Piazza Castello, 15, Torino, Italy
NileGuide Expert tip:
Pre-theatre cocktails are often taken here, €5 for a drink taken at the bar, €7 if you sit at one of the tables.
In many ways Caffé Mulassano is the most discreet of Turin's cafés, its dark colours and hues are reminiscent of a gentlemen's club, wood, leather and purple marble are the watchwords here. White jacketed baristi somehow create their legendary drinks behind a minute counter and serve the handful of tables in this unique café. Rated among Gambero Rosso's top 18 cafés in Italy (Turin has three more), Caffé Mulassano was inaugurated in 1907 and painstakingly restored in 1978. One of many bars in Italy to claim the invention of the tramezzino (Italian sandwich), some say their espresso is the best in the city, aromatic, creamy and strong with a flavour of pepper and spices, it is in many ways the perfect place for a coffee or hot chocolate. Frequented by Royalty and the Arts, Benedetto Gigli, the opera singer, used to pop in during rehearsals at the nearby Teatro Regio, today pre-theatre cocktails are often taken here by a new generation of theatre goers, €5 for a drink taken at the bar, €7 if you sit at one of the tables.