Sipping in Style: 7 Classic Cafes in Rome
Our 7 Favorite Historic Cafes in Rome are:
1. Caffé Sant’Eustachio (Pantheon)
Consistently boasting the best coffee in town, has been in existence since 1938. Before then, a cafe had existed on site since 1800. To this day, Sant’Eustachio roasts its organic blend of beans using real wood filling the air with the perfume of freshly roasted coffee. Espresso aficionados know to order the house gran caffè – espresso whipped with sugar to form a light-yet-creamy concoction. Sitting over a small table, you can relax and spend some time people-watching, just like Audrey Hepburn did in the famous movie, inspired by a true taste of Italian Dolce Vita.
2. Tazza d’oro (Pantheon)
3. Rosati. (Piazza del Popolo)
Dating back to 1922, ranks as one of the longest-running cafes in the center of Rome. Ideally positioned on the elegant Piazza del Popolo, the cafe overlooks an ancient Egyptian obelisk that is over 3,000 years old! Rosati was the favorite haunt of actors, artists, and intellectuals in the ’50s and ’60s. Inside, you’ll be wowed by its original 1920s interior. It’s the ideal spot to sit out front and watch fashionable Romans take their daily passeggiata (stroll).
4. Antico Caffé Greco (Via dei Condotti)
The is the uncontested Emperor of classic Roman cafes – having opened for business in 1760! Only Caffè Florian in Venice is older. Historical figures and artists – such as Hans Christian Anderson, Mark Twain, and even Cassanova himself – have sipped coffee here. The interior is adorned with oil paintings – a fitting décor for an establishment of its age and esteem. You’ll find this historic haunt just off of Piazza di Spagna near the base of the Spanish Steps.
5. Caffé Canova-Tadolini (Villa Borghese)
Ornate yet restrained, the has no equivalent in Rome – housed inside the 19th-century sculptor Antonio Canova’s workshop. The space continued to be used by sculptors until 1967. Today, you’ll find cafe tables sprinkled amidst a marble maze and exposed wooden beams. It’s like taking your morning coffee in the home of a master artist – kept company by his coterie of marble companions.
6. Giolitti (Pantheon)
is a top-rated coffee stop. It has always been an attractive spot for politicians and celebrities including John Travolta, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and even Obama daughters Sasha and Malia. Besides coffee, the place is also well known for offering great gelato. Having your coffee at the bar is the fastest way to get your morning espresso.
7. Torrefazione Ciamei
is a typical Italian coffeehouse located near the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. The company’s history begins in the 1900s with one of its founders Giusto Ciamei. After more than 100 years, the same family is still selecting, roasting, blending, and grinding coffee. You can order your coffee and enjoy it right here or buy bags of their beans to enjoy a taste of Rome in your own kitchen.