By Bob Mauer
Naples is known for its exquisite restaurants and cafés. As a matter of fact, there are cafés (also known as bars) on every block. While most of us drink our coffee in a tall glass, Italian coffee is what we know as espresso. In Italian, it is called caffè. Italians take caffè throughout the day, and after walking all around on your vacation in Italy, you might be finding yourself too. Get your fix at the best and most beloved cafés in Naples.
One of the finest cafés in Naples, Caffé Gambrinus is located right in the heart of the city. It opened its doors to the public in 1860, and since then it has become one of the major local attractions. The brusque baristas at the counter are experts in working up rich, frothy crema in every single espresso shot. Caffé Gambrinus is the main highlight of the menu here. The drink is a combination of an espresso shot along with whipped cream, milk foam, cacao powder and sprinkles of chocolate.
This café is located in a posh area of Naples and it is right next to Naple’s Greek Foundation excavation site, Piazza Bellini. This café and bookstore is extremely popular among authors, students and artists. It also has a publishing house of its own and the most popular caffé at the top of the menu is Caffé al Bacio.
mini-guide to Italian coffee:
double long shot
short running shot
a shot with a dollop of milk foam on top
a shot with a lot of foam on top
an alcoholic shot with espresso- usually Sambuca or whiskey
Is one of the best places to beat the summer heat with cold beverages. Caffé Granita, a combination of an espresso shot and coffee ice, is one of the favorites here. It is located right next to the Castel Sant’Elmo and provides breathtaking views of the bay area in Naples.
This Italian chain, located in many other cities like Milan and Rome, can be found amidst some of the food courts in the city. The café is known for its wide range of coffee beverages that have their own propriety mix.
Apart from these cafés in Naples, other popular ones include
Hotel Cavour Napoli
Mercure Napoli Garibaldi
Naples is home to some of the best baristas in the world and one can find cafés in shopping malls, historical locations and on the corner of street blocks. They serve much more than coffee, but their skills and expertise are best displayed through this Italian drink and tradition.
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