Exploring cultures and communities – the slow way

The best cafés have the knack of allowing you simultaneously to feel alone and yet in company. The Caffè San Marco in Trieste is one of the best.

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The November rain lashed against the windows of the Caffè San Marco. A trio of besuited businessmen huddled in the doorway of the café and plotted a strategy for onward progress along the Via Cesare Battisti without getting drenched. Hopping from one doorway to the next is an art in which Triestini excel.

On dry days the Caffè San Marco is a place for poets, poseurs, professors and philosophers. On wet days like this, everyone tumbles into the San Marco and the café becomes a Noah's Ark for all Trieste life.

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and Susanne Kries manage hidden europe, a Berlin-based editorial bureau that supplies text and images to media across Europe. Together they edit hidden europe magazine. Nicky and Susanne are dedicated slow travellers. They delight in discovering the exotic in the everyday.

This article was published in hidden europe 23.