The Best Places for Brunch in Rome

Rome might not be renowned as an 'eggs and bacon' breakfast city, but lately, the concept of brunch has Romans heading out on weekends more and more. While foreigners might lament the format, finding things on the menu that they may not expect back home, it makes for a lovely day out, and you won't leave hungry - that's for sure. It's important to remember that things in Rome start fashionably late and brunch is no exception, usually kicking off anytime from 12:00pm midday. In Rome, more often than not, brunch is generally served as a buffet (often more substantial than a lunch, even featuring pasta and pizza!), that includes sweets, savory snacks and hot food. Some elaborately even feature chocolate fountains and fondue pots! Coffee, tea and juice are on the drinks list and alcohol is also totally acceptable. If you can't forego pancakes and eggs, The Perfect Bun showcases a very American-style brunch, complete with maple syrup, carrot cake and cupcakes. Ketumbar in the working class neighborhood of Testaccio puts on a laid-back affair of vegetarian and even vegan dishes. Speaking of vegan, Baylon in Trastevere also serves up some great dishes and their pancakes and fresh juices are not to be missed either. For those looking for your classic luxury hotel brunch, look no further than the Garden restaurant (Le Jardin de Russie) at Rome's premier five star establishment, Hotel de Russie or the Rome Cavalieri where the concourse to the L'Uliveto restaurant fills with families each Sunday and is a Roman institution. Here are 10 brunches in Rome to choose from covering all styles and all budgets. Happy brunching!  

Babington's Tea Rooms

Two English women opened Babington's in 1893 order to give homesick visiting Brits a taste of home. It is located in a prime location at the foot of the Spanish steps and is open all day for tea, brunch, lunch, dinner and aperitif. There is a...  Read More

Gianicolo Hill

Not only a great outdoor option, this restaurant, located in one of Rome's largest parks, is a great place to go with your kids if you are looking to relax while they can run around. Villa Pamphili's grass rolls right up to the outdoor seating...  Read More

Located in a stunning location, right on Tiber Island, the site where Tiberino sits has been a cafe that has been serving Rome for three generations. In this latest installment, the venue is part bistrot, bar, restaurant and gelateria. With it's...  Read More

San Giovanni/Termini/Colle Oppio

This restaurant, bar and cafe has one of the nicest outdoor spaces in Rome. Located in the gentrified Pigneto neighborhood, Necci is best known for being the haunt of poet, writer, director Pier Paolo Pasolini. With several spaces outside, under...  Read More

Open daily from 11am to 3am, Ketumbar is located in the working-class foodie neighborhood of Testaccio and is a leader in bio, organic and vegetarian dining. In fact, vegan, gluten-free, and just about any intolerance can be catered for. The...  Read More

Many of the latest hotspots in Rome are New York warehouse style eateries, with quite a few located in up-and-coming industrial Ostiense. Porto Fluviale is a bright and cool space and houses several different types of restaurants: a trattoria,...  Read More

If you're looking for a little comfort food to remind you of home, the Perfect Bun Bakery and Deli is your place. The lovely owner of the Perfect Bun Bakery who also owns the Perfect Bun burger joint and restaurant, is British and has created a...  Read More

Located in the heart of Trastevere, Baylon is super popular with locals and foreigners alike. Its all-day dining format keeps it busy with people working off their free wifi during the day and buzzing with locals having aperitivo or an...  Read More


Rome Cavalieri's (a Waldorf Astoria Hotel) famous Sunday Music Brunch, held within the classically stylish L'Uliveto Restaurant, has been an institution with affluent Romans for years. Lavish hot and cold buffets serve up the most refined of...  Read More

Set within the famous Hotel de Russie, nestled between the Spanish Steps and the Pizza del Popolo, this feels like a secret garden in the midst of the city with tables surrounded by delicate greenery. The garden area comes alive on weekends with...  Read More


Meet Maria Pasquale

Born to Italian parents, Maria always knew Rome was her destiny, although she was raised in Melbourne.

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