03.05.2018

A Weekend in Turin

Charming and full of history, but also innovative, vibrant and enjoyable. Here are the best addresses to discover Turin

  • A Weekend in Turin
  • A Weekend in Turin
  • A Weekend in Turin
  • A Weekend in Turin
  • A Weekend in Turin
  • A Weekend in Turin
  • A Weekend in Turin

Ranked among the 52 places in the world to go to in 2016 by the New York Times - the only Italian city on the list - and awarded the title of European Innovation Capital, Turin is a special city in many ways. Rich in art and culture, cosmopolitan, incredibly charming - even magical, suspended as it is between a glorious past and a future that you can already feel in the air.
 
From the old town with Piazza Castello, the Royal Palace, the arcades of Via Po and the huge Piazza Vittorio Veneto, from the historic cafés to the renewed Egyptian Museum and the imposing Mole Antonelliana, home to the Museum of Cinema, Turin is a perpetual invitation to discovery.
 
But it is perhaps only getting off the beaten track that you will discover its inner soul, immersing yourself in nightlife that animates the area between the former industrial suburb of San Salvario, south of downtown, dotted with small restaurants, wine bars and "piole" (the local taverns), and the Quadrilatero Romano, a central maze of cobbled streets between Santa Teresa, via della Consolata, Corso Regina and via XX Settembre. Or even further on to Vanchiglia, a former industrial neighborhood between the Dora Riparia and the Po river where plenty of innovative shops and bars have recently opened. Here’s a small guide to our favorite places in town.
 
Visit
Parco Dora
An innovative post-industrial park designed by German landscape architect Peter Latz on the site of a bunch of former large industrial plants (including Michelin and Valdocco) along the river Dora, north of downtown.
 
Museo del Cinema
A unique example in Italy, the Museum of Cinema in Turin is housed in the impressive Mole Antonelliana, and it has been beautifully designed by Swiss architect François Confino. Do not miss the elevator ride to the top of Turin’s most iconic building.
 
Villaggio Leumann, Collegno
At the gates of the city, this Art Nouveau-style workers’ village is the brainchild of the enlightened Swiss entrepreneur Napoleone Leumann, who had it built around his cotton mill. A fascinating journey into nineteenth-century Turin.
 
Eat
Coco's
Via Galliari, 28
A very popular bar and restaurant in the San Salvario district oozing with an authentic 1960s atmosphere where you can try genuine local home cooking surrounded by old photos and memorabilia.
 
Soul Kitchen
In Vanchiglia, a very cool place for experiencing vegan and raw vegan cuisine in a creative and beautifully presented version.
 
Dora in poi
A restaurant on the banks of Lungo Dora Firenze serving Italian-style dim sum - in other words, fusion cuisine that mixes the national gastronomy with exotic (but locally grown) ingredients and influences from around the world.
 EDIT
​In the suburban district of Barriera di Milano and inside a post-industrial bulding, Edit (Eat, Drink, Innovate Together) is a new food hub housing restaurants, cocktail bars, cafés and spaces devoted to cooking classes and events, boasting the collaboration of some huge Italian chefs.
 
Mara dei Boschi
Simply one of the most delicious artisan gelatos in Turin, made with local, seasonal ingredients, alpine milk and eggs from non-intensive farms.
 
Shop
Mercato di Porta Palazzo
The largest open-air market in Turin (and in Europe), this is a true institution in the city. Located in the octagonal Piazza della Repubblica, in the historic district of Borgo Dora and a few steps from the center, it includes a food market and a clothes & shoe market. On Saturdays, it hosts the Balon,Turin's most renowned flea and antiques market.
 
Tom Design
A design studio in the lively Vanchiglia district that is also a design store featuring an amazing selection of objects and furniture from established and rising brands and designers. Its beautiful, colorful window is an irresistible call to plunge into a world of beauty carefully created by architect Laura Marchesi and landscape designer Giorgio Osella.
 
The Slowear Store
Via Giuseppe Luigi Lagrange, 35
In the heart of the city, The Slowear Store is not just a menswear store but a warm, cozy, and welcoming space where you can browse through the collections while listening to old vinyls, having an espresso, and leafing through a book.
 
Guido Gobino
A weekend in Turin would not be complete without a little taste of its renowned chocolate-making tradition. We recommend dropping by this artisan chocolate shop which is particularly known for the quality of its Giandujotto, the famous local hazelnut chocolate, and of its delicous Gianduja spread. The original salt and extra-virgin olive oil cremino is also a must-try. 
 
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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