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The classic Bicerin drink accompanied by chocolate hazelnut cake and traditional biscuits, chocolate and cream at Caffé Al Bicerin | © Caffé Al Bicerin
The classic Bicerin drink accompanied by chocolate hazelnut cake and traditional biscuits, chocolate and cream at Caffé Al Bicerin | © Caffé Al Bicerin
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The Best Cafes and Coffee Shops in Turin, Italy

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Updated: 3 April 2018
Since the early 17th century, Turin has been synonymous with chocolate and this is reflected in its historic coffee houses where chocolate delicacies and special coffee blends are served in charming period settings. At such cafes you are transported back in time through the largely unchanged Regency, Baroque or Art Nouveau interiors; enjoy the romance of a bygone era when European cafe culture was at its peak. Turin’s longest standing cafes all have great tales of politicians, artists and anarchists exchanging ideas over coffee. If you prefer to remain in the 21st century, the city also has plenty of contemporary coffee shops, from Italy’s first cat cafe to a tea emporium. Here is our historic and contemporary coffeehouse shortlist.

Caffè Al Bicerin

Bar, Cafe, Italian, $$$
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The cosy, antique interior of Caffè Al Bicerin
The cosy, antique interior of Caffè Al Bicerin | © Caffé Al Bicerin
Caffè Al Bicerin is as sweet as the desserts it serves. This tiny coffee bar first opened in 1763 but was redesigned in 1856 by architect Carlo Promis, a practitioner of Eclectism, and very little has changed since then: wooden boiseries cover the walls and the small tables are always lit by white candles in antique silver holders. It is said that Camillo Benso of Cavour, the prime minister responsible for Italy’s unification, came here to drink Turin’s famous Bicerin, which the cafe still makes to the same recipe (read a more detailed history here). In addition to the classic Bicerin, the menu also includes other indulgent drinks and desserts such the Zabaioni, a combination of Muscat, lemon and Passito di Caluso topped with cream and biscuits; chocolate and hazelnut cake; and gelato.
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Caffè Mulassano

Bar, Cafe, Italian, $$$
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Inaugurated in 1907, Mulassano Cafè is one of Turin’s finest historic cafes. It is located under one of the city’s famous porticoes in the grand Piazza Castello and exemplifies Art Nouveau design. Just a handful of highly coveted tables are set within a small room of vast mirrors, set in ornately carved wood, heavy brass work and rich marble; from the ceiling to the silver cake stands, everything is exquisite and elegant, transporting you back to the turn of the 20th century. Mulassano is famous for serving little ‘tramezzino’ sandwiches, which it claims to have invented, as well as sweet pastries, chocolates and coffee. Open from 7.30 am to 12.00 am, you can come for coffee, aperitivo or a nightcap.
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Mon - Tue:
7:30 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sun:
7:30 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Romantic, Traditional, Unusual

Caffè Fiorio

Bar, Cafe, Pastry Shop, Italian, $$$
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Caffè Fiorio was established in 1780 and its grand marble counter, red velvet seats and rich wallpaper speaks to its former glory as a favourite haunt of Turin’s politicians, aristocrats and literary figures (it’s worth reading the cafe website’s very detailed historical summary). In the evening, guests move on from sweet delicacies (specialiaties include gelato and traditional hot chocolate) to the cafe’s grand aperitivo hour, and then it stays open for drinks until 1 am. It can feel rather touristy.
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Sun - Thu:
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
8:00 am - 2:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Traditional, Romantic

Caffè San Carlo

Bar, Cafe, Italian, $$$
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