Gambrinus coffee, the most famous in Naples

In Naples, everyone knows the famous Gambrinus coffee, its fame precedes, perhaps because of the unmistakable aroma of its espresso, or the joy of its craft desserts, true masterpieces of pastry, but I think it is for the sight. Sitting on Gambrinus is a unique experience that takes you back in time. Led by brothers Arturo and Antonio Sergio, for over forty years it has been a must for any visit to the city: There is not a single traveler who, after arriving in Naples, gives up stopping at Gran Caffè Gambrinus.

The origin

Gambrinus coffee: the most important coffee in Naples. Among the most famous clubs on the peninsula, a member of the cultural historical sites of Italy. Neapolitan literary living room, famous art gallery, animator of urban culture. In short, these are the hallmarks of excellent coffee, which since 1860 has been one of the most important reference points in the culture of our city.

The history of Gran Caffè Gambrinus begins with the unification of Italy, when the “Gran Caffè” in 1860 was opened on the ground floor of the Foresteria building, the elegant building from 1816 that now houses the prefecture’s headquarters. Directly overlooking Piazza Plebiscito and Palazzo Reale, the café quickly becomes the living room of the beautiful urban world. The fame due to the work of the best confectioners, ice cream makers and baristas from all over Europe immediately gave the Café the royal family’s goodwill and recognition by decree of the “Royal House Supplier”.

In 1885, the Gran Caffè appears to be on the verge of closing, but soon its rooms would be opened to Neapolitans and travelers in a new, greater splendor. In 1890, Mariano Vacca, a shrewd man and frequent artist and actor, rented the premises of Foresteria and entrusted the renovation to the architect Antonio Curri, professor of architecture, as well as Ornato at the Royal University of Naples and honorary professor at the ‘Institute of Fine Arts. Thanks to the expertise of more than forty craftsmen and artists, the café becomes a precious treasure trove of works of art: the rooms are decorated with Jenny and Fiore marble, the stucco of Bocchetta, the base. reliefs of Cepparulo and tapestries of Porcelli; the walls decorated by the main Neapolitan landscape architects.

Caffè becomes a precious art gallery in the noble heart of Naples and is enhanced with the latest conquest of modernity, electric lighting. To celebrate the rebirth, the coffee is renamed “Gran Caffè Gambrinus”, in the name of the legendary King of Flanders, the inventor of beer. Gran Caffè Gambrinus was officially inaugurated on November 3, 1890 and immediately became the heart of the city’s social, cultural and literary life.

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The old Neapolitan tradition of espresso coffee

Gran Caffè Gambrinus is the heir to the ancient Neapolitan coffee tradition. It has been at least since the 19th century that coffee in Naples has been more than a simple drink, a ritual rooted across the habits of all classes of society, a phenomenon of custom that makes a single moment of refreshment an opportunity for culture and social interaction. . And it has been for one hundred and fifty years that fine coffee blends have spread the ancient and eternal aroma of Neapolitan espresso coffee in the elegant freedom rooms of Gran Caffè Gambrinus, the most prestigious café in Naples.

At Gran Caffè Gambrinus, espresso coffee is prepared according to the ancient Neapolitan recipe: dark, dense, hot. A moment of intense pleasure to enjoy sitting in absolute relaxation at one of the tables that directly overlook Piazza Plebiscito. An inevitable opportunity to divide the world elite’s worldly ritual into historical and artistic settings with refined prestige.

Faithful interpreter of tradition, Gran Caffè Gambrinus nevertheless neglects changes in taste: In recent years, the café has been enriched with tasty variations of traditional espresso coffee: cream, chocolate, hazelnut and numerous other ingredients combined with care and creativity to give customers in the cafeteria an unforgettable taste experience.

The Neapolitan taste tradition

Gran Caffè Gambrinus was born as a cafeteria, but quickly felt the need to establish its own patisseries to ensure customers high quality ingredients and artisanal processing techniques.

Gran Caffè Gambrinus today offers a large selection of typical Neapolitan cakes and refined creations of its very own chocolate production. Fragrant puff pastry, tasty rum babà, small cream puffs, delicious lobster tails are made in accordance with the Neapolitan tradition and are accompanied alongside exclusive creations.

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