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
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
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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.
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
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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