10 Italian coffee bars you can’t miss if you want to experience an alternative and high-quality coffee break.
Filter Coffee Lab
After coming back from London, Valentina and Eleonora decided to mix the Starbucks culture with the quality of Italian coffee.
They chose a café in the centre of Pisa and here they created a place with an atmosphere that’s both rustic and modern, both warm and street-style.
Other than coffee, which you can drink even in the typical British paper-cup, at Filter you can find a rich and an extended number of muffins. And for the sleepyheads, every Sunday brunch is served.
Via Santa Maria 47, 56126 Pisa
+39 339 723 1871
Orso Laboratorio Caffè
Espressos, traditional Moka-made coffee, Neapolitan coffee, infusion filters, aero press and syphon… You can easily say that nothing is missing at Orso Laboratorio Caffè, whether you want to savour a traditional coffee or try a new type.
To guide/lead you into this intimate and retro-looking space, there are maps all over the walls, illustrating the various offers on the menu.
Located in the centre of Turin, Orso Lab makes a precious experience out of a simple coffee. Just so you know, at the bottom of each cup there’s a meaningful number with a precise significance. Watch out for your lucky star.
Via Claudio Luigi Berthollet, 30h, 10125 Turin
+39 011 983 3150
At Torrefazione Cannaregio coffee has been produced since 1930. Their signature is a famous blend that mixes more than 8 different types of coffee.
Known for the refined manufacturing, Torrefazione Cannaregio is an old-style Venetian café, where it’s still possible to pay 90 cents for a coffee. The wood-made interiors and the woven sacks all around make the place rustic and characteristic. Little coffee beans scattered all over will make you want to put your hands inside, in addition to your nose.
Rio Terrà San Leonardo, Cannaregio, 1337 Venice
+39 041 716371
An exclusive and versatile place. In fact, other than offering a well-known Ethiopian coffee, Local is also a small grocery shop – even the sign says so.
Carlo Petrini, the founder of Local and of the Slow Food movement, decided to blend a chic and sophisticated setting with the idea of a “Bottega“. This way, beyond a good coffee you can take advantage of a refined, artistically-displayed culinary offer.
Via Cavour, 45, 12042 Bra (CN)
+39 0172 054012
Artlife Caffè Penazzi
With a very personal image, Artlife Caffè stands out not only for its extravagance but, above all, for its coffee. Beyond working with a very ancient equipment, Torrefazione Penazzi, right next to the coffee bar, provides high-quality products, even for the filter. Awarded as “Best Coffee of Ferrara” by the Gambero Rosso Guide to Italian Bar, Artlife Caffè is a mandatory stop for coffee lovers.
Via Bongiovanni 32, 44121 Ferrara
+39 0532 248641
Bugan Coffee Lab
The man behind the toasting process inside the café is Mauro Valli, founder of Bugan Coffee Lab in Bergamo. Here, the coffee is roasted, toasted and served; that’s why the place resembles a chemical lab. Mauro’s dedication to his craft is no exception to the work-hard ethic: he even offers his clients classes on the culture and the production of coffee. Remember, coffee enthusiasts: bring pen and paper with you when passing by.
Via G. Quarenghi 32, 24122 Bergamo
+39 035 317147
With just one look you’ll be taken into a colourful world, where your coffee will be just as lively and vivid. At Coffee Box all the barmen entertain clients with elaborated designs on coffees and glasses of milk, making a canvas out of every cappuccino. Here, the espresso is an artistic display, while the quality and the variety are never forgotten. Recommended for a lively awakening.
Viale Maria Ceccarini 188, 47838 Riccione
+39 0541 696009
Colourful food all around the place contrasts with a minimal setting: copper tubes descending from the ceiling and essential chandeliers.
A charming and particular place, also because of its stone walls, but don’t you forget its coffee selection! Other than the possibility to taste syphon coffee, Taglio offers a lot of mixtures. But you shouldn’t mind about the price if you want to try the special ones: your coffee break could be worth up to 7€.
Via Vigevano 10, 20144 Milan
+39 02 3653 4294
Judging from the coffee machine, you’ll immediately understand that the Roscioli brothers don’t fool around. It’s a coffee machine with a double method, mixing the Neapolitan one with the volumetric system. That’s why here you can taste a unique coffee-break in the beautiful capital city.
Piazza Benedetto Cairoli 16, 00186 Rome
+39 06 8916 5330
The last but not the least, Ditta Artigianale proposes the “coffee of the day”, always a new choice from its rich selection. In addition to classic espresso and filtered coffee, Francesco Sanapo, the owner, decided to include the Cold brew, which consists of consuming cold coffee. You can taste the real aroma for your palate’s pleasure, enjoying an elegant atmosphere too.
Via dei Neri 32r, 5-122 Florence
+39 055 274 1541