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7 of the Best Coffee Shops in Vicenza (All Personally Tried and Tested)

Yes, sampling all those fancy coffees and amazing cakes all over Vicenza was hard work. But someone had to do it.

For there are few things in life as nice and soul-satisfying as sitting down for a coffee and a chat with a cherished friend, a loved one or a gaggle of acquaintances. It is a whole social ritual, isn’t it?! Arranging to meet, choosing carefully the right cafe and then, once there, ordering a coffee just as you like it plus a lovely little something giving you a bit of a sugar rush.

Interiors, location, quality of food and drink plus accessibility with a baby buggy all count. And it could put such a dampener on an otherwise great date chancing upon the only cafe in town where they serve bad coffee (yes, it happens in Italy, too) or where the owner meets you with a surly face, doesn’t have a printed menu and pretends he can’t understand you when you say in your best Italian ‘cafe deca con panna, prego‘, whilst he is greeting with a big smile a couple of passing locals (yes, this happened, too).

So, after a rigorous testing process spanning over a year and a half, these are seven of the best coffee shops in Vicenza where you will feel utterly spoiled in terms of coffee and cake selection. Plus, during my several visits to each one of them customer service has been consistently attentive.

The seven coffee shops below are listed in alphabetical order. Go on, I dare you to try them all (of course, if you haven’t already) and don’t forget to let me know what you thought of them.

 

Bar Al Pellegrino

 

Cafe crema and Hot chocolate, Bar Al Pellegrino, Monte Berico, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Cafe Crema, Bar Al Pellegrino, Monte Berico, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Artisan gelato, Bar Al Pellegrino, Monte Berico, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Dolce di Monte Berico, Traditional local cakes, Bar Al Pellegrino, Monte Berico, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Inside Bar Al Pellegrino, Monte Berico, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Outside terrace, Bar Al Pellegrino, Monte Berico, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Vicenza seen from the outside terrace, Bar Al Pellegrino, Monte Berico, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Here you will be absolutely spoiled. This spacious bar has it all – mouth-watering cakes, brioches and lunch food made on the premises, artisan gelato in many different flavours and the most scrumptious menu of coffee-based drinks several of which are served topped with lashings of whipped cream. Add to this the huge outside terrace lined up by green trees and shrubs which affords the most amazing view of Vicenza. It is a really lovely relaxing place. The bar is right opposite the Sanctuary of Monte Berico and right at the end of the big Palladian arcade leading up to it. When the church bells ring, you can see them dance in the bell tower straight from the terrace. Just a couple of days ago I had the best cafe crema there, which was basically like a coffee-based slush puppy. It was very tasty and refreshing in the hot afternoon. In the bar they also sell Dolce di Monte – a traditional for the Monte Berico area cake, which would make a great present. If you are with a buggy, there are some steps leading to the front door of the bar, so just walk a couple of metres down from it to the other entrance. The bar is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and it doesn’t close for riposo the rest of the time.

Address: Viale X Giugno 14, Vicenza
Tel: 0444 321444

 

Caffe Olimpico

 

Cafe souffle, Caffe Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Inside Caffe Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Inside Caffe Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

The entrance to Caffe Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

A great cafe just next door to the splendid Teatro Olimpico. In fact one of its entrances is right between two statues in the garden leading up to Palladio’s masterpiece. If you visit with a baby or a toddler in a buggy, opt for the other entrance on Via Leva degli Angeli, as there are no steps there. Caffe Olimpico has a great selection of cakes, sweets and brioches, plus a a fab fancy coffee menu in addition to its regular menu with other drinks and bites to eat. It has a lovely lunch list and a wellness bar with smoothies and freshly squeezed juices, too. It has two main spacious rooms with some great Palladio-inspired prints on the walls. The atmosphere is light and friendly. Doesn’t close for riposo.

Address: Via Leva degli Angeli 5, Vicenza
Tel: 0444 546267

 

La Triestina

 

Coffee with whipped cream and chocolate salami, La Triestina Coffee House, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Brioches, croissants, donuts and tramezzini, La Triestina Coffee House, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Menu and seating area, La Triestina Coffee House, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

The bar area, La Triestina Coffee House, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

