What are the best places to have breakfast in Naples? In our selection, we have chosen 10 addresses that you absolutely must try in 2024.
We have rounded up a comprehensive review of some of the finest places to kick-start a typical Neapolitan day in style. And while the iconic tazzulella di caffè (cup of espresso) is a popular and recommended choice when in Napoli, it's not mandatory.
Our list features classic spots where the menu predominantly focuses on traditional flavours and alternative options, with a more youthful and dynamic experience.
From reliable neighbourhood cafes to trendy and stylish venues that are the talk of the town, we've got all bases covered. This guide reflects contemporary early-morning Naples, highlighting small hidden gems and new openings making waves with their international vibe and gourmet offerings.
These are the top 10 best places to have breakfast in Naples in 2024 according to Visit Italy.
Chalet Ciro 1952
Chalet Ciro is a bar facing the Vesuvius that has been serving Neapolitans and tourists since 1952. It is known for its wide range of desserts, from comforting perfectly-baked sfogliatella and babà to baroque surprises like lavishing conograffa. Definitely, it's a go-to spot for those who want to enjoy a hearty breakfast in front of the sea. Over the years, Chalet Ciro 1952 has expanded beyond its long-standing location in Mergellina with new openings, including branches in Via Toledo, the heart of the historic centre, Via Cilea in Vomero, and the central station. The house motto promises moments of happiness in dessert form (but the savoury options are also worth trying). The must-eat item that will delight your taste buds is the soft graffa, fried on the spot and served at any time of the day.
Via Caracciolo, 80122 NapoliFind more about Chalet Ciro 1952❯
Gran Caffè Gambrinus
Like Piazza del Plebiscito, Mount Vesuvius, and Maradona's iconography, Gran Caffè Gambrinus is integral to Naples. Since 1860, it has held the title of the city's most famous bar, a gastronomic institution where sipping an espresso like D'Annunzio or Marinetti used to in its golden era. As you turn the corner onto Via Chiaia, whether or not you're in the mood for a cup of coffee is insignificant. This place, which has rightfully earned its reputation as a literary salon, a meeting place for intellectuals, and an art gallery, possesses a magnetic charm. In other words, it's worth stepping inside and having that coffee. The meticulously crafted and highly refined Liberty-style interiors don't shy away from showcasing the splendours of Naples' only historic caffè letterario.
Via Chiaia, 1, 80132 Napoli NAFind more about Gran Caffè Gambrinus ❯
Luminist Cafè & Bistrot
This spot offers a touch of international flair to the Neapolitan breakfast experience. Picture this – exquisite French croissants, served with fillings on the side to fully savour their aroma and texture, heavenly French toasts, delightful maritozzi, American pancakes, classic club sandwich, and a splendid range of cheese and eggs. You can taste some cruffins, too. It's a mythical creature of the pastry world, a fusion of muffins, croissants, and dulce de leche embodied in one delightful creation. Where does one indulge in this divine spread? Enter the Luminist, a café and bistro in Palazzo Piacentini. Once home to the Banco di Napoli, the palazzo now hosts the Gallerie d'Italia project. With a tasteful setting, an inviting atmosphere, and a sweet selection skillfully curated by the master pastry Armando Palmieri, the Luminist is the perfect place to start your day.
Via Toledo, 177/178, 80134 Napoli NAFind more about Luminist Cafè & Bistrot❯
Miranapoli is Posillipo's landmark bar. Antonio Coppola founded it in 1958 along the picturesque Via Petrarca, a road that was gradually taking shape in those very years. Over time, its terrace has witnessed countless gatherings, laughter, and rising romances against the backdrop of the Gulf of Naples, which appears even more enchanting while sipping on a steaming cup of espresso, relishing a sunset aperitif, or indulging in a post-dinner cocktail. The place lives up to its stunning location, offering an elegantly Neapolitan ambience where one effortlessly feels at home. The dessert selection reads like a showcase of Neapolitan taste classics: sfogliatelle, babà, and caprese cakes, each presented with its delightful variations – all to be savored while taking in the beauty of Naples and its sea.
Via Francesco Petrarca, 62, 80123 NapoliFind more about Miranapoli❯
Pasticceria Caffetteria Carbone
Back in 1972, the famous Pasticceria Caffetteria Carbone opened its doors in the heart of Naples. Decades have passed, but the family-owned business still enjoys excellent health, with two locations on Largo Regina Coeli and Via dei Tribunali. It has also earned the prestigious Mercurio d'Oro, an accolade for commercial and entrepreneurial excellence. Across generations, Angelo Carbone has made its way into the hearts of Neapolitans, creating a delectable refuge—a daily certainty for a clientele of loyal enthusiasts and connoisseurs. It's not hard to imagine asking for seconds when biting into one of the enticing 'pastarelle' in the window display. Try one of their warm and fragrant sfogliatelle! The flavours are a symphony for your taste buds, set against the dramatic backdrop of Naples' historic centre.
