Sweet Tooth Milan
Collected by Erica Firpo, AFAR Local Expert
With abundant pastry shops, chocolate boutiques, and gelateria, Milan is a treasure trove for the sweet tooth. You'll find artisanal chocolate shops, historic pastry shops with lovely cafés, and a lineup of amazing gelato spots. Just make sure to always carry a bit more than pocket change, because some places are cash only.
Via Spadari, 13, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Milan invented the art of bel cafè, the pedicured bar for a delicious morning coffee or afternoon aperitivo. Passerini has a delicious selection of pastries for mornings and afternoons, and is the ideal hideaway for an aperitivo in the city...
Via S. Gregorio, 17, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
The aptly named Gelato Giusto (meaning gelato done right) is an ice cream must. Former pastry chef Vittoria Bortolazzo makes delicious gelato every day from regional, organic fruit, high quality milk, and lots of love. Flavor selection is only a...
Via Monte Napoleone, 8, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Caffè Cova, Milan's old world pastry shop and original fashion caffe. Its pastries are perfect and more than delicious, but what takes the proverbial cake is the aperitivo and its presentation. Black tie serves cater drinks like Negroni sbagliati...
Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 9, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
As a connoisseur of all things sweet, I was drawn to Shockolat's cioccolata calda or hot chocolate a mere three hours after arriving in Milan. Rich, creamy, and thick, it is hands down the best hot chocolate I have ever had. In fact, it is so...
Via Santa Maria alla Porta, 11/a, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
For a coffee and pastry shop, Pasticceria Marchesi has an unexpected historic elegance. Since the 1800s, they've stuck with a formula that works—classic cookies, jars of sweets, and strong coffee in a gorgeous setting. I came for a cappuccino and...
Via Spadari, 9, 20135 Milano MI, Italy
Via Madonnina, 10, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
A passionate mother-daughter team is behind the lovely Brera district patisserie "Di Viole e Di Liquirizia". Homemade desserts, cookies, cupcakes and macarons, to enjoy with friends in front of a really great cup of tea or a yummy capuccino.
Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
We finally found it! Officine Del Gelato Milano; a modern, absolutely delicious gelato parlor. They had us coming back (three times in one day) until we had tried every flavor—including every kind of gelato popsicle. It was a guilt-free treat and...
Via Lodovico Castelvetro, 18, 20154 Milano MI, Italy
I consider myself to be a gelato connoisseur, at least in the sense that if I see a gelateria, I will go. It is my very favorite indulgence. I have enjoyed gelato all over Europe and in many cities around Italy, but this was far and away the best....
Via Lecco, 1, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
Da Ilia was recommended as an old-school Milanese restaurant. Sure enough, the place doesn't look like it's changed in 40 years. Classic dishes like veal saltimbocca and carciofi round out the dinner menu. Come here for simple food prepared in an...
Via delle Erbe, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Some of Milan's best hidden treasures are only accessible by foot. Brera is one such area, with most of the shops and restaurants being accessible only to pedestrians. La Sorbetteria Castiglione was my most treasured delight during the five months...
Via Santa Margherita, 16, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
I first discovered Grom while studying abroad in Florence. The gelato shop is hidden down a small street that is right around the corner from the Duomo. I, without shame, found myself frequently in that corner of town. Years later when I moved to...
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