Coffee in Rome is an essential part of everyday life. Whether it’s a milky latte drunk over breakfast or an afternoon espresso standing at the bar, this is one city where caffeine addicts won’t have any issues.
The coffee shops here tend to be more on the traditional side, although there are a few noteworthy third wave spots. Take a break, sit back with a fresh cup and just take it all in…
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A one-man show, this impressive coffee shop might be small but it’s certainly mighty. Owner Alessandro Pau is a true coffee master, offering his signature “Roman” roast of a blend of 70/30 Arabica and Robusta as well as rotating guest roasts. Choose to have your brew in espresso, V60 or Chemex form.
One of the best coffee roasters in the world, this historic company has been serving its rich blend of coffee at a beautiful 1940s cafe right beside The Pantheon. The espresso always hits the spot but you can’t visit without ordering their legendary granita, a crushed ice coffee with cream.
Pergamino is a specialty coffee shop located between St. Peter’s Square and the entrance to the Vatican Museums. It’s central location mean it’s always busy, but you’ll usually always find a space at the bar. Single Origin beans are roasted to perfection.
This iconic cafe has been brewing up incredible coffee since 1938, and now sources fair trade beans from cooperatives in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Brazil. Want sugar in your coffee? They’ll make a special sweet foam so that it blends in perfectly.
With impressive La Marzocco Strada EP and Mahlkönig EK43 coffee equipment, you know that this spacious and bright coffee shop is going to deliver the goods. As well as their signature Italian espresso blend, they use some of biggest international roasters: The Barn, Workshop and AllPress. Slow down and spend some time here to fully savour it.
Tram Depot is a beautiful vintage tram that’s now a popular coffee stop during the warmer months. It sources its coffee from Torrefazione Lady Café, an artisan producer based outside Parma. Sitting outside here in the sunshine with a cappuccino and a pastry is unbeatable.
Canova is a super pretty place that faces onto one of Rome’s most impressive squares: Piazza del Popolo. Inside is even better, with a piano bar, and ivy-covered inner courtyard. This was originally sculptor Antonio Canova’s studio, so as its name implies, it is not just any café; it’s partly a museum with a great sculpture collection.