8 Cafés Where You'll Find The Perfect Espresso In Rome

Caffè Canova-Tadolini
Caffè Canova-Tadolini | © Livia Hengel
Livia Hengel

Once you’ve made sure to master the art of drinking coffee in Italy like a local, head over to these Roman cafés to taste some of the best brews in the capital. From gilded historic coffeehouses and neighborhood bakeries to hip bars, each cup guarantees a great atmosphere to accompany your caffeine kick.

1. Sant'Eustachio Il Caffè

1. Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè

This cheerful café, brightened with yellow packaging and plenty of branded accessories to recreate a perfect cup of coffee at home, is lauded as one of the best espressos in the city (hence the large tour groups that overtake this small space during morning rush hour). Founded in 1938, it continues to create its own secret blend of coffee and prides itself on continuing to use an antique wooden coffee roaster from 1948 to toast its quality Arabica beans.
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè, Piazza di S. Eustachio 82, Rome, Italy, +39 06 6880 2048

2. Antigua La Casa Del Caffè Tazza d'Oro

2. Antigua La Casa Del Caffè Tazza d’Oro

Located around the corner from the Pantheon, this large café has been brewing coffee since 1944. It sources its beans from Central and South America and makes renowned blends, its most famous being regina dei caffé (queen of coffee) blend exported worldwide. Perhaps its most lauded concoction, however, is its potent granita di caffè, a highly caffeinated and extremely flavorful shaved iced coffee topped with luscious whipped cream.

Tazza D’Oro: Via degli Orfani 84, Rome, Italy, +39 06 678 9792

3. Caffè Canova-Tadolini

Bar, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Italian

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This elegant café was the workshop and atelier of famed sculptor Antonio Canova (hence its name) who entrusted the establishment to his favorite student, Giulio Tadolini, in 1818 and kept it in the family for four generations. The atelier was converted into a museum/restaurant in 1967 and juxtaposes sculpture and art with dining tables and a gilded coffee bar. Caffè Canova-Tadolini brews excellent coffee in one of the city’s most intriguing venues.

5. Sciascia Caffè

Coffee Shop, Italian

© Sciascia Caffè 1919
Sciascia Caffè, which has been around since 1919, is located in the commercial Prati district and serves up some of the best espresso in the city. With its intimate interior, suggestive turn-of-the-century train wagon and a handful of tiny rectangular tables, this café is a nice spot to enjoy your coffee while off the beaten path. Sciascia excels at its chocolate-infused drinks; the gran cappuccino is a heavenly creation with espresso, steamed milk, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and chocolate chips.

6. Barnum Café

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Italian

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For something a little less traditional and a little more trendy, Barnum Café on Via del Pellegrino suits all of your Continental café needs. With its fresh aesthetics and shabby-chic furniture, it caters to a hip crowd of freelancers, young professionals, travelers and locals who live in the neighborhood. With free Wi-Fi and tasty treats all day long, it’s great at any hour — especially for cocktails in the evening!

7. L'Arte del Caffè 'Er Baretto'

7. L’Arte del Caffè ‘Er Baretto’

This unassuming café situated beneath cascading ivy on one of Monti’s most charming streets makes one of the best espressos in the neighborhood. A homey little place, Er Baretto has several outdoor tables to enjoy its natural surroundings and is one of the few cafés in Rome that excels in coffee art. From stars and bears to hearts and leaves, your cup is sure to put a smile one your face.

L’Arte del Caffè, Via del Boschetto 97, Rome, Italy, +39 06 482 0444

8. Panella

Panella is a refined café, bakery and restaurant that serves incredible pastries, finger foods, cocktails and of course, coffee. Located just around the corner from gritty Piazza Vittorio, it feels like a chic oasis removed from the hustle and bustle found next door. Ask for your espresso con crema, topped with a dollop of eggy zabaione cream for a great flavor pairing and be sure to order one of their exquisite pastries, baked to perfection.

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