This bar-cum-patisserie has a great central location in the heart of Vicenza, a stylish interior and a yummy selection of sweets, brioches, cookies, American-style pancakes and light savoury bites. Add to this a great list of coffee- and tea-based drinks and a whole fruit bar, where they can whisk you a nice smoothie or a freshly-squeezed juice from seasonal fruits. Plus they make cioccomenta – my favourite mint-flavoured hot chocolate drink to which I dedicated a whole blog post here. La Triestina can get really busy with people crowding the bar area. If you don’t fancy having your coffee and brioche the Italian way, i.e. standing up, there is an outside and an inside seating areas where it is usually very easy to find a comfortable spot. Access with buggies is smooth, too. If you need a little pick-me-up you can get some quality chocolates sold by the weight. They also sell luxury boxes of chocolates and – around Christmas – boxes of sugared chestnuts, in case you need to buy a quick gift. A great place for people-watching, La Triestina is visited by a never-ending stream of stylishly dressed Italian ladies with their perfectly coiffed hairs, strings of pearls around the neck and a hand clutching a Prada bag. The cafe is not pretentious at all though, so even I and my trusty jeans feel absolutely at ease in it. Hence I pop in as often as I can. Doesn’t close for riposo.

Address: Corso Palladio 116, Vicenza
Tel:  0444 321196

 

Pan Ti Voglio

 

Caffe crema, Cafe Stuzzicheria Pan ti Voglio, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Pasticceria Mignon, Cafe Stuzzicheria Pan ti Voglio, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Inside Cafe Stuzzicheria Pan ti Voglio, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Cafe Stuzzicheria Pan ti Voglio, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Here you have the perfect combination of a bakery, patisserie and something called ‘stuzzicheria‘ in Italian which I can roughly translate as an ‘appetiser bar’. Honestly, I thought I was in heaven the first time that I visited this lovely place in Vicenza. It is very well appointed with a modern-meets-rustic feel to it. They have it all: scrumptious mini cakes and macarons, mouth-watering slices of pizza and an unbelievable selection of pastries and danishes. Come on, they even have a ‘Brioche of the Month’ which for May happens to be ‘Strawberries and Crema Cotta’. The cafe is a little bit away from the centre of town. You can walk it there from Corso Fogazzaro in about 15 minutes or take bus number 9 which stops right in front of it. There are also several parking places right by the front window. It is very busy with people constantly popping in to buy large plateaus of pizza slices and brioches. Yet, sitting on one of the small wooden tables feels very relaxed and people take their time to read their newspapers and savour their coffees. At the sweets counter they even offer free samples (which is quite unusual in this part of Italy). There are vegan choices, energy seed bars, gluten-free bread, cookies in nice cellophane bags, all the modern stuff plus free wi-fi. It is very easy to go in with a buggy, although the seating area is rather narrow and long with small tables quite close to one another, so you may need to move a chair or two to accommodate the buggy. It is open Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm. On Sunday it opens at 8 am and shuts at 1 pm. Doesn’t close for riposo.

Address: Strada S. Antonino 12, Vicenza
Tel: 0444 024122

 

Pasticceria Aliani

 

Pasticceria Aliani, Corso Fogazzaro, Vicenza - www.rossiwrites.com

Cakes, Pasticceria Aliani, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Fruit jellies, Pasticceria Aliani, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Inside Pasticceria Aliani, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com - www.rossiwrites.com

Inside Pasticceria Aliani, Vicenza, Italy- www.rossiwrites.com

I first told you about this lovely little patisserie last year in my blog post ‘Ten Things You’ll Love in Vicenza (My Insider Tips)‘ and it keeps being a firm favourite of mine. The sweets and cakes there are outstanding and I am really partial to their hot chocolate which is traditionally served unsweetened and it gives you a fabulous oomph. The seating area is outside underneath a historical arcade which is nice and breezy when the sun is out glaring in full force. On colder days blankets are provided so that you can cover yourself whilst you sip your drink. Or you can have a quick coffee standing up at the bar inside just like the Italians. You can easily wheel your buggy inside to place your order and then sit outside and wait to be served. All sweets and chocolates are made on the premises by the family running the patisserie. They also make jams and cakes of traditional and innovative flavours. Their seasonal offerings for Christmas and Easter are absolutely lip-smacking, too The patisserie closes on Mondays and for riposo the rest of the week.

Address: Corso Antonio Fogazzaro 163, Vicenza
Tel: 0444 545447

 

Pasticceria Secco

 

Pasticcini Mignon, Pasticceria Secco, Vicenza, Italy-3 - www.rossiwrites.com

Cake, Pasticceria Secco, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Inside Pasticceria Secco, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Pasticceria Secco, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

This is a lovely local patisserie off the central part of Vicenza. It has a great selection of handmade chocolates in addition to a fabulous line of cakes, sweets and light savoury bites to eat. The best bit is that the sweet pastries and little cakes come in two sizes – mini and normal, so that if you want to reign your sugar consumption a bit, you can get just a bite-sized treat. It is all made on the premises. The interior is nice and modern and they provide newspapers and magazines in Italian for you to leaf through as you sip your coffee. Access with a buggy is very easy and there is enough space inside to place the buggy by your table. This is the patisserie I got my husband’s birthday cake from and it was truly delicious. They also sell a nice line of small gifts, so that if you are looking to buy something quickly for an acquaintance’s birthday or special occasion, you can easily pick something here. Closes for riposo.

