Trieste is a unique Italian city with an unmistakable charm. Since centuries it has attracted writers and thinkers. One of them was the notable Irish writer James Joyce, who along with fellow writers Umberto Saba and Italo Svevo, became part of the city’s literary culture. Coffee in Trieste is a ritual like no other that’s why if you’re looking to know where to have coffee in Trieste, there’s one place you have to go! (Joyce style!)
Where to Have Coffee in Trieste
James Joyce lived in Trieste for more than a decade from 1904 till 1915. He greatly loved and admired the city of Trieste, so much so that the city honors him even today. There are several alleys, B&Bs, hotels, museums and coffee houses named after him. Joyce also wrote several books, not just on Trieste and loved drinking coffee in Antico Cafe San Marco!
Antico Cafe San Marco- the only place you need to go
Although there are endless Bars and Cafes in Trieste, if you want to have coffee in the James Joyce style, visit Antico Cafe San Marco. An old fashioned coffee house, San Marco is the perfect spot for coffee in Trieste!! San Marco is a great Bar in Trieste for reading and people watching. It is also a bookstore with regular readings and book events. Simply ask for the Joyce special coffee! Not only will someone be happy to talk to you about Joyce and his books but also help you with the coffee.
The coffee ranges from €1- 3.5! Other notable places to have coffee in Trieste are- Bar Italia, Caffè degli Specchi and Caffè Pirona.
How to Reach Trieste:
Did you know the famous coffee brand Illy is from Trieste!!
It was not unusual for me doing a tour of the city with the ghosts of the literary past. I travel in search of literary references wherever I go and Trieste just happened to make it doubly special….!
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