5 Cafés to try #WhenInRome

One tends to walk a lot in Rome (a lot a lot) so its natural to grab a seat by the many lovely cafes the city has to offer. Usually I frequent one café my whole trip and make it my morning ritual. But this time I tried different ones almost every day and some I went to even twice. There are lot of places to find the best coffee in Rome. Here is a compilation of 5 favorite cafes in the city:

5 Cafés to try #WhenInRome

Bar Farnese- If you go here, you will come back with a smile on your face. Farnese is a true Roman experience!! Thanks to the owner Angelo and his courteous staff, this is one of my favorites. The bar is old fashioned and vintage that it makes me cry! The no frill service adds to its charm and it also happens to be a stone’s throw away from the major attractions of the city. Go here and sit outside and do some people watching. But do not confuse it with Caffe Farnese which is close by.

Via dei Baullari 106, Rome.

5 Cafés to try #WhenInRome

-Pasticceria Trastevere- This was 2 tram stops away from where I stayed so it became sort of mandatory to try it. Pasticceria Trastevere has the best pastries in the neighborhood- small delicious choux puffs filled with cream, custard, chocolate…..You name it! The service is super quick and I love their painted cups.

Via Natale del Grande 49, Rome.

5 Cafés to try #WhenInRome

Antico Caffè Greco– Do not judge me! Yes I went there for fresh juice and a caffè. It was a costly affair and I was aware of it (if you sit inside a caffè costs about EUR7-8) but I was a tourist in Rome so I enjoyed visiting the second oldest cafe in the country! I am also a sucker for places where the great writers frequented. Goethe and Byron are two examples who used to come here. In case you end up visiting Greco, order at the counter and enjoy the old world experience. (UPDATE: As of January 2018, the latest news is that the place might be shut as it is no longer able to bear the expense of running)

Via dei Condotti 86, Rome.

5 Cafés to try #WhenInRome

Roscioli Caffè- Roscioli is another favorite in Rome. I went twice this summer, once with a friend who was most kind to treat me and once alone where I had the freshest panino ever! I love the whole experience of standing at the narrow bar and enjoying my food. Of course there is free WiFi and super delicious pastries. Somehow even a cornetto is more creamier here! The service isn’t as friendly but maybe that is because they are always so full.
Piazza Benedetto Cairoli 16, Rome.

5 Cafés to try #WhenInRome

El Mojitaro Bar- Another no frills bar with an owner who loves to chit chat. This could be one of the most photographed places in the graffiti covered neighborhood of Rome. Courteous service and street views aside, this Bar is amazing. Their cocktails are a tad expensive but you are in Rome…… I’d just order a simple cappuccino and enjoy sitting outside.

Vicolo del Cinque 5, Rome.

5 Cafés to try #WhenInRome

Apart from the ones above I also love Caffè Peru, Bar Willy and Bar San Calisto.
Have you tried any of these?? I’d love more recommendations for my next trip.



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Ishita is an Indian Blogger who is in love with all things Italian. Every year, Ishita seek’s new experiences and destinations in Italy; from the southernmost tip of Sicilia to the Northern most parts of Piemonte.

Ishita works and lives in Delhi.

44 thoughts on “5 Cafés to try #WhenInRome

  1. I have tried a few of those. Caffe Greco is an absolute favourite. I also love Tazza d’ Oro and Caffe St Eustachio. They compete for the best coffee in Rome. I go to both.

  2. The morning ritual! I’m the same. It’s not a good day unless I start it off in my favorite café. You just reminded me of something important, I never really feel complete unless I can start my day off at a café. If I live too far away to do it, I’m not me.
    And I have spent 10€ on a coffee in Venice, just because. The view was spectacular, and I regret nothing. 😁

    1. Same! I think more than 10. LOL! But when you are traveling sometimes it is ok to splurge. I think many times it is ok 😉 I make cafe at home but I would love the European cafe culture here in India.

      1. I think it was at least 10€ each? Is what I meant to say. My friend had invited us, and it was another way of saying thank you, as she’d mentioned it was a dream of hers to have a coffee on the Piazza San Marco, never expecting anyone to follow through. Actually, seriously. How much would a coffee have been there per person? You’re more familiar with prices there than me. Now I want to know because I forgot. Traveling and just because. If you have the chance, it’s always good to splurge and treat yourself.
        You mean in India people just grab their coffee on the go, or have coffee when they visit? Finland, for instance, has cafés, and Finns are said to be the biggest consumers of coffee in either Europe or the world (always forget which), and still, no one would consider the country having an old, Western European coffee culture (the big names are popular and it’s coffee at the workplace and at home when you invite friends. So I’m wondering if India is also a bit like that, where the coffee is there, but there’s something lacking.
        Right now I live too far away from any decent cafe, so I know exactly what you mean. Making coffee at home, too. But it’s not the same. Although I can just remedy that with a trip into the city. I think you just made me want to write about coffee. 😃

        1. Your comment made me smile. I seriously had no idea about Finland being the highest consumer of coffee!! I would really have to read more on it. Oh don’t get me wrong we have a lot of cafes in India but its more of a sitting down thing. I have started learning to appreciate the fast bar system in Italy. Or maybe I am biased 😉 I love splurging too. I haven’t been to Venice in 2 yrs but I remember paying 10EUR for a decadent hot chocolate. Of course it was worth it. Nowadays any caffe in Italy is 80 cents to a euro and cappuccino is about 1.5 maybe. I always buy a croissant or two along so I pay the bill in total and never bother to see it properly. But it is definitely cheap to have coffee in Italy compared to countries like Austria.

      1. Unfortunately not any time soon 🙁 Our last trip there was 2015. It’s hard for us to travel now on long trips like Europe as my kids are in their latter years of high school, so it’s shorter destination holidays for us for now.

  3. Thank you for your posts! I always feel like they are written just for me–you have perfect timing! My family and I are due to go back to Italy next month–we will be spending a few days in Rome at the outset of our trip, so I am going to jot down these and see if we can visit a few! Ciao!

    1. That is so sweet of you to say. I am glad the timings match 😉 Please do drop in a comment if you go. I will be delighted if you visit on my recommendation..ciao and buon viaggio!

  4. These are all new to me! I want to check out Bar Farnese for sure and Roscioli, that cornetto photo has sold me! I miss them so much.

  5. I am heading out to my local cafe, an old-world roastery, and I happened to click upon your post in the reader. Sigh. I want Rome right now. I do remember the El Mojitaro Bar because we used to pass it every day during our walks in the city. I used to look in from outside and wonder how good it might be. Next time I shall peek in 🙂 xx

  6. Brava – “don’t judge me” I have been there more than once and that is that! Love your list and still need to check out tow of them. Great post Ishita!

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