Fodor's Expert Review Bar Italia

$ Soho Historical

This legendary Italian coffee bar on Frith Street is Soho's unofficial beating heart and a 22-hours-a-day classic institution. Established in 1949 during the postwar Italian coffee bar craze and still run by the founding Polledri family, today an eclectic parade of locals grab an espresso or cappuccino made from the vintage Gaggia coffee machine, and wolf down a chocolate baci or a light snack at the mirrored bar counter. The walls are plastered with pics of old-time Italian opera singers, movie legends, and '50s world boxing champs, and it's the primo spot in town to watch Italy play during the World Cup.

Historical Romantic Service Pet Friendly Casual Breakfast Lunch Coffee Pre-Theater Brunch Dessert Quick Bite $ LGBT Family Italian Outdoor Best Bet Dinner

Quick Facts

22 Frith St.
London, Greater London  W1D 4RF, England


Known For:
  • Tiny hole-in-the-wall setting
  • Old-school Italian espresso
  • Sturdy sausage or bacon sandwiches
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted

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