Sprinkled with top notch bakeries and a rich café culture, in Cagliari you can have your cake and eat it too. Rooted in local life, neighbourhood bars are part of the daily ritual so start yours by picking up a cappuccino and croissant before sitting down later for a sweet treat and espresso. Here’s six of the best cafes in Cagliari for you to sink your sweet tooth into.
Instagram aesthetics galore, this place is a foodie’s paradise with its pink tiled walls, plates, tables and creative cakes to match. Opened in 2007, the pastries and sandwiches on offer here look almost too good to eat. Queen of the cupcake, this little hideaway is located in via Puccini and is the place to go for elaborately decorated options with all your favourite toppings. If you’re in the mood for something more savoury, the bagels here are world-class and are made with black bread. A must see when visiting the city, Marta’s is definitely one of the best places to eat cake in Cagliari.
Famous in the city for their sweet touch, Dulcis Pasticceria is the go-to supplier for restaurants and cafes across town. Taste what all the fuss is about for yourself and visit the main pastel-painted shop for a macaroon, lemon tart and Kusmi tea. Feeding the town since 1980, the café has maintained many of the original features of the traditional workshops with rustic settings and a cosy atmosphere. Take part in a pastry making class or stop by from some typical Sardinian treats. Located in the centre of the Marina district, this is the perfect place to indulge in a quick pitstop after a long morning of seeing the sights.
Imagine your granny’s living room was drenched in a coat of pink paint and you’ve pretty much got the vibe of this next cake-lover’s heaven. Soft pink pastels and white wooden furniture dominate the space at Cooking Momo Bakery and with shelves lined with your favourite chocolate spreads, you know you’re in for a real treat. Order a milkshake topped with a huge donut and whipped cream or try a colourful cocktail. A hotspot around town, this place also specialises in bubble waffles and white chocolate cappuccinos – you’re going to need to call your dentist after a few hours spent here!
Home to the best meringue in the country, Caffe Tramer knows how to satisfy a sugar craving or two. Dripping in history, the old school eatery oozes charm with its rustic dark wood cabinets and cosy standing-only shop floor. Part of the city since the 1800s, the interiors emulate the grandeur of its speciality dessert with a huge chandelier and floor to ceiling glass windows. Pretty much unchanged in all the years it has been open, no trip to Cagliari is complete without a trip here to try the famous meringue sandwiched together with a light white cream.
Vegans rejoice, Alice Pasticceria e … is ensuring you don’t miss out on any of the sugary sweet action whilst visiting Cagliari with its large selection of lactose free pastries, ginseng brews and coffee shop classics. Boasting tons of options for non-vegans as well, stop by for a breakfast pastry and a pot of hot coffee or relax after lunch with a cake or two. Tuck in to jam tarts and tiramisu as you discover why this is one of the best cafes in Cagliari.
Cagliari’s answer to Starbuck’s, this is your port of call for those XL sized cups of coffee we all hate to love. Home to some of the best cheesecake in town, settle into rainbow, New York, Oreo and black-forest flavours. Dunk donuts in piping hot jitter juice or snack on cupcakes while you sip loose leaf tea. Radiating a homely yet international atmosphere with bookcases, leather couches and wooden tables, there’s no better place to be when the rain starts to pour outside. Featuring free Wi-Fi and plenty of plug sockets, Nero Nero is an ideal spot for you and your gadgets to recharge.
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- Lucy Norris