Rome like any capital city offers a multitude of bars and restaurants so it’s hard to pick the right one in order not to fall into tourist traps. But beyond that you may not always find the ones you must see to experience the city properly! Here is a short list of some of the ones we think you should definitely visit while you’re here.
Just a stone’s throw from Campo de Fiori this creative and forward thinking pasticceria is a wonderland that changes its range every morning and has also recently begun to do lunch and dinner too! Don’t get put off by the slightly austere modern look, the staff is warm and welcoming and you get free coffee with your pastries!
Piazza del Paradiso, 56
Ciampini is one of the great names of caffetterie in Rome, located just west of the Spanish Steps on the Piazza of San Lorenzo in Lucina it is representative of Italian elegance. Sat here in the square it’s not unusual to see both Roman politicians and international actors. Great for breakfast with fresh cornetti and great coffee but also for their legendary gelato. Take a seat and people watch in this beautiful square.
Piazza di S. Lorenzo in Lucina, 29
La Tazza D’Oro
Although famous for their coffee the real reason many Romans come here is for the granita di caffé with whipped cream on both the top and the bottom of the cup. One of the best places for espresso as well and quite literally in front of the Pantheon itself you cannot miss this one.
Via degli Orfani, 84
Tucked away just behind Campo de Fiori this little bar serves up great aperitivo which goes beyond crisps and olives. Between the craft beers, the wine selection and the cocktails there is plenty to choose from to be enjoyed perched on one of the stools or just outside within a nice convivial atmosphere.
Via di Monserrato, 46
This sophisticated spot in front of Hadrian’s temple attracts a stylish crowd at any time of day. Best appreciated at aperitivo hour where you will find oysters and ‘crudi’ (italian style sushi) to be eaten with a great selection of international wines and mixed drinks. In the World’s Best Bars list, it lives up to its price tag.
Freni e Frizioni
Just around the corner from Piazza Trilussa, this ex-workshop has become a famous aperitivo spot also because of the square in front where everyone inevitably ends up spilling into. A chilled out atmosphere perfectly in tune with Trastevere itself.
Via del Politeama, 5
An institution in terms of wine, this enoteca is situated inside a gorgeous 16th century palazzo. With more than 800 labels, you really cannot go wrong. A stop here either at lunch or dinner is absolutely mandatory.
Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 14
After visiting the heart of Ancient Rome, this enoteca is the perfect way to unwind and regain your strength. Great selection of Italian wines and honest dishes to pair them with but also just with the aperitivo platter. You also have the added bonus of live jazz on some nights.
Via Celimontana, 21
Terre e Domus
If you want to familiarise yourself with wines from Lazio and eat dishes of the Roman tradition, all while sitting in front of the ancient forums, this is the place. With a focus on local wines you can dive into local gastronomy instead of always drinking the same Chianti. Especially with the attention that our wines have been receiving over the last 10 years it would be a shame not to get to know them here in this beautiful setting.
Foro Traiano, 82
Craft Beer Bars
One of the first producers of craft beer in Italy, Teo Musso was a revolutionary man who sought to initially define his father (who was at the time signing the praises of Barbarescos and Barolos). What he started out of his kitchen coop in the 1980’s has now become a nationwide movement with over 600 breweries and the arrival of the only ALL Italian beer at the Expo Milan 2015 called ‘Nazionale’. This pub serves 40 beers on tap coming from all corners of Italy, in an effort to showcase national talent, as well as bottled beers and great snacks & Italian revisitation of burgers and sandwiches.
Via degli Specchi, 6