I WILL BE TOTALLY BIAST. The owner is my friend - as are all people I write about - and I owe him for not having kicked me out every time I was over the line. The place is super cool and your money is not what will keep it running, so take my advice. Here we go:
The place's name is Cantina del Vescovo, in Via Torino (the nightlife area I always write about). If Tempranillo, Rioja, Pata Negra, Pimientos, Hamburguesa and Chuleta ring a bell, this is the place for you. If no bells are ringing, just know that they have one of the widest selection of "classy" alcohol and serve ass kicking Spanish meat specialities. Ask of Franz and let him cuddle you.
I'm not a sporty guy, I don't know how to commit long term to any plan, nor am I good at keeping up good habits - but life lead me to bumping into Eric and Matteo, the two guys who run this place (TWINS CLUB 2.0). I've been shouted at, I have been taken care of, I've been waken up by the owner ringing like crazy at my doorbell at 6am to drag me to the gym against my will, I've been laughed at, punched real hard on the nose while training - and in the end I found myself in the hospital cheering for his newborn baby. They became friends, something close to family. Aaand I lost 20 pounds. This is why, if you're living in Trieste, just show up at their door and ask fot Eric. If you're a tourist and want to take an evening off to work out as if there were no tomorrow, ask of Matteo. Via Economo 5 (and no, as usual, unfortunately nobody is paying me to write this).
Unless it goes bankrupt once again, next summer you might take advantage of this place. "La Diga" ("the breakwater", I suppose) is - waitforit - a breakwater. Wow. Ferries leave pretty often to/from the Molo Audace (the pier in front of Piazza Unità, our main square) to take you there. Once you've crossed, there are several options: go for a swim (since it is a really impressive beach resort), eat in one of the lowest rated restaurants in town* (in the best location ever), attend the yoga lessons which take place at sunset, have a drink or wait for the place to get crowded by university students who ironed their best white shirt in the hope of getting laid, since sometimes it turns into a disco. Check out their Facebook to figure out when (not) to go. It really deserves a visit, even if it were only for a glass of wine.
*[if anyone were tempted by suing me, please note I am reporting the average reviews of Tripadvisor, which rate it 550th on 646 restaurants in Trieste.]
Locals perceive change as danger. They feel menaced by any major alteration of what they're accustomed to. Being "a local" and still having a child hidden somewhere inside me, this happened to me too - at first. From dawn to sunset this whole new microcosm sprout like a mushroom. Eyebrow raised with suspicion, I walked into it for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I got it. I managed to see through it and understood that we should stop acting like children and just welcome change. It's mind blowing. Have a 3d walk in the "Piazzetta". Then check out their site.
The two assholes who run Hops Beer Shop are actually my best friends. At least the blonde american-istrian-canadian-german blondie who goes by the name of Alejandro. What they did is impressive: the first craft beer shop in Trieste. It's not a bar, but you can buy the bottles and open them by yourself on site. The selection is immense: every declination of anything related to beer which comes into your mind: they have it. If you are our guest, show your Triestevillas discount card and you'll get 10% off (beers don't come cheap so don't forget it home). You'll thank me.
Plus, our office (Impact Hub - if you click you'll get a 3d tour) is next door. So knock and we can get wasted together.
Trieste is one of the most civilized cities in Italy. Nobody will smash your window if you leave a laptop on the back seat, your hand won't be chopped off if your Rolex sticks out when you're smoking a cigarette at a red light, cars actually stop at red lights and the drink&drive italian tradition is kind of wearing out. Please please please don't respect limits, just go with the flow, or else you might cause collective hysteria and someone might die while trying to overtake you behind a blind turn.
Now: creative parking is everyday routine, just be sensible. Probably you're German or Austrian so this whole stuff doesn't make sense to you, but: avoid bus stops and spots for disabled and you'll be fine. Always pay the meter. If you're staying more than a couple of days you might as well register on EasyPark and download the app. It will make things easier, not having to worry for the meter running out: you simply pay by credit card. If you're technologically impaired, we won't laugh in your face: drop by our office and we'll set up the app for you. Plus you get a free coffee.
If after crossing the border you're all excited over gasoil under 1€/liter and Marlboros under 4€, remember you can only take back 4 cartons per person. Fine is 750€. Headlights always have to be on, and the alcohol limit is 0,5 g/l. In Croatia alcohol limit is 0%. That's right: not even one beer or you'll be deported to an underground correction facility in which you'll spend the rest of your days. Your daughter will become a slut and your wife will marry your boss.
