The best breakfast spots in Naples: five bars and cafes where you can eat sfogliatella, croissants and babà

Gambrinus, Napoli

The best breakfast spots in Naples. After the first cup of coffee the day begins. In Naples there are plenty of cafes to choose from, ranging from patisseries to breakfast spots with a beautiful view. But there aren’t so many where you can guarantee that you’ll be served an espresso that hits the spot and a buttery brioche, sfogliatella or croissant. That’s why we, Puntarella Rossa, have put together this list of the best breakfast spots in Naples.

Il Gran Caffé Gambrinus – San Ferdinando

The most famous bar in Naples and amongst the top ten in Italy, Il Gran Caffè Gambrinus is elegant and refined. It is clear that this is a bar from a different era, and the prices are not comparable with any of the others on this list. There’s a Tea Room, Coffee Room, bar area, patisserie and very grand central seating area. Opened in 1856, it was here that the first ‘Caffè sospeso‘ was introduced (when a customer can pay at the bar for an extra coffee which is then given to the less fortunate for free).

Prices: Espresso 1.20 euro (4 seated); sfogliatella 2.20 euro (4.50 seated); babà 2.20 euro (4.50 seated)

Il Gran Caffè Gambrinus, via Chiaia 1, Napoli – 081417582 – Facebook

Bar Salvo – Vomero

When you fancy a cornetto in Naples, you immediately think of Caffé Salvo. Since 1955 they have been making the best cornetti, no doubt about it. Their secret? Lard. The pastry melts in your mouth and before you know it you’ll easily have eaten two. Salvo’s only downfall? That there’s never anywhere to sit.

Prices: Espresso 0.90 euro, cornetto 0.90 euro

Bar Salvo, via Enrico Alvino 73, Naples – 0815563845

Pasticceria Scaturchio – The Historic Centre

Here at Pasticceria Giovanni Scaturchio you absolutely must try one of the most famous Neapolitan pastries: the babà. For those that like to start their day with a little rum, you can tuck into the succulent sponge while looking over San Domenico Maggiore‘s spectacular obelisk. Don’t want a boozy sweet treat? Then try a sfogliatella and choose between one that’s riccia (curly – the traditional type) or frolla (shortcrust pastry). Both are delicious.

Prices: Espresso 1 euros (2 seated), sfogliatella 1.70 euros (3 seated), babà 1.50 euros (3 seated)

Pasticceria Giovanni Scaturchio, Piazza San Domenico Maggiore 19, Napoli – 0815516944 –Facebook

Il Serpentone – Posillipo

You’ll find Il Serpentone in a very tactical position, on one of the bends of via Petrarca with one of the most beautiful views in the world. A piece of advice, go for an espresso, a brioche and a glass of apricot juice and enjoy the flavours while gazing at the island of Capri. If you happen to want to stay inside, the bar is sunlit and often frequented by Neapolitan characters and many VIPs. Is that glamorous enough for you?

Prices: Espresso 0.90 euro (2 seated), brioche 1 euro (2 seated)

Il Serpentone, via Petrarca 111, Napoli – 0815756922 – Facebook

Caffetteria Pasticceria Piterà – Chiaia

Having only opened six months ago and already worth a mention, you’ll find this cafe on one of Naples’s most popular streets. Tuck into cornetti from the island of Ischia and mouthwatering sfogliatella (we consider the vegan version one of the best) or try a simple brioche. All the pastries are freshly made in the bakery next door. If you really want to start the day with a bang then try the ‘croccante‘, filled with either nutella, almonds, or fruits of the forest, to name just a few.

Prices: Espresso 1 euro (1.50 seated), brioche 1.10 euros (1.50 seated)

Caffetteria Pasticceria Piterà, Via San Pasquale a Chiaia 30/31, Naples – 081417426 – Facebook

Traduzione a cura di Corinna Parker

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