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Now that summer has arrived in all its splendor in the city, we can hardly drag ourselves through one work day, let alone one week, and harbor a single dream shared by all: that the holidays and study breaks come as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the trick to not let the heat get you down is to turn your weekends into relaxation sessions, with some great food (and a lot of it)! Brunch is a “ritual” that arrived in Italy from America and has become a popular pastime all over the world. Brunch is now an essential weekend tradition in the Milanese capital because it satisfies both families and the most demanding of palates.
In our city, traversing a wide landscape of culinary offerings, these places that we suggest stand out not only for the high-quality food and drinks, but for the venues, including charming courtyards, gardens, and outdoor patios ideal for the summer season!
H CLUB – DIANA | Sheraton Diana Majestic
Viale Piave 42 – Saturday and Sunday 12:30 – 15:00
The lush gardens at the Sheraton Diana Majestic are the perfect backdrop for relaxation, especially when you take advantage of the excellent buffet. The buffet offers the best of the American tradition, complete with eggs, bacon, and pancakes, and joins forces with Italian delicacies such as honey and cheese, first and second courses, and vegetarian and gluten-free dishes (children and families get a special discount). Rest on their comfortable sofa, listen to the waterfall that descends from the fountain centerpiece, sip an excellent Americano coffee, and chat with your loved ones. At the Sheraton, every minute is a precious gift to treasure forever!
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MILANO
Via Gesù, 8 – Sunday from 12:15 to 3:00
If you choose to try the Sunday Brunch here, you will soon find yourself navigating between ”gourmet destinations” dotted with carefully selected local and international specialties. Luxury, sophistication, and quality are the essential features of the Four Seasons Hotel Milano, which are, not surprisingly, reflected in its kitchen. The inner courtyard is a charming oasis with a lovely view perfect for recharging after a long day.
BAR BULGARI | Bulgari Hotels & Resorts
Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7/B – Sunday 12:30 – 14.15
A luxurious 18th-century villa with an elegant and enchanting terrace, surrounded by a beautiful, quiet garden in the early summer afternoon; what more could you need for a relaxing Sunday? Here, a hearty buffet awaits you, complete with salads, Italian meats & cheeses, a raw fish bar, the chef’s specialty risotto or pasta du jour, roasts, and many other delicacies. An attractive location and delicious menu is the perfect combo to escape the hectic hustle and bustle of city life!
DEUS CAFÉ | Deus Ex Machina
Via Thaon di Revel 3 – Saturday and Sunday 9:30 – 17:00
Deus ex Machina, or “an unexpected power which offers a solution to a hopeless circumstance,” is an Australian lifestyle brand for motorcycles, surfboards, and bicycles that also dabbles in the food industry. Elegant, casual, and chic all at the same time, this place combines natural lighting and plants with a steel beam foundation as an ode to their humble beginnings in the motor industry. Enjoy their à la carte brunch with offerings ranging from eggs Benedictine to fruit salad, bagels, burgers, sandwiches, and salads, all accompanied by fresh smoothies.
Piazza Sant’Eustorgio 4 – sabato e domenica ore 11:00 – 17:00
For those seeking the lively spirit of the classic United States brunch, California Bakery is the most American of all the selections in the city, serving up brunch since before the phenomenon struck Milan. You can choose from a range of à la carte options, including burgers, bagels, eggs of all kinds, vegetables, and delicious desserts accompanied by freshly squeezed orange juice, Bagel Chips & Dips, side dishes of your choosing, and the essential Americano coffee. And if even for a moment you start to miss Italy, look up to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Piazza S. Eustorgio, where one of the oldest churches in Milan still stands.
Corso Garibaldi 65 – Saturday and Sunday 12:30 – 17:00
The Moleskine Café is a special place where culture, books, and art come together to enjoy, as it says on their coffee cups, a “daily dose of inspiration.” Come here to read, write, talk, meet free spirits, sip a cup of coffee (espresso or filtered), or enjoy a delicious menu for Sunday brunch with American, Italian, and vegetarian options for your plate. After a stop here, you’ll surely be ready to face a new week.
