Dating from the 1750’s, Caffè Lavena has the atmosphere of an Austrian style salon and has beautiful green marble tables, antique mirrors and lacquered wood panelling. In the 19th century, it was frequented by international visitors to the city, one of its best known patrons being the composer Wagner. It has a very nice upstairs galleried area. It also occupies the sunniest part of St Mark’s Square.
They don’t have a restaurant, but pastries or snacks are available. If you just want to experience the café and don’t want to pay too much for a coffee, just order a coffee at the bar and stand there with it. A cappuccino will cost just €2.60.
Pastries, light snacks, cicchetti.
9.30am to midnight, daily.
Closest vaporetto stop:
San Marco, San Zaccaria
How to get there:
With your back to St. Mark’s Cathedral, Caffè Lavena is half way up the square on the right.
Piazza San Marco, 133/124
+39 041 522 4070