5 traditional pastry shops Milan

Paticceria Cucchi

Corso Genova 1
Sant’Ambrogio
+39 02 8940 9793
pasticceriacucchi.it

One of those rare places where you feel as if time has stopped, especially on Sunday mornings at breakfast, when people at the outdoor tables browse the newspapers and the waiters take their orders. Coffee and cappuccinos are served with delicious croissants. A traditional pastry shop that produces its own artisanal Panettone.

Marchesi 1824

Via S. Maria alla Porta 11-A
5vie-Ticinese
+39 02 862 770
pasticceriamarchesi.com

The interiors date from the early 20th century, with low-coffered ceilings, mirrors and art deco lamps. Inside, the smell of coffee and custard cream pastries wafts towards you. Do taste their rice puddings. Marchese was acquired by the Prada Group a few years ago, and opened other branches, in Via Monte Napoleone and in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Sant Ambroeus

Corso Matteotti 7
Duomo-San Babila
+39 02 7600 0540
santambroeusmilano.com

The place to stop after shopping in the quadrilateral, aka Milan’s fashion district, and a historic venue. Sitting at its tables can be expensive. A coffee at the counter costs much less (in Italy you’ll pay 1 to 1.20 euro on average). Do try their famous grilled sandwich with provola and anchovies.

Galli Milano

Via Victor Hugo 2
5vie-Ticinese
+39 02 8646 4833

Corso di Porta Romana 2
Porta Romana
+39 02 8645 3112

giovannigalli.com

The wooden counter and display cases were taken from their first location at Porta Romana, which was established in 1912, and destroyed during the WWII bombings. The pastry shop originally was a supplier to the Royal House of Savoy, opening a shop in Via Victor Hugo. Nowadays this is their busiest branch. Famous for its candied chestnuts, which are also covered in chocolate, and the boeri chocolates.

Pasticceria Sissi

Piazza Risorgimento 6 +39 02 7601 4664
A place that is bound to become ‘historic’. Not for its adorable tiny courtyard garden, where you can sometimes find yourself alone on weekdays, while you drink a coffee and read the newspaper, but for its baked goods, creams and chocolate cakes. Peek in the open workshop if you want to steal some trade secrets. Alternatively, just enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.