Gran Caffè Gambrinus

Price guide: Mid-range

Via Chiaia 1-2, Naples, 80132

Price guide: Mid-range

Gran Caffè Gambrinus

By Jan Fuscoe, your Naples expert

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#9 of 10
expert-rated restaurants in Naples
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.9
3.9
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Singles, People watching

Expert review of Gran Caffè Gambrinus

Enjoy superb people-watching opportunities in Royal Naples' beautiful grand café.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Recommended dishes: 

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). 

Ambience: 

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. 

Service: 

The service is brisk and, inevitably, when busy, pretty brusque.

Location: 

Just at the end of Via Chiaia, it's perfect for an aperitif before nipping over to the Teatro San Carlo.

Price advice: 

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:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Café, Coffee shop
Food:
Ice cream, Italian, Snacks
Address:
Via Chiaia 1-2, Naples, 80132
Telephone:
081 417 582
Website:
http://www.caffegambrinus.it
Serves:
Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
Mon-Thu 7am-1am, Fri-Sun 7am-2.30am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

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