Caffè Florian

Top choice cafe in San Marco

The oldest still-operating cafe in Europe and one of the first to welcome women, Florian maintains rituals (if not prices) established in 1720: besuited waiters serve cappuccino on silver trays, lovers canoodle on plush banquettes and the orchestra strikes up as the sunset illuminates San Marco’s mosaics. Piazza seating during concerts costs €6 extra, but dreamy-eyed romantics hardly notice.