If it's summer and you're planning on going to the movies you're simply nuts. If you're visiting in winter and freezing temperatures require a plan to keep your children calm, here is what you could do (movie-wise): either you bring them in the "Viale XX settembre" area, stuff them with candy and choose any of the thousand cinemas in a 100 meter radius, or you take them to the "Torri d'Europa" shopping mall and perform the same plan (The Space Cinema, you may buy tickets online).
Problem is: your children probably don't get a word of italian. So you're screwed. And here comes my valuable advice. Take your car, cross the border (10 minutes and you're there) and set "Planet TUS Koper" on your GPS. It is the nearest (and pretty nice) Slovenian shopping mall. Its cinema is called Cineplexx and you get (some) movies in english. Wow. Now the problem is figuring out (on their slovenian website) which are actually in english and which are not. Their number is +386 (05) 973 44 00. Give it a try.
Oh, almost forgot, in the "Triestevillas tourist services" section, you'll find the babysitter option.
Trieste doesn't have New York's delivery service, but you won't be left hungry. Once there were only pizzerias to save you from starvation if you were running on an empty fridge. Then came the season of Chinese home deliveries. Then Sushi. Then came Steve Jobs and with him the Apple Store, and loads of apps to help lazy bummers. Follow my advice: Just Eat is a platform which doesn't invest much on the selection of home delivery services.
If you want anything else, call us and for 100 bucks Manuel will deliver it personally and give you a high five.
No, nobody is sponsoring me to write what I'm about to write. i've just tried to sum up 30 years of my personal taste. If someone pointed a gun to my face and asked to list 6 decent restaurants within 30 seconds - other than suggesting him to calm down and have a look on tripadvisor - names would be:
RISTORANTE TENDA ROSSA. Best location.
Food is good. Fish. They go for the "best raw material" policy, and it can be sensed. Prices are not the cheapest around, but the message I have to get to you is: I've lived in Trieste for 30 years, I'm used to the sea, I'm used to the sights it has to offer, I see breathtaking sunsets almost every day, but every time I eat here it is as if I discovered everything all over again. The location is unbeatable: Coastal Road, terrace facing right towards the horizon. Tables are few, and people tend to behave, so you can really enjoy the atmosphere. Plus, if you've rented our Tenda Rossa villa, you'll be able to walk home.
AL TOSCANO. Best meat.
Just go for it. I have no clear memories of the place because every time I end up drunk as fuck. What else should I say other than "Tuscan specialities"? If you're here on holidays it makes no sense not giving it a shot. It is not walking distance: either you have a GPS and know how to park in steep roads, or you might go for a taxi (+39040307730), which will cost you 10-15€. Taxi means you can drink, and it's worth going for their cellar. Food is simply excellent. No need to tell you why, just trust me.
AI 3 MERLI. Best nothing, but recommended.
If it's winter just forget about it. It gets jammed with people, everyone raising their voices over the neighbor who's raising his voice. You might as well go to a Justin Beiber concert. If, on the other hand, it's summer and the external area is open, you'll find yourself so close to the sea, that if it gets rough you'll end up with salt water in your plate. Food is fine. You can order anything (which isn't always good news), but I used to dine there with my family - so I'll be partial. Ask of Billy, give him a hug. Once you're all stuffed with food, go for a walk in Barcola at night. Walk past the fountain and bump into the "Barachin de Barcola": a small wooden house among the trees which serves shitty wine but gathers a unique atmosphere: people of every age sit or lie down on the floor, by the sea, waiting for a falling star to pass by. Once you're drunk enough, call a cab go home and make love.
SIORA ROSA. To grab a bite and then go pubcrawling.
This is a hardcore option. A buffet. it should be - along with "Pepi" - our most typical cuisine. It's exactly what you eat in Germany and Austria. (Excellent) bolied meat plus anything else which goes with it. Winter = no place. Summer = you get to sit on the tables in via Torino. This means you're in the epicenter of nightlife hell. Get the timing right, and you'll have fun. Look up Piazza Venezia on Google Maps and anything which goes from there to Siora Rosa means drinking area.
A LITTLE GUIDE THROUGH WHAT YOUTUBE HAS TO OFFER
Here we go: we have have scrolled through Youtube to sum up in 4 links the most impressive shots of Trieste (feel free to suggest any more):
IF YOU WANT A GERMAN YOUTUBE VIDEO ABOUT TRIESTE, CLICK HERE, BUT I REFUSE TO GIVE IT MORE SPACE BECAUSE IMAGES ARE LOUSY, THE NARRATING VOICE IS UNBEARABLE, BACKGROUND MUSIC REALLY SUCKS, BUT AT LEAST YOU MIGHT FIND SOME INFO (EVEN IF NOT MORE THAN WHAT YOU WOULD GET ON A LONELY PLANET).
THIS IS OUR (VERY) PERSONAL ADVICE.
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