Whenever I’m in Milan, I always make time for a walk along Via Monte Napoleone—the quintessential Milanese shopping street and the fashion capital’s answer to Fifth Avenue. It’s no surprise that Prada has a boutique there, and now they’ve added a stylish pastry shop a few doors down. The new Pasticceria Marchesi, which Miuccia Prada and her husband Patrizio Bertelli bought a stake in last year, is the first ever outpost of a historic bakery, renowned for turning out exquisite pastries and cakes for the past 161 years. The original location is all classic Italian refinement, a tiny spot on the other side of the Duomo with standing room only—it’s long served the best espresso in town. The new bakery has two dining rooms with plenty of space to sit and enjoy its pastries and panettone. Designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, it blends the old world atmosphere of the original location with a subtle nod to Prada’s modern aesthetic. The beamed ceilings and spirited green walls echo the Prada boutique, chairs are wrapped in velvet, walls covered in damask, surfaces in marble … and of course, the waiters wear Prada uniforms. It’s the perfect spot for coffee—I can’t wait until my next trip to Italy.
Pasticceria Marchesi, Via Monte Napoleone, 9, Milan