Spread out over a series of hills and ridges in the shadow of the Italian Alps
, the city of Bergamo is a chocolate box of interesting sites. What’s more, the town has some truly mouthwatering restaurants hidden between its churches and cobblestones too. We explore the best to start your morning at.
Cafe, Italian, $$$
This historic café, established back in 1912, is set at the very heart of Bergamo. Beside being a fine bar, Nazionale Café offers up one of the best brunches in the city, featuring home-made pancakes, sweet and salty bagels and more Italian-style tramezzini, fresh fruit and croissants. Of course, all this is best accompanied with a foamy cappuccino.
Nazionale Café, ViaSentierone 37, Bergamo, Italy, +39 035 4284646
This characteristic panetteria in Bergamo Alta is excellent for a rich brunch or breakfast. Il Fornaio bakes several kinds of creative and colorful pizzas, which customers can choose to eat in or take out. Alongside pizza and snacks like polenta bites and focacce, Il Fornaio also offers a choice of treats such as baci di dama; ball-shaped cookies filled with a chocolate cream.
Il Fornaio, viaBartolomeo Colleoni 1, Bergamo, Italy, +39 035 249376
This cafeteria in Bergamo Bassa is also a coffee house, which means customers can buy their coffee to take out as well as sit in. La Chicca gives its customers a wide choice of coffee types on the menu and it’s famous for its exceptional cappuccino. Customers will know they’re approaching La Chicca, simply because of the aromas of those fresh beans wafting through the air.
La Chicca, via Pignolo 47/49, Bergamo, Italy, +39 035 239081
This is the right place to have a great coffee in a friendly environment. Recently redecorated, the family-run Caffè Corridoni is quite small but very cosy and elegant. It’s ideal for breakfast and for brunch, or even just a quick lunch, complete with a menu featuring tasty cold dishes made with local ingredients, burgers, fries and more.
Caffè Corridoni, viaFilippo Corridoni 44/ C Bergamo, Italy, +39 393 684 6100