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The best pastry shops in Milan
The best pastry shops in Milan

Area by area, here are the best pastry shops in Milan for a very sweet break

Milan is full of excellent pastry shops not by chance.

In fact, the city has a confectionery tradition in which the past Austrian and Napoleonic dominations converged, which contributed to the importation and consolidation of a highly respected pastry art.

Area by area, from the center to the Navigli, we have selected our favorites, to obtain a very sweet top ten.

Milan center pastry shops

Bastianello pastry shop, via Borgogna 5

A must when you gravitate to the Piazza San Babila area, the Pasticceria Bastianello is a kind of timeless place where you can sit in the elegant outdoor area and let yourself be pampered by the freshest sweets baked every day, such as cakes, pastries and pastries.

The fragrant brioches at breakfast, the small (or big) afternoon sins of gluttony and the savory specialties at aperitif time will not leave even the most demanding palates disappointed, while the eyes will be satisfied by the incomparable people watching that - especially in the streets downtown - never disappoints.


Pastry Cova, via Monte Napoleone 8

Elegant, worldly, historic: the Cova pastry shop has been delighting the throats of the Milanese (and not) since 1817, and is what can be defined as a real institution; located in the beating heart of the fashion district, it is now owned by the LVMH group, the holding company of Louis Vuitton.

Stopping here for a coffee indulging in a sweet temptation is a ritual that no shopping addict can escape from, as well as buying - at Christmas or Easter - his panettone, his doves or handmade chocolate eggs, which now count for a long time. host of aficionados who can no longer give it up.


Pasticceria Marchesi, via S. Maria alla Porta 11 / a, Via Monte Napoleone 9, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

There are now three locations of this ancient Milanese pastry shop: the historic headquarters of S. Maria alla Porta (near Corso Magenta), and those that later arrived in the center, after the Prada group took over the brand in 2014.

The last one inaugurated is in fact located on the mezzanine floor of the building that houses Prada Uomo in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: however, the recipe has remained the same since 1824, and is made of candies covered with sugar, bonbons, chocolates, fresh pastries and unforgettable croissants..

As is the elegant atmosphere that reigns in this place, with the floors in green Alpi marble, the ceilings with exposed beams and the furnishings with a retro flavor.


Milan Five Days Pastry Shops

Knam pastry shop, via Anfossi 10

Recently renovated, thanks to a project developed by architect Lorenzo Palmieri and conceived by Ernst Knam himself, the patisserie of the same name celebrates the genius of the German chef who - according to many - has been repeatedly called the King of chocolate.

His three chocolate mousse is almost legendary, but the others are not far behind, and it is worth mentioning the Carlos mousse (double dark), the Singapore mousse (double dark and tropical fruits), the African cake (with dark chocolate). For a level playing field, it should be noted that even the savory creations - in particular the quiches - have nothing to envy to their more noble sweet sisters.


Pastry shop Giacomo, via Sottocorno 5

To say that the Tuscan Giacomo Bulleri has changed the face of via Sottocorno, a small street at the height of Piazza Risorgimento is not an exaggeration.

The adventure begins in 1958 with the first restaurant "Da Giacomo", which over the years becomes one of the most sought after and famous in Milan, continues with the adjacent Giacomo Bistrot, then with the Tabaccheria, and finally with the Pastry shop, inspired by ancient Italian shops, but with the charm of the Parisian boulangeries.

The beautiful counter that occupies the scene is a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds: you will be spoiled for choice between cakes and pastries filled at the moment and the now well-known bomb, a pastry filled with mascarpone and wild strawberries. wood that you will not forget even if you try hard.


Sissi pastry shop, Piazza Risorgimento 6

Run by an Italian-Senegalese couple (Sissi is her name), this pastry shop is a little gem set in Piazza Risorgimento.

The interior - in the name of pink, with wooden details and bistro tables - is largely occupied by the bar counter and the sweets counter, only to open onto a wonderful pergola that gives its best in the spring months and summer.

The reasons to come here, in addition to the particular atmosphere that has no equal in the city and the excellent sweet and savory proposals, are the brioches (according to many the best in Milan) and Senegalese coffee, served in a glass with a little chocolate. hot, cinnamon and whipped cream directly from the sac à poche.

Once tasted, you won't be able to do without it.


Milan Navigli pastry shops

Cucchi pastry shop, Corso Genova 1

Founded in 1936 by Luigi and his wife Vittorina, Pasticceria Cucchi has become one of those essential Milanese must-haves, so much so that it ends up rightfully among the Historic Places of Italy.

The poet Giuseppe Ungaretti was a regular at both the restaurant and his croissants and Saint Honoré, and with good reason: the rice puddings, the Venetian, the kranz, the tarts and the marron glacés are undoubtedly among the best in the city.

The true ritual of a true Milanese? Come here to have an aperitif, perhaps sitting in the outdoor tables, and enjoy a happy hour with a slightly vintage flavor, away from the noisy crowds of the most glamorous clubs in the area.


Cakes Milan, via Pietro Custodi 1

Recently opened, this small laboratory near the Darsena is a gem only for true connoisseurs: the workhorse here in fact are the colorful and delicious cupcakes, which are baked fresh every day and in many variations.

The tastes? They range from the classic - Ferrero Rocher, Tiramisu, Double Chocolate, Nutella, Vanilla & Hazelnut, Banana & Chocolate etc - to the eccentric, with particular experiments such as Mojito and Strawberry Daiquiri.

Eating them seems almost a shame because you don't want to spoil them, but after the first bite it is almost impossible to resist the temptation to try them all: for the laziest gluttons, there is also a delivery service that delivers these imaginative creations directly to their homes.

From the series, minimum effort, maximum yield.


Castelnuovo pastry shop, via dei Tulipani 18

Among the most famous in Milan, it has become an institution thanks to its cakes - the most famous of which is the Torta Enrico, made with pears and chocolate - and its panettone.

Registered in the register of Historical Companies of the city (in fact it boasts 72 years of activity), it attracts both historical customers and new customers to the Lorenteggio area every day, who in addition to the incomparable desserts appreciate the refined and elegant restaurant and the great kindness of the staff: do you know that here, before proceeding with the purchase, it is possible to taste some products? As if it were really needed …


Milan Porta Romana pastry shops

Panarello, piazza San Nazaro in Brolo 15 (corner Corso di Porta Romana)

Arrived in Milan in 1930, in the historic headquarters of Piazza San Nazaro in Brolo, it was actually born in Genoa 45 years earlier, when the founder Francesco Panarello started the great pastry tradition in his hometown.

Those who are not lucky enough to live in the Porta Romana area should not despair: the Panarello family has done things big and now there are five other pastry shops - in via Tolstoj 1, via Speronari 3, via della Moscova 52, via Belfiore 10 and piazza S. Francesca Romana 1.

The specialties? By popular acclaim, its cannoncini (puff pastry rolls stuffed with custard) and Panarello almond cake.

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