As a freelancer in Rome finding the right comfortable place to plug your laptop in and work in a relatively peaceful environment can be a challenge. Here’s our guide to some great spaces where you can focus on your work whilst enjoying a delicious espresso or eating a light snack.
Settembrini Libri e Cucina
Carefully chosen books from independent publishers, perfectly fusion cooked meals and a pleasant environment make this bar, located in the Prati district, a great place to do work. Plus, the soundtrack is spot-on.
Prati Urbani is everything you need in this hectic part of the city center: a gourmet restaurant, a bar, and a comfortable place to get work done. Revitalize yourself with a bio-energy drink and enjoy the vertical garden.
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Just a stone’s throw from the Piazza del Popolo lies a cozy bar and ice cream parlor which gathers an artsy young clientele. Flambar offers a wide range of delicacies from breakfast to happy hour to enjoy while you work.
Er Baretto (Arte del Caffé) | Courtesy of Camilla Colavolpe
Er Baretto (‘little bar’ in the Roman dialect) is perfect for trying many different kinds of espresso while working. Here the preparation of a proper coffee is a serious business. The outside terrace has WiFi, allowing you to work while enjoying the lovely Roman weather.
Bar, Bistro, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, $$$
Oratorio Bistrot | Courtesy of Camilla Colavolpe
Once upon a time, this place was the oratory of the adjoining church of San Bernardo alle Terme. Today, the Oratorio Bistrot is the perfect place to sit to work or enjoy the company of friends. Whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine on the romantic outdoor terrace or tasting the Roman menu, this space caters to both your work and relaxing needs.
Nestled in a quiet alley just off Piazza Navona, Ex Circus is a colorful place which offers its patrons a wide selection of international press and yummy light bites. Its charming and welcoming atmosphere is ideal for focusing on work. On weekend evenings the venue also hosts live concerts.
Whether you fancy something savory to eat, a well prepared to drink or just a relaxing setting to rest in, Barnum Cafehas it all. It’s a quiet venue with free WiFi making it a good place to read or work. Stop by after book shopping at nearby Libreria del Viaggiatore, a renowned bookshop specializing in travel writing.
In the lively Trastevere area, you will find the Church of San Francesco a Ripa and the Blessed Ludovica Bertonistatue, signed by the Baroque Gian Lorenzo Bernini. There are many restaurants and cafes nearby yet Baylon Café is definitely recommended if you’re looking to settle down with your laptop and enjoy a good cappuccino.
At AntiCafe you won’t be charged for what you eat or drink but only for the time spent there. This is what makes this cozy and relaxed space located at the heart of San Giovanni’s district a blessing for those craving a quiet spot to work.