Having been the main coffee harbor in the Mediterranean since the 18th century, there are many historic cafes in Trieste with the fact that Triestines consumes almost twice as much coffee as elsewhere in Italy, 10kg versus 5.8kg a year for the national average.
No wonder Illy has been established here and still headquartered here.
Named after the founder Marco Lovrinovich, a local wine dealer, this Caffe San Marco opened its door in January 1914 and was frequented by intellectuals and writers such as James Joyce and Italo Svevo.
Decorated in Vienna Secession style, this historic cafe is now owned by Italy’s largest insurance company, Assicurazioni Generali, where it’s headquarter is quite close by.
Renovated in 2013 to Incorporate bookstore on one side.
Pear cakes are supposed to be good here.
Scaled statue of Triestine novelist and essayist Georgio Voghera displayed in bookstore section.
Vintage cash register from the era of Lire and Centesimi.
CAFFE’ SAN MARCO
Via Battisti 18, I – 34125 Trieste
T. +39 040 064 1724
Founded in 1830, Caffe Tommaseo, named after the noted Italian linguist and hero of the Risorgimento; Italian Unification Movement, Niccolo Tommaseo, is one of the oldest cafe in Trieste.
As shown on the plaque “In 1848, the spark of enthusiasm for Italian freedom spread from this Caffè Tommaseo, center of a nationwide movement”, this place was the center for patriots as well as erudites.
Not too shabby interiors with even a piano at one side.
Looking very historic.
Artists and intellectuals including Stendhal, James Joyce, Franz Kafka had frequented here.
Another cash register here as well from the good old days.
Caffè Tommaseo Srl
Piazza Tommaseo 4/c – 34122 Trieste (TS)