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One of three historic cafés on Piazza San Marco, the Grancaffè Quadri has been a part of the Venetian experience since 1638, along with the two other major historic cafés of Venice: Lavena and Florian. The atmosphere alone is worth the trip with luxurious exteriors and interiors, and sometimes, a live orchestra plays in the background. The opulent décor comprises of resplendent Venetian chandeliers and mirrors. Customers can enjoy fine coffee in myriad flavors complemented by exquisite desserts and gourmet snacks. On certain nights between April and October, connoisseurs of music can enjoy the melodies played by renowned musicians.
This coffeehouse is situated right in the heart of Piazza San Marco and began operations in 1750. It is one of the three most historical eating places in the city, the other two being Quadri and Florian, and all three date back to at least 200 years. It boasts of a magical ambiance infused with historic elements and has hosted some of the most famous violinists and other musicians. It has always attracted celebrities from royalty and film personalities to accomplished authors, composers and academics. Today, it serves as a lavish place for socializing in Venice and is frequented by connoisseurs of good food, beverages and music.
Caffe del Doge has been around since the 1950s and has delighted dreamy-eyed tourists as well as local alike. Almost a historic name, the coffee shop serves rich, creamy and luscious coffee starting 7:00a. At Caffe del Doge; anytime is a great time for a cup of coffee. The quaint cafe is dimly lit with lamps suspended from the ceiling, the decor is modern but subtly reminiscent of the times gone by. The paraphernalia around gives patrons the feeling that coffee is respected like a tradition here. Do not over look the delicious assortment of pastries, sandwiches and breads while you are here. Their staff is very friendly and greet and bid you with a smile. Great coffee and little touches such as these makes this place worthy of coming back.