The Best Cafes for Proper Coffee in Rome, Italy

Relax with a coffee at one of Romes excellent cafes
Relax with a coffee at one of Rome's excellent cafes | © AA World Travel Library / Alamy

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Finding the best coffee in Rome is a serious business. Italians head to the bar (as coffee shops and cafes are most commonly referred to) first thing in the morning and might visit another two, three or even more times throughout the day. In Rome, as with much of Italy, the drink of choice is usually un caffè (an espresso), or if it’s before midday, maybe a cappuccino. In between sightseeing at the Colosseum or the Pantheon, ensure any trip to the Italian capital is fully caffeinated with the best beans a barista can grind by checking out our list of the best cafes in Eternal City.

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Sant’ Eustachio Il Caffè

Cafe, Italian

Italy, Lazio, Rome, historical centre listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, piazza Navona district, SantEustachio Cafe where one of the best espresso of Rome is serving
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Just around the corner from the Pantheon, this famous Rome cafe has been keeping the locals wired since 1938. Historic but unpretentious, Sant’ Eustachio selects beans from cooperatives in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Brazil to make its brews. What sets this place apart is the unusual preparation method – if you want your coffee zuccherato (with sugar), the barista will do it for you by adding a spoonful of a sweet, frothy foam made from the first few drops of an espresso whipped with sugar.

Antigua Tazza d'Oro

Cafe, Italian

La Casa Del Caffe Tazza Doro is a coffee establishment in the heart of Rome.
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Established in 1946, Tazza d’Oro is held in high regard by coffee-guzzling Romans who come for the top-notch espresso, cappuccino and, of course, the famed granita al caffè. This icy, slushy coffee drink is served with whipped cream and provides a sweet hit of caffeine and calories. Roasted coffee beans, tea blends, and other gift items are also on sale. Outside, facing onto the Piazza della Rotonda, you’ll find a vending machine that dishes out packs of coffee 24/7.

Tram Depot

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Italian

Tram Depot Testaccio
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A green vintage tram shelter has found new life in the neighbourhood of Testaccio as a fun coffee shop and late-night drinking spot. Tram Depot serves up a range of coffees, including harder-to-find (in Rome, at least) syphon and dripper varieties, as well as cocktails, fresh juices, smoothies and a small selection of pastries and sandwiches. There’s no space for roasting in this tiny kiosk, so it sources its coffee from Torrefazione Lady Café, an artisanal producer based outside Parma. Note it’s closed during winter.

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Bakery, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Italian, Pastries

Panella pastry shop and coffee bar in Rome. R32CBY
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Panella is best known for its artisanal breads and pastries – check out the window display of intricate dough sculptures shaped like the Colosseum and other Rome icons – but the outdoor seating area, draped in colourful and shade-giving flowers, makes it a charming spot to enjoy a coffee. Try the caffè freddo – a cold, sweet coffee that is a little longer than a regular espresso – at one of the high tables with stools, where there’s no service charge.

Sciascia Caffè 1919

Coffee Shop, Italian

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Now more than a century old, Sciascia is an old-school coffee house in the white-collar neighbourhood of Prati. The burnished wooden panelling, period artwork and vintage machines are all part of the charm and help make this an evocative spot for a caffeine fix. Their signature coffee is a punchy espresso served in a porcelain cup lined with melted dark chocolate.

Antico Caffè Greco

Bar, Coffee Shop, Italian

Interior of the Antico Caffe Greco, Via dei Condotti, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe
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Opened in 1860, Antico Caffè Greco is the oldest coffee shop in Rome, and the second-oldest in all of Italy. An eclectic mix of writers, artists, intellectuals and freethinkers have frequented this historic bar over the years, including Hans Christian Andersen, Casanova, Keats, Shelley, Mark Twain and Orson Welles – to name a few. The vibe is formal and the prices high, hitting double figures for coffee and a pastry sitting at one of the antique, marble-topped tables. Opt to stand at the bar instead if you want to pay less.

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Pasticceria Andreotti

Bakery, Coffee Shop, Italian

Italy, Latium, Rome, historical centre listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, Caffe Andreotti, Via Ostiense 54
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Offering coffee, cocktails, light lunches, pastries, and even gelato, Andreotti keeps the residents of Ostiense fed and watered from dawn ’til dusk. These days, the decor is bright and modern, but a vintage snapshot of the Andredotti family reveals the historical roots of this family-run pastry shop and cafe. The small cakes and pastries, known as pasticcini, are the perfect accompaniment to coffee and are also available to take away. In fact, an elegantly wrapped tray of pasticcini is the Italians’ gift of choice for dinner parties.

Faro – Luminari del Caffè

Coffee Shop, Italian

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Billing itself as Rome’s first speciality coffee shop, Faro is unlike a typical Italian bar. Customers can sip at leisure in this contemporary space and staff are happy to share knowledge of the coffee production process. Here, roasting is deliberately light and delicate to avoid any bitter notes, meaning skipping sugar is recommended. There’s plenty of choice in both the method of brewing (espresso machine, AeroPress, syphon) and the type of bean – go for the house blend or one of the higher-priced coffees from the specials menu.

Roscioli Caffè

Bakery, Coffee Shop, Italian

Roscioli Caffè
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Roscioli Caffè is part of the Roscioli-family empire, which includes an upscale restaurant and a speciality bakery with institution-like status in Rome. Thanks to its use of Arabica beans from Torrefazione Giamaica Caffè, an artisanal roaster based in Verona, and its interest in brewing techniques new to Romans – such as pour-over and syphon – this tiny shop has quickly become known for its top-quality coffee. Enjoy with a cream-filled bun known as a maritozzo, a Roman speciality.

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Caffè Canova-Tadolini

Bar, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Italian

Canova Tadolini statue cafe, Rome, Italy
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Originally the workshop and studio of neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova, the Museo Canova-Tadolini is now part-museum, part-restaurant. Elegant tables sit among marble statues, while vintage photographs, newspaper clippings and original documents detailing the atelier’s fascinating past line the walls. Table service is steep, so enjoy a coffee and homemade pastry standing at the bar for a fraction of the price.

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