Nestled inside the grandiose Villa Medici, the French Academy in Rome, Café Colbert is an elegant and exclusive perch at which to soak in views of the city skyline. Opt for a table at the balcony for a stunning panorama dotted with Rome’s many domes, or relax outside in the secluded lemon garden out at the back. Café Colbert offers an extensive list of beverages as well as a seasonal menu of gourmet items for a romantic lunch or dinner.
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Chiostro del Bramante
A Renaissance masterpiece designed by Donato Bramante in the 15th century, this cloister hosts some of Rome’s most interesting temporary exhibitions and houses one of Rome’s best kept secrets: a café that offers an aesthetic respite away from the bustle of the historic centre. Chiostro del Bramante is an evocative place at which to enjoy a bite to eat or an afternoon coffee with views overlooking the inner courtyard.
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Babingtons Tea Room has been a mainstay in Rome’s dining scene for over a century. With its prominent position at the foot of the Spanish Steps, it has long attracted intellectuals, artists and tea lovers since 1893 with its wide array of fragrant blends, freshly-baked scones and savoury sandwiches. Don't miss out on afternoon high tea and make sure to taste one of the seven teas of Rome, special blends that allude to the sights and sounds of the Eternal City.
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