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Where to Get Your Caffeine Fix in Milan

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm / Posted by

Marchesi has been brewing coffee in Milan since the turn of the 19th century (you could say, they probably know what they are doing by now). There are no tables and bar service is required (a rarity in [...]

 

Marchesi has been brewing coffee in Milan since the turn of the 19th century (you could say, they probably know what they are doing by now). There are no tables and bar service is required (a rarity in Milan) but the homemade chocolate make this a must visit. 11/a Via Meravigli

 

When you first walk into Bastianello the first thing that will probably pop into your mind is, "I am never going to Starbuks again!" Bastianello boasts Milan's largest cappuccinos that are blended right [...]

 

When you first walk into Bastianello the first thing that will probably pop into your mind is, "I am never going to Starbuks again!" Bastianello boasts Milan's largest cappuccinos that are blended right at your table. 5 Via Borgogna. 

 

Cucchi is where to go to hang out with the fashion set. The iconic patisserie has been open since 1936, and the homemade tortelli (a donut-hole-like pastry) has to be tasted to be believed. 1 Corso [...]

 

Cucchi is where to go to hang out with the fashion set. The iconic patisserie has been open since 1936, and the homemade tortelli (a donut-hole-like pastry) has to be tasted to be believed. 1 Corso Genova

 

Gattullo is definitely a see and be seen spot, so you want to arrive early to snag a breakfast table. Once seated admire the quirky retro frosted chandeliers and sugar-pink tables while savoring your [...]

 

Gattullo is definitely a see and be seen spot, so you want to arrive early to snag a breakfast table. Once seated admire the quirky retro frosted chandeliers and sugar-pink tables while savoring your coffee. 2 Piazzale di Porta Lodovica.

 

Sissi is perhaps Milan's best known patisserie. It boasts some of the best desserts in the city (just try not to have seconds on brioches). If it is warm outside sit in the back garden. 6 Piazza Risorgimento.

 

There are now outposts of Sant Ambroeus in the US in New York City and the Hamptons, but the original was in Milan. This is where to go for that business lunch or after shopping snack. 7 Corso Matteotti.

 

Taveggia has been open since 1909 and it boasts some of the best desserts and coffees around. Not touristy at all, this spot is favored by locals. 2 Via Visconti di Modrone.

 

Bianco Latte is modern in comparison to most of Milan's favored coffee haunts. Besides excellent coffee you are definitely going to want to try the gelato here. 30 Via Turati.

 

With Milan fashion week upon us when you are running in-between Blumarine and Versace this is where to go to get your caffeine fix (or to spot front row fixtures) in the Italian fashion capital. And it won’t be just any caffeine fix—Milan boasts arguably the best coffee in the world. It has even been said that Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz mined the city for ideas during a business trip in 1982, eventually bringing mochas and lattes to the masses.

Coffee drinking culture is a wee bit different in Italy than in the US. For instance, cappuccino is breakfast drink, and shouldn’t be consumed after noon. Order at the bar, and it will cost you much less than ordering at a table. Skim milk is frowned upon, and so is bringing your laptop to a cafe. While it was once déclassé to order coffee to-go or da portare via the culture is changing, and it is now becoming acceptable.

Tell us in the comments, where have you had the best cup of coffee of your life?

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