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Bar Italia

  • 22 Frith St. Map It
  • Soho
  • Café

Known for

  • Tiny hole-in-the-wall setting
  • Old-school Italian espresso
  • Sturdy sausage or bacon sandwiches

Published 08/20/2030

Fodor's Review

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 most regulars grab an espresso or frothy cappuccino made from the vintage Gaggia coffee machine, and wolf down a snack at one of the mirrored bar counters. The walls are plastered with photos of Italian opera singers, movie legends, and '50s boxing champs, and it is the best spot in London to watch Italy play during the World Cup.

Restaurant Information


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

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Published 08/20/2030


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