Largo Regina Coeli, 4/5, 80138 Napoli NAFind more about Pasticceria Caffetteria Carbone❯
The Scotto Jonno project is truly ambitious. It all starts with the location – an ancient 1883 venue, once the temple of the legendary sciantose (Neapolitan iconic performers). This stunning Art Nouveau beauty is located in the Principe di Napoli Gallery. After decades of neglect, the avenue has been meticulously restored and now boasts six hundred square meters spread over three floors. It has two kitchens, dedicated spaces for a café, bistro, restaurant, cocktail bar, and even a historical library. The Belle Époque dream and the retro vibes of cafés-chantants come back to life in a thoroughly contemporary guise. Breakfast is served from 9 AM and features delectable homemade pastries crafted by chef Federico Andreani. Forget the classic croissant and opt for the house's soft, leavened specialities instead. Also, be sure to try some typical Neapolitan savoury delights for true connoisseurs.
Galleria Principe di Napoli XIV-XVII, 80135 Napoli NAFind more about Scotto Jonno❯
With a series of bars strategically positioned in the city's heart, Leopoldo Cafebar has emerged over the years as one of the most recognized names in Neapolitan pastry and taralleria. The legacy of Leopoldo Infante, a master of the baking arts who opened the successful Bottega del Tarallo on Via Foria in the 1960s, has evolved into the contemporary brand, a champion of Neapolitan gastronomic culture. Thus, from the classic ‘nzogna e pepe’ (lard and pepper) taralli, the distinctive Naples street food, the repertoire has grown to a broader range of sweet treats. In addition to the traditional café-bars, there's also the pastry shop in Piazza Cavour – one of the few in the city entirely dedicated to gluten-free options and, in general, one where the experiment has been particularly successful. Try their sfogliatella frolla senza glutine: it's a delightful surprise!
P.za Cavour, 78/79, 80137 Napoli NAFind more about Leopoldo Cafebar❯
Caffè Ciorfito is a charming and laid-back hangout spot that is very popular among locals, particularly university students. It is located in one of Naples' most captivating areas, via San Biagio dei Librai, and is a well-kept secret among true coffee enthusiasts. You can enjoy quick service, delightful traditional pastries served at the perfect temperature, and, above all, some of the finest coffee in the city (and perhaps even in the world). Try it to believe it. The menu also features indulgent variations on the theme, such as espresso paired with various types of chocolate shavings, hazelnut-infused coffee, Brazilian blends, or 'Nutellino'. To make the experience even more heavenly, try the glorious dark chocolate spoon offered at the counter.
Via San Biagio Dei Librai, 90/91, 80138 Napoli NAFind more about Caffè Ciorfito❯
Welcome to Birdy's Bakery, a delightful bar among the best breakfast spots in Naples. Since its opening in 2012, Birdy's has been bringing the forbidden dreams of Netflix subscribers to life. Breakfast here involves oversized mugs filled to the brim with piping hot coffee, stacks of pancakes drenched in maple syrup, scrambled eggs, and crispy bacon, just like in those classic American movies. Their Sunday brunch is a one-way ticket from Naples to New York. Dive into a world of sandwiches, bagels, and cheeseburgers paired with a milkshake or smoothie like in a '90s series. But that's not all – indulge in glazed Homer-Simpson-style doughnuts, luscious-filled pastries, apple pie, brownies, and chocolate cookies. Birdy's is a fun and trendy place to experience a Naples that is slightly less Naples than usual.
Vico Belledonne a Chiaia, 14b, 80121 Napoli NAFind more about Birdy’s Bakery❯
The Florist Bar
The name, Florist Bar, sets the tone for this charming spot near Via Foria. It's the outcome of a fantastic urban revitalization project that uncovers and celebrates the city's green potential. Flowers, plants, and fruit peeking out of scattered wicker baskets give a feel for the place – a laid-back and serene nook just a stone's throw from the Botanical Garden and the Calvanese Nursery. The distinctive bar-nursery combo is meant to be a hub for sharing green culture, and the area right in front, set to transform into a community garden, is a delightful example of urban farming. The menu options, ranging from refreshing juices to delectable cakes, are both whimsical and original. Plus, everything served is whipped up using locally sourced goodies.
Via Michele Tenore, 8, 80100 Napoli NAFind more about The Florist Bar❯