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Torino: Caffe Al Bicerin

Piazza della Consolata 5 , Phone: 011.4369325
Closing day: Wednesday

Reviewed by: JDeQ from Canada, review #2947

When: 2008

A historic cafe that has been serving up decadent treats since 1763 - clearly they are doing many things right!

Caffe Al Bicerin, photo by J DeQuetteville

The Caffe Al Bicerin is a historic spot - it has been in operation for more than 200 years (apparently always operated by women.) Over that time their trademark drink - the Bicerin - a heady hot beverage of layered chocolate, espresso, and cream - has come to be the 'official' drink of Piemonte.

Inside the cafe you are greeted by walls of warm wood, mirrors and marble; outside the cast-iron capitaled columns are original. We tried to visit the cafe a couple of times but found it to be closed (on Wednesday) and in the afternoon. Finally we lucked out and it was open on our last day in Torino. We snuck in before a large tour group and sat against the wall enjoying the view and the drinks.

We both ordered the Bicerin and a plate of cookies to share. The drinks were amazing - exactly what we needed on a cool, wet day. The pastries were equally wonderful. I expected a cookie or two on a plate, instead we got a platter with a variety of treats. The bill for the drinks and cookies came to 14.60 euro.

You can buy their chocolates and Bicerin liqueur to bring home with you. My colleagues at work really appreciated the chocolates, pronouncing them to be best that they have had.

If you're in the neighbourhood of the piazza this is a great spot to enjoy a special treat, relax and people watch for a bit, and appreciate a unique (and delicious) piece of Torino history.

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