Bergamo, a small treasure in Lombardy, Italy has everything people are looking for in an Italian town. Its historical old part, the citta alta, still retains its medieval features, and the easiest way to visit is still to on foot, arriving by bus or funicular. Very close to Milan, Bergamo is a perfect travel destination: here’s our guide to the best cafes in the modern area.
Right in the middle of the historic old town, Cafe Balzer is a meeting point for senior Italians, where they can happily chat away. It’s a classical Italian cafeteria, where the Mediterranean pace and way of life are immediately tangible, and both the interior and the view out onto the square are lovely. A truly historical cafe which offers not only great coffees but also beautiful appetizers and cakes.
Address: Portici Sentierone 41 Bergamo Italy phone +39 035 234083
Situated on Piazza Pontida, close to the great shopping street Via XX Settembre, this cafe welcomes one and all with its friendliness and spacious interior. Dishes are served in the blink of an eye, but the speed of service certainly doesn’t compromise the quality or presentation in any way. You can take a seat inside or on the porch of an internal courtyard, under the arches of this old mansion.
Address: Piazza Pontida, 27, Bergamo, Italy phone +39 3 0483 992
Sweet Irene is conscious of health and environment, and this attitude makes it the best organic and bio cafe in town. With its rich and intense color scheme, just entering this site has a refreshing effect. Also, the unique design really elevates this little place and adorns it with individuality. This is the spot where fantasy and reality converge to conjure the realm of your dreams, where the concept of natural cuisine is blended with the joy of travel and discovering new tastes. Ordinary and flavored coffees, rich teas and lots of homemade cakes!
Address: Via Sant’Orsola, 22/a Bergamo, Italy phone +39 035 217372
Modernism and elegance combine to form Angolo 50, a spacious area with intimate tables and chairs, a huge selection of meals and, of course, all manner of coffees. Situated between the old and new part of the city (citta alta and bassa) it is in an ideal spot to meet up for a hot, strong espresso italiano. If you are lucky, the owner will guide you through the mysteries of Italian coffee culture and cuisine.
Address: via Don Luigi Palazzolo, 50 Bergamo, Italy phone +39 334 7359235
Cafe del Tasso
This friendly cafe is in the heart of the citta alta on Piazza Vecchia. Right next to Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, in this perfect square you are surrounded by centuries-old stone walls, plants in tubs and the buzz of locals chatting and enjoying a coffee. Excellent service and a friendly welcome await if you drop by Cafe del Tasso on a hot summer’s day.
Address: 3 Piazza Vecchia Bergamo, Italy phone +39 035 237 96
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