Coffee hunting in Venice – trash or treasure?
Does one of the world’s most stunning cities offer a good cuppa Joe? We went to find out.
When I first published this blog post three years ago, I had the intention of documenting my visit to Venice and to find out if the lagoon city had any specialty coffee to offer at all. The result was a very long piece about every single cup of coffee I had there, including the good ones and the bad ones. I was very pleased to see that whenever you google ‘coffee in Venice’ this article came out on top.
Naturally, Italy is a very particular place when it comes to coffee. I don’t think that there’s any other country in the world where coffee, and espresso in particular, is so firmly entrenched in the culture than there.
But what do you do if those dark roasted, bitter and often undrinkable espressi are not your cuppa Joe?
I’ve taken all your kind responses into account and condensed the original piece down to my top three places to get coffee in Venice. They may not always serve the best Java in town, but if you need a few pointers, this article will hopefully help you out.
Café del Doge
Hidden down a small alley near the famous Rialto bridge, this small coffee bar and roastery is probably the closest you’ll get to a more refined coffee bar in Venice.
Unlike in most other coffee bars or restaurants, you can actually choose between a number of single origin coffees roasted for espresso and filter, although during my last visit in 2013, the filter coffee I was served tasted pretty terrible.
However, the cappuccino and more unique coffee creations like their marrocchino. This café offers a nice respite from the relentless pushing and shoving around the small and narrow streets of Venice.
Venezia Rialto, Calle dei Cinque, San Polo, 609
This stylish hotel just off Piazza San Marco may not serve the best coffee in town, but it has some pretty amazing views over the Dogana and the gondolieri who park their boats right outside the terrace.
Don’t be shocked by the hefty price tag either. You’ll easily end up paying €8 or more for a cappuccino or Latte, but what you’re paying for here are the views.
Piazza San Marco, 1332
Coffee Shit Café
Another place that is worth visiting more for its mind-boggling interiors than its coffee is the Coffee Shit Café inside the Giardini.
The design is highly abstract and can cause you nausea but I bet you have never been to a place that looks like this.
During the Biennale this place is always rammed with people looking for a place to relax in between art exhibitions but then find themselves posing for selfies and photos rather than taking a moment to chill.
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