Italy’s love of coffee is known the world over, but did you know that Turin is one of the best cities in Italy to try it? Turin coffee is internationally famous and the high quality Lavazza brand started life in Turin and its headquarters are still in the city. In 1895, founder Luigi Lavazza bought a small shop in the city centre from which to start his coffee business and the rest is history.
If you simply can’t get by without your daily dose of coffee, then rejoice – Lavazza, the fourth largest coffee company in the world, has opened a brand new coffee museum in Turin and it is everything every caffeine freak could ever want or dream.
Visitors will be guided through each of them by the Lavazza Cup, a smart coffee cup that can activate digital installations, unlock multimedia content across the museum and record the route one takes while visiting; at the end you’ll be able to send your favourite memories of the museum. (Admission cost € 10 for adults).
If you are a cafes-lover, Turin offers an incredible variety of cafes in accordance with any taste. Here a selection of Turin’s most beautiful cafes.
Lavazza’s coffeehouse– San Tommaso 10-Torino
Here is where Luigi Lavazza’s shop once stood and is to be found in the heart of Turin’s historic city centre in the street of the same name. It is exceptionally popular and you will hardly be able to get through the door never mind to the counter to order your coffee.
The range of coffees is what draws the crowds. Hazelnut and almond flavoured coffees are some of the favourites.
Caffè San Carlo- Piazza San Carlo 156,Torino
Founded in 1842, Caffè San Carlo was a patriotic bastion during the Risorgimento and later became frequented by artists, literary personalities and statesmen. Franceso Crispi was also an habitué, as were Gramsci, Roselli and Giolitti.
This opulent café, located on the eponymous piazza, sells excellent blends of tea and coffee, as well as cakes and candies.
Caffè Torino- Piazza San Carlo 204,Torino
Opened in 1903, the Caffé Torino, with its beautiful Belle Epoque atmosphere, soon made a name for themselves among the other coffee houses on Piazza San Carlo.
With its wooden fireplaces, velvet upholstery and painted medallions Caffè Torino looks like a cosy, homely salon. Famous Italians such as Einaudi and De Gasperi and international stars such as Ava Gardner used to have a coffee here. The fashion of sitting outside on the heated terrace in winter was already popular here in the 1950’s.
Caffè Mulassano – Piazza Castello 15- Torino
Born in 1925, this tiny historical cafe is hidden away beneath the arcades that surround Turin’s royal palaces. With its elegant atmosphere and waiters in white livery, Caffè Mulassano offers delicious cappuccinos and house aperitif (the Caffè has its own brand of Vermouth).
Every drink is accompanied, at any time of the day, by a plate of ‘tramezzini’ (sandwiches). It is indeed in Caffè Mulassano that the famous Italian ‘tramezzino’ was born.
Platti- Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 72- Torino
Caffè Platti was originally a shop selling liqueurs, opened in 1870, before it became a literary café, frequented predominantly by intellectuals and writers such as Cesare Pavese.
The refined atmosphere, witness of different epochs, Louis XVI, baroque style, 1920s and Art Déco, was also appreciated by the founders of Fiat and Lavazza.