Paula Cademartori’s favourite Milan bars and restaurants

The Italian-Brazilian accessories designer has the perfect fix for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Paula Cademartori
Paula Cademartori

“I like a treat for breakfast so I often go to Cucchi, a traditional Milanese pasticceria in Porta Genova, one of the city’s prettiest and most artistic districts. I’ll have saccottino alla mela, an apple brioche that melts in your mouth, and a cup of the amazing macchiato coffee. Sometimes I also like to have a late brunch of scrambled eggs, toast and a green juice at Pandenus.

Pasticceria Cucchi, in Milan's Porta Genova, serves mouthwatering pastries
Pasticceria Cucchi, in Milan's Porta Genova, serves mouthwatering pastries

“For a proper lunch I’ll go to Bàcaro del Sambuco, my favourite restaurant in the city. It’s only open for lunch but the food is unbelievable – contemporary Italian dishes full of flavour; it serves a polenta and Gorgonzola amuse bouche when you arrive, and then I like the tortelli di zucca – pumpkin pasta. The tiramisu is so good I could never eat it anywhere else again – the layers are very thin. There’s a winter garden with lots of flowers, and heaters so you can eat outside, with just a few tables indoors. It really feels like home.

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“Dinner could be some great seafood and good wine at Langosteria Bistrot; it’s modern but with high ceilings and murals and a great bar that draws a young crowd. Or maybe Japanese, which I’ve always loved. At Finger’s it’s very contemporary – it mixes sushi with other cuisines or flavours, like foie gras. For traditional Japanese I’ll go to Ristorante Osaka for miso soup and tuna carpaccio.

Ceresio is the perfect place for an aperitvo and beautiful views
Ceresio is the perfect place for an aperitvo and beautiful views

“Later I’ll meet friends for an aperitivo – a bellini or lychee martini – at Ceresio, a rooftop bar and restaurant set around a pool with beautiful views. Or I might go for a glass of champagne at Pasticceria Marchesi, a famous pastry shop and café that has been bought by the Prada Group. It’s a cosy Milan institution, all perfectly done out with beautifully upholstered green chairs and walls covered in a fabric of little flowers.” 

Pasticceria Marchesi is an intimate Milanese institution
Pasticceria Marchesi is an intimate Milanese institution

Paula Cademartori’s first pop-up store is open in Milan for two months until April 16 at Galleria del Toro, Piazza San Babila. For more of her Milan favourites, click here.

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