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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!  


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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 wide variety of international teas to sample and you can order scones with jam and cream or other English treats. The High Tea menu features Scottish scones served with butter or jam, sandwiches and sweets and there is a Grand High Tea menu which gets you a glass of chammpagne. You can also purchase tea, teapots and gift vouchers. METRO: Spagna.

Recommended for Brunch because: Babington's is a centrally located option for great English style scones, the perfect choice for any brunch.

Maria's expert tip: Go for the full Grand High Tea experience - your classic high tea with savory and sweet treats plus a flute of champagne.

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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 area so that your kids have plenty of space to enjoy themselves. Vivi Bistrot also has a kid's menu that includes simple pastas and organic chicken and fries, among other things. Another option is to take one of their picnic boxes to enjoy in the park. Try Vivi Bistro's American-inspired brunch or an English breakfast that is a tasty alternative to the simple and sweet Italian breakfast. Brunch on the weekends consists of a €16 set menu featuring eggs how you like, pancakes, american-style coffee and yoghurt and muesli and the full menu is also available with treats like carrot cake, bagels, scones and muffins. TRAM: 8

Recommended for Brunch because: Vivi Bistrot is the perfect weekend brunch option in a lush green setting.

Maria's expert tip: Order a delicious picnic box to take out with you into the park for a casual outdoor dining experience.

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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 central location and all day dining, it's the perfect place to stop by for whatever you're in the mood for. Brunch and breakfast here features your usual teas, juices and coffee plus homemade sweets, pastries and a variety of freshly made to order sandwiches. All this in a gorgeous and historic location, Tiberino is just perfect for a lazy weekend brunch. BUS: 23, 80, 125, H, TRAM: 8.

Recommended for Brunch because: With homemade sweets and pastries served in a historic setting on Rome's very own river island, Tiberino is a lovely brunch spot on the weekends.

Maria's expert tip: Order the crumbed anchovies and thank us later!

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San Giovanni/Termini/Colle Oppio
Necci dal 1924


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 the trees or under tents or under the awning, there is no need to feel cramped when deciding to eat here. The highlight for breakfast and brunch here, is that Necci bake all their pastries and bread daily on site. The rotating menu has such specialties as paccheri pasta with octopus, cherry tomatoes and olives and steak with fries. It's really your one-stop dining outlet in the Pigneto neighborhood. BUS: 81

Recommended for Brunch because: Baking all their own bread and pastries on site, Necci for brunch is a tasty and casual affair.

Maria's expert tip: Try the cheesecake. It's to die for!

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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 large open space with a vintage style feel and even outdoor dining (in the warmer months), make for a relaxed atmosphere at any time of day. This is probably one of Rome's best brunch options for vegetarians and vegans or anyone looking for 0km and organic produce. It's not completely vegetarian but caters extremely well for it. Buffet style, there are vegetable dishes, pastas, salads, legumes and soups in the colder months. Different types of bread are also available - many, gluten free. Organic desserts are on the cards too. The brunch is family friendly with entertainment provided for kids and dishes to cater for their likes too. Brunch is held on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm, €15 for adults and €10 for children (inclusive of children's entertainment). Exclusive of drinks. BUS: 75, 3. METRO: Piramide.

Recommended for Brunch because: A great brunch option for vegetarians as well as families with kids.

Maria's expert tip: Don't leave the kids at home - Ketumbar put on weekend entertainment for kids of all ages.

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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, pizzeria, bar and dining room all with the same modern rustic style and laidback feel. The food is great, affordable and local. At lunch time they put on a large buffet spread and the in the evening there is a lively atmosphere at aperitivo time where you can order "spuntini" or small bar snacks off the menu plus an extensive drinks and cocktail list. Brunch is held each Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm, �19 for adults and �12 for children. It is buffet style, with around 50 different items to choose from, hot and cold including pasta, vegetables, meat and fish dishes and desserts. Juices included in the buffet. Other drinks can be ordered at cost.

Recommended for Brunch because: With around 50 items on the buffet to choose from, Porto Fluviale is on of Rome's best value brunch offerings.

Maria's expert tip: Bookings are not accepted, so get in early to avoid disappointment.

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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 lovely array of American-style cupcakes and British-style tarts and scones for customers looking for a little comfort food. The Perfect Bun Barkery isn't just a hit with Anglo-Saxons; Italians have also grown to love this cute little bakery and also can't do without their cupcake fix. The bakery is located just around the corner from the famous Campo de' Fiori and brunch is held from 12pm to 3:30 every Sunday. The cost is €25 excluding drinks but it does include American style coffee. BUS: 40, 64, 46, 62. TRAM: 8.

Recommended for Brunch because: If a real American style brunch is your thing, there isn't a better spot in Rome than The Perfect Bun.

Maria's expert tip: The Perfect Bun Bakery and Deli also makes fresh bagels and sells other American and English style dishes such as chicken wraps, Caesar salads and other favorites.

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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 after-dinner drink in the evening and into the wee hours of the night. Brunch is a super casual affair and the menu features everything from a full English breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon and toast plus truffled roast potatoes, to more exotic treats like Moroccan style eggs. Vegans are also catered for with some items like french toast and if you have a sweet tooth, their pancakes are served with either chocolate sauce or seasonal fresh fruit. The walls here are lined with vintage and second-hand books and they are all for sale too. They have a full juice bar with whatever fruit and vegetables are in season and their friendly staff are more than happy to help you choose just the right one. BUS: H, 3, 75. TRAM: 8.

Recommended for Brunch because: Baylon's super friendly staff serves up delicious brunch in a vintage-style setting.

Maria's expert tip: Try a freshly squeezed juice - whatever is fresh and in season can make the cut!

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Ludovisi


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 dishes covering all courses. Think champagne and oysters, seafood, vegetarian options, first and second courses. There is a Wok area featuring the best of Asian inspired cuisine and live cooking stations will have your eyes light up as chefs show off their ware right before your very eyes. Chef Fabio Boschero recently took over the kitchen here and brings a new international touch to the spread. Brunch is held each Sunday from 12:30pm to 3:00pm and the cost is €75 per person (€35 for children). Away from the chaos of Rome, the Cavalieri provides a lush, resort-style setting. (Best reached by taxi from the center if you are not a hotel guest.)

Recommended for Brunch because: Brunch at L'Uliveto is a Roman institution and is family friendly with a supervised kids zone complete with pizza making and snacks especially for them.

Maria's expert tip: Brunch at the Cavalieri is a must-book affair, so get in touch before you decide to dine there.

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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 an indulgent buffet consisting of live pasta cooking stations and a Japanese corner boasting the freshest sushi and sashimi and Italian style raw seafood from salmon, to shrimps and freshly shuchked oysters. Sweets lovers will absolutely delight in the never-ending selection of sugar filled creations. Held from 12:30pm to 3:30pm on weekends, €55 excluding drinks. METRO: Spagna.

Recommended for Brunch because: The buffet at Rome's most exclusive hotel is truly an unforgettable experience.

Maria's expert tip: Book well in advance as weekend brunch books up quite quickly.

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