Il Baretto
One brunch option at Il Baretto | Courtesy of Il Baretto
This bar and patisserie specializes in all sorts of pastries, biscuits and cakes and is the ideal place for a sweet breakfast to kick-start the day. The so-called ‘aragoste’ (literally, ‘lobsters’) are one of the real draws of the place. They are crisp pastries filled with chocolate, chantilly cream or other delicious middles, usually served with some whipped cream and decorated with icing sugar and chocolate. The counter is full of excellent alternatives for patrons with less of a sweet tooth too.

Il Baretto

Il Baretto has a reputation for great cocktails and delicious food. Whether customers are up for a standard croissant and cappuccino breakfast or a more original brunch, this café has them covered. Why not indulge in a real, hand-made frappuccino in different flavors, or one of the few regional specialities on the menu. If patrons prefer to stay healthy and keep fit, Il Baretto also serves cereals, fresh fruit and slim yoghurts. Alternatively, savoury as well as sweet crêpes and waffles are on the menu.

piazza Vittorio Emanuele 23, Santa Teresa di Gallura, Italy, 393388041501

Pan Café

Located in Sassari, one of the most important cities in Sardinia, Pan Café has a wide and diverse offering of breakfasts and brunches. The vast array of cakes and desserts will tempt any sweet-toothed customer for a morning break or an indulgent breakfast, whilst the stuffed, home-made bread rolls will appeal to most of the patrons with their genuine quality. Another central feature of this café is represented by the smoothies and milkshakes, all rigorously made with fresh, pulpy fruits and combined in surprising ways.

via Torre Tonda 46, Sassari, Italy, +393489201451

Mediterraneum Café

Located near Castelsardo, with an amazing view of this enchanting Sardinian burgh, Mediterraneum Café is the perfect stop-over for a relaxing breakfast or a delicious brunch. The staff are passionate, accommodating and warm-heartedly welcoming. The dishes draw on Sardinian as well as Mediterranean cuisine, which is enhanced by the astonishing location overlooking the sea and the whole mesmerizing town of Castelsardo. With a menu ranging from simple appetizers and nibbles to accompany an aperitivo on the sea to seafood pasta, paninis and French fries, Mediterraneum Café will have something for every palate.

via Lungomare Anglona 5, Castelsardo, Italy, +393894210178

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