When you’ve been to Italy, you are aware that the Italian kitchen is amazing and they have some good liquors and wines. One of the things, next to the colourful houses, I was looking forward to when visiting Cinque Terre would be all the great food and drinks to consume in the sun with some great views. I’m gonna share my favourites with you and some other recommendations I’ve found online in this Bar and Restaurant Guide Cinque Terre. For us, the perfect base to explore all bars and restaurants in Cinque Terre was Gianni Franzi in Vernazza.
If you want to learn more about Cinque Terre, don’t miss out on my Cinque Terre, in a nutshell, travel guide.
This place was insanely crowded for lunch, but after waiting for a while we were lucky to receive a table. It is the nr. 1 spot on Tripadvisor and we spotted many locals at the restaurant too. That says something, right? Famous for its seafood and seafood pasta. This place is located in the city centre of Monterosso.
A great terrace with ocean views, so good the food doesn’t even matter anymore. Unfortunately, the place was reserved for a private event on the day we were here, so I can’t share my personal experiences. The food is supposed to be amazing, as featured in the Michelin 2020.
This place also rewards you with sea views and is supposed to be great for dinner and cocktails. They also offer good wines.
Located next to San Martino Gastronomia is this lovely place for drinks. We have been waiting for opening hours as we wanted to get a drink on the lovely terrace. What about a Limoncello Spritz, an Aperol or a good glass of wine with some snacks? This is the place to go.
This is a must-do experience! The Vernazza Wine Experience is wonderful. It is hosted in the breakfast area of Hotel Gianni Franzi and they serve amazing wines. There are a couple of wine menus to pick and they will poor your glass accompanied with a great story about the wine. The wines are wonderful and as many of them are Italian, they also explain to you some things about the country. Tastings are starting from €15 and it is an experience of a lifetime, with the amazing quality of wines and the sea view. More information and a map can be found here.
In Vernazza, you’ll see the brand/name Gianni Franzi everywhere. There is a bar, hotel and restaurant with this name. We had dinner at Gianni Franzi most nights because we just loved it. It was good to be back at Vernazza by the time it got dark and the price/quality distribution of the place is a good one. Enjoy a local glass of wine and some good pasta on their outdoor terrace.
Located on the same main square, you’ll find Burgus bar. They serve some local craft beers, Aperol Spritz, Sangria and of course glasses of wine. For us, this was the place to head for a drink before dinner or to end the evening. Views on the square are nice as always.
Well, there isn’t too much special about this bar except for the fact that they own a sunny terrace right at the waterfront. We took a good cup of espresso here sitting in the morning sun and an Aperol Spritz enjoying harbour views later during the day.
This place is located on the path to Corneglia from Vernazza and will take you around 10 minutes from Vernazza station. However, this place is worth the walk as the views are amazing and the large crowds still seem to not have found the place. You can enjoy a full day here. Can you imagine yourself sitting here, reading a book and sipping your wine?
As mentioned in my Cinque Terre in a Nutshell guide – I didn’t like Corniglia that much. For this reason (and not being there around lunchtime), we didn’t have any food or drinks here. However, before heading to Cinque Terre I pinned two spots on my map to potentially visit as recommended locations. In case you are looking for a wine bar (inside though) in Corniglia, try Enoteca Il Pirun.
It seems that there is only one place in Manarola that matters and that place is called Nessun Dorma. For a reason though! Get here on time, as queues form quickly around lunch and dinner time. We went here, slightly before lunchtime and only had to wait for a short amount of time. We ordered some of their famous bruschetta (which is really tasty) and a bottle of wine so we could enjoy the views of Manarola for a long time. In my opinion, this is the bar/restaurant with the best view in this Bar and Restaurant Guide Cinque Terre. I didn’t always fully like the atmosphere though, probably because it got so popular and busy.
I haven’t visited this place myself, but when you are staying in Manarola for a little longer, I would also visit this place based on all the positive stories!
Perfect for a drink. This was a place I didn’t read about beforehand, but while strolling around, I got swayed by the wooden bar and chairs straight away. The views are stunning as well, so I could have sat here all day.
Located on a ‘cliff’ near the train station, you’ll find this bar e vini a pie de ma. The place is known for great focaccias to enjoy with a drink and stunning views over the sea. 100% recommended.
As you can see, this Bar and Restaurant Guide Cinque Terre shows enough places for drinks and food in the beautiful area of Cinque Terre in Italy. Are you ready for your visit?
Do you want to know more about Cinque Terre? Check out this article that describes the five different villages in a Nutshell. Combine it with this Bar and Restaurant Guide and the information on your trip to Cinque Terre is complete!