The Most Incredible Things to Buy in Trieste

Are you planning a visit to the beautiful city of Trieste? You found a wonderful article where you will learn about all the typical things to buy in Trieste, which includes local food in Trieste and also handmade souvenirs from Trieste made by locals.

My friend Jennifer modeling for my pictures while we were going to Eataly

One of the most fun things to do when visiting a new destination is to look for what to buy at the local shops. In there, you will find not only souvenirs but also incredible items to bring back home for you, your friends and your family.

Trieste has many things you can purchase to bring into your home, a little piece of this beautiful city. From delicious sweets, local drinks and handmade items.

Where can I buy good clothes and shoes in Trieste?

In that case, you will find many high street brands in the city centre, in via Carducci, via Battisti, via Roma, via San Nicolo', via Dante Alighieri, via Mazzini and via San Lazzaro.

You will find everything you are looking for and even more in the city centre so that you will go back home in your new Italian outfit.

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This is a famous shop present in many other cities in Italy and globally, where you can buy everything and even more about Italian food, from honey, biscuits, pasta, rice, fish, meat, truffle, coffee, liquors, and an extensive wine cellar.

Some product has a reasonable price but others you might find a bit expensive.

If you want to buy a typical Trieste's delicacy at a cheaper price, I advise you to go to a big supermarket, like Ipercoop, Despar or Famila.

In there you will find every single typical cake and more, from the beautiful city of Trieste. For all the other Italian products from the rest of Italy, Eataly is the right place where to go.

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1. La Gubana:

My mom's favourite breakfast cake.

The Gubana is a typical cake prepared during periods of great celebration (Christmas, Easter) or on special occasions (such as weddings and village festivals).

Based on leavened sweet pasta, with a filling of walnuts, raisins, pine nuts, sugar, grappa, grated lemon rind. It has spiral-shaped, about 20 cm in diameter, and cooked in the oven.

You can buy it at Eataly or in supermarkets.


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espresso cups trieste

2. Trieste Espresso Cups:

If you are a coffee lover, a good souvenir or a gift for a loved one could be an espresso cup. As you can see from this picture above, you can also find liquors glasses with the Trieste seal Alabarda.

To find these cups and glasses, stop at the shop Tipicamente Triestino in via Einaudi 1, behind Piazza della Borsa and Piazza Unita' d'Italia.

3. The Pinza:

Pinza is a typical dessert of Friuli Venezia Giulia, particularly of the city of Trieste, a famous classic of the typical cuisine to be prepared for Easter day.

The Pinza looks like a classic brioche, its flavour is not very sweet, but it has a delicate and citrus taste thanks to the addition of lemon and orange zest in the dough.

Its shape is similar to a loaf of bread on which a Y is engraved to symbolize the martyrdom of Christ.

You can eat it like it is, adding some jam or even better some Nutella. It also goes very well with a slice of prosciutto cotto. You can buy it at Eataly, in local bakeries or in supermarkets.

Tip: If you are walking in the city centre, you can buy all the three cakes at Eppinger Shop in Via Dante Alighieri 2.

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4. The Presnitz:

The name comes from Preis Prinzessin, "princess prize", gave on this delicacy after the victory in a competition held between the pastry chefs of Trieste, right at the arrival of the empress Elizabeth of Habsburg at Miramare Castle.

In the years that followed, the name was reinvented by the people of Trieste until it reached today's Presnitz.

It is filled with pine nuts, sultanas, pistachios, dark chocolate, rum, honey, dry figs and cinnamon.

My advice is to buy it at the bakery "Pasticceria Bomboniera" where they make it with the original recipe since 1836.

Address: Via Trenta Ottobre 3, Trieste.

trieste cup

5. A Trieste mug:

This is a souvenir I love. Mugs always get ruined or they broke so in case you are visiting Trieste, a good way to remember every day about your fantastic Italian holiday could be by buying a fantastic Trieste mug.

To find these mugs, stop at the shop Tipicamente Triestino in via Einaudi 1, behind Piazza della Borsa and Piazza Unita' d'Italia.


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6. I Struki:

The struki are typical sweets with the shape of bundles made with the same filling as the gubana.

These are my best friend's favourites and I always bring some back to London for her.

They are like popcorn. You are gonna eat the whole pack in one go so be careful if you are on a diet because it can create addiction.

You can find them in any supermarket next to the other local sweets.

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7. Le Fave:

Fave are small almond biscuits you can find in most bakeries and supermarkets in Trieste.

There are three kinds of them:

  • white ones: flavoured with vanilla that symbolize birth

  • pink one: made with rosewater that symbolizes the life

  • brown ones: made with chocolate that symbolize death.

They are usually eaten in Trieste during the feasts for the dead in October and November.

8. A souvenir to remember the wind Bora:

If you are lucky, you won't experience the Bora wind at its strongest. It can really ruin a wonderful day or exploration of the city if you are not used to walking with a very strong wind.

These are handmade by a local lady who loves to recreate the typical scene when Bora blow.

To find these fantastic souvenirs, stop at the shop Tipicamente Triestino in via Einaudi 1, behind Piazza della Borsa and Piazza Unita' d'Italia.

pasta in italy

9. Pasta:

Pasta is one of the most famous food when thinking about Italy. If you wish to bring back home some original and delicious Italian food, buying some special pasta could be a great idea.

10. Illy Coffee:

Who doesn't love coffee?

Even if you are not a big fan of it, I am sure you will love this famous brand after you had tasted it.

I grew up with the smell of the coffee beans just roasted in the air.

The headquarter of Illy Coffee is between my hometown Muggia and Trieste and every time I was going home with my mom after work at 1.45 pm our car was filled up with that amazing smell.

When I am abroad, I always look for the Illy brand. It will always be my first choice everywhere in the world.

If you are close to Piazza Unità d'Italia you cannot miss their official shop where you can buy as many packs of coffee as you can.

They sell everything there, from every selection of their famous coffee to coffee machines and also their coffee cup collections.

Last time I left with a bag full of coffee to take with me to London.

Illy Shop Trieste in Via Luigi Einaudi 2/A.

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11. The famous Illy coffee espresso cups:

Trieste is Illy coffee headquarter so if you love coffee and art, these are fantastic espresso cups to take home with you. They are not just espresso cups, they are a work of art.

You can purchase them in some cafes in the city centre and also in the Illy coffee shop in via Luigi Einaudi 2/A.

12. The Italian Moka:

The Italian Moka is the most used coffee maker in Italy. If you plan to buy some Italian coffee, don't forget to purchase also a great Moka to prepare your coffee every morning and think about your Italian holiday first thing in the morning.

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13. Italian Wines:

If you like wine, you will try many different ones while visiting Trieste. If you don't know much about wine and you don't know what to buy or what to order, just ask your waiter or a wine shop owner to help you out choosing the perfect one for you.

14. Piolo & Max Liquors Shop:

This is one of the most famous brands of liquors in Trieste.

Here you can find something for every taste, from herbal grappa to Nutella liquor, fruit (last time I tried the mango one and it was amazing), and more particulars.