If you ever have the luck of finding yourself in Turin, have a coffee. Or five. And if you’re with kids, it’s still possible to enjoy your ristretto, or macchiato, or cappuccino, or latte macchiato, or espresso, or… you get the idea, while they sip a gorgeous, freshly pressed red orange juice.
Although I haven’t seen a caffè yet, that’s particularly child-friendly in its interior décor and playing area, people’s friendliness and affection towards children make up for it. I’ve never seen so many people so fond of kids. Everywhere we go, in the streets, on trams, in shops and markets, people talked to both my kids and were saying all kinds of sweet words to them. Sure it was in Italian, so I didn’t really have a clue, but the tone was enough to understand. So don’t worry if a place doesn’t seem like it’s for kids. People will welcome you with a smile.
In typical coffee bars, once you’ve mastered the art of ordering a coffee as you want it, at one counter, you need to wait and get your order, drink and then go to another counter to pay. It’s a comical set up, but it seems to work. In small or most new places, the counter serves all purposes, which makes the whole experience all the more interesting. You’re never sure if the person in front of you is waiting for a coffee, drinking one, or waiting to order or to pay. And it’s a little tricky if you’re alone with kids, because it’s easy to lose them in the forest of legs from all those standing people. But it’s all doable.
There are a few places that serve your average Western Starbucks-like coffee menu. Busters Coffee is one of them. Exki is another, though in smaller formats. And a lot of places have free wireless, so you can always check your Facebook, in between running after your toddler and sipping your cold coffee.
A good combo of having coffee while kids were still able to play was going to places with terraces where we could sip our tiny cups while our toddler ran around or played with a fountain. Or to take a coffee-to-go at Busters or Exki, and sit at a Piazza in the sun. Whatever you chose, you’ll be sure to enjoy it.