Biffi

Address: Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, Milan, 20121, Italy
Telephone: 02 805 7961

- Mid-range

4.6

An utterly charming and historic Milan cafè/restaurant – perfect for people watching.

Named after Paolo Biffi, the inventor of panettone, this is a Milan institution, a Gran Caffè and restaurant that has been open since 1867, with everyone from Hemingway to Gorbachev dropping in along the way. I had one of the best cappuccinos I have ever had (in a life that has involved a great deal of coffee). The walls are filled with history and there is always something to watch in the galleria.

Food and drink
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Service
4.5
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Food and drink
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Value for money
3.9
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Ambience
4.7
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Location
4.7
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Food and drink

Open all day and into the night, serving breakfast, cakes and coffees, then traditional Italian food including excellent pastas and risottos.

Ambience

A cosy old-fashioned trattoria with marble tables, historic photos on the walls and a glassed-in terrace so you can watch the world go by without catching a chill.

Service

Friendly and charming. My visit was met with a fascinating history of the restaurant, a tour of the historic photos and introductions to all the staff.

Location

Inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. 

Price advice

Expect to pay around 50-70 euros for three courses without wine.

Branches

There’s a second branch in Corso Magenta - see website for details.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Celebrity spotting
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss

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