Article (D) guide: Milan’s Best Pastry Shops

Milan’s Best Pastry Shops
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Are you looking to satisfy your sweet tooth with locally-made Italian pastries? This guide covers the best pastry shops/cafes in Milan. We’ll visit shops offering tortes, chocolates, biscotti (cookies), cakes, and pastries: ones filled with delicious creams (cannoncini), fresh fruit (tarts), light ricotta cheese (cannoli); eat wonderful pralines, or small cakes infused with rum (babà). This is a feast for the eyes as well as for the stomach!

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Guide Name: Milan’s Best Pastry Shops
Guide Location: Italy » Milan
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (D))
# of Destinations: 16
Author: John Mylius
Author Bio: John Mylius is an American freelance consultant who has lived in Milan for eight years and a total of fifteen years in northern Italy with his family. He remains close to the Milanese spirit of living, which also espouses doing it with style and with good food to eat. John has greatly enjoyed putting together this guide to help visitors to Milan find the authentic Milanese pastry shops where quality and taste still reign supreme.
Pasticceria Castelnuovo

1) Pasticceria Castelnuovo

Passing in front of this shop you will be intoxicated by the scent of vanilla and pastry. Despite the fact that it is slightly off the beaten path (accessible via the Metro and by bus from the centre), Pasticceria Castelnuovo, which is still operated by the original founding family, offers wonderful treats, such as the ricotta cream tartlet, the rum raisin tart or many other fruit tarts. Also famous for “La Torta Enrico” which is a variation on the classic pear and chocolate torte, but made...
Pasticceria Martesana

2) Pasticceria Martesana

The hand-made pastries here leave nothing to chance: tarts, krumiri (italian cornmeal cookies), fresh Chantilly cream puffs, mousse concentrated in small glasses which go down as pure pleasure. Even the simplest pastry tarts here are really good, always with the right amount of sugar and butter complimented with tart, tasty jam. And then there it is: the “Martesana”, the mascot of the place, which is a soft paradise cake with creamy custard filling. This is also a great place to have an...
Pastericcia Elli

3) Pastericcia Elli

Hasn’t it been said that the simplest things are the most complicated to do? When it comes to the “Millefoglie” pastry, every Italian has an opinion on the best way to make it. Well, Pasticceria Elli makes all of them agree on this point, if only for the time it takes to eat it. The Pasticceria Elli "Millefoglie” is a many-layered puff pastry filled with cream or alternatively with “zabaione” (egg yolk and marsala whipped into a cream) and coffee, that is dense with flavor yet...
Pasticceria Viscontea

4) Pasticceria Viscontea

Viscontea is a traditionally-styled milanese pastry shop which has remained in the shadow of the great mistresses of the area (Sant'Ambrogio / Carrobbio). Though its style is out of fashion, Viscontea’s rooms are spacious but not too big, with soft lighting, intimate ambience, and impeccable service. The wild card of this place and which is worthy of illustrious rivals, is the “Bavarese al Limone”, a lemon bavarian cream dessert which is sweetly tart and persuasive in its absolute...

5) Pavè

Pavé is a place where you feel at home, as it is very comfortable: big tables, chairs all different, benches, a large bar; a place with lots of character and charm, but without being too snobbish. The kitchen staff, the cashier and the waiters are really nice and friendly, always with a smile.

If it’s for breakfast (“colazione”), when you can buy freshly baked fantastic “brioche” and eat them with your cappuccino, for lunch or for an aperitif in the old Milan style, with white...
Le Dolci Tradizioni

6) Le Dolci Tradizioni

The original Le Dolci Tradizioni pastry shop has been renovated into an inviting café in modern shades of cool green and grays, and available with Wi-Fi, but continues to offer the same excellent quality pastries.

This pasticceria offers one of the best “Tarte Tatin” you’ll ever taste: caramelized apples with puff pastry baked to sublime perfection. The pastry chef Marcello is inspired by high French pastry, and in the workshop which is co-located with the store, he prepares exquisite...

7) Alvin's

Alvin’s has very good pastries and cakes with great variety of choice, such as about a dozen different pastries with one or more combinations of flavors (jams, creams, chocolate, hazelnut cream, apples, plain with granulated sugar, whole wheat with honey, light, savory braids, donuts), as well as about 60 types of cakes, with as many as 100 different types of pastries.

