Trieste is known as coffee capital of Italy. You can feel the pleasant aroma of freshly brewed coffee almost everywhere. This is where the production of Illy is located – one of the most famous Italian coffee brands. Moreover, coffee shops in Trieste is a part of city culture that is definitely worth to join.
To help those who come to Trieste for the first time, I have compiled a brief guide to the interesting coffee shops of the city. The guide includes café and bars with interesting history and special atmosphere. But there is one thing that all of them are in common: coffee they brew are of high quality and very tasty.
Price level are more or less the same. But bear in mind that if you want to be served at the table the price for all coffee drinks will be higher than if you would take same drink at the bar. Price difference for classical espresso for instance can be in the range of 1 – 1,5 Euro.
Antico Caffè San Marco – historic coffee shop with a special atmosphere
Via Battisti 18
- Public garden – Giardino Pubblico. It is a small and very green park – nice place to stroll through. There are no many people there, mostly locals. You can read more about Giardino Pubblico in my post Walk around Trieste: discovering new places.
- Synagogue of Trieste – interesting building from an architectural point of view. Worth saying that it is also one of the largest synagogues in Europe.
First, San Marco café is one of the oldest coffee shops in Trieste (it was opened in year 1914). I would describe it as café with elegant interior and creative atmosphere. The furniture that look old, small cozy tables, paintings everywhere. In the past, the bar was one of the favorite places of well-known writers and local artists. Even now, you can feel this special aura presented in those days.
San Marco is also a bookstore. Presentations of the books and meetings with writers often take place here. Having come for a cup of coffee, you can also buy a book, or just leaf through the one you liked while waiting for your order.
Despite the fact that San Marco is one of the tourist places, the quality of coffee and desserts are very high. You can order any coffee drink you like and you will not be disappointed. By the way, San Marco is one of the few coffee houses in Trieste where coffee is served with small cookies, which is always nice 🙂
All the desserts in the coffee shop are incredibly delicious. Choose based on your preferences. From my personal recommendations are tiramisù and peach pie with delicate cottage cheese cream.
- espresso: 2,10 Euro
- regular cappuccino : 2,60 Euro
Adoro Cafè – good coffee shop in Trieste city center
Via di Cavana 8.
- Piazza Unità. Adoro Café is located in 2 minutes walking distance from the main Trieste square.
- Canal Grande famous for its beautiful buildings and nice small boats
If you are walking in Trieste city center and thinking where to drink good coffee, try Adoro Café bar. The main entrance of the bar overlooks at the small square, flood with the sun. So, it’s a big pleasure to take a table outside and make a coffee break.
Besides well-brewed espresso, cappuccino or famous in Trieste capo in B, Adoro Café has a card of special coffee drinks. For example, Cordoncino – espresso with chocolate paste, sesame and caramel. Or Nocciolino – espresso with cream and hazelnuts. Average price for these drinks – 3 – 4 Euro.
The choice of pastry in Adoro Café is traditional – croissants, muffins, torta della nonna (cake – made with soft scalded cream), torta di miele (apple pie).
I would recommend paying attention to brioche salata (eng. salty brioche). Combination of mozzarella, prosciutto, tomatoes and fresh basilico is a good option for snack 🙂
- espresso: price at the bar – 1,20 Euro; at the table – 2 Euro
- regular cappuccino : price at the bar – 1,60 Euro; at the table – 2,50 Euro
Pasticceria Pirona – famous pastry shop in Trieste
Largo della Barriera Vecchia, 12
Pastry shop Pirona is located a bit far from historical part of Trieste. But the shop is definitely worth getting to (below I will explain why). The way is not so long: it takes about 20-25 minutes by foot to reach the pastry shop.
Pirona is one of the oldest pastry shops in Trieste: it was founded in year 1900. Pasticceria (eng. pastry shop) is famous for the fact that its frequent guest was the writer James Joyce. Exactly here he wrote the first pages of his world famous novel Ulysses. Today you can often meet locals here who drink coffee at the bar or buy fresh pastry.
If you decide to drop at the pastry shop, bear in mind that there are no tables here. Coffee is possible to drink only at the bar. But in my opinion it’s even better, because thus you can join local coffee tradition. It is well known that Italians often prefer to drink coffee at the bar while exchanging news or looking through the morning press.
Pasticceria Pirona offers incredibly delicious cakes and pastry. All sweets are cooked manually following traditional recipes. I must say that confectioners of Pirona are also good designers: all cakes look like a piece of art 🙂
Lemon biscuit with blueberry mousse, cakes with airy cream, chocolate and raspberry cakes – it is only a small part of a big variety of Pirona sweets. If you are in Trieste you should definitely try them 🙂
- espresso: 1,20 Euro
- regular cappuccino : 1,60 Euro
Eataly café – coffee shop in Trieste with the view over the gulf
Riva Tommaso Gulli, 1
There is a pier Molo Audace near Eataly coffee shop, which offers beautiful view over Piazza Unità.
Not so far from this pier there is another one that is less famous among tourists, but loved by the locals of Trieste – Molo dei Bersaglieri. To read more about both piers you can here – post about hidden places and the best sights of Trieste.
Eataly coffee shop is a part of famous Italian supermarket of the same name. But don’t let it scare you. It is a nice place, where you can drink good Illy coffee while enjoying nice view over the gulf. Be sure to take a table near the window; you definitely won’t regret it.
In the morning, locals of Trieste like to drop at this bar in order to read newspapers or to work while enjoying a cup of coffee.
Eataly offers about 30 types of coffee drinks. If you have difficulties with the names listed in the menu (nero, capo in B, etc.), read this brief guide about how ordering coffee in Trieste.
Choice of pastry in Eataly is good. But I would recommend paying special attention to croissants. Here you will find a big variety of them, including classical ones with chocolate or with fruit jam. My personal recommendation is trying croissant with pistachio cream. They are very tasty 🙂
- espresso: price at the bar – 1,20 Euro; at the table – 2,10 Euro
- regular cappuccino : price at the bar – 1,60 Euro; at the table – 3,00 Euro
Bar Arc’OR – a cozy café in the old town
Piazza Barbacan 5.
- Exactly on Piazza Barbacan there is Arco di Riccardo – one of the Trieste architecture monument that belongs to the times of Ancient Rome.
- Charming old streets. While walking through Trieste, be sure to visit this part of the city. And not just for coffee 🙂 Piazza Barbacan is surrounded by old narrow streets, where it is very nice to wander.
Being a tourist part of the city, the square where Bar Arc’OR is located, is hidden a bit. It is very quiet here and there are no many people. Therefore, it is so nice to have a rest at this bar while drinking a cup of good coffee and enjoying the view over the beautiful Trieste archtencture.
In addition to good coffee, Arc’OR Bar serves genuine hot chocolate. This is especially good to know if you visit Trieste in autumn – winter season. You will find about ten different tastes of chocolate in the menu. Elegant serving is another point in favor of ordering this dessert: you will receive chosen chocolate in a branded cup, with a plate of crispy biscuits and delicate cream.
- espresso: 1,10 Euro
- regular cappuccino : 1,60 Euro