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California Bakery

This cosy, terraced cafe is the third and latest addition to this American mini-chain of bakeries in Milan, although the brand long ago embedded itself into local conscience. It’s the place in town to get a big home-cooked breakfast (and far more aesthetically appealing than any Anglo version), bagels and club sandwiches; it also does a roaring trade in take-out holiday pies: pumpkin, pecan, apple and, of course, good old American cheesecake (order at least a day in advance). Go in the evening for ‘Burger Time’, when you can dither over your choice of seven jumbo burgers, including chicken and veggie, as well as hot dogs, onion rings and French fries – the latter approved by Sarkozy, according to a cutesy tag line. The whitewashed floorboards, wooden furniture and dimmed lighting lend a laidback Parisian feel, although the crowd is hardly understated: the café is a current favourite for large Milanese birthday parties. Visit late afternoon if you’re in need of some Stateside-style down time.

Piazza Sant'Eustorgio 4, Navigli,
+ 39 2 398 115 38
Opening Times
8.30 am - midnight Monday - Friday, 11am-5pm Saturday - Sunday. Closed for two weeks during August.
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