Alvin’s is a bit expensive, and the service can be inconsistent. But if you do find yourself a little outside the tourist...
Vecchia Milano

8) Vecchia Milano

As the name says, this pastry shop really is the temple of “old Milan”, serving up "panettone". The Vecchia Milano Pasticceria is one of the monuments of the traditional confectionery Milan, on the scene since the early twentieth century and with something legitimate to brag about, because anything you try will not disappoint you: the cakes, for example the traditional panettone, or the Sacher Torte, and marrons glacé (candied chestnuts) stand out from the rest who do them well:...
Cremeria Buonarroti

9) Cremeria Buonarroti

Cremeria Buonarroti is old-style Milan: there are still old ladies who come in to drink tea in the afternoon, but any hour is a good time to come here. The beautiful window displays betray the true age of this historic shop, which was founded in 1920. This is a meeting place for generations of Milanese at any time of day.

For breakfast you can enjoy different crumbly and fragrant croissants from the counter or a delectable cream puff or slice of cake with a frothy cappuccino; for lunch they...
I Dolci Namura

10) I Dolci Namura

The pasticceria I Dolci Namura has a lot going for it: courtesy, fresh pastries, often organic ingredients, and owners who are always looking for new niche products to serve their clients.

Namura makes a point of offering you very delicious, authentic and high-quality pastries. They do this by using carefully selected natural ingredients - free of pesticides, dyes and preservatives – derived almost exclusively from organic farming. You can taste the quality in the only organic...
Pasticceria Confetteria COVA

11) Pasticceria Confetteria COVA

This historic bakery, founded in 1817, is in fact one of the oldest in Milan. Pasticceria COVA is located in a luxurious area of Milan which is considered by many to be the most exclusive shopping area in the city and home to all the top names in fashion and design. And the pasticceria fits in with the setting: its richly decorated window displays with sumptuous cakes and pastries lend an air of refined nobility. Inside you’ll find the café spacious and elegant, filled with clientele who...
Gattullo Pasticceria

12) Gattullo Pasticceria

Gattullo is a very beautiful, elegant, bright pastry shop in Milan, renowned for its freshness and goodness. It's also a tea room, with very elegant furniture, brass tables and cool furnishings that are used outside during the summer months.

Going by Gattullo at any time of day you can breathe the delicious aroma of freshly baked pastries and sweets of all kinds. They specialize in the preparation of “panettone”, and Gattullo’s is an institution that every Milanese hopes to find...

13) Cucchi

Operated by its original and very genteel owners, The pastry shop and bar Cucchi has always been a certainty for the Milanese. It’s a historical place which has been turning out sweet and savory delights since 1936.

The focus on quality and authenticity of its products has made this a superb and elegant place. The atmosphere is familiar, friendly and a little 'retro (which should absolutely be preserved and passed on) and one that puts a beautiful and loyal customer base at ease.

Pasticceria Marchesi

14) Pasticceria Marchesi

One of the three pastry shops in Milan’s historical centre that is owned and operated by the original founding family, Pasticceria Marchesi has been in business since 1824, including the building it is in: the decorated coffered ceilings, the exposed wooden beams, the furniture, lamps, mirrors and the wooden bar with steel and brass fittings all give Marchesi an air of a romantic time gone by.

Marchesi puts quality pastry as a first priority, and for this it is much sought after by...
Sant Ambroeus

15) Sant Ambroeus

There are many generations of Milanese that have been enchanted in front of the windows of this elegant pastry shop, winter or summer, night or day. Sant'Ambroeus has been here for over 73 years, the symbol of the Italian “Belle Epoque”, amidst the Milanese centre of creativity and finance. It is famous for its multi-layered cakes, its chocolate cakes, its chocolates and its truffles.

There are so many delights this Milanese pastry shop offers which can be enjoyed in the restaurant...
Pasticceria Massimo

16) Pasticceria Massimo

For lovers of hot chocolate, this is an address to write on the back of the subway ticket. The chocolate nectar is divine and upon the first sip, it doesn’t fail to put you at peace with the rest of the world. If you prefer to bite into something, opt for the homemade chocolates and pralines . But the secret of Massimo’s success is called "Mousse Francesca", 36 Euros per kilo of pure lust.

And if you want to start your Sunday morning in an oasis of peace and serenity,...


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