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The Best Coffee Shops In Bologna, Italy
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The Best Coffee Shops In Bologna, Italy

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Updated: 5 October 2016
Bologna, Italy, is a very popular tourist attraction due to its rich history, but the exertions of travel and long days of culture might leave visitors sorely in need of a caffeine hit. Here is the lowdown on the city’s best coffee shops.
View of Bologna / ©ilmungo / wikicommons
View of Bologna / | ©ilmungo / wikicommons

Caffe Terzi

In the heart of Bologna, not far from the museum area, Caffe Terzi serves guests a breathtakingly wide selection of coffees. Have you ever wondered how a mixture of espresso, chocolate and hot chili pepper tastes? Well, if you drop into this particular cafe, you’ll have to try it and find out. With fresh pastries and a warm welcome from the staff, this place makes coffee-drinking special.

Via Guglielmo Oberdan 10/d, Bologna, Italy phone +39 051 0344819

Bologna from Asinelli-tower / ©Goldmund100 (Luca Volpi) / wikicommons
Bologna from Asinelli-tower / | ©Goldmund100 (Luca Volpi) / wikicommons

Le Petit Cafe

Off the beaten track in a side street, Le Petit Café is one of Bologna’s gems. Some people say they have the best coffee in the city. Local specialties are also available on the menu, but the selection of desserts and pastries won’t let you down either. Moreover, there is polite service in a well-designed, cozy interior, close to the Piazza Santo Stefano.

Strada Maggiore 25/d Bologna, Italy +39 051 23049

Caffetteria Lilu

Caffetteria Lilu is a spotless cafe on via Benedetto, very close to Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore. The welcoming and friendly staff create a cozy atmosphere. The coffee is top-notch, but also you can try pistachio biscuits, prosecco or grappa with some antipasti. Here, the guest always comes first, as evidenced by the supremely polite service and huge portions on offer.

Via Benedetto XIV n.1/C Bologna, Italy + 39 0510402964

Café de la Paix

Very close to the Biblioteca de Musica e Spettacolo, this small cafe offers great coffee and a vegetarian-friendly menu. You can savor your meal in a very cozy and modern space, or perhaps read a book at one of the corner tables. The freshly cooked dishes are also cry out for appraisal: try the light cheese soufflé or any of the organic products on offer. The hot chocolate is dark, not too sweet but not bitter, and has just the right degree of thickness.

Via Collegio di Spagna, 5b, Bologna, Italy phone +39 0512750233

Bologna Piazza Santo Stefano / ©Jeremy Keith / wikicommons
Bologna Piazza Santo Stefano / | ©Jeremy Keith / wikicommons

Caffe Rubik

A cool, pop-art cafe in the center of town, Caffe Rubik has old cassette tapes in rows on the wall that provide the music – usually French classics – to accompany your meals. The coffee is to die for and there’s a good selection of fresh croissants – maybe all that is needed for a simple breakfast. This cafe really makes you feel the true Bolognese soul with its old-world charm.

Via Marsala 31/D Bologna, Italy phone 3395013636