A true Italian coffee connoisseur should make a pilgrimage to Venice at some point in their life. Though many Italian cities have a reputation for serving exceptional coffee (we see you, Milan), Venice has a particularly strong connection to one of the world’s favorite caffeinated beverages.
Venice’s coffee history dates back to the end of the 17th century, when the first cafe, Caffè Florian, popped up in the Piazza San Marco. Italy has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of Venice’s most storied establishments — including Caffè Florian and the historic Harry’s Bar — closed temporarily. Close calls like these are scary, but they can also help travelers appreciate the historic institutions that are still around.
Whether you’re a coffee fiend or a lover of history, these are the historic cafes in Venice that should be on your radar when you visit.