The Travel Cocktail

4 great places to have coffee in Venice

From the expensive to the local hangout, here is where to have the best coffee in Venice…

Florian – The Queen of cafes, the grandest of all that invented cafe life is the famous Florian on Saint Mark’s Square. It retains its luxurious 18th century splendor and it is worth having an over priced cappuccino or aperitivo here if even just once. I can’t help it I have to go often as it just captures Venice is a cup. In the winter indulge in their hot chocolate, and in the summer a Bellini or spritz. But the coffee is always perfection. St. Mark’s Square

Caffe Del Doge – Not far from the Rialto Bridge and Rialto Market down a quiet unassuming street is a classic local caffe. It has some tables, but mainly counter service for a great shot of espresso. They do have other cafes around Venice making it a sort of Venetian Starbucks (only better!) This one is at Calle del Cinque, Rialto

Torrefazione Cannaregio – A coffee connoisseurs cafe this old world styled torrefazione is away from the majority of tourists in the more local friendly area of Cannaregio. Here you will find just a classic counter (some seating outside) and a history of coffee and coffee making amongst its different coffee makers and sacks and jars of different beans from around the world. Fondamenta dei Ormesini, 2804, Cannaregio

Rosa Salva Some of the best pastries, cookies, and biscuits can be found at Rosa Salva. Truly amazing! So for coffee with something sweet I head for one of their 3 pastry counters, usually the one right behind St. Mark’s Square which is always very busy, so for a calmer experience their cafe on Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo in Castello is a better bet where there are tables on the square and gelato. There is also a very busy counter on the way to the Rialto Bridge but it is always quite busy so go to Calle Fiubera, San Marco and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Castello

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