Coffee culture grows strong in Italy. People from all over the world flock there to enjoy the unparalleled bliss of sipping high-grade coffee. After all, real coffee aficionados accept nothing less than the cream of the crop, places where you go to blow away the cobwebs and have your insides screaming with happiness. So, here are some shops that stand out and are sure to satisfy even the most sophisticated coffee lovers.
Caffé Florian (Venice)
- Piazza San Marco, 57, 30124 Venezia
You’ve not properly enjoyed coffee until you’ve visited Caffé Florian. State of the art décor and the orchestra playing in the background is not something you see very often. The coffee may be pricey, but their baristas raise the coffee experience to the level of the art, so it is worth it if you ask me. The food quality is awesome (especially the toasted sandwiches and macaroons) and it helps that the café is situated right at the heart of the fabulous location, Piazza San Marco.
Caffé Sant’Eustachio (Rome)
- Piazza di S. Eustachio, 82, 00186 Roma, Italia
This coffee shop and roaster dates all the way back to the thirties and still enthralls coffee enthusiasts. Located near Piazza Della Rotonda, it is a true institution, which captures the essence of the eternal city. There is no better spot to have a cup of mouth-watering espresso and observe the world go by. Moreover, shop tempts you with a wide array of coffees as well as the delicious pastries. You can even purchase espresso machines and ground coffee to brew your favorite beverage home.
Gran Caffé Gambrinus (Naples)
- Gradoni di Chiaia 1-2, 80132, Napoli, Italia
No trip to Napoli would be complete without a coffee at Gran Caffé Gambrinus. A true paragon of Neapolitan coffee tradition, it is also an art gallery and one of the most famous literary cafes in the Pearl of the South Italy. This bar will win you over as soon as you step inside, with its striking decor. More importantly, you can also have a mouth trip that is out of this world. Espresso is served at just the right temperature and with Italian-style coffee beans that have that irresistible slight bitterness.
Sciascia Caffé (Rome)
- Via Fabio Massimo, 80/A, 00192 Roma
All roads lead to Rome, and those who know where to look can find another pristine coffee sanctuary there. The Gran Cappuccino Excellente is easily the best thing you can order there: With a splash of chocolate, it will make you feel a heavenly symphony of tastes slowly melting inside your mouth. Sciascia Caffé is a fine establishment no doubt and there is a plenty to stare at as well. So, ready to get lost in soothing ambiance and get your energy boost?
Ditta Artigianale (Florence)
- Via dei Neri, 32/R, 50122 Firenze
The majestic city of Florence has something to offer for us as well. Ditta Artigianale is a charming modern coffee shop that takes pride in its top-notch coffee beans and amazing espressos. It is where contemporary edge and Italian coffee tradition meet and blend. Ditta is great for a coffee break, but also breakfast and brunch. Also, it is possible to grab a takeaway coffee for your stroll down the breathtaking streets. As an icing on the cake, you have friendly service at your disposal.
Baratti e Milano (Turin)
- Piazza Castello, 27/29, 10123 Torino
This shop and café in Turin is a popular gathering place for all sorts of coffee heads. The interior oozes grandeur and the service is very attentive. Once inside, make sure to try out the iconic bicerin drink. The smell alone is enough to make you go crazy and the flavor is simply sublime. You could try to replicate the taste using top-notch coffee makers with grinders, but it is never exactly the same as that first time in Baratti. Oh, just note gets crowded fast, meaning it is best to pay a visit to it early.
Caffé Terzi (Bologna)
- Via Guglielmo Oberdan, 10/d, 40126 Bologna
When in Bologna, one does not miss a chance to show up at Caffé Terzi. A small and elegant place, it is a well-kept secret amongst the locals. Those who discover it, quickly come to know that baristas there go to great lengths in order to prepare cups full of the joys of spring. The beans are from all over the world and espressos and cappuccinos come (if you wish) with chocolate shavings on top. Thus, Terzi is an ideal place to kick off your day with a bang.
Caffé degli Specchi (Trieste)
- Piazza Unità d’Italia, 7, 34121 Trieste
Visiting Café degli Specchi, a spot brimming with history and caffeine felicity, is an absolute must when in Trieste. You can sit near all the action at the magnificent Piazza Unita d’ Italia (the main square) and enjoy some people-watching. Food offerings are not overly wide, but hey, if you go there for coffee, you will not be disappointed. Visitors are even served a small glass of hot or cold chocolate, depending on the season.
Heaven in a cup
We all know that Italy is a country of rich history and vivid culture. It has a plenty in store for various kinds of tourists, including those who follow the smell of coffee. But, do not take our word for it: Visit any of the aforementioned establishments and enjoy moments of stillness and calmness. Treat yourself with the perfect cup and you will never want to leave your seat, unless if it is to order some more. The world is your oyster.
Title image by Stefan Kunze
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