Rome is one of the most vibrant and touristic capital cities in Europe. Every year it attracts tens of millions of visitors from all over the world, including quite a few tourists from Israel, and it is great to visit at any time of the year and in any vehicle.
Among the things that make Rome a popular place, you will find somewhere at the top of the list the Italian cuisine, which is considered by many to be one of the best cuisines in the world, so that even those who consider themselves picky or problematic with food, including families with small children, will find a great abundance of great foods to enjoy.
But there is not only great food in Rome, but also fine coffee. Italian coffee is known for its strong flavors and unique aromas that cannot be imitated outside the borders of the country of the boot, so if you are among the lovers of the drink, it is appropriate that you start every morning of your vacation with great fun with a hot cup of coffee in hand and a pastry on the side. Pamper yourself.
Below is the list of the best cafes where not only tourists come but also quite a few locals. Where to go and which cafe must under no circumstances be missed? All the details are in front of you!
Recommended cafes in Rome
This is probably the most famous cafe in Rome as well as the most beautiful and therefore it deserves a place of honor on our list but at the same time it is important to note that accordingly, it is also one of the most visited places – and rightfully so.
Cafe Greco is the oldest cafe in the city and has been operating for over 250 years during which time it has been open almost continuously and although it has modern equipment, it manages to maintain its original appearance and the atmosphere in it is considered authentic and unique.
You will find that this is a lively cafe full of people throughout the day, with locals alongside tourists sipping leisurely in one of the four rooms – in the first one you can enjoy an espresso at a nominal cost of only one euro, which you will drink while standing. If you want to sit, choose the other rooms with the last one being the most special and prestigious where for 8 euros you can enjoy your cup of coffee on an original armchair by the Danish writer and poet Hans Christian Andersen.
Address: Via Condotti, 86
Freni e frizioni
Before we tell you about this magical cafe, we should first translate its name from Italian and it is (freely translated, of course) “brakes and clutches” – this name was given to this cafe because it operates in a building that was previously used as a garage.
Although it has come a long way and it is not obvious that it has undergone various car repairs, it does manage to maintain a vintage and somewhat original atmosphere that allows it to keep its name without the visitors laughing. Surprisingly, it is precisely the old fragrance that makes it trendy and popular among young people.
In addition to coffee, alcoholic beverages and a varied and surprising food menu are also served there.
Address: Via del Politeama, 4
This is one of Rome’s busiest cafes and even before you get there you can recognize it by the infinitely long line of people waiting to be served. Here too we should note that although it is not fun to wait in line, this is a cafe with an excellent name that is considered one of the best in Rome.
Indeed, the wait is worth it and already when you enter the cafe itself you can smell the smell rising from the coffee bags and filling the space of the room. The menu itself is varied so that you will easily find something that will suit your taste when the locals recommend adding Domori chocolate to the coffee, while the Israeli tourists warn against what is considered the home coffee that tastes like military coffee.
Address: Piazza di Sant’Eustachio, 82
Bar Del Cappuccino Cafe (Bar Del Cappuccino Di Santoro Snc)
There are hundreds of coffee shops in Rome, but few of them, no matter how good they are, are managed by a real “coffee expert” – Cafe Bar del Cappuccino is one of the great ones and it belongs to Luigi, who is considered a key figure in the world of coffee and has over five decades of experience in making coffee.
This cafe located on the outskirts of the Jewish ghetto of Rome naturally also attracts quite a few tourists from Israel, but quite a few locals especially come to it and it is also a stopping point in some of the culinary tours of Rome.
Address: Via Arenula, 50
An old cafe loved by visitors to Rome that started in the famous Piazza Navona and finally settled (permanently, we hope) in Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina which is admittedly less central, but much more magical.
In addition to its location, part of the charm of the place is that it has been a family business for about 80 years, which belongs to the Ciampini family after which it is named. If you want to enjoy an elegant atmosphere with a luxurious aroma, this is the cafe for you, where besides fine coffee you can also have a barbecue with local celebrities, intellectuals and politicians.
Address: Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina 29
La Casa Del Caffè Tazza D’oro
Here, too, it is important to preface and say, before we write about the coffee itself, that if you have arrived at this great cafe – do not panic. True, it’s busy and you’ll probably have to drink your coffee standing next to the bar, but trust us, it’s worth it. It is an excellent coffee with rich and strong flavors and most importantly – it is fresh and it is noticeable.
This cafe also operates as a family business and as expected from a boutique business that wants to keep its loyal customers, they make sure to use the best and freshest raw materials so that the coffee itself is also ground on site.
Does the name sound familiar to you? You were not wrong! This cafe only has two branches – one in Rome and the other… in Neve Tzedek!
Address: Via degli Orfani, 84
A popular cafe which is located in an excellent location right on the Via Veneto and has a fascinating view of one of the most lively streets in Rome, which is particularly appropriate for the local atmosphere which feels somewhat theatrical, among other things due to the design of the place and the choice of unusual furniture.
It is important to note that if you want to enjoy a coffee (and maybe some pastry on the way) it is recommended to visit the place in the morning because after sunset the atmosphere changes completely and from an excellent cafe it turns into a luxury restaurant. On the other hand, if you are into a good meal – this is absolutely the place even in the evening.
Address: Via Vittorio Veneto 141
It’s actually a colorful and happy coffee bar with a lot of seating tables so it’s a completely different place from the busy coffee shops that offer coffee standing only and believe us, this convenience is definitely a bonus if you take into account that it’s a central coffee shop located near the Spanish Steps.
This is an excellent place for a light lunch break for those who want to enjoy a good coffee as well as a nutritious breakfast or lunch – in addition to a variety of coffee options, you can also find delicious smoothies, fresh salads, sandwiches and more on the menu. The place is open until 1 in the morning, so without a doubt it is an excellent place for those who suffer from night munchies.
Address: Via Borgognona 43/44
Caffè Canova Tadolini
If you are visiting Rome’s artists’ quarter area and are looking for a unique and trendy place to enjoy a hot coffee and soak up some atmosphere, Cafe Canova, named after the famous statue, is undoubtedly the place for you. As expected from a cafe located in this area of the city, the place soon became a meeting place for the people of Rome’s art scene with different creators and artists from all fields.
Although it is a large and crowded place, you can sip your coffee in peace, absorb an intimate atmosphere and also be impressed by works of art and valuable items of the sculptor Canova.
Address: Via del Babuino 150
Sala da the Babington
Last but not least on the list of cafes is actually a tea house, because Rome has a lot more to offer besides coffee. The place was opened by England, who was disappointed to discover that while the city serves excellent coffee among the best – the tea, how to say, less so… which led her to open the prestigious tea house which over the years has become one of the most famous places in the city.
Address: Piazza di Spagna, 23