Address: Via Borgo Scroffa 73, Vicenza
Tel: 0444 514329

 

Pasticceria Venezia

 

Ginseng coffee and ricotta and honey cake, Pasticceria Venezia, Vicenza, Italy-2 - www.rossiwrites.com

Inside seating area, Pasticceria Venezia, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Macarons, Pasticceria Venezia, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Inside Pasticceria Venezia, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Outside seating area, Pasticceria Venezia, Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

A true delight for the discerning cake-eater and coffee-drinker. This gem of a patisserie has a wide selection of made-on-the-premises cakes and sweets. Plus their macaron display is legendary. It is very centrally located just around the corner from Palladio’s Basilica and Piazza dei Signori. The interior is beautiful and very stylish with funky artwork adorning the inside seating area. There is an outside seating area, too which is easily accessible with a buggy. Inside you will need to take the buggy down a step to reach the tables, but this is easy to do. If you feel overwhelmed by the choice (and, trust me, you will be!), the smiling lady behind the counter is only too happy to explain what’s in the different cakes and then she will suggest different options. The drinks menu is exhaustive, too. The best bit is that they have two types of coffee beans. Which means that any coffee drink can be prepared either with Miscela Oro which is 100% Arabica or with Miscela Nera which is 70% Arabica and 30% Robusta. Perfect for coffee-nerds. Closed on Mondays and for riposo the rest of the week.

Address: Contra Pescaria 4, Vicenza
Tel: 0444 324586

 

7 of the best coffee shops in Vicenza, Italy - www.rossiwrites.com

Have you been to any or all of the above coffee shops in Vicenza? What was your experience? Is there a really splendid coffee shop which I have missed? Please, let me know!

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  • Hi Rossi, I am enjoying your column very much and have subscribed to it. I’m in Vicenza for the summer and am having trouble knowing how to order coffee the way I like it. I usually end up getting the espresso, which is a bit too strong for me, or the cappuccino, which is too milky. I see you order cafe deca con panna which is with whipped cream I believe. Can you tell me what deca means? I can’t find it in the dictionary. I like coffee very strong with a very little cream and in a little bit larger size that the tiny espresso cup. How would I order that?

    • Hi Jean, many thanks for your comment and for subscribing. Please, accept my apologies for not getting back to you any sooner, as I have been away from the blog for a while now for different reasons.
      With regards to coffee – yes, the espressos here are really strong. With time one develops a taste for them though and then nothing tastes quite the same. 🙂
      Deca is an abbreviation of ‘decaffeinato’ or in other words ‘decaffeinated coffee’. Panna is indeed whipped cream. I don’t drink milk as I don’t like the taste, so a dollop of whipped cream makes my coffee a bit smoother when I don’t fancy the full-blown force of a black espresso.
      You can try asking for a ‘caffe lungo’ which has about double the amount of water a normal espresso would have.
      If this is too strong still, try asking for a ‘lungo con acqua calda (a parte)’. They should bring you a larger cup with a strong coffee at the bottom of it accompanied by a small jug with hot water, so that you can add as much to your coffee as you like.
      You can also order an ‘americano’ which is still shorter and much stronger than any americano I have had in England, for example.
      Have fun having coffee and exploring Vicenza.
      Best wishes,

      Rossi

  • Hii! Beautiful post. Also very useful for people who, like me, live in vicenza.
    If I may ask: what camera and lens do you use to make those beautiful pictures?

    • Thank you for your kind words! In reply to your question – I use Nikon D90 with a kit lens (18-105mm). I often use my smartphone to take pictures, too. Best wishes, Rossi

  • Been to about half of these, and agree with you. Gonna have to check out more of them. The Additionally, Antico Caffe Scrigni, next to the Duomo, and the Opera Cafe, next to the Teatro Olimpico, are two of my favorites.

    • Thank you for the suggestions! I will definitely give them a try. By the way only yesterday I spotted a splendid pasticceria just off Corso Padova, so perhaps in a few months this blog post will need to be expanded. Best wishes and thank you for stopping by.

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