Coffee, Food and Chocolate Tour in Turin, Turin

Coffee, Food and Chocolate Tour in Turin (Self Guided), Turin

Among other things, the capital of Italy's Piedmont region – Turin – is well known for its rich culinary tradition, which includes long-standing coffee and chocolate culture. There are several cafes and coffee houses in the city that have been in business for hundreds of years.

The most notable of them are found in the historic heart of the city, such as the Caffè al Bicerin. Operating since the 18th century, this cafe is particularly famous for its landmark creamy beverage called the “bicerin”, which is made with espresso, chocolate, and milk, and served in a small glass, with each layer distinct and unmixed, creating a unique and delicious taste.

A few blocks away, the Mercato Centrale Torino (Torino Central Market), housed in a beautiful modern building, is filled with a wide variety of food stalls, selling everything from fresh local produce, meat, and cheese to baked items and other specialty foods.

If you're a coffee addict, the Museo Lavazza (Lavazza Museum) – dedicated to the history of coffee and the Lavazza brand – is a definite must-visit for you! Here, you can explore exhibits on the history of coffee, learn about different coffee-making techniques, and sample a variety of Lavazza brews.

Also, if you're easily tempted with a good piece of chocolate whenever you see one, don't miss the chance to indulge your sweet tooth at the Guido Gobino Chocolate Factory. This artisanal chocolate maker is one of the most famous in Turin and offers a range of high-quality confections, including its signature “gianduiotto”, which is a Piedmont specialty.

To satisfy your hunger for new tastes and make the most of your trip to Turin, take this self-guided culinary walk and enjoy yourself!
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Coffee, Food and Chocolate Tour in Turin Map

Guide Name: Coffee, Food and Chocolate Tour in Turin
Guide Location: Italy » Turin (See other walking tours in Turin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 4
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: nataly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Caffè al Bicerin (Bicerin Cafe)
  • Mercato Centrale Torino (Torino Central Market)
  • Museo Lavazza (Lavazza Museum)
  • Guido Gobino Chocolate Factory
Caffè al Bicerin (Bicerin Cafe)

1) Caffè al Bicerin (Bicerin Cafe)

If you have fallen in love with the Italian hot chocolate drink, Bicerin, you will not want to miss Bicerin Cafe (Caffè al Bicerin), a historical location in Turin that has been serving up the city's most famous drink since 1763.

The Bicerin, a traditional drink from Turin, is made with layers of hot chocolate, espresso, and cream, creating a rich and creamy mixture.

The Bicerin Cafe is an authentic charming space with marble tables and a cozy atmosphere that makes it the perfect spot for a relaxing break during your sightseeing. Whether you sit at the bar or at one of the small tables, you will be transported back in time to a more refined era of Italian cafe culture.

The space is small, but you may be able to find a seat on the pleasant terrace facing the Baroque Church of Our Lady of the Consolation (Basilica Della Consolata), designed by architect Guarino Guarini. Try to get there early as there is often a long queue to get inside the favored Bicerin Cafe.
Mercato Centrale Torino (Torino Central Market)

2) Mercato Centrale Torino (Torino Central Market)

There has been a market at Palace Gate (Porta Palazzo) since 1835. The new Torino Central Market (Mercato Centrale Torino) was constructed in 2011 and renovated in 2019. This unique market is based on formats launched in Florence in 2014 and 2016 in Rome. The 200-year-old social life of the outdoor market, mixing cultures, flavors, colors, and traditions, is enlarged.

The modernistic market building, with the glass and steel facade, was designed by architect Massimiliano Fuksas in 2005. Inside, in what was once the Palatine Center (Centro Palatino ), is a cultural and gastronomic adventure involving gourmet foods and wines. The aim is to strengthen the relationship between producers and consumers.

Several artisan food shops have been opened within the market. Restaurants well-known in the city are represented. Mare Nostrum serves fish. Alberto Marchetti is there with ice cream. Farmacia del Cambio has reservable tables. Visitors can enjoy street foods such as Sicilian Specialties. In the center is a brewery/cafeteria. Valerio Lo Russo has more fish.

The second floor has clothing shops and a cooking school. "The Distillery" is a trendy lounge bar with floor-to-ceiling windows giving the best views of the square. The third floor is a space for events and shows. In the basement are the 18th-century ice-storage rooms.

Palace Gate (Porta Palazzo) has become a zone where colors, aromas, cultures, and traditions mix, creating a "melting pot" of human energy.
Museo Lavazza (Lavazza Museum)

3) Museo Lavazza (Lavazza Museum)

To find out all about the history and culture of Italian coffee, make reservations for the Lavazza Museum, a multi-sensory museum dedicated to the art and science of coffee.

The Lavazza Museum is a must-visit for coffee lovers and anyone interested in learning more about the history and production of this beloved beverage. And it offers a rather thorough look at the world of coffee, from the cultivation of coffee beans to the brewing process.

The museum has five themed areas on coffee, defined by sound, aroma, and images. You'll learn about the origins of coffee, the different ways it's grown and harvested, and the processes it has been prepared and consumed throughout history. You can even explore the evolution of coffee-making technology, from the traditional moka pot to the modern espresso machine.

One of the museum's highlights is the interactive coffee-tasting experience, where you'll have the chance to sample a variety of Lavazza coffees and learn about their unique flavors and characteristics. And if you're feeling more creative, you can even attend one of the museum's coffee-making workshops, where you'll learn the art of brewing the perfect cup of coffee.

But the Lavazza Museum is more than just a place to learn about coffee - it's also a stunning example of modern Italian design. The museum's contemporary architecture, with its sleek lines and glass walls, provides the perfect backdrop for the exhibits and creates a visually stunning experience.
Guido Gobino Chocolate Factory

4) Guido Gobino Chocolate Factory

If you're a fan of all things chocolate, then make a point to visit the Guido Gobino Chocolate Factory.

Guido Gobino is one of the most famous chocolatiers in Italy, known for his high-quality, artisanal chocolate. During your visit, you can take a guided tour of the factory and see the chocolate-making process up close. You'll learn about the history and tradition of chocolate in Italy and the modern techniques and equipment used to create the delicious treats.

You can also sample some of the chocolate for yourself. Try the "Imperfetto" bag (imperfectly wrapped chocolate) or the famous Giandujotto (chocolate shaped like ingots and individually wrapped in a gold or silver colored foil cover).

At Guido Gobino, you can also participate in chocolate-making workshops, where you will learn the art of creating your chocolate treats. With the guidance of the chocolatiers, you can create unique flavor combinations and shapes and even take your creations home with you.

Walking Tours in Turin, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Turin

Create Your Own Walk in Turin

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Turin Introduction Walking Tour

Turin Introduction Walking Tour

A Roman colony called Julia Augusta Taurinorum was established in 28 BC. Today the city known as Turin is the capital city of the Piedmont region of Italy. The Romans planned the town as a grid. Garibaldi Street (via Garibaldi) today follows the pattern of the Roman north-south street.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, Turin was occupied in turn by Ostrogoths, Lombards, and the Franks of...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles