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What are the best coffee shops in Venice?

It is impossible not to relate coffee and the incredible city of Venice, in the Veneto region. Venice has a close history with this delicious drink and offers us numerous historic coffee shops.

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What are the best coffee shops in Venice?

When we talk about coffee in Italy, we need to mention Venice. Venice is home to some of the most historic coffee shops in the entire Boot country and, needless to say, they are enchanting! Today we are going to visit the best coffee shops in Venice. Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

1) What are the best coffee shops in Venice? Caffè Florian

Impossible not to open our list with such an iconic coffee shop! Founded in 1720, as mentioned above, it was initially inaugurated under the name “Alla Venezia Trionfante”. The building where it is located is of impressive elegance and the coffee shop features, in addition to their famous (and delicious) coffee, exclusive and delicious products, all made by them. The Florian was a meeting point for several iconic figures from Italy such as Carlo Goldoni, Giacomo Casanova and Gabriele d’Annunzio.

There is even a story involving Casanova

They say that he frequented the place, as that was the only coffee shop that accepted women as frequenters and, there, he flattered the ladies trying to find his love. Currently, Caffé Florian preserves its charm from past times in a unique way. Its architecture is impressive, the service, the details: everything here is very poetic, historic and incredible! The place presents itself with a few rooms and all of them are brilliantly decorated. You can enjoy your coffee in the Senate Room, Chinese Room, Oriental Room, or in the Illustrious Room. Its privileged location is one of the strenghts of the place as well: it is a few meters from the Grand Canal.

2) What are the best coffee shops in Venice? Gran Caffè Quadri

Another famous historical place with an impressive view, also at Saint Mark’s Square. Its inauguration was, in fact, as a restaurant, in 1638, and was called “Il Rimedio”, because, there, Malvasia wine was sold, which was reputed to invigorate and awaken the spirit. In 1775, Giorgio Quadri invested the family’s assets in the place and thus began the story of the Gran Caffè Quadri. In 2011, the place was renovated and returned to its original appearance; the place seems to transport us back in time, to the time between the Republic of the Serenissima and the birth of the modern era.

The coffee shop has always been frequented by big names such as Stendhal, Lord Byron, Alexandre Dumas, Wagner, Marcel Proust, and, to this day, it is a reference for famous and renowned artists from around the world! It is even a favorite destination for actors and directors who go directly there after leaving the Venice Film Festival.

3) What are the best coffee shops in Venice? Harry’s Bar

Talking about Venetian coffee shops and leaving Harry’s Bar out can be considered a crime! The place was named by its owner, Giuseppe Cipriani, to honor student Harry Pickering who moved to Venice in the 1920s to try to end his alcohol addiction. With no money to take care of himself, Harry met Giuseppe, who at the time was a bartender at the Europa & Britannia hotel, where the American lived. Touched by the boy’s story, he lent his new friend 10,000 lire, which was a very high amount for the time. After two years, Harry was cured and returned to Venice. Harry located Giuseppe and, to thank him, gave him 30,000 lire! So Cipriani opened his own business and named it after his dear friend! He opened the site in 1931 and, to this day, the site thrives amazingly!

  • Harry’s Bar
  • Where? Calle Vallaresso, 1323.
  • Official Site: Harry’s Bar

4) What are the best coffee shops in Venice? Caffè Del Doge

Another historic and splendid coffee shop in Venice is Caffè Del Doge. Roasting was founded in 952 by Sir Ermenegildo Rizzardini, a Venetian businessman and coffee lover. The place is in a privileged location, next to the Rialto Bridge, and is very charming! The company became famous for being one of the first to mix the beans from different coffees, which gave the coffee an unparalleled flavor. In 1995, Bernardo Della Mea acquired the company and, with great ideas, renamed the place as Caffè del Doge. Currently, only the coffee shop works at the place, since in 2001, the production facilities were transferred to Padua, where there was a great expansion of production and the company also started operating outside Italy, exporting one of the best coffees in the world. Do you want to have a great coffee in an amazing place? So, here is your destination!

  • Caffè Del Doge
  • Where? Calle dei Cinque, 609.
  • Official Site: caffedeldoge

5) What are the best coffee shops in Venice? Torrefazione Cannaregio

This is a very special place in Venice! It is an artisanal coffee roaster located in Cannaregio and in operation since 1930. With artisan production, it offers its customers excellent quality coffee in the heart of one of the most delicious places in Venice.

Good to know…

Dearies, of course the city offers a multitude of coffee shops and they are all fantastic; in other words, listing them all here would be practically impossible and we would have a huge post! But if you find a place that catches your attention, don’t hesitate to enter! Rest assured you won’t regret it, after all, you are in Venice! Where to eat well and spend little in Venice?

