Everybody knows that Italians are proud of their culinary traditions.
Pasta, pizza and patisserie: Italians could talk about the food they like to cook (and eat) for entire days.
Although proud often goes with stubborn, the Bel Paese has proved to be open-minded when, a few years ago, it included an American tradition to its menus. And this American tradition is the brunch, something in between breakfast and lunch, usually eaten between 10.00 and 12.00 am.
Milan has welcomed this foreign tradition and has renovated its menus: today, more and more cafés and restaurants host Sunday brunches that are becoming a tradition among the greediest citizens.
Find out our top 5!
The best brunches of Milan: discover the Santeria
The Santeria is one of the coolest places in Milan and one of the most difficult to reach!
In fact, this wonderful café-restaurant stands in the east side of the city, and only the number 54 bus takes people there. Or, if it’s a sunny day, you can get to the Piola metro station, enjoy a nice walk and arrive at the Santeria…hungry as hell!
In any case, the brunch menu will surprise you. It costs around 20€ and offers also a veggie option. You’ll eat bacon, eggs, mushrooms and toasted bread and wash it all up with black coffee and orange juice.
Before going out, head to the Santeria shop, where you’ll find unique clothes and independent publishers’ books perfect to browse after such a fulfilling taste-experience. Santeria, Via Privata Ettore Paladini, 8.
Frida, a bohemian bar in the Isola district
In the center of the Isola district, four friends opened a bar that was meant to become one of the trendiest spot of Milan. The Frida treasures both a vintage shop and a wide, colorful café. At night, it is full of young people eating chips and drinking absinthe cocktails. During the day, instead, the Frida changes its look and becomes a calm, peaceful place where to sit and enjoy a sunny Sunday brunch. Ora, a branz, as they call it. You’ll sit in the wide garden, if it’s warm enough, or in the welcoming interior space. The waiters will bring you a menu, from which you’ll have to pick your main dish. We suggest you to try the eggs or, if you want a light brunch, the chicken salad. Coffee, bread, jam and juices are for free and you can have as many refills as you want. Frida,Via Pollaiuolo, 3.
God save the food, a hybrid bar in via Tortona
Something in-between a shop, a restaurant and a café, God Save the Food is the place you want to be if you wish to breathe a Londoner atmosphere. The Tortona district is famous for its cosmopolite, trendy look. At God Save the Food you can have lunch both on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 to 4 p.m. Together with the classic coffee-orange juice combo, you can choose one of its Morning Pick Me Up, a light alcoholic drink, like a Bloody Mary, a Mimosa or a Bellini. Now, it’s time for a hamburger: they’re super fresh and incredibly tasty…and they come along with hash brown, crispy bacon, baked beans, pancakes and mixed salad. This, in other words, means you’ll have a full belly at least for a day. God save the food, Via Tortona, 34.
That’s Bakery… and that’s brunch!
This old-style bakery is a distinctive place, halfway between an English bakery and a country house, welcomes its client with its informal yet elegant environment. Here, you’ll breathe a cozy and warm atmosphere and you’ll sit in a vaulted ceiling small room where waiters will cuddle you with their smiles and tasty offers.
You can choose among three types of brunch: the Open Sandwich Brunch (€18) with a sandwich of your choice, beverages and a cupcake, the Eggs Brunch (€18) with an egg plate, beverages and a cupcake, the Hamburger Brunch, with a hamburger of your choice, beverages and cupcakes. So, to put it in other words, the keyword is cupcake! That’s Bakery is famous for cooking the best cupcake in town…. Why not give them a try? Moreover, each plate is served with sweet potato fries, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, sweet and sour onions, mashed potatoes and misticanza salad. That’s Bakery, Via Vigevano, 41.
Cocotte: tasty and cheap
French furniture, white tables and seats, decoupage of colorful flowers: this is Cocotte, a cosy and classy place near Piazza V Giornate. Cocotte’s particularity is that every dish is served in a small, warm pot. You can taste the brunch offers from 10.30 to 4 pm: together with the Cocotte’s special pot, or another main dish like croque madame, club sandwich or pancakes, you’ll get orange juice, coffee, a glass of champagne, a dessert and fresh fruit. Cocotte, Via Benvenuto Cellini 1.