Visit this timeless Amalfi institution for sunset and a spritz
Sipping a spritz while watching the sunset is a quintessential activity for any traveler to the Amalfi Coast, and there’s nowhere more iconic to do so than Gran Caffè Amalfi. Nestled along the main promenade of Corso delle Repubbliche Marinare in Amalfi itself, Gran Caffè is often lauded as having the most picturesque terrace in town. It’s a timeless institution that has retained its status as a symbolic meeting spot for local dignitaries and a must-see destination for visitors from around the world.
Gran Caffè first opened its doors in 1936 under Don Dino Lucibello and his brother Alfredo Lucibello. In the nearly 90 years since then, the family-owned bar and restaurant has become the cultural heart of Amalfi. As an unofficial town symbol, it has served as a gathering place for doctors, lawyers, professors, and politicians, who meet here to discuss events and make important decisions over a cup of coffee. For Amalfi residents and visitors, it’s essentially a rite of passage to come here and exchange conversation at one of Gran Caffè’s coveted tables. Today, Gran Caffé is managed by Salvatore Dipino and his brothers, who have seen the establishment transform as it has started to attract younger crowds, breathing new life into the historic venue.
Gran Caffè offers a menu of simple, refreshing salads, panini, pizza, pastries and more, but the restaurant’s enchanting location is what has made it such an enduring destination. The spacious indoor tea room is filled with sunny yellow tablecloths, emerald green chairs and rich terracotta tile, but of course, you’re coming here to dine all'aperto (in the open air). Take a seat on the waterfront terrace with a breathtaking panoramic view overlooking the Spiaggia Grande beach that’s speckled with swimmers and sunbathers down below. The charming setting is surrounded by potted florals and greenery, and diners relax under the shade of large white umbrellas. From this vantage point, visitors can witness spectacular sunsets, making it the perfect place to unwind.
We recommend this sought-after lounge as the perfect pit stop during a day of sightseeing in Amalfi. Whether you’re here for breakfast, a light lunch, aperitivo, or after-dinner drinks, Gran Caffè delivers a picture-perfect experience. Order a cappuccino and a croissant as a quick pick-me-up, or settle in for aperitivo hour and take in the sunset while snacking on bruschetta and savoring an Aperol spritz. Any way you choose, you’ll be immersed in the spirit of the town as you find yourself surrounded by locals and tourists alike.
Aside from that signature Italian spritz, Bar Gran Caffé’s beverage options include traditional espresso drinks, smoothies and pressed juices made with fresh fruit, as well as lemonade crafted from Amalfi’s renowned lemons. For a more spirited experience, choose from a local wine list, international cocktails, and limoncello, an Amalfi staple. And you can’t leave without trying their famed frozen dessert: lemon granita, also made with those fragrant local lemons. It’s a refreshing treat that perfectly compliments the coastal ambiance.