Coffe’s History

When we talk about coffee, it’s impossible not to think about Venice. The city has had a very close relationship with coffee for centuries due to its excellent geographic position, which greatly facilitated its trade relations with the Arabs, who spread the coffee tradition throughout Italy. One of the main centers of coffee propagation in the 16th century was Cairo, Egypt, from where many merchants and pilgrims exported coffee almost everywhere in the world. However, its real expansion took place through the Ottoman Empire, which supplied coffee in immense quantities, including Italy.

Let’s go to the 17th century, where “the wine of Arabia” – coffee – finally arrived in Europe to stay. There is a story, which has never been confirmed or denied, that a century before coffee became a success, it was possible to find, in Venice, Coffea arabica seeds in various apothecaries. The grain cost a small fortune and the seeds were used as a remedy for many problems. Stories aside, the fact is that, at the end of the 17th century, coffee shops emerged in full force throughout Europe.

The Wine of Arabia

In the past, coffee was called ‘the wine of Arabia’, as explained above, and was also considered the ‘devil’s drink’, because many did not understand how a dark and bitter drink had the ability to energize and revitalize people – Of course, there were no studies on the benefits of coffee at that time, so ignore it!

The first Italian coffee shop

The first Italian coffee shop, by the way, was born in Venice and was named ‘a bottega do caffè’; it was located at Saint Mark’s Square and was opened at the end of the 17th century. The place was so important to the city, even at that time, that it even ‘received’ a work – homonymous – by Carlo Goldoni. In Venice, the coffee boom took place in the 1700s, with the emergence of several places specializing in preparing and serving Arabic coffee. Know our section about food and wine!

Italy is always on the list of countries that consume the most coffee in the world. With excellent coffees, the country is one of the most highly regarded in terms of coffee and has several of them very awarded.

Currently, we find coffees of all kinds, with the most diverse roasts, forms of cultivation, etc. In Italy, the first ‘official’ coffee shop was inaugurated in Venice by the hands of the Venetian Pietro Della Valle who, in 1615 and, a century later, in 1720, the famous Caffè Florian was inaugurated in Venice, at Saint Mark’s Square, which is, even today, a reference and is considered the oldest coffee shop in the world.

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Hotels I recommend in the San Marco area

San Marco is the most famous neighborhoods of Venice and, at some times of the year, it is difficult to walk around, because the city is crowded.

If you want to save money a great option is to stay in some B&B or rent an apartment; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices;)

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Do you like luxury accommodations? Are you on your honeymoon or celebrating something special? Then see some luxury accommodation options in the best area of ​​Venice.

Hotels I recommend in Castello Area

Castello  is the largest of all the “ sestieri ” (neighborhoods) and has an incredible waterside for good walks, in addition to being full of cafes, bars and shops. They are not cheap places to stay, but it facilitates access to the most famous tourist spots and, with that, saves on transportation, as it is possible to do everything on foot!

If you want to save, a great option is the B&B or an apartment, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices

If you prefer a good hotel, I have some options for hotels that I really like, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion make your reservation and guarantee good prices;)

Hotels I recommend in Cannaregio or Dorsoduro Area

If you want something calmer, choose  Cannaregio or Dorsoduro ; in the latter, the nightlife is particularly active, ideal for lovers of busy bars and places to have good drinks!

If you want to save a great option is the B&B or an apartment, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices;)

If you prefer a good hotel, I have some options for hotels that I really like, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices

Hotels I recommend in the San Polo Area

San Polo  is ideal if you want something comfortable, close to some sights, but more modest. I think this neighborhood is a great position so I recommend it a lot.

If you want to save a great option is the B&B or an apartment, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices

If you prefer a good hotel, I have some options for hotels that I really like, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices;)

Hotels I recommend in the Santa Croce Area

Santa Croce  is home to the important bus station in Piazzale Roma, which makes it very easy to get off the beaten track, including going to Santa Lucia if you want to make a stopover.

If you want to save a great option is the B&B or an apartment, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices

If you prefer a good hotel, I have some options for hotels that I really like, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices;)

Don’t want to stay on the island? No problems! Search for  Mestre, Campalto or Favaro Veneto , which are the mainland cities of Venice and offer excellent accommodation options. A little further from Piazzale Roma, about 20 minutes by water transport, they do not have magnificent views from the bedroom windows, but it is ideal for those who want to save on accommodation.

Tips

  • The tip to save A LOT is to book your hotel in advance.
  • As we also mentioned: beware of excess baggage! It is very complicated to get around with large volumes in Venice because of the bridges, stairs and narrow streets.

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Conclusion

When it comes to coffee, Italians don’t mess around! They know how to offer excellent quality coffee, tasty, full-bodied and, you can be sure, unforgettable!

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