Sfogliatelle at Caffe Spaccanapoli

Coffee and Sfogliatella – Naples Breakfast of Champions

In Italy, Restaurants by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch22 Comments

We were in Naples just long enough to discover the perfect Naples breakfast – coffee and sfogliatella.

Naples is famous for strong coffee and sfogliatella, a delectable Neapolitan pastry. The two together are a perfect Naples breakfast.
The proud people of Naples, Italy are never afraid to take advantage of a photo op to show off their fine skills. Here's our favorite Neapolitan baker with a Babba con Frutta. Naples Italy Caffe Spaccanapoli

The proud people of Naples, Italy are never afraid to take advantage of a photo-op to show off their fine skills. Here’s our favorite Neapolitan baker with a Babba con Frutta.

Our time in Naples was too short.

We’d eaten the best pizza in the world. We’d eaten a traditional trattoria meal. And we’d eaten the best frigging fried foods at a friggitoria. Our taste buds were happy, but they wanted more.

Naples Breakfast

So, instead of eating a last breakfast at our charming B&B, we walked into the heart of Naples in search of a light bite to fuel us for the drive to Matera. Before long, we stumbled upon Caffè Spaccanapoli where we ate the perfect Naples breakfast.

On a Quest for Breakfast in Naples

On a Quest for Breakfast in Naples

Caffè Spaccanapoli

Caffè Spaccanapoli on Via Duomo is a typical Neapolitan morning spot – a combination bake shop and cafe featuring a range of classic Southern Italian pastries and cakes, not to mention a full bar. The house-made pasties include popular favorites like sfogliatelle and cornettos, and there are refrigerators filled with beautiful fruit tarts and cakes.

Our First Glance of Caffè Spaccanapoli Naples Italy

Our First Glance of Caffè Spaccanapoli

Pastry Counter at Caffè Spaccanapoli (Note the reasonable prices.) Naples Italy

Pastry Counter at Caffè Spaccanapoli (Note the reasonable prices.)


First things first, we ordered coffee. Coffee in Naples is traditionally served in a small cup and is quite strong. We had been drinking various versions of espresso since our arrival and were happily addicted to the potent potable. Since the coffee is so strong, people often add sugar. We don’t add sugar to our coffee, but we were tempted by the big bowl of red packets placed in front of us at the bar.

Coffee, Naples Italy Style

Coffee, Naples Italy Style

Big Bowl of Sugar Naples Italy

Big Bowl of Sugar

Tasting Tip:  In Italy, it’s not cool to order a cappuccino in the afternoon or evening. If you want a cappuccino, then order it with your breakfast. Otherwise, it’s more appropriate to order a coffee or other beverage.


Pastries in Naples are dangerously good, especially the sfogliatelle which were created in Campania. The layered pastry sports a flaky crust on the outside with a semi-sweet rich, slightly tangy ricotta filling. We had eaten sfogliatelle before. They’re a ubiquitous items in many Italian American bakeries, but they are so much better in Naples. As a bonus, this perfectly constructed, golden brown sfogliatella was hot out of the oven and served on a pretty flowery plate.

Sfogliatella at Caffè Spaccanapoli Naples Italy

Sfogliatella at Caffè Spaccanapoli

We visited more famous cafes in Naples, but there was something special about little, unassuming Caffè Spaccanapoli. Open since 1920, almost a century ago, it was a perfect spot for us to share our last bites and sips in Naples.

Caffè Spaccanapoli is located at Via Duomo, 87, 80138, Napoli, Italy.


  1. Oh wow, I love having coffee at all times a day.. “/
    Those desserts look delish.. So jealous!

  2. I have a girlfriend who went on a taste of Europe tour. She said that Italy (as a whole) had the best food, with second place going to France. I’ve never to Europe but between her stories and your post, I need to get over there and get my hands on some food. I’m dying to try real Italian pizza as pizza is my jam. I could eat it every day if that was acceptable.

  3. I’d get so fat if I lived in Italy! We’ve had sfogliatelle before, but never knew what they were before now, just that they tasted good! And I remember learning about the cappuccino rule in my Italian lessons, damn shame I don’t like coffee as I’m sure they’d go down a treat with one of those pastries!
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  4. Oh Italy how I love you….unfortunately my travels will not take me there for 12 months or so, therefore a read of your post has been a wonderful, dreaming experience…Italian coffee to start the day…nothing like it! enjoy…ciao Mx

  5. How I miss the European coffee shops and breakfast. They just know how to do it right. Living in Asia, I’ve come to love a lot of different food, but the Asians really don’t do breakfast. At least, not what I want. Here in Korea (where I’m based half of the year) they eat the same thing as they would for lunch or dinner (rice, soup, meat/fish). Although, the Koreans do seem to love western food, so “proper” breakfast is becoming more available.

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      We once ate porridge for breakfast at the Seoul airport. It was tasty, though very different from a European breakfast. That’s our only breakfast in Korea so far.

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