Foodie Corner: Italian espresso, the best Rome coffee shops
For Italians, coffee is not simply a morning pick me up, it’s an art, a tradition, a matter of national pride. There is a huge emphasis on the taste and quality in each cup. In general, Italians know coffee. It’s fair to say the standard of espresso in Italy is higher than most other places, but the atmosphere and history of Rome make the experience a really unique one.
Get in with the locals and enjoy your coffee as they do: stand, lean and knock it back, instead of sitting at a table (which will also double the price of your drink.) Here’s our top picks of the best coffee shops in Rome.
Image of Sant Eustachio via @ nicudoc68
Sant Eustachio-Il Caffé, Piazza S. Eustachio, 81
An essential cultural experience in Rome, this tiny coffee shop’s been operating since the 30s and its regulars are considered connoisseurs.
Must Try: Grancaffé a mighty double espresso with sugary whipped froth.
Image of Caffé Tazza D’ Oro via @ bruce s
Tazza D’Oro, La Casa del Caffé, Via Degli Orfani, 84
Almost impossible to by pass thanks to a fantastic location in front of the Pantheon, Tazza D’Oro, (which means cup of gold in English) is said to be one of the oldest coffee shops in the historic centre of Rome. This is a good place to get your caffeine kick before or during a sightseeing trip around central Rome. It’s also a handy place to snack with good lunch or dinner deals. Great Rome Coffee shops like this don’t come by everyday!
Must Try: ‘Queen of Coffees’ made from eight different varieties.
Image of Antico Caffé Greco via @ Indy Hsu
Antico Caffè Greco, Via Condotti 86
If you find yourself wandering around the Via Condotti, one of the city’s most exclusive shopping streets, you can’t miss sopping for a coffee kick at this landmark cafe. Opened since 1760, it’s a favourite with culture vultures and has hosted coffee for the likes of Goethe, Byron, Henrik Ibsen, Hans Christian Andersen, Wagner and even Casanova! That’ll certainly impress the missus.
Must Try: People watching along with your coffee. It’s still an institution for politicians, artists and writers.
Image of cappuccino via @ trocolin
Bar del Cappuccino, Via Arenula, 50
You’ll find coffee as art in Bar del Cappuccino in Rome’s historic centre, you’ll find a cosy spot to enjoy a hand decorated coffee, or luxurious chilled cappuccino. Resident barista and coffee artist, Luigi Santoro makes the most of a truly Italian experience by adding sketches to each cup, with flowers, apples or hearts.
Must try: Any coffee with a picture on it. You don’t get that too often.
Image of Caffé Domiziano via @ Domantas
Domiziano, Piazza Navona, 88
Located on the spectacular Piazza Navona, Domiziano allows you to sip your espresso admiring the stunning Four Rivers Fountain for the ultimate espresso experience in Rome.
Must Try: Cappuccino Domiziano, the house favourite with hot milk, coffee and hot chocolate.