Best Coffee: Caffe del Doge
Europe's first coffeehouse opened in Venice
in 1645 after the bean was introduced to the West by the Ottoman Empire. And while you can no longer sip espresso in the original spot, Caffe del Doge is the coffeehouse of choice for this century. It's a friendly café bar with a long menu of delicious imported specialty coffees from around the world – everything from Guatemalan Huehuetenango or Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Abaya Lake roasts are on the menu. They also roast their own beans. Try the house blends including the doge Rosso, an Arabica-robusta mix that is mild to taste, and the much stronger Doge Nero, which is 100% Arabica. For those not interested in coffee (or any of the other espresso drink choices on the menu from cappuccino to lattes), this café also has an herbal tea menu and a range of fresh fruit juices. If you like the coffee you sample, purchase whole or ground beans to make at home. Pastries and chocolate are also served.