Old cafeterias, Torino
One thing of Torino that I really like are the old and pitoresque "Royal Cafeterias "which are built in the Paris style. Those Cafès are usually inside beautiful Gallerias.
This one is called Galleria Subalpina, It's anelegant arcade with iron and glass roof (1873), with decorations typical in Art Nouveau style from the beginning of the last century.
Here there is Baratti e Milano, a confectioner's shop founded in 1875 and now an historic cafè and restaurant.
The most famous Cafe in Torino.. locates in Galleria Subalpina near Piazza Castello. The place itself is very beautiful.. worth a visit.. Baratti & Milano is wellknown for their fine coffee, delicious afternoon snacks and delicate finger foods.. I bought some chocolate bars with hazelnuts there.. about 4 euros.. yum yum.. :)
"You will find this treasure near the entrance to the Galleria dell'Industria Subalpina under the arches of Piazza Castello. An old confectionery, it was opened in 1873 by partners Milano and Baratti who soon gained the title of 'suppliers to the royal household'. It is almost a ritual here to have tea or hot chocolate accompanied by an assortment of Bignole, sweet pastry cases filled with Zabaglione, vanilla, chocolate or hazelnut, all with a glazed topping. The bronze bas-reliefs on the façade, the brass clock, the large mirrors, and the lamps date back to the shop's refurbishment in 1909. "
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Piazza San Carlo, 204, Turin 10121, Italy
This is one of the most elegant cafes in Turin. Though the same decor has been retained since 1903, the cafe is said to be much older. Its popularity among Turin's elite, both past and present, can be attributed to its Baroque interior with gilt friezes, marble and wooden fireplaces, the quiet corner tables, and the impeccable service. Some of the most well-known patrons of past years are Pavese, Einaudi, De Gasperi and Giovanni Agnelli. In the summer, you can sit at the tables outside and enjoy a cake while watching the people of Turin coming and going. Though they may seem to simply be out on a leisurely stroll, the reality is that they are nonchalantly trying to tread on a shiny metal plaque embedded into the floor in front of the cafe. It represents the emblem of both the city and the Caffe Torino-- the bull's testicles.
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you can buy the special chocolate of Turin there.. Gianduiotto... a bit pricy but very tasty.. :)
Turin has beautiful 'caffé' (cafeteria), where you can sit sipping hot chocolate (even without cream), tea or coffee. The picture shows Caffé Torino, in piazza San carlo,one of the most well known and traditional. Torino itself is the city of chocolate and also a main producing area of hazelnuts, so that it is very common to find the result of this combination: 'gianduia', a chocolate with a high percentage of hazelnuts cream. Lots of chocolate shops may be found: Caffarel, Pfatish, Peyrano, Streglio .... with high-quality products.
Coming back to historical 'caffé', many of them may be found in the 'new' historical centre, that part of the city which has been built in the XVIII century, between Palazzo Reale (Piazza Castello) and the central station (Porta Nuova), in these places you may experience the kind of life of 200 years ago, wooded walls, heavy curtains, golden decorations, carpets, brasseries....... Try, Baratti & Milano, in Piazza Castello, Bar Torino and Bar San Carlo in Piazza San Carlo, Platti at the corner of Corso Umberto and Corso Vittorio Emmanuele.