Is this Italy's most glamorous café?
Entering Caffè Torino is like walking into a Belle Époque postcard. Founded in 1903, this Turin establishment is a league of its own. It has perfectly stood the test of time, and much has remained the same over the last 117 years. Located underneath the arcades of Piazza San Carlo, the cafe entrance is instantly recognisable by the vintage neon Martini sign and two bulls on either side. Inside, things are just as elegant and impressive. Marbled floors, stuccoed ceilings, gilded mirrors and crystal chandeliers - it’s no surprise that Caffè Torino soon after its opening became a magnet for celebrities, intellectuals and even Savoy royalty.
In the decades to come, famous people from James Stuart, Ava Gardner and Brigitte Bardot would all visit this legendary place. And they were not just attracted by Caffè Torino’s enchanting interior and impeccable service, but also by the irresistible range of Piedmontese delicacies on offer. The most iconic of which are the gianduiotti, Turin’s famous hazelnut chocolates wrapped in foil. It’s just another reason for the continued popularity of Caffè Torino. Visiting this place quite literally gives you a taste of Turin’s regal history. It certainly still is one of the city's, if not the country's, most glamorous cafés.