The city of coffee

Historical Cafés

Coffee places in Trieste
As you read in the lovely article by Roberto Morelli, Trieste is the city of coffee and historical cafés, ideal places to take a break, enjoy a book, read the paper, have a chat or study.

In the past, these cafés were the places where Saba, Joyce and Svevo met, and where people discussed literature and politics; now you will find old ladies or youngsters sipping the traditional "capo in b" and maybe enjoying a slice of Sachertorte.

Entering any of these historical cafés is like taking a step back in time...
  • Caffè degli Specchi Caffè degli Specchi Caffè degli Specchi is on Trieste's main square, Piazza Unità d'Italia, inside Palazzo Stratti, commissioned by the Greek trader Niccolò Stratti.
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  • Caffè Tommaseo Caffè Tommaseo Caffè Tommaseo is the oldest café in Trieste; founded in 1825, it took its name from its Paduan owner, Tommaso Marcato, but was later renamed Tommaseo, in honour of the Dalmatian linguist, writer and patriot.
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  • Antico Caffè San Marco Antico Caffè San Marco Antico Caffè San Marco was renovated a number of times, but has mostly remained how its founder, Marco Lovrinovich, originally wanted it to be back in 1914.
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  • Caffè Stella Polare Caffè Stella Polare Caffè Stella Polare was once located in the Contrada della Caserma (today, Via XXX Ottobre) and in 1848, year of the Republican Revolutions, it was called Caffè Gioberti.
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  • Pasticceria La Bomboniera Pasticceria La Bomboniera La Bomboniera is a typical Austro-Hungarian patisserie dating back to 1836, in Art Nouveau style, remained intact for more than a century where time seems to have stopped.
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  • Caffè Torinese Caffè Torinese Caffè Torinese is located in Corso Italia. Opened in 1915, its interior is adorned with works by renowned cabinetmaker Debelli, famous for furnishing the cabins of the two passenger ships Vulcania and Saturnia in the early 1900s. Inside, the caf... read more >
  • Caffè Urbanis Caffè Urbanis When it was founded in 1832, Caffè Urbanis, in Piazza della Borsa, was a patisserie.
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