Gran Caffè Gam­bri­nus – from 1860

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At the end of one of Naples’ most burst­ing shopping streets, Via Toledo, you’ll find what can be de­scribed as the city’s most fa­mous culi­nary in­sti­tu­tion, Caffè Gam­bri­nus. For 150 years, Gam­bri­nus has been a sort of “liv­ing room” to a large num­ber of the city’s cul­tural, po­lit­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual VIPS both lo­cal and for­eign. Os­car Wilde came here to read and Italy’s for­mer pres­i­dent Francesco Crispi to dis­cuss pol­i­tics. Here, in 1892, the writer, Matilde Serao started her ed­i­to­rial of­fice for the Neapoli­tan daily, Il Mat­tino, which still ex­ists to­day, and it was also here, that au­thor Gabriele d’an­nun­zio wrote the text of the fa­mous Neapoli­tan song, A Vuc­chella. Stucco or­na­ments, an­tique mir­rors, mar­ble floors, bas-re­liefs, wait­ers dressed up to the nines and paint­ings of De Sanc­tis, Volpe and Pratella all con­tribute to give Gam­bri­nus an un­mis­tak­able an­tique at­mos­phere and an al­most tan­gi­ble touch of his­tory. If you want to try a typ­i­cal Neapoli­tan rit­ual, i.e. the en­joy­able con­sump­tion of ‘na taz­zuella ‘e cafè, a good cup of coffee, do it at Gam­bri­nus. You could try the creamy and de­li­cious Caffè Noc­ci­o­lato (with the taste of hazel­nuts), which is a Neapoli­tan spe­cialty, Caffè Gegè (with liq­uid whipped cream, co­coa and milk) or the leg­endary Caffè Gam­bri­nus, a sort of cap­puc­cino with whipped cream and ca­cao. If you want to get com­pletely un­der the skin of Naples, a visit to Gam­bri­nus is an ab­so­lute must.

Via Chi­aia, 1/2, 80132 Napoli

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