Gran Caffè Gambrinus
Via Chiaia 1-2, Naples, 80132
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Singles, People watching
Expert review of Gran Caffè Gambrinus
From the bustling waiters to the Art Nouveau interior and the plethora of donne qui fare compere (women who shop) from nearby Via Chiaia, this is a very atmospheric place to take a coffee. Once the destination of left-wing intellectuals (certain rooms in the café were shut down by the authorities in the 1930s), Gran Caffè was also frequented by the likes of Oscar Wilde.
It's a good pitstop for a coffee and cake, or an aperiivo before dinner. Drinks are always served with little nibbles (crisps, nuts, small sandwiches) but if you fancy something more substantial there are potato and rice croquettes, panini and fried pizzas to choose from.
Try a sfogliatella – a delicious Neapolitan speciality made of many layers of pastry stuffed with ricotta cheese and spices – and have it with a coffee wtih cream or a hot chocolate (something akin to warm liquid chocolate).
Thanks to its popularity, Gambrinus is usually packed (particularly the tables outside) but offers great people-watching opportunities: expect kids on Vespas, fathers taking their daughters for ice-cream, sophisticated ladies toting their purchases, and the inevitable hawkers trying to flog you something or other.
The service is brisk and, inevitably, when busy, pretty brusque.
Just at the end of Via Chiaia, it's perfect for an aperitif before nipping over to the Teatro San Carlo.
The price of taking a coffee in a Neapolitan institution is not cheap, but you can reduce it substantially if you take your coffee inside, at the bar, standing up. Anything from 3 euros standing at the bar to 6 euros at a table;.
More information on Gran Caffè Gambrinus:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Café, Coffee shop
- Ice cream, Italian, Snacks
- Via Chiaia 1-2, Naples, 80132
- 081 417 582
- Afternoon Tea
- Opening times:
- Mon-Thu 7am-1am, Fri-Sun 7am-2.30am.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible