Cafés are all the Craze in Rome

In Rome, it's all about the coffee. After calcio (soccer), it's the one thing, Italians just can't live without. In Rome, there are plenty of cafés where you can either sit and enjoy a cappuccino or even order a light lunch or a snack. If you're looking for a posh place to park yourself to do a little people watching, Caffè della Pace near Piazza Navona and Ciampini near the Spanish Steps is your place.

In the mood for a great cup of joe and want to find a place where you can bring some of the best beans home with you? Look no further than Castroni and Tazza d'Oro. Both are definitely places to pick up some of the freshest beans. Fancy a sweet afternoon snack with your coffee? For delicious desserts like cannoli or mini-tarts and cheesecakes while you're sipping on some caffè, try Dagnino near Piazza Repubblica or Cristalli di Zucchero near Circus Maximus.

Whatever the scene you're looking for, sitting in a café and enjoying the good life is a favorite Italian pastime and certainly something tourists need to experience when exploring the Eternal City!


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Caffé Fandango

Book worms will love this little café tucked into a corner of the quaint Piazza di Pietra. This little lovely café was created by the small Italian production company Fandango. It's a great place to have coffee, read a book or even grab a...  Read More

For traveler's with a sweet tooth, Cristalli di Zucchero will satisfy your every decadent need and desire. This cute little bakery shop located near the Circus Maximus is tue gem for those who happen to stumble upon it. At this pastry shop, once...  Read More

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Situated in a lovely traffic-free pedestrian only piazza, is the smart and sassy café Ciampini. On sunny days or when the weather is pleasant, this is one of the perfect places to sit and enjoy a coffee, a glass of wine or even dine 'al...  Read More

Bar Meeting Place
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As the name suggests, this bar is literally a 'meeting place' for Italians, especially college students Whether it be a cappuccino in the morning or a mid-afternoon coffee, the Bar Meeting Place is definitely a punto di ritrovo (meeting place)...  Read More

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Tazza d'Oro

This bar is always bustling, no matter what time of the day you go. Tazza d'Oro was established in 1946, is considered to be by many, the best coffee in all of Rome. It's prime location just up the street from the Pantheon makes it a hub for...  Read More

Caffè Novecento
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Not too many bars give off such warmth and a sense of coziness like Caffè Novecento does. It's a discreet spot with soft jazz music playing in the background and an array of tantalizing cakes, pies and other sweet treats to greet you as you...  Read More

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Located on the Rodeo Drive of Rome, Via dei Condotti, is a trusty Roman staple that's been around since the 18th century. Antico Caffe Greco is one of the oldest cafés in Rome and is well known around town as it used to be a favorite meeting...  Read More

Caffè della Pace
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Caffè della Pace is more than just a bar. It's a hip, classy café where artists, locals, tourists and even celebrities have been coming since 1891 for their morning coffee afternoon tea or even a glass of wine. The interior of the café is a...  Read More


Meet Nicole Arriaga

A 1999 trip to the Bel Paese and a kiss from an Italian boy made Nicole fall in love with Rome. Not being able to stop thinking about cappuccinos and her Italian amore, Nicole Arriaga packed...  More About Nicole

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