Living like its the Dolce Vita…
Bar Tiberio The pulsating heart of Capri life is on the Piazzetta as at some point in the day everyone walks through it for their evening passeggiata, afternoon catch ups with friends as they pass to and from work. There are a few small cafes to choose from but probably the most iconic is the Bar Tiberio, directly below the church. It is the perfect spot to watch the drama of the piazza while sipping on a negroni, or having an after dinner drink on your way back to the hotel.
Quisi Bar On the most fashionable street in Capri, the Via Camarelle, is the famed Grand Hotel Quisisana with its bar on the front terrace inviting you in for the perfect aperitivo. This is where the glamorous come to see and be seen as it has been since Capri’s hay day back in the 1960s, it is timeless. Make sure to wear your sunglasses!
Casa Rossa Food and Wine During the mid day crush of tourists in Capri, I head to the (slightly) quieter Anacapri for a bit of breathing room. There I discovered a wonderful little eatery just off the little piazza next to the Casa Rossa, called aptly enough Casa Rossa Food and Wine. They have a few tables under umbrellas on the little piazza, as well as some counter space inside. This is a great spot for a small bite to eat though I confess I always make a stop here for a glass of prosecco and to rest from the mid day heat.
Il Picolo Bar The best Limoncello Spritz, or the Capri Spritz as it is called on the island, can be found here at this restaurant/cafe on the Piazzetta. For some reason theirs is the best, I don’t know why, but they get the right balance of ingredients and I can declare after much research that this is indeed the best on the Amalfi Coast! Il Picolo bar also makes a great spot for a light bite for lunch.
Da Paolino If I had to pick one place to send a first time visitor on Capri for dinner I would probably suggest Paolino because it is so quintessentially Capri to me. What could be better than a restaurant in a lemon grove, eating under the trees and stars on a summer night. The menu is classic regional cooking with all the favourite dishes and the atmosphere is warm and upbeat. Its a happy place.
L’Olivo A top the island in Anacapri sits the very fashionable hotel Capri Palace. The interiors are gorgeous with very design forward furnishings and stylish art work. So of course it has a restaurant reflecting such a place. L’Olivo feels like a private luxury Capri villa living room with polished white accents and refined sandy tones. Amalfi Coast artist Sandulli’s work is scattered, whimsically throughout the elegantly modern dining room. If feels grand but now overpowering. The menu showcases their 2 Michelin started chef and while the dishes are innovative and modern they are strongly rooted in the island’s flavour. There are fun bits such as an after dinner colourful candy and sweets trolley and a tea sommelier. This is a soup to nuts dinning experience with all the amuse bouche and palette cleansers in between so sit back and enjoy a very special night.
La Capannina For a family run Italian restaurant with homemade pastas and hearty local menu, La Capannina will have you coming back over and over. Great, home style cooked food from family traditions, and a place lovingly looked after. It is also a bit of a favourite by both locals and celebrity alike, including Jackie Kennedy back in the day, who loved summering in Capri. Capannina is welcoming, pretty and cozy. Very close to the Piazzetta so no reason you can’t go back more than once.
Ai Faraglioni Convenient and easy the inviting Ai Faraglioni is a great place for slipping into at any time. Located on the popular Via Camarelle chances are you will be passing it and be tempted. A generous amount of outdoor seating and an air conditioned interior all makes for a Capri themed evening. The menu is reliably good local Italian and Caprese food, served by friendly service, this place is a great all rounder, lunch or dinner.
Il Riccio If I could only go to one restaurant in Capri, Il Riccio would be it. It embodies the spirit of Capri not only in its food but in the setting. Relaxed breezy atmosphere, with blue and white accents and views of the sea. The restaurant is directly above the Blue Grotto, and is also a beach club when the weather is warmer for swims in the blue blue sea, so the restaurant itself is not a stuffy setting even thought the food is elegant and the service first class. The menu is local flavours with a creative twist, simple ingredients served in a dramatic way. Simply amazing! Fresh local fish of the day and seafood dominates the Michelin stared menu but leave room for the jaw dropping, mouth watering, dessert buffet!
Please note I’ve eaten and drank at all these places on numerous occasions. I paid for my own meals and drinks each time and my recommendations are based on my personal experiences.