SANTERIA PALADINI 8
Via Ettore Paladini, 8 – Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00
Fried eggs with crispy bacon, honey pancakes, smoked salmon toast, vegetarian and vegan options, and much more are ready to be enjoyed at one of the most popular and floral inner courtyards on the east side of the city. In the historic Santeria Social Club in Via Paladini is a small oasis where you can kick back after an endless work week with a new brunch menu to discover.
Via Giovenale, 7 – Sunday from 12:30 to 3:30
The style of Fonderie Milanesi boasts distinctive attention to the smallest detail and decor that reminds one of their living room. The inner courtyard is picturesque, characterized by an enchanting atmosphere. Climbing ivy, lanterns, and hanging lights help you forget that you’re in the middle of the city. If you add an excellent brunch to this experience, you have the recipe for a perfect Sunday.
Via Mercato, 24 – Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00
With a delightful atmosphere and outdoor area that can’t help but remind you of home, Pandenus Mercato, in the heart of Brera, awaits you every Sunday with hamburgers (even for vegetarians), omelets, Benedectine eggs, scrambled eggs, club sandwiches, salads, and pasta. Enjoy this triumph of flavors and fresh products while immersed in an exotic setting.
Piazza del Carmine, 1 – Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00
Piazza del Carmine is one of many eateries by God Save the Food, where the story is always the same: here, you always leave satisfied. As for brunch, enjoy a menu full of à la carte options ranging from European to American specialties (eggs are a must), and don’t forget to try the Woks! Try to grab a spot on the outdoor terrace too, which overlooks Piazza del Carmine!
Via Angelo Fumagalli, 1 – Sunday
If you love American brunches with omelets, sausages, and pancakes, a visit to Rita’s on Sundays around an outdoor table is a must! Here, both the menu, where creative proposals accompany the classics and the drink list, a forge of cocktails that complete this iconic American meal, will tempt you. A small tip: try one of their desserts to finish off your meal!
Via Tortona, 33
The terrace at The Botanical Club in the Tortona area greets the MUDEC from its central location and, as per usual, continues to surprise its customers. The venue is a triumph of simple silhouettes and green patches that dot the interior. The à la carte Sunday Brunch is a crossroads of local, American, and exotic flavors.
Via Paolo Sarpi, 8 – Saturday and Sunday
oTTo’s brunch is one of the most Instagrammable in the Milanese capital. Here, every Saturday and Sunday, they offer a menu based on the now-famous Quadrotti, slices of bread made to order with unique toppings, which are accompanied by fruit, yogurt, potatoes, and coffee. The outdoor courtyard is also a joy for the eyes and the palate.
Viale Bligny, 39 – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
With a glamorous courtyard surrounded by greenery and a lively brunch, at Spoon, the buffet is filled with all kinds of delicacies, including salads, vegetables, and fresh fruit (for those who don’t cut the line), meats, cheeses, breads, biscuits, homemade cakes, club sandwiches, pancakes (and much more).
Corso Sempione, 2 – Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00
Exclusive and elegant, it evokes the vintage Milanese deco style, which blends well with their contemporary design with pop and urban influences. At Deseo, the brunch menu is varied and combines Mediterranean flavors with both exotic and classic Anglo-Saxon dishes, served among the beauty of Corso Sempione and the Arco della Pace.
Via Campazzino – Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00; Saturday from September onwards
The 4cento restaurant offers excellent brunch proposals every weekend, perfect for families with children. Here, in addition to the menu, fun activities are organized to entertain the little ones, while adults enjoy the chef’s picks at the enchanting outdoor area in total relaxation.
Via Palestro, 16 – Sunday from 12:00 to 3:30
The courtyard of LùBar hides inside the majestic Villa Reale Meneghina. A bar-bistro in the south wing of the building, once a transit porch for carriages and a lemon house, it has been recently renovated as a winter garden. At this spot, the Sunday brunch offers the flavors of Sicilian gastronomic specialties, with dishes big enough to share!