Art is one of the essential features of Rome and of Italy overall. Caffè delle Arti draws inspiration from the great number of masterpieces in the Italian capital, as well as in its small private collection. This is all in order to ornament the large halls and rooms in which customers are seated and served. Despite being a restaurant which also offers catering possibilities, patrons are more than welcome to have just a drink or an aperitivo. Here you’ll be surrounded by the beautiful statues which are an exclusive feature of this place.
via Antonio Gramsci 73, Rome, Italy, +39 06 32651236
With a private piazza where customers are served with the greatest care and efficiency, Stravinskij Bar is the ideal gathering if you are up for a special treat. Serving wonderful aperitivi and amazing, exotic cocktails, this bar is one of the loveliest spots in the Italian capital. There is a lunch menu which could satisfy any appetite. Plus, Stravinskij Bar is famed for its healthy drinks, its homemade ice teas, as well as for its signature cocktails. There is no better place to feel part of the Roman aristocracy and enjoy a breathtaking view over the gardens of Villa Borghese.
via del Babuino 9, Rome, Italy, +39 06 3288870
Recently changed to Flambar, this lively joint is the perfect meeting point for every hour of the day and the night. In the morning, it is possible to enjoy fresh pastries and delicious cappuccinos. It then turns into a hub of nightlife after dinner and serves great cocktails and aperitivi. It also offers ice-cream in case any sweet-toothed customer happens to be in the area on a hot day. Its location near Piazza del Popolo and Villa Borghese means that it is generally pretty busy. However it is not so packed as to discourage anyone from going back for a quick bite or a drink.
via Flaminia 69, Rome, Italy, +39 06 3204925
This family-run bar is managed by cordial staff who do their best to provide excellent food at a fast pace. They are open throughout the day. Therefore, the offer is pretty flexible: from croissants, pastries and cappuccinos in the morning, to plentiful aperitivi with a great buffet in the afternoon. It is generally pretty busy, as is often the case for most of Rome’s best bars with a central location.
via Gaetano Donizetti 26, Rome, Italy, +39 06 8552623
This rather flexible place is part of a luxury hotel in Rome, Hotel Sofitel. It is located in the proximity of Villa Borghese. The ambience is captivating, refined and elegant, the prices are relatively higher than others on this list. However, the service is impeccable and just what you seek if you want to splash out a bit and enjoy the unforgettable flavors and atmosphere which come with fine-dining. This lounge bar and restaurant is located on one of the top floors of the hotel. This ensures a jaw-dropping view of the green area and of the city overall.
via Lombardia 47, Rome, Italy, +39 06 478022944
A winery located in the proximity of the famous Spanish Steps of Piazza di Spagna, Cantina Belsiana is a great gathering place for a merry night of wine and food. The atmosphere is welcoming and warm, with a rustic decor and an accommodating staff. For a glass of wine accompanied by a great selection of local food, there is no better place than a wine bar or an enoteca. This is especially the case in Italy, where the Dionysian drink is regarded as one of the greatest pleasures in which people can indulge. Cantina Belsiana also serves lunch with typical Roman dishes.
via Belsiana 15, Rome, Italy, +39 06 69941577
Despite being a bit further away from Villa Borghese, Art Cibo & Café offers a wide and diverse menu in a modern, captivating setting. The cuisine often strays off the beaten track. This place serves original dishes with fantastic flavors and creative combinations. One of the most beloved desserts is the strawberry tiramisù. This dish is not an exclusive of this place, but is still very popular among customers – and for good reason. The staff is extremely keen to help if they can, so any request will be accommodated as best as possible.
via Leccosa 59, Piazza Nicosia, Rome, Italy, +39 06 64761085