1. Pasticceria Penso
This café and shop is known as the best in the city for its food. Pasticceria Penso is located very close to the water, so it is a perfect place to stop and relax, whilst enjoying a tasty cake or pastry.
2. Caffé Tommaseo
Caffé Tommaseo is one of several coffee houses in the city that is a favourite amongst locals. Named after the Italian linguist and writer Niccoló Tommaseo, you can also find a small exhibit about him inside. The café is a little bit pricey, but well worth it for the atmosphere.
3. Trattoria Da Giovanni
Trattoria Da Giovanni is one of the oldest restaurants in Trieste. The food is simple, quick, cheap and tasty and is a popular place at lunchtime. Try the sliced ham served in a small sandwich with mustard and horseradish or just rolled up and stuck on toothpick. There is also a wide selection of freshly prepared dishes like grilled vegetables, casseroles, and fried fish.
4. Fora Per Fora
Fora Per Fora is a special place in town with a beer house atmosphere that serves a range of traditional Triestine dishes as well as loads of different beers to pair up the food.
5. Buffet L'Approdo
Buffet L'Approdo is an establishment that the Freemason’s used to visit frequently throughout history. The pub has an authentic working class charm and translates to Landing of the Port, which is appropriate as it used to serve as an early morning stop for dock workers on their way to the nearby covered market. Nowadays it is a welcoming port of call for locals in search of a hearty traditional meal and a cold pint.
1. Caffè San Marco
Caffè San Marco has been around since before WWI and has been a favourite for many writers – think the likes of Svevo, Saba and Joyce. The café was built in a Viennese succession with gorgeous theatrical mask paintings, dark chocolate coloured walls and miles of marble tables making it an ideal place to have a coffee and get lost in a good book.
Knulp is a complex of a café, bar, library, live concert venue, art house cinema and much more. Even if you’re not a member of the complex, you can still sit down and enjoy a drink in lush seating in this buzzing atmosphere filled with locals.
Naima is one of the oldest nightclubs in town in a beautiful location. The club holds various events throughout the week with something for everyone from Latin dancing, theatre and cabaret, student parties, live music, electronica and discofunk!
Ok so this place doesn’t have wild animals and acrobats, but it does have an eccentric personality with framed movie posters and celebrity portraits hanging on the walls and DJ’s pumping out the tunes behind the bar in their little booths. Circus has been around for over a decade and is a must stop for a drink whilst in town.
5. Grip Wunderbar
A top favourite in town has to be Grip Wunderbar with crowds spilling out onto the adjacent streets most nights. There are usually live bands playing and varied music pulling in a huge crowd especially between Wednesday and Saturday.