Grancaffè Quadri is basically the alternative to Piazza San Marco's Caffè Florian. It's a little more sophisticated in that its take on food and drink is perhaps more fresh and decidedly modern. Tucked away in the elegant colonnades of Piazza San Marco, as classic as you can get in Venice, drinks here will tickle your tongue and make your blood glow.
Quadri is part of Alajmo group, a family-owned food and beverage conglomerate with Michelin stars and fabulous cookbooks. Grancaffè Quadri is one of their latest projects, and if you come here in the spring or summer you should of course sit outside and order whatever the waiter tells you. Last season the star attraction was a Bellini made from centrifuged apple and celery juice that was topped with Prosecco. Refreshing, expensive and totally satisfying.
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This is the Piazza San Marco's "other" historic coffee house, along with Caffè Florian. As much as they've tried to outdo their rival across the square through the centuries, they're still the "we try harder," second best. That said, the café is lovely, there is often live music in the summer and the feud is fun to watch from both sides of the fence.