A Quick Guide to Turin

September 18, 2015

Happy Friday dear friends!

As some of you might already know, we spent last weekend in Turin, Italy. Since we were not able to take any summer holidays until now, and hence were not able to spend any time with our Sardinian family, we decided to meet (most of) them in northern Italy. It was a short weekend trip only, but a lovely little getaway. Today I wanted to share with you some of the things we did and places we saw. Read on for a few of my tips!


We were staying with family so there was no hotels needed. A good hotel suggestion I have heard of it the Grand Hotel Sitea. It’s in a great location and close to the historical center.

Eat & Drink

A lovely place for a quick lunch after visiting the Mole Antonelliana tower: Eataly Incontra Caffe Vergnano alla Mole. For those of you who are not familiar with Eataly, it is the largest Italian marketplace chain in the world. It includes a variety of restaurants, food and beverage counters, bakery, and retail items in many cities throughout the world. I had already been to one in Milan and loved it, so I was certain to visit the Eataly in Turin. You can see what I picked from the menu here. We are both looking forward to it opening in Munich soon. A little bit more of bella Italia in Germany? Yes, please!

Eataly TurinEataly Incontra Caffe Vergnano alla Mole

Food Eataly TurinYummy Italian food to take back home

Pastries Eataly TurinTry to resist these pastries if you can

A lovely place for an afternoon coffee: Pai Bikery, Via cagliari 18/d. A mix of a bike shop and a coffee shop: a very interesting coffee concept. They also make great pancakes!

pai bikery copyThe assorted selection at Pai Bikery

THE place for coffee lovers: Orso Laboratorio Café, Via Berthollet 30 g. This place was quite hard to find. So hard it felt like we were on a full on scavenger hunt. With coffees from all over the world and diverse brewing methods, it was worth the long search. I tried some coffee from Nepal which was divine…and I’m not even a coffee lover. If you wish, you can also buy your mug and leave it there for every visit. Definitely interesting for the locals.

orso laboratorio caffeOrso Laboratorio Café

orso laboratorio caffe mugsMug storage for locals

A great place for Sunday brunch….a dangerous place for Sunday brunch: Lanificio San Salvatore, Via Sant’Anselmo 30. So much food and it was all delicious! We left in a food comma, the good kind.

Lanificio San Salvatore Brunch BuffetThe brunch buffet

Lanificio San Salvatore Brunch MenuThe menu at Lanificio San Salvatore

Lanificio San SalvatoreCoffee or tea?

The best beer in Turin? Open Baladin, Piazzale Valdo Fusi. Baladin offers quite the range of great craft beers not only from the Turin area, but also from around the world. Bottom’s up!

See & do

The Egyptian Museum of Piedmont, the Biblioteca Reale with a selection of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous works, the Modern Art Gallery, the Automotive Museum and the Cinema Museum in the Mole Antonelliana Tower.

The breathtaking Basilica of Superga: one of Italy’s greatest Cathedrals. To get here either drive or take the little old train (built in 1884) up from Turin . It offers amazing panoramic views of the city. We didn’t make it to Superga because it was pouring rain, so there would’ve been no great view to see. Bummer.

Good to know

Have as many aperitivos as you possibly can! And Gianduiottos while you’re at it. Torino is known to be the birthplace of Aperitif, with its first signs dating back to 1796 where Antonio Benedetto Carpano, the owner of a small licquor shop, invented an elegant bottle of wine flavored with quinine royal. God bless him!

Get yourself the Torino card:  the best way to tour the city. With it you get 48 hours free entrance to many museums, castles, exhibitions, and free travel on the train up to Superga plus the lift to the top of the Mole Antonelliana.

San Carlo SquareSan Carlo Square

Bronze Horse San Carlo SquareThe bronze horse at San Carlo Square

TurinLove these balconies

Il Pinguino Ice CreamIce cream culture: the original popsicle was invented in Turin. Who knew?

Carignano PalaceCarignano Palace

Indoor Garden TurinBeautiful indoor garden

I hope you enjoyed these tips and that they are useful if you ever go to Turin. If there are any cool places, must see things that we missed, please let us know so we can go the next time we are there.

Wish you all a great weekend!

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