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The Cafe in Turin Guide

Caffe Platti

Cafe in Turin

C.so Vittorio Emanuele II 72, The cafe is right in the city centre Tel. (+39) 011 506 90 56

This is a true liberty style original, Turin's Cafe Platti is a relatively new addition, well at least by Turin's standards, to the city's many great Cafes having opened it doors as recently as 1875.

Once the haunt of Pavese, Einaudi, Agnelli, Lavazza and many of the other great names from Turin's past; it is still the retreat of the elite of Turin and indeed Piedmont.

Caffe Platti is a great place to enjoy an aperitif before dinner which is served from 19:30.

An interesting aside is the window display which features displays on loan from the Marionette Museum and is always very interesting.

Caffe San Carlo

Torino Italy

Piazza San Carlo 156, Tel. (+39) 011 561 77 48

Probably the most legendary cafe in all of Turin and one of Italy's loveliest cafes. Caffe San Carlo dates back to the early part of 19th century.

San Carlo quickly became the intellectual lounge of the leading Italian and Piedmont figures of the time. People like Cavour and D'Azeglio were frequently seen here. Indeed the whole Piazza San Carlo area is still known as the intellectual lounge of Turin.

The interior is indeed splendid, I would suggest having a coffee here and savouring the opulent atmosphere.

A Turin tour should always include a visit to this cafe but unless you are very wealthy, don't spend much money here as the prices are extremely high. The atmosphere though does make it all seem worthwhile... despite the prices.







› Turin's Best Cafe

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