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Rome’s Termini Station is the city’s main railway station and a bustling transportation hub at all hours of the day. Naturally, Termini also has a thriving ecosystem of shops, eateries and accommodation in its vicinity. Try our eight favorite restaurants and bakeries around this much traversed, and often misunderstood, area of Rome.
Regoli is a 100-year-old bakery that is famed for its artisanal sweets, so show up early or you’ll miss out on its glorious treats. The cream tart topped with dozens of wild strawberries is one of the bakery’s most praised items, but you can’t go wrong with any of the classics, from millefoglie and profiteroles to fruit tarts and decadent whipped-cream filled maritozzi. If you need to impress a friend with dessert, order one of their beautiful start-shaped millefoglie cakes filled with cream and topped with strawberries.
This chic combination of bakery, coffee bar and food market is a great place at all hours of the day, from cappuccino at breakfast to craft cocktails in the evening. Be sure to ask for a dollop of eggy zabaione in your coffee for an extra kick. At aperitivo hour they have a decadent array of savory foods for an elegant pre-dinner snack. And if you’re on the hunt for a bread replica of the Colosseum, Panella has a few on show to demonstrate just how excellent their bread-making skills are.
One of the creamiest gelaterie in Rome is Come Il Latte. The cream flavors are made with 60-70 per cent milk, so they are luscious and the gelato truly melts in your mouth. Come Il Latte has a wide range of flavors, including salted caramel, rice with cinnamon, chocolate with amaretto cookies and fruit flavors such as mandarin, date and chestnut. It also has two chocolate fountains (white and dark chocolate), so pick which one you’d like drizzled in your cone and enjoy the decadent experience.
This small, bustling eatery serves up a wide variety of different types of pinsa, an oval-shaped personal pizza that is lauded for its flavor, chewiness and ‘digestibility.’ Pinsere makes some of the best in the city, and is a convenient spot for a quick stand-up lunch while you’re on the go. It’s only open until 4pm on weekdays, so plan accordingly to sample this tasty treat.
The Beehive is a multifunctional ho(s)tel and cafe that hosts a variety of pop-up lunches and dinners with guest chefs and cooking classes. The meals are vegetarian and/or vegan and use healthy, organic and local ingredients, offering a great way to mingle with an international crowd of expats and travelers passing through the city.