Turin’s Top 10 Cafes & Bars
There are so many fabulous cafes and bars in Turin that it’s difficult to narrow it down to only 10…But here’s a selection of the ones we and many others think really capture the spirit and essence of what Turin is all about.
Discover what delights are to be found behind baroque palazzo doors. Be transported back in time and luxuriate in the historic. Lounge in lavish or relax in rustic. Pamper yourself in opulent or bespoke surroundings. Take your time out in style in Turin but most of all…enjoy!
Top 10 Cafes & Bars (listed in no particular order):
1. Baratti e Milano
Built in 1875 and in the heart of Turin, you will feel like royalty in the elegant surroundings of 19th century interiors. Once supplier to the royal Savoy family, and tearoom of choice for the wealthy middle classes and intellectuals, the spacious tearoom overlooks Galleria Subalpina. Sample the luxurious hot chocolate, which in Turin is more like a rich, velvety, chocolate sauce. It is perfectly acceptable in Turin to eat this with your teaspoon – even inside such opulent premises. Address: Piazza Castello, 10
2. Barney’s Bar (in Circolo dei Lettori)
What a delight to discover! It’s not immediately obvious that inside the grand 17th century Palazzo Graneri della Roccia a haven of calm and relaxation awaits you within the cafe and opulent rooms within the palace. Perfect for a rest and refreshment. Just punch in the code at the door…and you’re in…up the red carpeted staircase and voila! Here you can relax for as long as you like for morning coffee, juice and pastries. For lunch a mouth-watering buffet with a fine choice of hot and cold dishes using the tastiest, freshest, seasonal fare.
Circolo dei Lettori website Address: Via Bogino, 9
3. La Drogheria
Since it opened in 2002, this cool cat rustic hang out is the place to be seen. Sink into a battered leather sofa and chill out. Leaf through a newspaper or magazine in the morning over coffee and choose something nourishing from their internationally inspired breakfast menu. Stay for lunch and sample their Italian take on fish and chips aptly served in a paper cone. At aperitivo hour, discover an alternative take on the usual offerings with a delicious whole foods spread laid out on a long marble table…take it out into the piazza in summer and try their speciality fruit cocktails served quirkily in preserve jars with a straw. La Drogheria website Address: Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 18
4. Floris House
The first floor of 18th century Palazzo Marenco houses a sumptuous bar and concept store by Teresina Simonetta (aka Terry). To reach the bar and dining area, walk through a lavish treasure trove of plenty: perfumes, flowers, interior décor, furniture, make-up, art finds from foreign shores, clothing and accessories. Atmospheric and luxurious with canapès served on three-tier silver platters, a coffee, tea or dining stop here will be a treat as coffee alone is a pricey three euros. Address: Via Cavour, 16
5. Caffe’ Mulassano
An art nouveau gem with mirrored walls, carved mahogany ceiling and just a cluster of marble top tables, this café is best known for its “tramezzini” sandwiches invented in 1925. You can sample their home baked light fluffy bread traditionally filled with three flavoursome delights such as goat’s cheese, lobster salad, porcini mushrooms, robiola cheese from the Langhe region with celery and walnut, sardines and egg, artichokes…Don’t leave without trying “Liquore delle Alpi”, their own sweet vermouth which is made from a recipe dating back to 1879. Caffe Mulassano website Address: Piazza Castello, 15
6. Teapot Tisaneria con Cucina
In the multicultural neighbourhood of San Salvario, this tearoom is both cool and cute with a super relaxed and informal atmosphere. Choose from thirty types of teas, cappuccino that can be taken with soy, oat or rice milk, juices, wines and local beers. As a popular destination for breakfast and Sunday brunch, you can opt for yoghurt, fruit, muffins, biscuits, syrup drizzled pancakes or even bacon and eggs…Bring the kids as they supply colouring pencils and there are books and magazines to browse through for the grown-ups. Address: Via Silvio Pellico, 18
7. Caffe’ Fiorio
Located under the porticos of Turin, this historic café founded in 1780 was a fashionable meeting place for artists, intellectuals and the political class of Turin: Massimo D’Azeglio and Camillo Cavour are said to have plotted the Risorgimento here and Nietzsche also used to be a customer. With an illustrious past and old world interiors, it draws the crowds at weekends where many people come to savour their delicious gelato (ice cream). There is also the lure of mouth-watering cakes in the afternoons and an assortment of cocktails in the evening during aperitivo time. Address: Via Po, 8
8. Guglielmo Pepe
Reopened in 2010, as the popular Maison. Since September 2014, the café has been known as Pepe, in memory of the former historic Caffé Guglielmo Pepe. Opting for clean lines and a light, modern feel with a faintly French flair this bar and dining spot is wonderful place to unwind, lounge and luxuriate over coffee, tea, cakes, wine or cocktails. The café also has a seating area across the street in the magnificent Piazza Maria Teresa – perfect for summer aperitivo! Address: Via della Rocca, 19
9. Caffé Torino
Situated rather prestigiously in Piazza San Carlo, it first opened in 1903. Grandeur greets you with lavish décor and a sweeping staircase to boot. Twinkling crystal chandeliers, grand marble and gilded mirrors adorn every inch. Their freshly baked pastries melt in your mouth and drinks and appetizers do a brisk trade. Wow factor window displays of confectionary are supreme works of art especially at carnival time, Christmas and Easter. Rub the bronze bull outside on the pavement to ensure you will return to Turin. Address: Piazza San Carlo, 204
10. Mood Libri e Caffé
Meet friends for a catch up or gather for informal business meetings in this modern cafe that doubles as a bookshop. Sip on a frothy cappuccino outside in the warmer weather or try their modern take on the Turin classic bicerin, topped with colourful sprinkles. Refuel on their selection of light whole food lunches and browse through a huge collection of novels and books on travel, art, philosophy and more…Opened in 2002, the cafe is stylishly furnished in eye-catching and surprisingly comfortable metal furniture. Mood also has locations in via Lagrange and via Po. Address: Via Cesare Battisti, 3
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