The Gastronomer's Guide
Grab a Coffee, Catch a View: 5 Best Cafes in Amalfi
If you’re heading to Italy’s famed Amalfi Coast, you’re probably looking forward to its breathtaking landscape, fascinating culture, and friendly people. But let’s not forget about the mouth-watering cuisine and delicious bean juice. Experience your trip in true Italian style by adding a coffee ritual to your itinerary! From people-watching to spectacular cliff-side vistas, here’s THE STELLA‘s selection of the best cafes with a view on the Amalfi Coast — why not make day trips from your Italian vacation home to one of these caffeinated gems?
1. Pasticceria Pansa: Piazza del Duomo 40, Amalfi
The locals love it! Grab a table outside and watch the world go by on Amalfi’s picturesque main square, or sit inside to admire its rich Belle Époque decor. Whichever you prefer, you’ve found the perfect spot to enjoy your caffè macchiato with a choice of standout pastries (be sure to try the delizie al limone!) brought to you by black-bow-tied waiters.
Best for: People-watching and lemony treats
2. Caffè Positano: Via Pasitea 168/170, Positano
A great place to start your day in Positano, or finish up the night before! Enjoy your morning cappuccino with freshly made cornetti while soaking up unfettered panoramic views of the Spiaggia Grande and the Amalfi Coast, then come back after dark and surprise your special someone with a candlelight dinner on the private balcony under the starry night sky. What could be more magical?
Best for: Romance and dazzling vistas
3. Bagni Sant’Anna: Via del Mare (Marina Grande) – 80067, Sorrento
In Sorrento’s quaint fishing village of Marina Grande, you’ll find a picturesque harbor filled with colorful wooden boats, a timeless ambiance, and a lovely spot to take it all in: the Bagni Sant’Anna Ristorante. Sit back on the narrow dock, and sip your caffè over the water, while gazing out over the peaceful bay and the stunning coast. If the steep walk down to the shore opened your appetite, why not treat yourself to some fresh, local seafood.
Best for: The authentic atmosphere
4. Caffè Calce: Via Emanuele Filiberto 1, Ravello
While in the charming hilltop town of Ravello, take a moment to enjoy a freshly-brewed cup of coffee on the main piazza by the Duomo. If a delightful espresso is not enough, Caffè Calce also has an appetizing pastry counter and reliably good gelato.
Best for: The coffee and gelati
5. Pasticceria Napoli: Corso Reginna 64, Maiori
If you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth, you’re in the right place! Take your pick from a range of sinfully decadent pastries and savor a delicious coffee on the outside patio. Be warned: The sfogliatelle are out of this world and you’ll be going back for seconds before you know it. This highly acclaimed pasticceria wins extra points for the friendly service with a smile.
Best for: The sfogliatelle