I live somewhat differently here in Italy compared to most, that meaning, I am a millennial during the age of technology and I live without Wi-Fi in my home. The sacrilege! Or as I like to call it “the Viva Italia experience”. So “coffee shops with Wi-Fi” was something that I researched immensely when I first moved here and I’ve narrowed it down to a few goodens. So if you’re not living in the dark ages like me and finding Wi-Fi isn’t your main priority, these places still have pretty great coffee.
1) Caffe Vergnano 1882
Caffe Vergnano is a chain of stores that can be found all over the city, however, my favourite one is on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. It’s the closest one to my house, the Wi-Fi is speedy and in this particular one they always know exactly what I want to order, and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be a regular at a place? The drinks are fab, the cannolis are a must and their lunch options are also pretty great.
My regular order: Iced Caramel Frappuccino or Latte Macchiato
2) Orso Laboratorio del Caffe
The best way to describe this shop, in my opinion, is “Italian hipster”, it feels exactly like the kind of coffee shops you can find in Brighton. The Italian twist to this coffee shop is the fact there’s a connecting door into the gelato shop next door. This coffee shop goes against the typical Italian coffee you can generally find everywhere else and uses coffee beans from all over the world. The staff are lovely, the Wi-Fi is efficient and the music playlist is banging. Additionally, in each cup of coffee there is a number that corresponds to a quote that you can find hanging in a frame on the wall.
My regular order: The 3 euro breakfast deal of a cappuccino and apricot croissant (and maybe a cheeky gelato).
3) MiaGola Caffe
Cats. Do I need to say more than that? If you’re a cat lady like me but your apartment building doesn’t permit pets this is a great way to get your “feline fix”. Everything in this café is cat inspired, from the mugs you drink out of to the books on the shelves; this place is definitely a favourite of mine for its cuddly creatures.
My regular order: Cappuccino
This one is typically my “Sunday coffee shop” for when my beloved Caffe Vergnano is closed but I don’t feel like going too far to get speedy Wi-Fi. I generally like to sit upstairs and watch the world go by on the street below with my coffee in hand. When the weather is warmer, you can even buy gelato from the window in the front of the store. It’s also placed on Via Giuseppe Luigi Lagrange so more often than not I find myself doing some Sunday “I deserve this” shopping.
My regular order: Caffe Shakerato
Bonus: Caffetteria dell’Universita
This place has had a remodel since some of its pictures on Google – this huge coffee shop has now transformed into everything that the Instagram-obsessed girl that I am, needs in her life. It’s got hanging plants galore, dark wood coffee tables and aesthetically placed fresh croissants in the window to draw people in. It’s also really close to Turin’s biggest and most beautiful park, so sometimes I’ll take my coffee to go and stroll on over to sit in front of the castle (yes) that is in the park.
Side note: It also says on Google that this place has Wi-Fi but every time that I have been it has never worked.
My regular order: Freshly squeezed orange juice, aka “spremuta d’arancia” (I know it’s not coffee but it was still definitely worth mentioning).