Lonely Planet Writer

Get excited because the first official Nutella Café is going to open this month in Chicago

If you love to start your day – or end it – with a sweet, Nutella-slathered treat, then start planning a trip to Chicago, where you’ll soon be able to visit the first official Nutella Café.

The First Nutella Cafe is just steps away from Millennium Park at 151 North Michigan Avenue.
The First Nutella Cafe is just steps away from Millennium Park at 151 North Michigan Avenue. Image by PRNewsfoto/Nutella

The permanent cafe is the first restaurant owned and operated by Ferrero, the company that makes the world famous chocolate and hazelnut spread. The menu will include all-day and to-go items, including warm, grilled baguettes like Nutella, or fresh-roasted hazelnut and blueberry granola with yogurt and Nutella. There will also be Italian dishes like Gelato Affogato, a coffee-based desert that is sure to include some extra sweetness.

And for anyone who just doesn’t understand the obsession with the popular breakfast spread, there will also be savory paninis, salads and other dishes.

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The café will officially open at 11 am on 31 May, at 151 North Michigan Avenue, about one block from Millennium Park. To sweeten the deal, the first 400 visitors will get one free menu item.

While this is the first official Nutella café, there are plenty of spots around the world that have menus that are dedicated to the spread. In fact, in Iran, local “Nutella bars” ran afoul of the country’s Academy of Persian Language and Literature, which seeks to preserve Farsi, due to their name. A Sydney restaurant also took the Nutella-craze to new heights by offering a Nutella kebab, where delicious Nutella chocolate is shaved off of a rotisserie, much like a real kebab.