Posted by: Debra Kolkka | August 26, 2011

Torino’s grand Cafes

Historic cafes form an important part of Torino’s society.  They are clustered under every elegant portico and are so fabulous I would like to be in one every day.  The grand cafes are left over from the days when Torino attracted intellectuals and philosophers who would gather to indulge in delicious coffee and hot chocolate, sometimes both together, for it is in Torino that the truly delicious bicerin was born. Click here to find out more about this heavenly delight.

Many of the cafes are ostentatiously decorated with chandeliers and ornate marble bars covered with delicious things to tempt the taste buds.  Some are hundreds of years old and their customers included Cavour and Garibaldi, Alexandre Dumas, the nobles of Savoy and countless others.

the famous Mulassano

inside Mulassano

inside Teatro Cinema with Cafe Baratti to the right

Cafe Mulassano and Baratti are listed among the best in Italy. How they work this out I have no idea when just about every cafe in Italy is excellent. 

delicious chocolate - so good for you

the very elegant Stratta


the interior

good things to eat

Torino is famous for its chocolate, and rightly so. How do you choose?  My favourites are the chocolate covered gooseberries.  I can’t resist them.

For more on Torino click here and here.


  1. So beautiful and so tempting…

    • I really recommend the bicerin – worth a trip to Torino for this alone.

  2. Having just been to Torino, your stunning photos bought back memories of the amazing interiors and of course, the chocolate and bicerin. The chocolates were out of this world!

    • Torino is a great place to visit and it is not really on the tourist trail, which I don’t understand.

  3. Wow–how lovely! And it makes me so hungry!

    • The coffee and chocolate in Torino make your heart sing.

  4. Oh how I long to visit your life. Looks amazing and stunning and absolutely delicious. Oh yes, I’m a fan. 🙂

    • When are you coming to lovely Italy?

  5. We loved the Torino cafes, BdL, and the bicerin too. But don’t try making this at home, kids – it could get addictive.

  6. We love the grand cafés of Europe, they are magnificent, their coffee is good, they smell great and they bring back to a bygone era when those places were the heart and the soul of the intelectual movements. I do hope that people will patronise them allowing their survival.
    I have not visited Torino, but closer to home there are two caffès where we love to go:
    Caffè Giubbe Rosse in Florence:
    and my very favourite Caffè Florian in Venice:

    • I will definitely be checking out the 2 you have recommended. I am in Florence regularly and I can see a trip to Venice coming up soon.

  7. Chocolate covered elegance – what a wonderful combination. I love the first photo and the people one can see inside – a story hangs in the air, especially about the reflected image on the right of the photo.

    • What a lovely thought – chocolate covered elegance – nothing better.

  8. Torino looks really lovely, is there any place in Italy that you have not visited Debra? I am thinking of going to Tropea in Calabria, it looks amazing. If I go (looking at flights right now), I will fly into Pisa and connect to Lamezia. However I was thinking of staying in Lucca for a few days, do you have any recommendations for a place to stay?

    • I have not visited Calabria at all, so I expect a report. A friend has stayed at the Alexandra in Lucca and was very happy with it. Ilaria also looks good, it is fairly modern and looked very comfortable ( I was checking for a friend). I haven’t stayed in Lucca as we are very close and just go in for the day. When are you going to Italy?

    • Thanks for the recommendations Debra, the Alexandra looks great. My trip is a last minute thing and I am hoping to go next week for just over 2 weeks. I can get flights ok but am having trouble finding accommodation in Tropea at the moment. Will definately let you know all about it.

      • Have a great holiday!!!

  9. Those places remind me of Austria!

    • Torino is very much like Vienna. It is relatively new by Italian standards and was largely built in the 1800s.

  10. Wonderful places… I can imagine stories at every corner.
    The first photo is my favorite 🙂

    • I love the wonderful cafes in Torino, and the delicious things to eat there.

  11. Chocolate-covered gooseberries?!

    Oooh, count me in!

    Simply exquisite.

    • I can get chocolate covered gooseberries at the chocolate shop in Lucca as well – and I do so regularly.

  12. Yummii chocolate… i would love to taste all these kinds….. its a very delightful thing to sit in a café and enjoy a nice coffee with a dessert, some chocolate. anything.

    • Torino is the place in Italy to go for chocolate.

  13. Oh I wish we had had time to stop in Torino now and not just driven through it!

    • Torino is one of the underrated cities in Italy. I’ve been several times and just love it.

  14. It is hard not to feel picked on. I live in a lovely place, but we are seriously lacking sophistication….

    • Where you live is beautiful! I would love to visit your area. Everywhere has its own charms.

      • True True…..that’s why you travel, right? 🙂

  15. Cafe’s with style and artistic flair. Those chocolates are just so tempting.

    • The chocolate in Torino is excellent.

  16. I love this city and really amazing photos!

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