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Touring historic caffés and pastry shops

Explore where generations of Milanese meet to drink, eat and talk

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.9 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  In Milan, there are several caffès and pasticcerie with long and colorful histories.
Just choose one, enter, and look around: you... more »

Tips:  Attempt this tour on a Saturday or Sunday morning when, after the frenetic pace of the work week, Milan slows its rhythm a bit: that... more »

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The sopranos Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi, and La Scala prima ballerina Carla Fracci are some of the celebrated names who have frequented this historic caffè and pasticceria.
First founded in 1909, Taveggia has been a habitual haunt for generations of Milanese.
Visit today and you will encounter lawyers and judges from the nearby trial court,... More

The name, in Milanese dialect, is that of the Bishop Saint Ambrosius, the city’s patron saint.
The saint must have brought fortune to this elegant caffè pasticceria: first opened in 1936, Sant’Ambroeus has been a regular destination for coffee-loving Milanese ever since.
Just a hop away from the Scala Theatre, it has also become a symbol of... More

3. Pasticceria Cova

This charming, neo-classical style caffè and pasticceria, begun in 1817 (originally right next to La Scala Theatre), stands in via Montenapoleone, a street known for its high-end fashion boutiques.
Today it is frequented by a rather elegant, italian and international crowd.
In the past, Hemingway mentioned it in his “A Farewell to Arms,” and it... More

More than just a bar, it is one of Milan’s icons.
Founded by Gaspare Campari in the Vittorio Emanuele Galleria in 1867, it was an instant watering hole for well-to-do Milanese.
It is also where Campari, the world-famous, medium-grade red beverage was invented by its namesake.
The Art Déco furnishings are the same ones from over a century ago.
... More

Among the oldest pastry shops in Milan is Pasticceria Marchesi, since 1824; it is also one of few historic establishments in Milan still in its original location.
The furnishings and decorations, all the true originals, lend that old-timey but elegant quality that characterize this locale.
Among the not-to-be-missed treats are cakes, bon bons... More

Originally a caffè-concert hall, Cucchi opened in 1936 and instantly became a well-loved place for live-music and pasta for everyone at midnight.
Today Cucchi will definitely catch your attention with its understated elegance and the graceful ways of its personnel.
Among its specialties is the Cucchi cup, a dessert made with cream, berries and... More

Another historic Milanese pasticceria, Biffi, at the corner of Piazzale Baracca, harks back to 1828.
Here you definitely want to taste the Panettone, the Milanese Christmas dessert (at Biffi you can order it year-round!).
It would seem that one of the first customers to try their famous Panettone, in the mid-nineteenth century, was Pope Pius X: ... More