With its ornate stucco mouldings, 18th-century murals, huge mirrors and polished wooden furniture, Quadri is every inch the caffè storico. People have been drinking here since 1638, when it was called Il Rimedio. Giorgio Quadri was among the first to bring Turkish-style coffee to Venice when he took the place over in the late 18th century. Stendhal, Wagner and Balzac were habitués. In the evening, a palm orchestra competes out in the square with the one at Florian's opposite, and romantics pay small fortunes to sip cocktails under the stars.