street food in milan

Street Food in Milan

One of the most fun and affordable ways to get into Italian culture is through food. In Milan you’ll be able to taste delicious examples of street food from all over Italy. In just the span of an afternoon, you’ll get to try some of the most iconic and authentic foods from the North to the South, while walking around beautiful architecture and aesthetic neighbourhoods.

We recommend exploring the Navigli and Brera districts, since they are some of the most popular and energetic areas with lots of delicious eateries to try out.


The Navigli (literally “canals” area) is the perfect place for a stroll and a quick bite. In this frenetic and timeless neighbourhood in the southern part of Milan, you’ll see many people walking around while chatting and eating baked goods. It is the perfect place to discover lovely small shops and restaurants that serve street food from all over Italy.

Il Panzerotto di Ettore – Ripa di Porta Ticinese 13

Among one of the most popular snack places in the area, you’ll find many people going out of this small restaurant with a piping hot fried bread filled with salami, cheese and tomato sauce. This is the Panzerotto, typical savoury fried pastry from the central-southern part of Italy. A must-try if you come to Italy and haven’t had the change to go to the South.

La Piadineria – via Bergognone 31 and many other locations

The Piadina is a flat bread from Emilia-Romagna (central Italy) made with olive oil or lard, folded in half to sandwich toppings of your choice. From savoury to sweet, the choices are infinite, but we suggest crudo (cured ham) and mozzarella or squacquerone (soft cheese), or nutella. It is better than the traditional sandwich since it has to be eaten hot, and it’s very convenient to eat on the go.


This northern district definitely has a much more classier and elegant vibe, maybe because of the prestigious Brera Academy of fine Arts and homonymous Art Gallery. During the colder months you’ll see lots and lots of lights hung out of the most popular eateries creating the perfect Christmas/holidays atmosphere.

Princi – via Ponte Vetero 10 and many other locations

In this bakery you’ll find every kind of pastry and baked goods. But we especially recommend the pizzas and Ligurian focaccias that you’ll see at the counter. Order here from the huge variety of toppings and pay at the register. You can have your order to go and continue your walking around or sit down and relax with a good cup of Italian coffee.

Luini – Via Santa Radegonda 16

Historical bakery in the heart of Milan. Located between the Duomo and the Rinascente luxury mall, get in line for one of the most well-known panzerotto of the city. Everyone has been here at least once for a quick lunch or tasty snack. Fried or baked, choose the topping inside your panzerotto (tomato, ham or many others). If you have a sweet tooth get also the custard or chocolate filled pastries. It is very affordable, around three euros.

If you want to experience more in depth the Italian Street Food scene while exploring Milan, you might be interested in our Street Food Tour Milan, where we’ll bring you to some of the tastiest and most authentic eateries here, alone or in good company. Check out our website for more information.

Credit. Greta Barbera