There is no shortage of excellent coffee in Rome. But for the true coffee connoisseur, finding the ultimate espresso is a challenge not undertaken lightly. We've begun the search for you with some of the top bars around the ancient city to satisfy your cravings.
Sant'Eustachio Il Caffe
Just around the corner from the Pantheon, Sant’Eustachio sits in a pretty frescoed piazza. Stop here for a quick coffee taken standing at the bar. Two important curiosities at this cafe are that your frothy espresso will come already sweetened unless you ask for it ‘amaro’ and the barista’s handiwork is hidden from view by a tall metal shield. This famous cafe is always busy with lawmakers from the nearby parliament and neighbourhood locals. www.santeustachioilcaffe.it
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Sciascia Caffe' dal 1919
A short stroll from the Vatican Museums, start your day of art ogling with a caffeine kick and the prettiest cup of coffee in Rome. Head to the back and enjoy your coffee served in thin porcelain cups at the wood-panelled bar, or take a seat on low-slung mid century sofas. Sciascia is also one of the few bars in town that still roasts its own beans on site.
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Antico Caffè Greco
Rome’s oldest café, Antico Caffè Greco has a long history and its many rooms are filled with portraits of the poets and musicians who lived in Rome in the 1800s. You can experience the same inspiring atmosphere as Byron, Goethe, Keats and Wagner with a morning cappuccino or late afternoon espresso. This is the spot to take a break from shopping in the luxurious Tridente area. www.anticocaffegreco.eu
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