Venice/Stresa/Mürren Cafes

Talk about your favorite cafes, local barista events, or plan your own get-together.

Postby tv79 » May 25, 2019, 6:40 pm

I'm headed to Venice and Stresa, Italy along with Mürren, Switzerland this summer. Can anyone recommend any good cafes in these areas?

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Postby Nick Name » May 25, 2019, 8:52 pm

For Venice the place to go (for the best coffee in Venice) is Torrefazione Marchi at Fondamenta dei Ormesini, 2804 in the Cannaregio district close to the Campo del Ghetto. The surrounding area is also a great place for dinner or bar hopping. Just walk by the fondamenta and pick your favourites. It is quite lively in the evening.

Caffe del Doge is another pretty good cafe near the Rialto bridge on a small alley called Calle dei Cinque. If you want coffee near the Rialto bridge or the market area, Doge is a safe bet to have a cup and give your feet a rest.

Of course the most famous cafe in Venice would be Cafe Florian at the Piazza San Marco. It is said to be the first cafe in Europe established in the early 18th century (1720 if I remember correctly). It may very well be the first cafe (since it is also said that coffee first came to Europe via Venice) and the interior is wonderful. But be warned, the prices may be steep. Especially on the terrace on the piazza. Usually there is also a band playing mediocre music on the terrace. You'll have to pay for that too if you want to sip your coffee on the terrace. Anyhow the real charm of the Florian is on the inside (unless someone absolutely loves sitting outside watching tourists taking selfies).
But if you want a bit of that old time charm, go boldly inside and feel the spirits of some historic persons who used to hang around there: Casanova, Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, Marcel Proust, Thomas Moore, Charlie Chaplin, Hemingway, Jean Cocteau, Claude Monet and even Andy Warhol to name a few. Today it's filled with tourists, but like I said, at least the interior is wonderful. For coffee I would always choose Marchi.


Postby tv79 » May 25, 2019, 9:53 pm

Thanks for your response, this was very helpful.

I definitely want to go to Cafe Florian while we're there just for the historical significance, but Marchi and Doge sound like exactly what I'm looking for. Bonus points if either of them serve a decent V60, but I'm pretty much expecting to stick to espresso while we're there. :D


Postby tamadrummer » Jun 02, 2019, 2:18 pm

I'd recommend sitting outside on the piazza. The view of the basilica while drinking coffee was amazing


Postby mathof » Jun 11, 2019, 4:08 am

I think you'll find that Torrefazione Marchi, in Fondamenta degli Ormesini 2804, is now called Torrefazione Cannaregio. Try the Miscela del Ghetto if you want something that's a step up from the house espresso, Caffè Remer. Both of them are 100% arabica.

At Caffè Florian, you can have an espresso standing at the bar in the back of the shop for a good deal less money than at a table, although the little rooms with windows over the piazza are ultra-charming.

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Postby IamOiman » Today, 2:42 am

Hi Doug,

I studied in Venice last fall, and I had one specific bar I would go to in San Polo, Il Vizietto. The use a lighter neapolitan roast and costs €1 for an espresso, which is about as cheap as you can get without going to Giudecca (as far as I know). The owner is very nice and his name is Fabio. If you ever go tell him you know me and maybe he'll do something extra for you!
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Postby tv79 » Today, 10:39 am

Sorry all, I seem to have missed notifications for the last few posts.

I have made note of these cafes, now just have to see which ones are relatively close to where we're staying near the Rialto Bridge. Thanks for all the suggestions - this has undoubtedly saved me lots of time and poor espresso!